1st Macao Imperial Tea in the Philippines Opens Today!

We’ve been to Macau twice. The first one was as a side trip in our HongKong honeymoon, while the second one came two years later to welcome the new year of 2015.

It was during the second visit that we were able to go around much in Macau‘s tourist spots; particularly the heritage sites. In most mornings, we would have Macanese breakfast served at the restaurant in Great Western Hotel, where we stayed for three days. We loved the food including their local milk tea and the famous egg tarts.

So we were quite excited when we heard that there’s a new milk tea / coffee shop brand from Macao that’s opening in Banawe – the Macao Imperial Tea!

Macao Imperial Tea Banawe
Macao Imperial Tea Banawe
Macao Imperial Tea Banawe
Macao Imperial Tea Philippines Opens 1st Store in Banawe!

Macao Imperial Tea Opens in the Philippines

The Macao Imperial Tea (MIT) had a special media gathering a few days before today’s opening where Seats For Two was invited.

Eager milk tea lovers, we immediately said yes. However, as much as we want to go on a day time for good photos, our schedule was only open in the evening, and we just couldn’t pass-up this opportunity :).

And so we came.

Macao Imperial Tea was born in Macau and continues to expand internationally with over 200 branches including China, Vietnam, USA, and now, the Philippines via the Fredley Group of Companies. Being a multi-cultural country, MIT  highlights a mix of the rich Macanese culture which is reflected in its varied menu.

In fact, despite having “Tea” in its name, MIT offers more beyond than just tea; it’s not even their core beverage. They have an almost equal spread of coffee, soda, and tea; and cakes and pastries to match.

Expectedly, we tried a few of the beverages they have to offer.

Being a couple blog, the For You and Me beverages immediately caught our attention. Packaged in cute glass bottles, we took a lot of photos of it and almost never wanted to drink it up. 🙂

Macao Imperial Tea Manila
For You and For Me Beverages + Sansrival Cake & Buttered Croissant

The  For You drink is actually a Caramel Macchiato beverage, while the For Me bottle is a Strawberry Milkshake.

Yes, they serve these drinks in glass bottle that is already yours to take home for FREE!

Since you would most probably fall in love with it, MIT thought to eventually have you take it home anyway. 🙂

Macao Imperial Tea Banawe
Seats For Two @ Macao Imperial Tea

Seriously now, you would even want to bring these reusable glass tumblers back in your next visit so you can get a 10% discount on your next purchase of the same beverages.

Another set of pretty drinks are the Colorful Sodas.

We hope to try these in our next visit since they are attention grabbing as they come in many varaints of different colors inside sturdy plastic bottles. Flavors include Over The Rainbow Soda, Blue Curacao Soda, Green Apple Soda, Cherry Blossom Soda, Midsummer Soda.

We just grabbed from the brand page one of their photos:

Macao Imperial Tea Soda
Colorful Soda (Php 145 – Php 165)

And of course, milk teas! We tried the Cheesecake Milk Tea since we don’t often see those two together and we did not regret it!

A good pairing for this beverage are cakes and pastries which are savory or less sweet.

Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea
Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea (P100)

Beyond A Coffee Shop

Interestingly, Macao Imperial Tea is not just an ordinary milk tea house, it’s also a co-working space.

A co-working space is where customers can work alone, or with colleagues, or study in a prolonged amount of time beyond the usual. Co-working spaces are also expected to have ample space, fast internet, and plenty of plugs and sockets for charging.

And all this can be found at Macao Imperial Tea Philippines; plus a life-size teddy bear for any customer who want his / her company.

Macau Imperial Tea
Macau Imperial Tea in Banawe, Quezon City
For You & Me
For You (Caramel Macchiato; Php 195) and For Me (Strawberry Milkshake Php 195)
Macao Imperial Tea Philippines
Macao Imperial Tea Philippines

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Congratulations as Macao Imperial Tea Philippines officially opened today, June 12 – Independence Day! The cafe / co-working space is open from 7am – 12 midnight everyday. They are located at 780 Banawe, Quezon City. We’ll definitely be back (on daytime) to share with you more from their menu!

Jonel & Marjorie Uy
Mr. & Mrs. Jonel & Marjorie Uy are the blogger couple 'seated' behind SeatsForTwo.com, Know more about her at LivingMarjorney.com and him at BloggerManila.com