BGC eats: Zoo Coffee brings Korean treats, stuffed toys to McKinley Hill branch

Barbie Salvador-Muhlach

Posted at Jul 21 2019 06:12 PM

The fifth branch of Zoo Coffee is located at Tuscany in McKinley Hill. Photo provided by author

MANILA – Solo diners looking for company need not feel lonely on their next coffee shop outing.

At Zoo Coffee, guests can cozy up next to its resident zoo animals. Granted, the wild furry friends are not real but they still provide great companionship. Plus they are willing to listen and hang out for as long as you like.

This branch at McKinley Hill is Zoo Coffee’s fifth branch in the Philippines. Just like the rest, the latest location houses a number of stuffed animals that go with the café’s overall zoo theme. The giant toys are free to borrow and would make for interesting photos.

It also boasts lots of Instagram-worthy corners including floor-to-ceiling wall murals, loft areas and a realistic tree that towers in the middle of the room.

Berry Berry Waffle. Photo provided by author

Food here is also fun with options ranging from cool treats to savory sandwiches. They offer different types of Korean bingsu and gelato, as well as coffee shop classic like cakes and cookies. My personal favorite is the Berry Berry Waffle, which at P200 is reasonably priced. The serving is large enough for sharing and it is loaded with strawberries and blueberries.

For savory food, I recommend the sandwiches which are prepared upon order over the pasta which are instead ready to eat.

The coffee though is another story. Coffee aficionados who are used to drinking strong and quality American or Italian coffee may be surprised to discover that Zoo’s coffee drinks are on the bland side. Despite having "coffee" in its brand name, I don’t think a cup of joe from this Korean chain is its strongest feature. Thirsty guests may be better off trying its Korean line of lattes as well as smoothies.

The author at Zoo Coffee. Photo provided by author

All in all, I think Zoo Coffee is more of a snack place that offers a mini "zoo outing" than it is a coffee shop. Though I admit, the cute novelty of the zoo theme may be enough for most guests to visit at least once.