The former HSBS building, which is 97 years old, is one of the oldest heritage gems in Manila. It has now been renovated and transformed into a very elegant and upscale cafe in Binondo, the 1919 Grand Cafe.
How to Get There
- Take a local jeep bound for Divisoria and get off at Ongpin street or in front of the Binondo church
- Walk straight on Juan Luna street until you find this cafe
- For convenience, you can either take a taxi or book a grab to 1919 Grand Cafe
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1919 Grand Cafe
I discovered this cafe while scrolling through Instagram one night. I actually often go to Binondo when I am in Manila since I love the food in Binondo. Binondo is best known for its delicious food and if you want to find the best place to eat, you can join the Big Binondo Food Wok Tour.
It’s surprising that there’s actually a grand and upscale cafe in the area. It is located in the corner of Juan Luna and Escolta. It is also just a walking distance from the Pasig River and the famous arch of Binondo. The area is not really the safest place in Manila since this area is known for a lot of pickpockets so be alert when you are in this area.
I love the interior design of 1919 Grand Cafe. You can see old photos of Manila on the restaurant’s wall. This cafe has a very nostalgic feel. All the staff in this cafe are very friendly and attentive to guests too.
Staff will greet you when you walk into the cafe. We were seated near the entrance and it is perfect for two. There are a lot of seats that are perfect for big groups as well.
Even if it has a nostalgic feel when you enter the cafe, the design is more modern than classic. The cafe is very spacious and it also has a second floor. There are even private rooms on the second floor.
My mom and I ordered a salad, an assorted pizza, seafood pasta, and the herb chicken parmesan. Aside from the assorted pizza, I was not really a big fan of the food. They actually tasted good but it was nothing special. The food in 1919 Grand Cafe is not really affordable as well. In my opinion, I think you are paying for the ambiance more than the food.
We also ordered a caramel macchiato and blueberry cheesecake. I actually like the coffee, it was not too sweet. The blueberry cheesecake was great too but it was also not that special.
The cafe’s comfort room has a beautiful design too. I saw some guests taking photos here for their Instagram.
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