Korean-inspired cafe in Angeles, Pampanga


Many Korean pop-culture-themed cafes in the Philippines are decked with unmistakable fan memorabilia. While this may excite many, this may be too much for low-key K-fans or those still getting acquainted with all things Korean.

For subtle K-pop and K-drama fans, Moon Cafe in Angeles, Pampanga is a must-visit, with its clean, minimalist aesthetic that most won’t even mistake as Korean pop culture-inspired at first glance.

Their logo is even a modern take on a symbol from Hotel Del Luna, which only true K-drama fans will spot. We wouldn’t be surprised if the cafe’s name also came from the drama!


Industrial minimalist interiors


Moon Cafe - minimalist interior
The cafe’s interior
Image credit: Moon Cafe

Moon Cafe has a spacious, industrial minimalist interior similar to cafes seen in K-dramas. Its large windows, plentiful lighting, and white aesthetic give it a bright ambiance.

To make things look less two-dimensional, the place is also accented with wooden, black, and gray items.

The coffee shop features plenty of seats indoors, each making a good spot to snap an Insta-worthy photo. It also has an al fresco dining area for those who want to dine in an open-air space.


Subtle K-pop & K-drama merch


Moon Cafe - Blackpink magazine covers
Whoever your Blackpink bias is, there’s a magazine for you at the cafe.

Image credit: @mooncafeph

Here’s where the cafe becomes a haven for subtle Korean pop culture fans. They have magazines that have K-idols and actors on the cover, such as the girls of Blackpink, EXO’s Kai, and the well-loved Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha actor, Kim Seon-ho.

They also have books we’ve seen on Korean dramas and reality shows. These include the storybooks from the drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay and the self-help book I Decided to Live as Me which was seen with BTS’ Jungkook in Bon Voyage Season 3.


One of the books from the K-drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay pictured with the cafe’s cheesecake

Image adapted from: @mooncafeph

You can browse these reads as you enjoy Moon Cafe’s dishes, pastries, and drinks, or take a photo of them with your food for an aesthetically pleasing Instagram post.


Coffee, cakes, & pastries


Moon Cafe - Lotus Biscoff brioche
Lotus Biscoff brioches

Image credit: @mooncafeph

The cafe’s menu features desserts that will surely make you feel as fancy as a rich Korean drama main character. These include the Lotus Biscoff brioche and dark chocolate tart.

Moon Cafe - dark choclate tart
Dark chocolate tart
Image credit: @mooncafeph

Besides the usual coffee selections, the cafe has non-coffee beverages such as strawberry milk and honey citron ade. To add variety to their drink menu, they also recently released their holiday drink offerings which include gingerbread latte.

However, their signature drink would be their macadamia latte.


Pasta & sandwiches


Moon Cafe - pasta and sandwiches
Carbonara, chicken Caesar sandwich, and honey butter fries
Image credit: @mooncafeph

If you want to eat something slightly more filling, they have a variety of pasta dishes, including the classic carbonara (P240, ~USD4.72) and the recent Asian favorite, salted egg pasta (P240, ~USD4.72). They also have sandwiches on their menu, such as chicken Caesar sandwiches (P200, ~USD3.94 each)and egg mayo toast (P150, ~USD2.95 each).

You can enjoy these dishes from Moon Cafe with fries in the popular South Korean flavor, honey butter.


Moon Cafe is a subtle K-fan’s haven


Lowkey K-fans who still want to flex their faves on social media should visit Moon Cafe in Angeles, Pampanga. With aesthetically pleasing spots inside the cafe and subtle fan merchandise, you’ll surely get to take a lot of photos for Instagram.

Just remember to wear a face mask and a face shield and observe physical distancing when you go to keep yourself, the staff, and other customers safe from the virus. If you’re coming from Metro Manila, you should also check Angeles City’s Facebook page for travel requirements for a hassle-free and enjoyable trip.

Address: Unit 107, Omnistellar Building, Fil-Am Friendship Highway, Angeles City, Pampanga
Opening hours:
Mon 12AM-10PM |Tue–Thu 10AM-10PM | Fri–Sun 10AM-11PM
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Cover image adapted from: Moon Cafe and @mooncafeph

 

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