There are only a few things in life that can bring us comfort almost instantly – a hearty meal, good coffee, a relaxing environment, and great conversation with family or friends. And in Taytay, Rizal, smartparenting.com.ph discovered a place that offers just these.
Located within the residential area of Gregoria Heights, 14 Four Café provides foodies a break from the typical restos found in commercial or business districts. Although people may feel that Taytay may be too far-flung an area, it’s only a good 20 to 30 minute drive from Ortigas. Its nondescript facade elicits a feeling of surprise among first-time visitors upon taking in its one-of-a-kind feel.
From the criss-cross gate that greets customers, the bright colors of red, blue and yellow painted upon the café façade, the benches and different kinds of sofas in the garden (perfect for lazy afternoons and coffee!), 14 Four Café strikes a balance between the simple life beyond the outskirts of the city, and the modern vibe of an art gallery.
Step inside the air-conditioned café and you’ll feel as if you’ve entered a furniture showroom, which, incidentally, is what the establishment began as.
“Originally, this was my dad’s furniture showroom for Stick Designs,” explains 14 Four Café owner and manager, Niki Sambile. The café area used to house the office of her father, furniture manufacturer Jun Sambile. Today, the furniture showroom, right beside the café, is undergoing renovation.