CELLO'S DOUGHNUTS AND DIPS (above Mercury Drug)
Don't have time to sit down and have a meal? No problem. Buy a box of doughnuts to share....or buy a box just for yourself. Cello's puts a twist to the ordinary doughnut experience. Try out their M&M stuffed doughnut or their Twix stuffed doughnut. You can even spell out a message to your loved ones using their letter doughnuts!
8CUTS BURGER BLENDS (UP Town Center)
If you’re in the mood for a really good burger, 8Cuts’ doors are open for you. They’ve got different meat blends and flavors to choose from. You could also make your own burger from the list of ingredients they have to offer. We recommend the four cheese burger with a side of onion rings. Or just the onion rings which are under 100 pesos but could feed two people. It's to die for. The ambiance of the restaurant is pretty laid-back, perfect for nights out with your classmates or friends. (They have booze, too! *wink wink*)
XOCOLAT (B. Gonzales St.)
If you’re looking for home-cooked comfort food, this is the place for you. The restaurant is actually a refurbished house, so its guaranteed to give you that cozy, homey feel. The meals here are quite filling, so you really get your money’s worth. Their hot chocolate is a must-try especially during this rainy season.
Check out our full review here!
CASA VERDE (UP Town Center)
B. WINGS (Esteban Abada St.)
B. Wings is one of the few wings places in Katipunan that offers student-friendly prices to go with their delectable menu. For a price of P260, you get 12 pieces of mouth-watering, crunchy, damn good chicken wings that you can share with friends or just for yourself. They also offer meals worth P150 if you're not a heavy eater. Their Filipino-themed flavors are must tries. I recommend trying the Black Mamba, which is spicy but have undertones of chocolate.
Cafe shibuya (up town center)
Do you see that photo? It's a lot bigger in real life. Cafe Shibuya is perfect for the average sweet tooth with it's Dessert Toast. It's price is also perfect for sharing because the toast is gigantic for most standards. They also serve spot on coffee and hot chocolate. Their staff is also very friendly!
Wooden spoon (near bo's coffee)
Sandy Daza is a gastronomical genius, from his Seafood Kare-Kare to his Crispy Crab Noodles. No, I swear, try the noodles it's to die for. Sadly, Wooden Spoon is usually packed unless you're really early for lunch or dinner. Can you blame them? One wouldn't go here all the time if she or he was a student but if it were something special, ahem ahem, like a date, then she or he should definitely go here.
Katsu cafe (right behind bo's coffe)
What's so fascinating about Katsu Cafe is that it's not just your ordinary deep fried pork chops topped on rice. You're given a Japanese mortar and pestle for crushing black and white sesame seeds and special tonkatsu sauce that tastes brilliant all for 195 pesos. They also have Japanese beer to relax yourself after a hard school day.
gino's BRICK OVEN pizza (ABOVE MERCURY DRUG)
This place has been critically acclaimed as a fantastic Italian restaurant by many Filipino foodies. It's so good that it opened a branch at Salcedo Village, which some consider as one of the hubs of the Filipino food scene. The pizza bread itself tastes fresh and smokey and of course, everyone will agree that one must try their burata mozarella salad. I mean, it's a gigantic piece of cheese to eat with your salad. If you're feeling adventurous, go try their chocolate chicharon!
BRICKFIRE (ESTEBAN ABADA ST. BEHIND MCDONALD'S)
starr's FAMOUS shakes (ESTEBAN ABADA ST. BEHIND MCDONALD'S)
Roku (oracle building)
It's the storm season in the Philippines and you just want to warm yourself up. Go to Roku to taste their amazing ramen bowls, as well as their extremely delicious and innovative sushi. Their best selling ramen is the Shoyu-based topped with pork belly, nori, egg, spring onions, and nori. One should also definitely try their Firecracker Roll, which is crunchy spicy salmon maki.
Craft coffee REVOLUTION (esteban abada st.)
CAFE sweet inspiration's
Who doesn't love when you can actually control your food and its serving size? Sweet Inspirations, which has been there for forever, has their legendary Mongolian Buffets at a price that one cannot resist. An all you can eat is for 310 pesos while a single bowl is for 195 pesos. It's also hot when it gets to your table, so who's complaining? Don't forget about their decadent desserts such as Banana Cream Pie and Sansrival.
Jeepney bistro (behind mcdonald's)
Jeepney Bistro is one of the newer places in the Katipunan. Not only does it have a mini turo-turo area, it also has an adorable little cafe that serves really good coffee blends and pastries, and a Mexican bar which serves amazing Mexican meals at an affordable price. The place is definitely student-friendly because of the homey and quiet ambiance, and the affordable yet amazing meals.
- Anna Cayco, Kim Alivia, Daniela Regis & Nikki Alarilla
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