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Five exciting foodie streets in Metro Manila
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10 exciting foodie streets in Metro Manila you need to visit

by Nivelle DumlaoPublished: August 28, 2015Updated: September 13, 2017

These streets have it all: satisfyingly delicious meals, heavenly sweet treats, and awesome thirst quenchers.

 

Ten best streets in Metro Manila for foodies friends eating burgers fries

Filipinos love to eat in the streets. This is evident in the many foodie streets that seem to pop up every week in Metro Manila. Filipinos are so creative and inventive with food that a lot of fun and unique restaurants spring up in neighborhoods across the metro such as the ones  located along Maginhawa Street in Quezon City and Aguirre Street in Paranaque City. But if you’re looking for more gourmet street food to try, then we suggest putting one or two of the following places to your itinerary.


Domingo M. Guevara St. (formerly Libertad), Mandaluyong City

Domingo M. Guevara Street, more commonly known as Libertad Street, connects EDSA to Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City. This street is peppered with fast-food outlets and restaurants that will surely be appreciated by foodies. If you’re up for cupcakes and coffee, you may opt for The Royal Chimney. Another visit-worthy place is Tipsy Beans, a café famous for its coffee, Milo drinks, and other beverages.

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Chicken adobo. Photo via Depositphotos

Milk-tea lovers can go for Tea 101, while those who are into heavy meals, Plana’s Pantry has a variety of Filipino and Western dishes to choose from. There is also another restaurant called Bugong Roast Chicken, which not only serves chicken and rice meals, but also pasta and noodles. For pizza, head over to Dexter’s, which serves party-sized, 15-inch pizzas with a wide array of flavors to choose from.
 


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McArthur Highway, Brgy. Marulas, Valenzuela City

All along the stretch of McArthur Highway, food enthusiasts can feast on many choices depending on their cravings. Plenty of unique cafés can be enjoyed here, such as Coffee, Tea & Symphony; D’ Cream Coffee and Tea, and Roots and Herbs Coffee, the latter is famous for its malunggay coffee.

Ten best streets in Metro Manila for foodies coffee mugs
Coffee mugs. Photo via Depositphotos

Restaurants such as Balanlay Seafood & Steak House, Coal Spot for grilled burgers, Ersao for Taiwanese dishes, and Mr. T’s Inasal for Ilonggo-Tagalog cuisine are available for those who are looking for specialty restaurants. If you haven’t tried eating toasted siopao, you may try one at 3N Bakery: Bicol’s Best Toasted Siopao.

East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Kapitolyo has put Pasig City’s name on many a food enthusiast’s map for having streets crawling with unique restaurants and cafés. Probably the most famous street is East Capitol Drive, where most of the city’s culinary gems are found. You may also choose from different international cuisines: Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina for Filipino-style Mexican dishes, Gostoso Piri Piri for Portuguese cuisine, and Ba Noi’s for Vietnamese dishes.

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Baby back ribs. Photo via Depositphotos

If you fancy alcoholic drinks, St. Patrick’s Pub is the place to go. Charlie’s Grind and Grill is a burger hub that also offers breakfast and health-conscious meals. Rub Ribs and BBQ is famous for their juicy ribs, while Tomahawk Chops and Grill's specialty are their tender chops.

Lilac St., Brgy. Concepcion Dos, Marikina City

This emerging grub hotspot located along Concepcion Dos’ Lilac Street in Marikina City is quite popular for its Japanese restaurants such as Tamagoya Noodle House and Crazy Katsu. Another noodle house, Mogu Tree Noodle House, even lets you create your own noodle dish! Adding more international flavors to this street are Singaporean café Singlish and Mexican food shack Burrito Brothers. Charming cafés and pastry shops along this street include Casa Feliz, Cupcake Bites Cafe, Udderly Delicious Milkshakes & Desserts, Forget Me Not Cafe, and Pink Chiffon. Another notable restaurant, Concho’s, is owned by the members of OPM band Callalily, and offer sisig as their specialty.

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Tonkatsu. Photo via Depositphotos

P. Guevarra St., Little Baguio, San Juan

Step aside, Wilson Street. San Juan’s other famous lane, P. Guevarra, also has a lot to offer. For Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, try Greeka Kouzina. For savory Asian dishes, gastrophiles may try Yen Yen Taiwan Street Food, Oyasumi Ramen for hot noodles, Sodam for Korean buffet, and Toki Q for barbecue. For Filipino finds, Café Ysabel offers Kapampangan dishes and a buffet at celebrity chef Rolando Laudico’s Guevarra’s will definitely satisfy your cravings. The supplier of Belgian waffles to Starbucks, Pegi Waffles, also has a shop here to please your sweet tooth. Share Tea and Tea Tap Café are ready for those seeking thirst quenchers after meals.

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Ramen. Photo via Depositphotos

Congressional Avenue Extension, Quezon City

Before turning your car to Sikatuna Village’s Malingap Street, head toward the growing multicultural foodie hub that is Congressional Avenue Extension. Stretched between Luzon and Visayas Avenue in Tandang Sora, this little gem of a road is flanked left and right with restaurants that ought to satisfy whatever international treat you are craving for.

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Friends sharing pizza. Photo via Depositphotos

Gudo’s menu is pasta, pizza, steak, and peri-peri that are easy on the pocket. Meanwhile, coffee lovers looking to expand their expertise beyond Starbucks’ trendy offerings can satiate their caffeine craving at Brewing Point, where alongside coffee and cakes one could also feast on savory selections like their famed Singaporean dish White Chicken. As for those who can’t quite settle for a single cuisine, there’s Box Park, which boasts of being the first and original container van food park. Here, you can grab a burger at The Box Yard 101, sink a fork into some Pad Thai at the food stall Thai, and quell your sweet tooth with Cajita’s churros.

Tropical Avenue, BF International, Las Piñas

If you could peel yourself away from Parañaque’s Aguirre Avenue for a moment, you will realize there is another area close by that deserves your attention. Snaking through BF International is Tropical Avenue, where cuisines of the world from Asian to European continue to satisfy people of the South Side.

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Pasta dish. Photo via Depositphotos

Jonesing for some pasta? Head for Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen or Trattoria Altrove for some good old-fashioned Italian cooking. Or you can sharpen your chopstick-wielding skills at Makimoto Sushi Bar & Restaurant or Okiniiri. Your longing for porcine goodness could easily be ended with a visit to Tatang’s Boneless Cebu Lechon or Test Kitchen Caffe. Then, you can cap off your meal with a cup of joe at Kapeng Mainit or Café Alezon.

Kalayaan Avenue, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati

Jupiter Street is a well-established and well-known foodie magnet in Makati, but if you’re looking for a new place to go to once the day is done, you and your co-workers should venture out to Poblacion’s Kalayaan Avenue. Inside Century City Mall are a large number of exciting new restaurants like the French-Japanese fusion Le Petit Souffle, the paradise for chicken aficionados Bad Bird, the burger haven The Beef, and the home of fun baked delights Scout’s Honor. For those who want an Asian flair in their big night out, a visit to North Park Noodles and Matgalne Korean Restaurant is a must. Should you itch for a round of drinks, an oldie but goodie is Buddha Bar.

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Fried Chicken. Photo via Depositphotos

Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila

In a small pocket in Malate, you will find a smattering of restaurants where both students and employees of this area of Manila flock to unwind after a day at school or the office, and why wouldn’t they? The cuisines you will find here are as diverse as the individuals who frequent them. Exile on Main Street is as casual as they come, but the Filipino-Mexican-Italian-etc. menu filled with funny-sounding names is a winner for anyone on a budget looking for something sweet or savory. Right along those lines is 8065 Bagnet, a place that knows how to cut the fat (literally) with their succulent Filipino dishes.

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Nachos with guacamole and salsa. Photo via Depositphotos

Chomp Chomp, a Singaporean food hub should be a winner for those looking to feast on the stand-bys laksa soup, nasi goreng, and Hainanese chicken. Those whose love for all things Korean can fill their tummies at Samgyupsalamat. And for those who aim to gain new friends over Scrabble (and lose some of them over Monopoly), there’s the American place Cranium Board Game Lounge + Resto.

Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig

Now that you have most likely exhausted the food options at the center of BGC, namely Bonifacio High Street and Serendra, it’s time to venture toward an equally burgeoning area next door, Upper McKinley Road. As this section has seen a lot of residential real estate growth, so have the commercial areas complementing them, hence the presence of quite a few unique restaurants to add to your foodie list.

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Friends toasting with beer. Photo via Depositphotos

Start your gastronomic journey in this part of town at the German-Turkish Wursty Wursty, where meals understandably go hand-in-hand with some choice draft beer. If beer with a K-Pop twist is more up your alley, you’re welcome to beat your hunger at Chicken and Beer. You can keep the party going at B & T Mexican Kitchen, with more libations and their fantastic finger food. Then, spend some quiet time sipping coffee while poring over some good reads at Book & Borders Café.


BONUS:

Planning your next food trip in Malabon? Save yourself the trouble by joining the Malabon Food Tour for an eat-and-hop food trip. At Php600 per passenger, this package already includes meal coupons from each of the food stops you will visit, as well as the fare for the tricycle rides to and from each stop. These food stops include Lugaw Express, Hazel’s Bakery for puto (rice cake), Jamico’s Restaurant for crispy pata, Dolor’s Kakanin, Nanay’s Pansit Malabon and Betsy’s Cakes. Not only will you have a happy tummy, but you’ll also get to help Malabon’s tricycle drivers and the city’s tourism.

 

Sources: onevalenzuela.blogspot.com, outoftownblog.com, pinasmuna.com, ph.phonebooky.com, insights.looloo.com, spot.ph, thedailyposh.net, foodsonthespot.com, itsberyllicious.com, mikelaagan.com

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