10 Places in Metro Manila for Your Real-Life Meet-Cute

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(SPOT.ph) While we can’t probably live our lives like a musical, bursting into song and dance during significant moments, it’s not far-fetched to think, and hope, that we could at least have a romcom-worthy meet-cute with someone—or The One?—somewhere in these crowded Metro Manila streets. And even if it’s not to meet anybody new, you can always take yourself on a solo date in some cool new spots.

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Here are 10 spots perfect for a solo adventure—and a possible real-life meet-cute:

Bookfellas

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If you don’t mind spending a few hours rummaging through the shelves of indie bookstore Bookfellas—they’ve got quite a collection of hard-to-find titles that probably haven’t seen the mainstream bookstores shelves in ages, like memoirs, biographies, and even philosophy finds—then it’s not surprising if someone else feels the same way too. Imagine it now: seeing a title you find intriguing, reaching out, and...somebody grabbing the book at the exact same time?

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Bookfellas is at 19 Malingap Street, Teacher’s Village, Diliman, Quezon City. It is open from Monday to Saturday, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and every Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Edge Climb Gym at The Upper Deck

Challenge yourself to reach greater heights, literally speaking, by taking up wall climbing as a new hobby. Whether you go by yourself or with friends, you might just meet a fellow wall climbing enthusiast who’s ready to—oh, we don’t know—catch you in case you fall? (Hey, it can happen!) Plus points: you know you’ll always have a climbing or workout buddy to count on.

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The Upper Deck is at 6/F Ortigas Technopoint One, 1 Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

KONDWI

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This new all-around hot spot in Poblacion is a restaurant, a bar, an art gallery, and a performing art space, so you’ll meet all sorts of people here. Maybe you’ll meet a brooding artist admiring the paintings and installations on the walls or be charmed by someone who offers to share a meal or drink. Who knows? In a place where anything can happen, a meet-cute with a fellow art enthusiast could very well be part of the experience.

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KONDWI is at 6109 Albert Street, Poblacion, Makati City. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and every Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Alliance Française de Manille

Itching to learn a new language? Fortunately, there are a ton of reputable language schools around the Metro that’ll have you talking foreign phrases like a pro with their professional programs and immersive workshops. Alliance Française de Manille is the best place to learn French in Manila, either as a one- or two-month course or in a fun short-burst practice workshop. 

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Alliance Française de Manille is at 209 Nicanor Garcia, Makati City. It is open from Monday to Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; every Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and every Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

BARE Manila

BARE MNL is a workout studio that uses the BLACK workout method, combining high-intensity interval training and strength training. The workouts are usually done in pairs and groups. Can you imagine locking eyes with another solo workout junkie across the room, both of you searching for a partner? 

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BARE MNL is at 8 Forbestown Road, Forbes Town, Taguig City. See their class schedule here. 

SCUBA Studio

You’ll see a ton of diving enthusiasts over at SCUBA Studio. Both beginners and intermediate divers alike flock to the 20-foot diving pool to take courses or brush up on their diving skills. Plus, the studio sells underwater photography and scuba diving equipment, so it’s an all-in-one spot for all kinds of enthusiasts. 

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SCUBA Studio is at 308 Seaview Street corner P. Guevarra Street, San Juan City. It is open from Monday to Friday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and every Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Intramuros After Dark Walking Tour

During the day, Intramuros is a gorgeous reminder of what our country went through under the Spanish colonial regime. But at night, it becomes a mysterious place often the setting for local ghost stories. Take the tour to see the Walled City in a brand new light—and if you ever get spooked, maybe there’ll be a hand you can hold on to.

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Intramuros After Dark Walking Tour meetup point is at Plaza Roma, Calle Postigo, Intramuros, Manila City. See their tour schedules here. 

12 Monkeys Music Hall and Pub

Many a song has been written about meeting people at a music show or festival, so your chances of having a memorable meet cute with a fellow music lover probably increases when you spend a night at 12 Monkeys—known for having big and rising names alike play gigs and shows while you hang back and enjoy an after-work drink. The space is a tad smaller than your typical concert venues, but that’ll just get you vibing with people around you and moving to the music. 

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12 Monkeys Music Hall and Pub is at El Pueblo Real de Manila, Ruby Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Laruan Atbp. Café

Laruan Atbp. Café is home to several board game hobbyists, tournaments, and meets, but that shouldn’t intimidate you. You’ll have plenty to enjoy here, from the good food to the cozy IG-worthy industrial interiors, and, of course, a load of board games for both beginners and experienced players. 

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Laruan Atbp. Café is at G/F Luisa Building 2, 107 Maginhawa Street, Teacher’s Village, Quezon City. It is open from Monday to Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.; from Friday to Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and every Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. 

Quezon City Public Library

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We probably don’t visit libraries nearly enough, but it makes a great alternative to a coffee shop if you want to get in some work or reading. The Quezon City Public Library is one of the most modern libraries in the metro, complete with free WiFi and a café if you’re planning to stay long. But of course, a library isn’t a library without its myriad of books, so it might not be too crazy to think you'd meet a fellow book lover while exploring the shelves.

The Quezon City Public Library is at 2/F Quezon City Barangay Hall Compound, Mayaman Street, Barangay Central, Quezon City. It is open from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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