— Maginhawa and nearby streets in Teachers Village, Quezon City
have collectively become known as a food and art district with a growing number of dining establishments, artistic hubs, indie bookstores, and shops. The former residential area is near several university campuses and attracts mostly a student crowd and families.
Lots of budget-friendly eats and a variety of food options.
Hawker-style food parks, board game cafes, and quirky themed cafes.
For foreign tourists looking for an introduction to Filipino food, the best options would be:
- Provenciano: A semi-fine dining restaurant featuring specialties from different provinces of the Philippines.
- Gerry’s Jeepney: A themed restaurant where you can enjoy boodle fights (military style of eating where rice and viands are places on leaves on a long table where guests typically eat with their bare hands). The restaurant contains several booths in the form of the iconic jeepneys, Manila’s most popular mode of transport.
- Pino: A modern resto bar serving creative Filipino comfort food with a twist.
- Masa Pinoy Cafe & Diner: A quiet cafe serving good unpretentious Filipino food.
- For more adventurous foodies, look out for stalls along the street where vendors sell famous
- Pinoy street food such as balut, isaw, kwek kwek and betamax.
How to go
— From EDSA, ride a northbound bus and get down at Philcoa, then take a tricycle to Maginhawa Street. Restaurants and food parks can get crowded during the weekends, while many establishments are closed on Mondays. For the best experience, visit during weekdays or early dinner during weekends. Most restaurants close fairly early at 10:00 pm, while food parks are open until later.