Local Favorites: Where to Shop, Work Out, and Get Some Me-Time in Bonifacio Global City
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(SPOT.ph) It’s no secret that Bonifacio Global City is home to a huge selection of great restaurants, hip cafés, and cool bars. More than a vast dining scene and a colorful nightlife, BGC is also where you can indulge in some retail therapy, get pampered, and start a fitness journey. The neighborhood is studded with shops that are worth checking out, places where you can get a much needed R&R, and workout studios that’ll help you achieve your fitness goals.
Here’s where you can shop, work out, and get some me-time in BGC:
Frankie & Friends General Store
This Instagram-worthy store is a treasure trove of cool finds from homegrown brands. You can shop all things local, from beauty items, footwear, jewelry, totes, and other fashion pieces at Frankie & Friends General Store. They also carry eco-friendly essentials, perfect if you want to start living a more sustainable lifestyle. If you ever need to buy last-minute presents, you’ll find great gift ideas when you drop by this cool store.
Frankie & Friends General Store is at 2/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.
Feel like giving your home a makeover? European furniture brand Habitat carries a wide range of beautifully designed home products, from their functional furniture pieces to exquisite lighting to kitchen essentials to home accessories and statement pieces—it has everything you need to build an effortlessly chic home.
Habitat is at 3/F Abenson, 5th Avenue corner 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Both budding and expert artists will agree that Art Bar is a haven for all things art. The first branch opened in Serendra and occupies two whole floors, so you’ll want to allot some time for you to scour through all the items the store has to offer. Shop from brands lik Pébéo, Sennelier, Winsor & Newton, Caran d’Ache, and more. Art Bar also has an area where they hold workshops once in a while. Plus, coffee lovers can enjoy a cup of joe at Toby’s Estate located on the ground floor of the store.
Art Bar is at 1/F Serendra Piazza, McKinley Parkway, Fort Bonifacio, Bonifacio Global City.
Want to be crowned Best Tita by your nieces and nephews? Just take them to Hamleys at Central Square. The British toy store stocks some of the coolest toys, from LEGO, Barbie, Hello Kitty, Peppa Pig, and more. They also carry some cool activity sets perfect for artsy kids, from coloring books to art kits. Plus, the little ones can opt to play with some of the toys in store!
Hamleys is at UG/F Central Square, 5th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
For those looking for some quiet me-time, Manos is right up your alley. It’s situated in a secluded location, so you’ll feel like you’re far away from the busy neighborhood without having to leave it. Inside, nature-inspired interiors will instantly put you in a relaxed mood. Spoil yourself and go for their Premium Spa (P900) treatment which includes soak, scrub, cleaning, massage, and polish or buff for both hands and feet. Manos also has a mini bar where you can enjoy some refreshments before or after your treatment.
Manos is at Unit 2-I Crescent Park Residences, 30th Street corner 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
The Mandara Spa
Feeling stressed? Unwind at The Mandara Spa where you can treat yourself to their Signature Massage (P1,050)—a 75-minute full-body massage that features relaxing strokes with heat pad therapy to help loosen tight muscles. They also make use of a special blend of aromatic oils that may lull you to sleep even if you want to savor every relaxing stroke. They also offer other treatments, like Swedish, Hilot, Body Scrub, and more.
The Mandara Spa is at Unit 318 McKinley Park Residences, 3rd Avenue corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Whether it’s time for your monthly facial or you simply want to try a new treatment to show your skin some TLC, Stelton Dermascience is worth checking out. They offer a variety of facial treatments, like the Pimple-Free Facial (P800) which deep cleanses your skin and extracts impurities while preventing further breakouts. This treatment comes with a special mask that absorbs excess oil while soothing blemish-prone skin. Other treatments the offer include Revitalizing Facial (P500), Dermascience Facial (P2,000), and Hydrajet Facial (P2,500).
Stelton Dermascience is at One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Elev8 Lagree Fitness Studio
The easiest way to describe the Lagree workout is that it’s like Pilates, but on steroids. The workout requires the use of a Megaformer, where you’ll spend 45 minutes sweating, shaking, and burning up to 800 calories per session. Elev8 Lagree Fitness Studio offers high-intensity, low-impact, full-body workout that will strengthen your core and help you improve your balance and flexibility. The key is to go as slow as you can…but don’t be fooled—it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Elev8 Lagree Fitness Studio is at 9/F Unit 1, Ore Central, 9th Avenue corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Mindful Movement Asia Pilates Studio
Been wanting to practice Pilates but not sure where to go? For BGC-dwellers and workers, there’s Mindful Movement Asia Pilates Studio (which ranked #2 on our Top 10 Pilates Studios list, BTW). First timers can enjoy a complimentary session so you can try it out first before committing to a package. Do note that your first session will be focused on learning all the basics, so don’t expect an intense sweat sesh right off the bat. When it comes to amenities, they’re complete from lockers to shower rooms to changing rooms, which is great if you have somewhere else to be after your session.
Mindful Movement Asia Pilates Studio is at 15/F Ecotower Building, 32nd Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Looking for a gym that’ll actually make you want to workout? Kerry Sports might just be what you’re looking for. This all-in-one fitness studio features all the essential gym equipment for a full-body workout and it boasts a lot of space so you won’t have to run into sweaty people when moving from one place to another. Kerry Sports also offers group fitness classes including yoga, Pilates, spinning, boxing, and martial arts. They even have basketball, squash, and tennis courts available for use. A Ride Revolution also opened inside the gym, so you can join fun (and intense!) spinning classes there, too.
Kerry Sports is at 5/F and 6/F Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.