Fit for a Princess

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Friday, June 6, 2014

THIS new hangout spot is the cafe equivalent of sugar and spice and everything nice.

Cafe Tiala Princess Room is all decked out in pink and white, and offers a combination of sweet drinks and spicy Korean snacks on its menu.

Proprietor Ivy Son explains the cafe’s name is a spin on “tiara” as part of the princess theme. She wanted to offer a place for both children and adults to enjoy, and opened the cafe in March this year. “I think everyone wanted to be a princess when we were young,” says Ivy.


It even offers costumes like animal onesies and bridal wear to reminisce those days of playing dress-up and letting the imagination run free.

The cafe’s unique seating has small alcoves that allow for some exclusivity between groups. There are three kinds of rooms: the regular room, the small room with TV, and the large room with TV. Guests can play Wii, listen to K-Pop or watch movies with no additional charge in the rooms with TV. Those who prefer to just sit and talk will like the regular room. Stay as long as you like if the cafe isn’t full, but there’s a three-hour time limit if other guests are waiting.

The best-selling beverages so far are the java chip frappuccino, yogurt smoothies and mocha, chocolate and espresso drinks that can be enjoyed hot or cold. A selection of teas is available, including chamomile, jasmine, peppermint, and less common ones like lavender, rosemary and rooibos.

Balancing out the sugar in the drinks is the spice with traditional Korean bites. Ivy wanted to offer lighter options (“Less guilty,” she joked) like chapaghetti or pasta with black bean sauce, ramen, rice cakes in hot sauce, Miss Korea toast with vegetables, and the Tiala sandwich.

To enjoy a 10 percent discount, show a student ID, an ID that proves it’s your birthday, or if you’re part of a couple, simply show some love. You can also post a photo of yourself at the cafe on your Facebook timeline and get 15 percent off. Complimentary bread and coffee will be given for a minimum order of P300.

While Cafe Tiala certainly appeals to children, its cutesy and fun vibe encourages grown-ups to stay young at heart. It is located at the second floor of The Forum beside Grand Convention Center, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 12 midnight.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 07, 2014.


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