10 Great Places to De-Stress in Manila

We show you where to go to let off a little steam.

(SPOT.ph) We all cope with stress in different ways. Folks with bottomless appetites use food to (at least momentarily) forget, while others take out their frustrations in the gym. Whatever you decide to do, whatever your relationship status or your unending problems at work, we found 10 places in Manila that will help you deal with the stress.



Treat yourself to some R&R

Take your next spa session to another level and head to The Third Eye Wellness. Their signature Transcend Treatments (P1,600 to P2,500) blend soothing massage therapies with unique healing sessions (think Reiki, Tarot Therapy, or even Past Life Regression). You can also choose to make your own heavenly treatment combination. Pair your spiritual detox with some hand and foot pampering: trust us when we say the Nirvana (P1,200) does what its name promises.


The Third Eye Wellness is at 6/F Jecoprime Building, 20th Drive Corporate Center, 20th Drive, McKinley Business Park, Bonifacio Global City (808-2984, 0917-636-2800). For more information, log on to The Third Eye Wellness' website



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Punch out your frustrations

Need to blow off some steam? Empire Boxing has friendly and accommodating staff that welcome even the most hesitant boxing newbie. Shell out an annual membership fee of P1,200 (or just P100 a month), which entitles you to one-on-ones with trainers, access to gym facilities, as well as four free boxing or three free Muay Thai sessions. Their branches in Makati, McKinley, and Fairview are open 24 hours, too!


See a list of Empire Boxing branches (0999-994-3267). For more information, log on to Empire Boxing's Facebook page.


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Unwind with coffee and a good book

If it's a quiet and unassuming ambience you're after, head to Book & Borders Café. This bookworm's sanctuary has everything you need to de-stress, from plush and inviting seats to warm reading lights and of course, shelves upon shelves of good reads. Sip a latte and immerse yourself for hours. No one will judge you!


Book & Borders Café has branches at 281 Tomas Morato, Diliman, Quezon City; and Unit RC-RCM Bulding 5, Tuscany, McKinley Hill, Taguig City.


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Challenge yourself at the gym

Legally Blonde knew what it was talking about when Elle Woods said, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." The best (and most productive) way to let out your frustrations is to hit the gym. 360 Fitness Club's new Heart Rate Training System is a cardio strength interval class that will challenge you to push yourself and make the most of your workout. You don't need to be a fitness expert to join in, and best of all, you're burning calories up to 24 hours...even after your workout!



See a list of 360 Fitness Club branches. For more information, log on to 360 Fitness Club's website.


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Have a blast...literally

Even target practice rookies are welcome at Commander Shooting Range, a PNP-accredited indoor gun range that has all the required amenities and safety procedures. If you're new to the whole experience, don't worry! A certified range officer will assist you at all times, and everyone will be given basic pointers before taking on the gun range. The area also has a café and gun shop.


Commander Shooting Range is at No. 6 12th Avenue, Murphy Cubao, Quezon City (709-4076). For more information, log on to Commander Shooting Range's Facebook page.




Drown yourself in ice cream

Nothing understands your pain more than ice cream, and Carousel Creamery offers a whopping 101 flavors! Go beyond the usual strawberry and chocolate, and have your fill of crazy creations like Bacon and Cheese, Beer and Chicharon, and Double Shot Espresso Chip. Alternatively, you can grab your friends, settle into their comfy seats, and drown your sorrows in their super-sized, 10-scoop sundae called CONEnundrum (P750).


Carousel Creamery is at 8 Missouri Street, Greenhills, San Juan City (775-9092).


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See a movie

Escape from responsibilities (at least for a little bit) at Cinema '76, an intimate micro-theater housed in the office building of Artikulo Uno Productions—yes, the folks behind Heneral Luna. They screen hard-to-find Pinoy indie films across all genres at just P100 a ticket! We especially love their cozy couches and throw pillows that practically beg you to stay awhile. Now all you need is some popcorn.



Cinema '76 is at 160 Luna Mencias Street, Barangay Addition Hills, San Juan City (398-1939). For more information, log on to Cinema '76's Facebook page.


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Eat your heart out

Stress is the best excuse to pig out, and 8 Cuts offers fare that will cater to every craving. For the hungry carnivores, sink your teeth into juicy and mouthwatering burger patties; if your sweet tooth is calling, they have decadent milkshakes like Cookie Butter and Nutella. Plus, no trip to 8 Cuts is complete without a side of their famous Onion Rings and Skinny Fries.


See a list of 8 Cuts Burgers branches.


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See (and shop for) some interesting art

You don't need to be an art aficionado to have a good time at Secret Fresh. This hip and modern gallery houses eye-popping exhibits that will entertain just about anyone. Bring your credit card, because you won't want to leave until you get your hands on some cool art of your own...or maybe even a vinyl record or two. Pro-tip: Pay a visit during an exhibit's opening night because your art experience also comes with beer!


Secret Fresh is at G/F Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan City (570-9815).


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Have a short getaway

You don't need to travel far to treat yourself. For a quick getaway in the bustling city, check in to B Hotel in Quezon City, where you can unwind in their spacious rooms that feature a sleek and modern aesthetic. Have your fill of juicy, grilled steaks at Johnny's Steak and Grill downstairs or take a dip in their outdoor infinity pool that boasts a gorgeous view of the city.



B Hotel is at 14 Scout Rallos Street, Barangay Laging Handa, South Triangle, Quezon City (771-8181). For more information, log on to B Hotel's website.


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Photos from SPOT.ph archives (Carousel Creamery, Cinema '76, and 8 Cut Burgers), and the official websites and Facebook pages of The Third Eye Wellness, Empire Boxing, Book & Borders, 360 Fitness Club, Secret Fresh, and B Hotel.

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