But don't despair, fellow members of the Unofficial Tome Hoarders Club. Makati has at least five spots where you can read and relax to your heart's desire, like:
Local Edition Coffee and Tea
Address: 116 Perea St., Legaspi Village
Open From: 7:30 A.M. – 7:30 P.M. (Monday – Friday), 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. (Saturday – Sunday)
Are you a creative who likes to bring your work with you? Then Local Edition Coffee and Tea might just be your cup of tea (pun intended).
Founded by two college friends, the café was intended to be "…a space where friends and neighbors gather, be inspired and create." True to that vision, the café spearheaded a book exchange project called #thebookprojectmanila, which was a massive hit with readers all over the metro. Don't hesitate to ask the barista where the books are!
Lastly, the café's quirky interior is really conducive for creative inspiration. They have shelves of various paraphernalia for sale, and their regular "installations" will give you food for thought. Their signature Perea blend is a must-try, and comes topped with a cute iced gems cookie.
Filipinas Heritage Library
Address: 6F Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. cor. De La Rosa St., Makati City
Open From: 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. (Tuesday – Saturday, except holidays)
If you're fond of everything Filipino, a visit to this library will be a heavenly experience. Easily accessible from the Ayala Museum (which, in turn, is easily accessible from Greenbelt 4), the library houses over 12,000 volumes of pre-1946 monographs on the Philippines, 2,000 volumes of rare Filipiniana books, and thousands of other Philippine-related resources grouped into their own special categories.
You can become a member for an annual fee of Php1,000. That amount already covers a one-year admission to the Filipinas Heritage Library, a one-year admission to the Ayala Museum and free Internet access. Otherwise, you have to present a valid ID, plus Php100 (for non-students) or Php50 (for students), for one-day access to the library.
Address: Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Open From: 9:00 A.M. – 1:45 A.M. (Monday – Saturday), 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Located across the Asian Institute of Management, the Plaza Café is a quiet place where you can sink your teeth into paninis, salads and sandwiches — perfect for the health-conscious bookworm. Try their bestsellers Turkey & Brie and Chicken Club, or have a taste of their Chestnut Hill and New England Classic.
Also, the café boasts of an impressive book collection. You may even find comics and board games! Ask the manager if you can take any of the books home, and if there's anything else you need to know about their book policy.
Powerbooks (Greenbelt 4 Branch)
Address: 2nd Level, Greenbelt 4 Building, Ayala Center, Makati City
Open From: 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Okay, this is a rather "mainstream" option, but it's on this list for a reason. If you need a place to rest after your "shop 'til you drop" session, you need not look further than Powerbooks.
This specialty bookstore has a rather strategic location, being in the walkway between Landmark Mall and Greenbelt. As soon as you walk in, you'll be greeted with shelves of school supplies and bestselling books, as well as other book-related paraphernalia.
Once you get into the second floor, however, prepare to pick up your jaw from the floor, because you'll be greeted with shelves upon shelves of books! They don't come for free, of course, but you are allowed to read open copies of whatever you want within the store premises. You can even drink a cup or two of Italian coffee while you're at it!
Address: 7700 St. Paul St., San Antonio Village, Makati City
Open From: 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 A.M.
Situated near the corner of Sampaloc and Estrella Streets, Coffee 8065 is a hole-in-the-wall café that'll make you feel right at home. They offer huge servings of their meals, so you feel like your pesos are well-spent. Don't forget to look around and be awed at the interior design, as you wait for your order!
A Few More Words
And that wraps up our list of best places for bookworms in Makati. We hope you drop by these places, and experience their beauty for yourselves. If you already have, and/or you know of other places where tome lovers can have a jolly good time especially this Christmas season, feel free to sound off in the comments section!