I first featured Café Antix in my blog back in 2015. I dubbed it as my favorite café in Cavite City. It still is! So much has changed since it first opened in 2012. Café Antix now has a bigger selection of food and caffeinated drinks, including off-the-menu items and seasonal concoctions, like the hilarious Cofveve Coffee and Sadako Halloween Coffee.
Also noticeable is their growing collection of vintage paraphernalia dotting their interiors. When I say vintage, I mean real vintage—not kitschy items made to look vintage. Check out their collection and the stories behind them.
When I asked the owner Edwin where he gets these interesting pieces, his answer surprised me. While some are hand-me-downs from friends and relatives, most of the vintage items he purchased didn’t come from thrift shops or garage sales as one would think.
“I buy them from pickers,” he said. He’s made friends with the humble folk of Cavite, those who rummage and sell junk to junk shops. Because junk shops pay pickers by the kilo, regardless of the collectible value of the items, Edwin bids a higher rate. In return, he gets dibs on the junk before they are sold to the junk shops.
That’s how he saved many of these collectibles from being chopped up. They are now proudly displayed in Café Antix for vintage lovers to admire.
Café Antix is located at 5125 P. Burgos Ave. Cor. Cabuco St. Caridad, Cavite City Philippines. Operating hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Phone no. +6346-431-6196.