Mai Crafts Boutique has been around since 1995, but not a lot of people are familiar with it. The small, quaint, and cozy shop located along Velez Street, across Sentro 1850, sold and displayed stuff that every arts & craft lover and collector would love to have. It was the go-to place for anything artsy and crafty.
Fast forward to a few years later, I remember going to Mai Crafts to check out new items and then being told that they were serving churros for merienda. My heart jumped for joy! Ever since I tasted churros in a small cafe in Madrid, I have been searching for a good one here in the Philippines. So when the cute arts and craft shop I liked started serving it, I couldn’t resist but try it, and I wasn’t disappointed!
It wasn’t the Madrid churros I fell in love with, but it was just as good! I was happy to have finally found a good churros place in CDO.
At that time, if I remember it right, Mai Crafts was still an arts & craft shop. But one that sold churros to those in search of a good and filling merienda. I thought that was it.
Fast forward again to several years later and I discovered that Mai Crafts has become Mai Crafts Boutique Cafe. All the arts & craft the store sold were still there, but they were now displayed on the loft. The ground floor area was converted into a cozy cafe.
Aside from churros, Mai Crafts now serves freshly brewed coffee, ice blended beverages, cakes, and other pastries. The classic churros have also been given a modern twist, so you can now choose from the regular and the matcha churros.
You can also choose from the pastry and cake varieties displayed at the counter.
Also, their Tablea Cake and pasta dishes are to die for.
If you are a chocolate lover, try their tsokolate (chocolate drink), which is made of 100% local tablea.
Mai Crafts Boutique Cafe also serves all-day breakfast, perfect for those who want to indulge in a good and satisfying meal any time of the day.
The cafe actually comes up with new offerings every now and then, so it’s best for you to regularly check out Mai Crafts’ Facebook page.
Tomorrow, September 28, Mai Crafts Boutique Cafe will be celebrating its anniversary. As a way of thanking their loyal customers (as well as those who have just discovered this hidden gem), the cafe is giving away loyalty cards.
At the back of each card are nine cups and mugs illustrations. Have one of them stamped every time you dine at the cafe. When you complete all nine, you will receive either free churros or any hot coffee-based drink. The more you dine at Mai Crafts, the faster you’ll get your reward!
If you haven’t tried Mai Crafts Boutique Cafe yet, now is the time to explore and discover its delicious offerings and treats. If you haven’t tried churros yet, now is the time to indulge in one. Or maybe you’d like to treat yourself to a sumptuous plate of chicken pesto pasta? Or maybe a slice of Mai Crafts’ bestselling Tablea Cake?
Plan your next dining adventure now and make it Mai Crafts Boutique Cafe. This small, quaint, and cozy cafe is located at 48 Don Apolinar Velez Street (across Sentro 1850 and East West Bank). Operating hours are Monday to Saturday, 8am to 10pm; and Sundays from 1pm to 9pm. For inquiries, you can call 0905-319 5666.
See you at Mai Crafts!
(Food photos by Chinx Abbu Banquerigo. Mobile photos by yours truly.)