Carpe Diem

153 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque, Metro Manila

Carpe Diem
4.5
4.5 Stars

30 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 17
  • 4 stars 11
  • 3 stars 2
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 57 Reviews
  • 64 Recommend
  • 30 Reviewers
Category:
Coffee
Business Hours
Open: 9:00a - 12:00a
Phone
+6328086481

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 9:00a - 12:00a
  • Monday
    • 9:00a - 12:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 9:00a - 12:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 9:00a - 12:00a
  • Thursday
    • 9:00a - 12:00a
  • Friday
    • 9:00a - 2:00a
  • Saturday
    • 9:00a - 2:00a

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Wi-Fi:
Free
Parking:
Street

Most Recent Reviews

Chili G.
4.0 Stars

Another Aguirre staple I've been seeing for quite some time and now that they've moved to a more convenient location, I finally got to try it.
After lunch last Sunday we made a beeline for Carole Diem since I've read a lot of good stuff about it. Luckily there were some parking spaces left out front.
The first thing I noticed when I entered was the place smelled like... Downy! 128517 I was kinda expecting a nice aroma of coffee beans and brewed coffee so I was kinda taken aback tbh. We studied their menu and aside from coffee, they also served teas and non caffeinated drinks. They also served hot dishes like pasta and salted egg French fries which id like to try next time 128522 got the white chocolate mocha (160 I think) and hubby got their milo dinosaur.
Drinks were served in about 5 mins and mine was very good! Not too sweet and the combination of white chocolate and mocha was just right 128077🏼 hubby loved his milo dinosaur! It's the milo mix from our childhood days, they didn't scrimp on milo, milk etc! There was also an abundant heap of milo on top.
I like how quiet the place was Even though there were families in the other tables. it was a nice respite from the noisy cafes in the malls. There are also a lot of power outlets so I might try remote working here one time 128522
Overall a good place to chill and relax 128077🏼

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Eboy D.
4.0 Stars

Aguirre Avenue is dotted with all these quiant coffee shops and Carpe Diem has definitely gained a following. Transferring from their old (rather difficult to park) location, it is now beside the gated parking space of Mandarin Palace. They occupied what looks like two retail spaces. From the other side, you will notice that it opens to a more spacious dining space where the counter is located. Since we just had dinner, we tried their drinks and a slice of cake. The coffee was good. Not too strong but has that mild sweetness from the coffee. There is no need to add sugar. The matcha green tea latte was sweet with a faint taste of matcha. The Orea Cheesecake is glossed over with chocolate ganache and the oreo crumb base is generous. Not as firm as I want it to be, but it is still deliciously sweet. Perfect coffee pairing. They also serve hot meals. Service was quick. Senior discounts honored. Recommended.

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Clarissa P.
4.0 Stars
6

Right after our Bamba Bistro stint, my friends wanted some coffee. I originally wanted to bring them to Magnum Opus because you know, Belgian Heartbreaker, but they were still closed at around 3:30PM. Checked |ooloo and we found Carpe Diem.

We've tried Carpe Diem before when they were still in their old location and my small family loved everything we ordered. I was positive that our visit will turn out good.

Their new space is so much better than the previous! Very well lit, spacious and not gloomy at all. Though they still use the sofa they had from the old location, the overall ambiance was not cramped anymore.

My friends got some coffee, iced and hot, and hot tea. I was eyeing their potted drinks and coffee with 3D Latte Art. Husband wanted a cappuccino, hot, and good thing that's the coffee with the 3D Latte Art. When I ordered it, the server told me that it'll look better if the drink is iced. Errrr okay. I asked the hubby if he would want to consider an iced drink instead and he was hesitant. I kinda forced him to get the iced version for the 3D Latte Art and he agreed wahahahhaha good thing the latte art was too cute!

Sitting on top of the iced cappuccino was an uber cutie puppy! Husband agreed that it was too cute that's why when he needed to stir in the sweet syrup, he was a little hesitant LOL the coffee was strong and bitter but was good.

I tried their Dirty Matcha on the other hand. Ice blended Matcha Latte topped with Oreo crumbs, resembling soil, gummy worm and micro basil/mint which was not available that time. The Matcha frappe was okay - needs more matcha powder IMO. When you mix the Oreo crumbs, it overpowers the Matcha kick.

Also got my daughter an order of their Banana Nutella Toast which was just okay. Regular sandwich bread filled with Nutella and Banana slices, flattened and toasted. Sliced into squares, they topped this with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup.

Wifi was fast and the servers were helpful and friendly. We all loved the overall ambiance of this place! Will be back to try their dishes.

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
10

Right after brunch, we went straight here for dessert. Mommy and I are always here but it was only now that I got to visit this place w my HS friends. 128513

We usually order any of the following:
1. Shrimp Salad w Pesto Dressing - my usual order! This is super sulit since it's only less than 200 pesos. Around 3-4pcs of shrimps, fresh lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and pesto dressing.
2. Grilled Cheese Panini - can't go wrong with grilled cheese.
3. Spicy Chicken Panini - if you want it spicy and for a heavier and more filling sandwich, get this one instead of the cheese panini. They also have a Chicken Pesto version.
4. Pesto Pasta - pesto is love! I like their pesto because it's not too overpowering, tama lang. 128154
5. Spicy Chicken Pasta - pasta version of the sandwich/panini. I like this because they add carrots. 128513
6. French Fries - mommy's order. Big bowl of fries for 100pesos! 128077🏼
7. Cafe Mocha - not the best cafe mocha, but pwede na. I usually order the hot version but since it's kind of sweet, I sometimes ask for ice pag hindi na ganun kainit yung drink (iced mocha na! 128517) or I ask them to lessen the mocha syrup. They also have matcha drinks but so-so lang.
8. Hot Korean something tea (with orange) - not sure w the name but I like this one a lot. Light and very refreshing! 9786️ They also have other tea options (earl grey, english breakfast, chamomile, peppermint, jasmine green tea, etc.)
9. Cakes - the cakes are mostly from Purple Oven so you'll surely like all of them. We usually get either the oreo cheesecake, blueberry or just the plain cheesecake. They also have sansrival, lava cake, other pastries and mini cookies. Waffles too but I still haven't tried it. My friend tried the smore's waffle which she didn't liked that much. Matigas daw. 128563
10. Others - tried them once and will not order them again hahaha! 128518
- Cookie and cream frappe
- Brownie Ala Mode

Aside from the homey and chill place, what I really like about this place is that almost all of their dishes are super affordable! From 150 pesos to nothing more than 300 pesos. Very budget friendly! 128077🏼

Service is good. Since we are always here (almost every Sunday afternoon), they already know us and we already have our usual spot! 128521

Oh, they have fast wifi connection and power outlets are eveywhere too. 128077🏼

And lastly, in case you still don't know yet, they moved to a bigger and brighter location. Still along Aguirre Avenue, right across Scatter (bar). If you're coming from phase 3/PCJ, right side before Mandarin Palace. And if you're coming from Phase 1/Elizalde, left side after TEHA village and the parking area of Mandarin Palace. 128077🏼

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Jialing H.
5.0 Stars
2

Because I saw looloo's Instagram post last week!128513

I love everything here, food, drinks, and dessert! We ordered the spicy chicken panini, seafood pasta, and chicken teriyaki. Everything taste so good, especially the chicken teriyaki!128525
Of course, for dessert I ordered this creative choco lava cake and all of their desserts seemed to have a gardening theme. It was truly unique! Will come back to try other items on their menu.

All in all, I gave it a 5 star because it had good food, decent ambiance, and great value for money. Plus, I must say, that they have a great and friendly staff.🤗

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Paolo S.
4.0 Stars
2

Nainggit ako sa lava cake from AAA M's review and the matcha latte from Dennis O's. Hence, this post hahaha!

I don't remember ever leaving this place disappointed. Always loved their menu and their drinks. A cozy Korean cafe that made good food and good drinks, what was there to complain about? My matcha latte didnt have the pikachu latte art that Dennis O had, but thats alright haha. The lava cake ala mode was fun, quirky, and delicious! The cake was made to look like a potted plant, and the ice cream represented a pile of sand with matching rake and shovel (spoon and fork) utensils. How cute is that?!? Get. Out. Of. Here. Koreans are genius. Period.

Just wish though that the lava cake wasn't so dry and a bit more "molten" with some semblance of a fudgey core. But taste-wise... 128077128077128077

They moved to a new location just a few ways down the same street. A bigger place but still keeping with the chill vibe, with most of the customers just hanging out solo reading books or working on their laptops. Definitely worth checking out.

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AAA M.
5.0 Stars

Will work for dessert.🤗127874128514128158

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Dennis O.
5.0 Stars
2

Was surprised that I wasn't able to review this place yet, But the timing is perfect since they've just transferred to a bigger branch. Still along BF aguirre st.

Carpe Diem is gaining popularity in the BF food scene. A testament is being included in |ooloo top cafe in metro and moving to a bigger outlet. The place is now much spacious but still maintain the clean smooth vibe of the place.

I got to try their 4 cheese panini and hot matcha latte. The 4 cheese was gooeylicious. While the matcha latte is on the milky side which I like. Not too sweet. Also.love the funny pikachu latte art. Perfect for the pokemon craze.

Overall love the ambience. Friendly staff. Good food and drinks. Cheers!9749

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Elaine O.
4.0 Stars
3

This not so little café has one of the better food choices in BF Homes with respect to quantity and quality for a relatively low price. Service is great, staff are friendly and very accommodating (yes they accommodated my request of Looloo in my Cappuccino), place is clean and cute and has a casual feel.

I will definitely come back. 128522128536

Dirty Matcha 128077128077
My favorite, yay! Their matcha has a beautiful green color topped with crushed Oreo and a gummy wear that looked like a worm. Taste is smooth, creamy, and a little bittersweet just what the way I like it.

Cappuccino
The coffee seemed to be creamier than I expected but still it tasted good and I so love the 3D latte art.

Agli olio pasta is a steal at such a low price. Although it's very simple, the flavors are complex and it really allows the fresh pasta to shine. The flavor is rich, olive oil bright, and chili adds a nice spice.

Baked citrus crust chicken 127831
It is moist, tender and lemony with a nice crunch. A wonderful dish paired with rice and a fresh green salad on the side.

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Shareen B.
5.0 Stars
3

I'm starting to love BF Homes, Parañaque since coffee shops, spa, nail bars and etc. are just at reach! ✔️

One of them is Carpe Diem Coffee and Art 128524
It's such a chill and small place. Ideal for mini-research work, date (all types of it) and if you're just bored and wanna try something new.

This place is good for the eyes and most especially good for your tumtum! *burp* Oops, excuse me! 128584

My friends and I tried their NUTELLA HAVEN, DIRTY MATCHA and OREO MILKTEA - 100% GOOD
Also, Spanish Sardines Pasta (128525) and Bacon Risotto (128522) which was really satisfying! 1108811088110881108811088

All their food/drinks are also served at a very affordable price which makes you wonder how they made their food so good and the price so low! 128147

(The owner is Korean which is why we also saw Korean couples staying in the coffee shop)

Maybe one day you'll drive to Parañaque, might as well drop-by BF Homes esp. Carpe Diem Coffee and Art and you'll surely love your experience 127803🤗

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Patrick B.
5.0 Stars

Went here for merienda and ordered peri peri shrimp rice meal and aglio olio. We were hungry so please don't judge. 128516

The peri peri shrimp was spicy! Really spicy. But it's a good thing. Since that spiciness woke up my taste buds.

Aglio olio is my staple order. It's good and I wont get tired ordering it.

During this visit, it was easy to park since everyone seems to be outside metro manila or getting ready for the election.

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AAA M.
5.0 Stars

Remember when we all went gaga over cookies & cream flavor in the 90's? Well this surely brought back happy & sweet memories! Their vanilla ice cream topped with crushed oreos paired well with their lava cake and though it wasn't perfectly melted in the middle, I certainly do not mind as it's just really good and we all loved it anyway!

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Jan Minett L.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
2

Never thought that I will miss eating here!!! For almost a month, mommy and I avoided this place.. But since I needed to work and finish a lot of things, we went here for lunch up to merienda time.

We ordered one pasta and panini -- Spicy Chicken Panini and Spicy Chicken Pasta. Yes, same flavor hahaha!! 128020128020128020

And of course, we loved it! We really missed their food here -- simple, nothing fancy, super affordable and yummy dishes! 128077🏼

After lunch, we then ordered drinks. Cafe Mocha for mommy and Green Tea Latte for me! 9749127861

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Sheryl Anne B.
5.0 Stars

Been meaning to work elsewhere yesterday because working at home doesn't help – most especially when you're staring at a deadline and you're out of ideas. 128514 This is our fam's default place pag trip namin umalis, hehe. And it's a nice place to work on! Their playlist is nice, cozy ambiance, plus the staff here are very friendly!

I had their Dirty Matcha this time. And it's so yummy! I definitely enjoyed the Oreo bits. 10084️ Loved the presentation as well, parang may tutubo pang halaman pag matagal mong di ininom... so naisip ko baka sakaling tumubo yung ideas pag ininom ko ito. Hahaha!

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Jayson J.
4.0 Stars
3

Ruth S favorite place. I told myself i should drop by today even if i got loads of errands to do today. I have to try their coffee! Heads up that they do not accept credit cards yet. They have a really really good wifi but i don't see any power outlets. So i don't really recommend this place if you are running low on battery.

Since i had lunch already i just opted for their coffee. I see that they have a roster of good pasta and meals.
128204 caramel macchiato
It kinda reminded me of Starbucks. Well, cause it tasted like Starbucks! This one only tastes less milky. They surprised me with this bighero 6 latte art! The coffee left a caramel taste streak on my tongue.

The place aside from the good wifi and no power outlets, also got very very comfortable sofas, cool air conditioning and a late night chill techno-ish beat. The owner is Korean i guess, there were a couple of consecutive Korean customers. So.. Just go here with a pack of full charged batteries and you're good to go here. 128516

Meantime im heading for my errands
Dennis O cant believe you havent reviewed this place yet! 128527

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Patrick B.
5.0 Stars

The best hangout place in BF homes! 128517

As usual, ordered spanish sardines pasta and iced americano. I know it's a weird combination but it's already after midnight and I wanted to stay up. It's still good though. 128516

We really like hanging out in this place because it feels homey. Plus good food and service. 128077🏻

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AAA M.
5.0 Stars
4

Now I know why Ruth S has done 15 reviews about this place! 128517! A true comfort food cafe! Loved everything we had, the pasta were good, not soggy or bland! serving size is perfect for one. I had the spanish sardines pasta and carbonara for bf. My staff had the fish & chips. All thumbs up for our dishes! I did ask for a chili powder for my pasta since I like it spicy and bf ordered an additional f&c for himself. Inggitero128514. As for the second serving, the fish was uncooked and they were kind enough to let us have the first batch of chips and added more chips and salad after. Didn't get to try the blended drink but it looked pretty interesting!

They close pretty late and I'm happy I can run here for some midnight cravings, since you know, ang tunay na babae, nag mimidnight MEAL. Lol. 128514128523

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Patrick B.
5.0 Stars

It was Good Friday afternoon and I was surprised they're open. There were a lot of people there too. It was actually like an instant teleportation to Korea since there were more Koreans that time. 128516

Ordered oreo cheesecake. Of course, it's good. It has oreo in it. 128517

Also, since it was hot, ordered iced americano. Cake and coffee, FTW!

The service was really great. They welcome you with a smile. The servers and owners are really friendly.

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars

And yes, what comes after Mandarin Palace? Carpe Diem!!! 128563128563128563128563128563

Right after lunch, we went here. Just 5mins away from Mandarin. 128513 It was already 2pm when we arrived and luckily there were still some vacant sofas!! Anyway, we just had drinks (no desserts!! 128546) since we're still full from lunch and no plans of staying for too long here.

Mango Banana Smoothie for the intense summer heat 972897289728972897289728️ I was surprised that I enjoyed this drink. It was not too sweet and I can really taste the mango and banana in it. 127819127820 Good smoothie but too pricey for 140pesos. 128517

For some unknown reason, we kind of overstayed. I was just playing Twenty and got really addicted (and irritated!! 128545). I was so focused that I lost track of time. And mommy was doing her thing. 128517

At 5pm, since it's already almost dinner (or late merienda), we decided to just eat here. Ordered the Ricotta Salad, Spicy Chicken Panini, and the Fish and Chips. If you love fish, you'll enjoy their fish and chips. Cream dory with melted cheese inside!! 128525128525

PS: try downloading the Twenty game!!! 128521128077🏼

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