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Café Talk: The Library for Every Reader

by KB Meniado

Back when bookbed was but a wee baby, I had other ideas in mind to satiate my love for books. One of those was Book Buffet. It was a dream project that my college friends and I talked about one afternoon as we chomped on our burgers at a popular fast food chain.

Book Buffets would work like this: a reading session set in a cozy place where people would 1) bring books and snacks for the Buffet Table, 2) choose and read a book that interests them and then 3) meet and eat with fellow readers after.  If not feeling too social, they would be free to stop at #2 – no questions, no judgment – or, worst case scenario, leave. It’s a pretty solid idea, right?

Book Buffet is something I’d love for bookbed to host in the future. But as I wait for it to graduate from its toddler stage, I continue to seek inspiration. The most recent one came to me when I flew to Cebu two weeks ago and found Café Talk:

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Café Talk, located along Escario Capitol, is the place to be – booklover or not.

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As you can see, it’s a library-inspired café and also embellished with decorations according to season. Behind the giant bookshelf is the counter where I should have ordered a drink from.

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Anyway, the café is laid out like a hostel or a Korean restaurant – there are small rooms where customers can enjoy dining, studying or simply laying around.

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And because its awesomeness is too much to handle on just one level, it has a second floor! (I went to check that out, of course.)

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Truth to be told, I was a bit envious of whoever had the idea and money to have Café Talk built. It is something I will definitely put on my vision board (should I get the time to make it) and a place I will definitely tap for future bookbed Book Buffets.

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KB Meniado is bookbed’s Head Cheer Reader. In the words of writer Orhan Pamuk, she read a book one day and her whole life was changed. Follow her @heykebe on Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter.

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