Holly’s Coffee – SM Southmall
Truth be told, I’ve always been fascinated by the colorful creativity and cute-ness (if there is such a word) of Korean Pop Art. The grammar on some of their taglines and quotes may be less than ideal but you have to give it to them when it comes to creativity. Which is what I see with Holly’s Coffee – a subdued…cute-ness.
Holly’s Coffee is a tangible manifestation of a marriage between visual and edible art. The space they have in the newly renovated SM Southmall is in this writer’s opinion, a gorgeous mix of earth colors – from the deep browns and almost luscious reds. The lights are also a great touch of functionality and aesthetic.
On the surface, it would seem that Holly’s is just like any other coffee store with their ceramic mugs and other coffee shop staples, but don’t sell them short yet. The secret to Holly’s is in the drink.One can argue that a drink is a drink is a drink but Holly’s has left me completely blown away. Holly’s forgive me but I’ve honestly forgotten the name of the drink I got but I think it was a lemonada freezie or something. The point is, the drink was divine! I loved that the ice was smooth, as if it were shaved and not crushed. This difference in the ice made the experience in drinking it simply divine. Another wonderful touch was the fact that I could taste real bits of citrus. Yes, fresh citrus bits. Divine, isn’t it?
Dave got his usual cafe latte and was quite confused when they replied that they don’t have any sugar when he asked for some. When the manager explained that they don’t use sugar on coffee but rather a syrup, Dave was quite impressed. Syrup, unlike sugar, does not leave any grits at the bottom of the cup.
I wasn’t able to try any of their cakes but that’s a good enough reason to make my next visit soon, right? From the looks of it, it would seem that they’re just as delicious.
Holly’s Coffee has two branches in the Philippines: Holly’s Coffee Taft Avenue and Holly’s Coffee in SM Southmall.