I originally described this new Starbucks Cafe as “walking distance” from where I work. But then I realized that the Starbucks in Roxas Boulevard corner UN Avenue is walking distance. And so is the Starbucks in Midtown Wing of Robinson’s Manila.
This new Starbucks branch at the ground floor of J. P. Laurel Building in Roxas Boulevard corner Pedro Gil, Malate, Manila is almost perfect for me. It’s a mere 100 meters (or less) from our office building, it has a great view of Manila Bay (and a good supply of great views inside, if you know what I mean), and it was unscathed by the never-before-seen storm surge that ravaged many of the ground-floor establishments along Roxas Boulevard a few days ago.
It’s only shortcoming is that it does not have free Wi-Fi. But I won’t take it against it since very few Starbucks stores offer free Wi-Fi. I’m just happy to have a nearby Starbucks Cafe to buy my cup of Green Tea Soy Latte from anytime I need one. And to have an alternative work area when it gets too “hot” or too “boring” in the office.
I’m sure I won’t have trouble blending in with the mostly college student clientele of this Starbucks branch.