San Miguel district is a primarily middle-class residential area of Manila. Malacañan Palace, the official residence of the President of Republic of the Philippines, is located in San Miguel district. Just outside Malacañan Palace's gates lies Mendiola Street, the avenue where most mass protest actions against the Philippine government are often held. Also on San Miguel district are some colleges and universities that form part of Manila's "University Belt", an area in San Miguel, Quiapo and Sampaloc districts where most of Manila's main colleges and universities are situated.
Casa Roces is a 1930's ancestral house of the Roces family which was renovated and turned into a full-service restaurant, café and an art gallery. Casa Roces is located in the district of San Miguel, Manila right across Malacañan Palace, the official residence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. The ground floor of Casa Roces features a coffeehouse with an outdoor wooden deck, a dessert bar, and a memorabilia and accessories shop. A bar also serves cocktails, wine, beer and liquor for evening patrons. On the second floor are a bistro, an art and family heritage gallery as well as private rooms decorated with a mix of Commonwealth elegance and modern flair. The second floor of the house was turned into a multi-purpose dining venue and an art gallery.
Casa Roces was designed in the Pre-war modernist style with Art Deco articulation using a variety of construction materials which includes reinforced concrete, wood and masonry. On the ground floor, the distinguishing feature is the use of "Machuca" tile flooring which is typical with Commonwealth era house. The original layout of the rooms were changed to accommodate its new use as a restaurant and an art gallery.