SM Megamall Puts Up an Indoor Botanical Garden (and My Plantita Heart is Happy)

I rarely go out these days (talk about pandemic issues) but when I do, I make sure I visit places that will make me feel safe and happy. 

Recently, I discovered this slice of blissful greenery in the middle of a busy shopping mall and it just made my plantita heart so happy!

Respira Cafe

Located at the 2nd level of Mega Atrium, the Garden and Respira Café recently launched with a verdant plant exhibit at SM Megamall. Evoking a peaceful atmosphere, the botanical garden is a place where people can enjoy stunning natural elements. The rich green space is a breath of fresh air amid the pandemic and the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Respira Café features delectable pastries whipped up by co-owner Marvin Braceros, a critically acclaimed pastry chef and restaurateur from Italy. The heavenly confections include Dulce de Leche Ensaymada with Italian buttercream, grated cheddar cheese, topped with a caramel drizzle; the rich and citrusy Panettone; the moist Hazelnut Cake glazed with Belgian chocolate ganache; the irresistible Ciocolata with salted caramel and roasted peanuts; and the delectable Fruit Basket with light chiffon sponge cake and citrus cream cheese mousse.

In addition, the café, a perfect spot to breathe or enjoy catch up session with friends, offers refreshing coffee and beverages. Chef Braceros has collaborated with a homegrown brand from Batangas called Sinay to come up with five in-house milk tea flavors. Other drinks on the menu are brewed coffee, latte, cappuccino, Caffe Americano, and espresso – all prepared using Batangas coffee beans as a way of supporting local businesses.

Aside from sweets and drinks, shoppers can also explore Respira’s wide selection of plants and potteries which they can purchase and bring to their own homes. 

Of course, dining and shopping at the Garden and Respira Café are ensured to be safe with proper social distancing measures and health protocols. 

Experience tranquility and a taste of heaven at the Garden at Mega Atrium at SM Megamall. For more information, visit or follow @smsupermalls on all social media platforms.

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