Order crispy pata that practically falls off the bone, and tender yet crispy sisig to go with a cold brew after a long day to put a smile on your face. Livestock is large enough for large groups, so the family or the barkada are right at home at this favorite QC watering hole.
Get your lobster, crab, shrimp, and shellfish fix at El Cangrejo. The Chili Crab is a definite must-order, along with the Slipper Lobster Thermidore. And for those with a meat craving, El Cangrejo has Angus steaks to satisfy the truly hungry.
Slow, traditional Peruvian cooking awaits diners at Don Andres. Sample tangy ceviche from their menu, and don’t forget to pair these with a refreshing Peruvian sangria for a unique meal that you won’t soon forget.
Get a taste of kakigori, or traditional Japanese shaved ice dessert (somewhat like a Japanese halo-halo,) at this restaurant in QC. Try the mango, matcha, and chocolate variants for a familiar flavor, or the kurimitsu (brown sugar with smoked green tea) for a truly Japanese treat.
This noodle house has Japanese shoyu and tantanmen ramen, but also offers Thai tom yum soup, as well as Vietnamese pho. And if you want to make your own healthy food, you can also buy items from the vegetarian grocery located inside.
For a unique Filipino flavor, visit Alab and experience a different take on your favorite recipes. Pritson na crispy pata, penuneng (dinuguang longganisa,) and palabok negra are only a few of the novel items available here. Pay special attention to the very witty menu, it’s worth a read!
With all the great dining options around, it would be wise to invest in a gym to burn all those calories. Crossfit Insurrecto can help you achieve your fitness goals, with the help of certified Crossfit instructors, who are as impassioned as you to getting stronger and more physically fit.
Tradition Ilocano fare awaits you at Victorino’s. From a range of longganisa, to bagnet and crispy pata, to lesser-known Ilocano dishes such as warek-warek (Ilocano sisig) and imbaliktad (stir fried beef and tripe with papaitan), here’s where you can get your northern food fix.
With dishes from all over the world, Relish literally has a dish for everyone. From Louisiana pork chops to callos, all the way to chimichuri chicken kebabs, this place has it all. And make sure you leave space for dessert, one area that Relish is particularly proud of.
Take the family on a Filipino food fest at Limbaga 77! The dishes are large enough for sharing and the venue is spacious enough for large groups. For really big groups, check out their super affordable buffet packages that will surely get everyone full and satisfied.
Owners/Founders are the grandchildren of Carlos P. Romulo; the establishment isn’t just "named" after him, serves Filipino fare with a twist. The seafood kare-kare, supposedly a favorite of the former statesman, is brought back to life here. Other must-try items are the pomelo salad and the signature Lola Virginia’s chicken relleno.
The Frazzle Cook, in all actuality, wants to dazzle you with it’s dishes. Order the Wagyu salpicao, truffle pasta, herbed chicken salad, spicy shrimp pasta, and BBQ short ribs for a healthy mix of umami and savory flavors.
Estrel’s butter chiffon cakes covered in caramel icing are legendary. Place an order in advance since these things get scooped up quickly. If not the cake, however, the Food for the Gods, almond cookies, and baked leche flan are standouts in their own right.
Mantaro offers original Peruvian cuisine such as ceviche and pollo a brasa (Peruvian rotisserie chicken) at affordable prices. Try the tangy pulpo al alivio and the pollo con papa fritas for a truly south American dining experience.
If gourmet, handmade sandwiches are your thing, this is the place to visit. The Cebuano is a playful take on a cubano (instead using lechon instead of the marinated ham), while Four Cheese, Bacon Please is delicious even on paper. To drink, have the apple pie soda. Do it.
Delicate and light macarons in funky flavors await visitors of Mrs. Graham’s Macaron Café. And with flavors like salted caramel, Tequila Rose, Bailey’s, French toast, ensaymada, and bibingka, it’s only natural that you should check it out.
Where can find Wagyu salpicao, kesong puti and alugbati salad, molo soup, chipirones, and bone marrow sisig all on the same menu? Of course, at Lola Café! It’s like going to the house of our real lola who wants to feed us everything because we’re getting skinny or something.
If you’re looking for a venue for a special date, try out A Taste of LA Café. The wooden interiors and elegant interior touches make for a great backdrop for a special moment. The food is pretty good, too, especially the Chicken Hotel de Paris and ribeye salpicao.
Definitely dip in to After’s for a scoop of gelato and expertly brewed coffee. Dripped, French Pressed, Aero pressed, or Chemex-with your choice of beans-makes After’s the café for the coffee-inclined.
Founded by fitness aficionados, Runner’s Kitchen is your go-to spot for healthy, organic, and farm-to-table fare. Try the Wild Boar carbonara, pasta-less lasagna (what?!) and prawns and quinoa for a healthy yet hearty meal.
Sink your teeth into the rich and savory dishes of Uno Morato. Have the sizzling lamb "bucco" with miso mint chimichurri or the garlic shoyu butter steak for your main, and cap it off with a tangy lemon tart to end the meal on a refreshing note.
Catch some of the latest and hottest stage plays in the metro at this enlivening venue. And for those interested in the stage arts, you can also sign up for theater classes to unlock your creative side and stoke your imagination.
A Catholic and private school administered by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, St. Joseph’s offers a quality education centered around faith. It’s proximity to major thoroughfares also makes it easy to access.
The third wave coffee revolution is gaining popularity in the Metro, and Craft is right in the thick of it. With over a dozen types of coffee and varying styles of preparation, you’ll always have a new cup of coffee to try at Craft.
This enclave of greenery right in the middle of the busy Metro is a place for relaxation and great eats. This heritage house offers traditional Filipino fare in a traditional setting. Set a reservation and psyche yourself for a great time surrounded by history.
A haven for young artists, Art Camp Bezalel nurtures creative talent. Sign yourself up for a drawing, painting, or sculpting class and feel the relaxing effects of having an artistic outlet.
This heritage site was originally the home of Doña Narcisa "Sisang" B. De Leon, head of major film studio LVN Pictures. Today, it continues to be a reminder of the Philippines glorious past in the film industry.
Nurturing local talent, Amplify seeks out homegrown OPM talent and pushes their work online via an online radio channel and a music video channel. The people behind Amplify are doing their part in keeping OPM fresh and vibrant.
Give your kids a quality education that is centered around the teachings of Jesus Christ at Jubilee. Easily accessible, traveling to and from school won’t stress out your tot, while you can be assured of a quality education.
The truly devout will appreciate visiting one of the Metro’s most iconic churches in Mt. Carmel. Located just off Aurora Boulevard, it’s not hard to get to.
Just off E. Rodriguez avenue is the home of Felix Manalo, better known as the founder and first executive minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo. For INC followers, this house is somewhat of a pilgrimage site, and can be visited.
Once known as the Magnolia Ice Cream house, the new version of this classic restaurant is located inside the aptly named Robinson’s Magnolia Mall. Perfect for the summer season, have a scoop of your favorite cold, creamy desserts, and reminisce about the good old days.
At the corner of Balete Drive and N. Domingo sits one of Quezon City’s most sought-after residential enclaves. Sky Villas isn’t only preferred because of its excellent location and proximity to lifestyle centers, but also because of the great living spaces offered within its premises.
Enjoy grilled chicken at it’s finest at JT’s. Don’t be afraid to eat with your hand here, because you’re surely gonna want to eat every little morsel of this sweet, smoky chicken.
A hub of art and culture located along Ortigas Avenue, Ronac Art Center is also a bustling lifestyle hub that offers other dining and retail options. And you can even play basketball (or catch PBA stars as they practice, if you’re lucky!) on their very well-maintained indoor wooden court.
Enjoy traditional mien, as well as other Chinese fare, at Mien San. The restaurant serves dishes for both merienda and for family meals, so you definitely have options here. Try the mushroom fish fillet and the beef tendon soup. Total winners.
For a fun time with either barkada or family, head over to E-Lanes Bowling Alley and work on your strikes. This is a great place for large get together, and everyone can bowl, so it’s definitely gonna be a fun time out.
Come home with a bouquet of flowers for your special someone straight from Crisanta, an institution in the flower business. Reveal your sweet side and rekindle the romance with an elegant bunch of roses or assorted blooms.
Located in the quiet Little Baguio neighborhood, Conrad’s offers all day breakfast, a very extensive ala carte menu, rich dessert items, and a cozy dining experience.
Get your Mexican cuisine fix at Hermano’s Taco and try, what else, but their signature house tacos. You can also get the carne asada, shredded beef, carnitas, or fish variants, and enjoy these as either tacos or burritos.
Known as "the place where dreams come true," Sampaguita Gardens is an exquisite events venue perfect for any occasion. With flowing water elements and dramatic lighting, it makes for a great backdrop for any event you may have.
Also known as The Arena in San Juan, you can catch many of your favorite sporting events here. From local professional and collegiate basketball games, to professional and collegiate volleyball games, take a look at their schedule of events to catch the next game.
Sink your teeth into authentic Mediterranean fare at Greeka Kouzina. Start with dips like the refreshing tatziki or savory olive hummus, and continue your meal with a hearty lamb souvlaki. And for dessert, any Greek meal won’t be complete without a serving of baklava.
If you’re hankering for a nice, thick goulash, head over to Balkan Express. Enjoy other traditional dishes like kobasica (pork sausage) or karadjordjeva (rolled chicken breast) for a different kind of flavor.
One of the spiritual centers of the San Juan area, Mary the Queen Parish is open to the worshiping public every day of the year. The well-maintained, modern church is definitely a comfortable place of worship.
This all-boys high school is known for it’s high standards and competitive sports programs (particularly basketball), and is capable in grooming young men to be ready to enter the best colleges worldwide.
ICA, as it is also known as, is an all-girls high school that is centered on educating young girls to ready them for entrance into the world’s best universities. It’s located along one of the Metro’s main thoroughfares, so access to it is very easy.
The Quezon City campus occupies an entire block along Aurora Boulevard and Gilmore Avenue, making it accessible to all. The Catholic institution offers quality co-ed schooling for Preparatory, Grade School, High School, and College students.
Adorn your home with high-end, stylish furniture made from organic and upcycled materials. This small business has been around since the 1970s, and has been lauded for its world-class designs.
This hidden gem in San Juan is famous for their claypot dishes, laksa soup, and sticks of Hong Kong street food. The place is always filled with people from sun up till midnight-a clear indication that the food is THAT good. But if you find yourself craving for this on Sunday, sorry, they’re closed.
Enter a whole new world by choosing from over 400 unique games that are best enjoyed with Super Nachos, Cheese Gyoza. Guests can also geek out over creatively titled specialty drinks that reference your favorite TV shows and movies, from the King’s Landing Float to the Millenium Falcon.
Hidden in the quiet streets of Horseshoe Village is one of the metro’s most romantic restaurants. Make reservations to try their 8-course degustation menu paired with selections from the wine cellar, which is situated in the ground floor of the lovely Mediterranean style venue.
After taking a few laps in the pool or hitting strikes in the bowling alley, indulge in QC Sports Club’s wide selection of dishes that include Pinoy and Japanese favorites.
The two-storey beige and white structure done in neo-classical American architecture has been up since 1927. It served as a vacation house of the family, and was the place where Quezon stayed when he became ill.