(SPOT.ph) Shopping may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Maginhawa Street” or “Teachers Village” but there’s a lot more to this area than just food. We combed through the neighborhood to help you get started on what might be your first shopping trip in the area.
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Here’s where you can shop the next time you’re in Teachers Village:
Pulseras by Kim
Pulseras by Kim effortlessly grew its following because of its selection of pretty, minimalist jewelry. The local brand found its home along Maginhawa just last month, and their physical store has since been attracting a steady stream of shoppers. They do close shop from time to time when they have pop-up shops in other parts of the Metro, so keep an eye on their Instagram for updates. Their physical store is where you can shop Pulseras by Kim's chic jewelry pieces that are all handcrafted from locally sourced materials. They make great gift ideas for the special people in your life!
Pulseras by Kim is at 72 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Pulseras by Kim’s website.
This cozy little shop along Malingap Street is a must-visit for any artist. While they do have an online shop, nothing beats the feeling of actually seeing all the art supplies and paper face to face. They carry items like paintbrushes, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, sculpting and carving tools, cutting tools, specialty paper, and more. Shop from brands like PanPastel, Sakura, Golden Artist Colors, Escoda, Zig, Staedtler, and Strathmore, among others.
Artwhale is at Unit B1, 22 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Artwhale’s Facebook page.
5D Healing Crystals
This Makati original has found its way to Quezon City and opened its doors in September 2019. It has a massive display of tumbled stones, jewelry, geodes, crystal balls, and singing bowls. 5D Healing Crystals sources their gemstones and crystals from all over the world. Their Maginhawa store also has the biggest quartz singing bowl we’ve ever seen!
5D Healing Crystals is at 2/F 80 Maginhawa Residences, Teachers Village, Quezon City. For more information, log on to 5D Healing Crystals’ Facebook page.
This tiny clothing store is packed with colorful shirts and hoodies featuring pop culture-inspired designs perfect for fan girls. You can go with the designs that are already on display, or you can choose a plain shirt or hoodie in the color you want and have them print your preferred design; you just have to wait 10 to 15 minutes. The unisex shirts come in small to large and are available for P250, while the hoodies go for P500.
Cosmic Concept is at 78 Maginhawa Street, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Cosmic Concept's Facebook page.
If you’re looking for a shop that offers plus-size threads, you might want to check out eStilo’s physical store. It’s where you can score stylish pieces like rompers, dresses, and bottoms that’ll flatter your curvy figure. eStilo also carries chic swimwear, perfect if you’ve got an upcoming beach trip. Looking for smaller sizes? The store also caters to other body types, so if you’re looking for smaller sizes, check out their online shop to see all their offerings.
eStilo is at 189 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. For more information, log on to eStilo’s Facebook page.
Jess and Pat’s
Here’s more proof that a lot of shops in the UP Village area deserve a closer look. Jess and Pat’s is actually a café and performance space, but it has an area reserved for showcasing the works and wares of various local writers such as Rei Nikolai and artists, including Stranger Tin and Minimalitics. It’s a great place to pick up some new gifts and to discover more Filipino talents.
Jess and Pat’s is at 2/F 63 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Jess and Pat’s Facebook page.
Red Monster Shop
You can’t miss the array of posters and signs right outside Red Monster Shop, but it’s the vast interior that will surprise you. The display cabinets are stacked with Nendoroid and Banpresto figures and plushies, and one half of the shop is devoted to J-Pop and anime while the other half is dedicated to K-Pop. If you can’t immediately process all the good stuff right in front of you, you might want to sit down and have a meal first; they offer coffee and dishes like katsudon, spicy ramyeon, and kimchi fried rice.
Red Monster Shop is at Unit C3 3/F Luisa Building 2, 107 Maginhawa Street, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Red Monster Shop’s Facebook page.
If you’re on the hunt for some premium vintage clothing and streetwear, Season Pass is the place to visit. They have cool vintage tees, footwear, accessories, and fun novelty finds. Some of the brands they carry include Supreme, Carhartt, BAPE, and Stussy, among others. Their community sales are what you want to look out for, too—there are a lot more brands on those days, and they come up with different collections as well. You can check out their Instagram for announcements.
Season Pass is at 51 Magiting Street, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Season Pass’ Facebook page.
Since it started as an online purveyor of adult goods and toys in 2016, Ilya has been working to educate people about sex and intimacy. The physical store has been open since June 2017 and according to the owner, they wanted the store to be inviting and enjoyable even to those who are just getting into it—and you can see that from their bright interiors and #aesthetic products. Oh, and even if you’re not in the market for a sex toy, you might want to stop by for a snack; they have a small ice cream stand in one corner of the store!
Ilya is at 2/F 189 Maginhawa Street, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, log on to Ilya’s Facebook page.
The Mala Tree
Maginhawa is looking like it's gaining a reputation as Quezon City's crystal hub: The Mala Tree, the first crystal shop in the area, has a soothing vibe because of the sounds, the scent, and the lighting, but it's the sight of the tumbled stones, money trees, singing bowls, pendants, and all the bracelets that will definitely set your heart racing. The store has been open since 2011 and some of the products they sell apart from crystals and gemstones include Japa Mala beads, crystal bracelets, feng shui bracelets, yoga-inspired jewelry, and more.
The Mala Tree is at 189 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. For more information, log on to The Mala Tree’s Facebook page.