Best Things To Do in Manila This Weekend (Jan. 26-29)

Images: Mabuhay Maynila / Golden Gibbon
Images: Mabuhay Maynila / Golden Gibbon

Bent on exploring new places in Manila? Coconuts has put together recommendations of where you can go in the metro’s various hotspotsfrom a Southeast Asian jungle-inspired joint, to a weekend market bringing Manila’s brightest creatives and artists in one space.

We update this list every Thursday so feel free to bookmark it!

Guava Sketches Weekend Market

Guava Sketches invites you to its first-ever weekend market, hosting pop-ups of other brands at its space. Design lovers will have E. Murio, Home Love Point, Kila Objects Studio, and Mabuhay Maynila to look forward to, while new pieces from Nazareno/Lichauco and Geof Gonzales drop. Meanwhile, art fans can enjoy pop-ups from Garapata and Otto Björnik. Whatever you’re into, there’s something for everyone — including the widely touted pastries by IJO and UNICO, as well as Type A Coffee.

Guava Sketches Weekend Market runs from Jan. 27 to 29. Visit them at Level 3 of Greenbelt 5, Makati City.

Toka Wine: Katipunan, Quezon City

ICYMI, Katipunan, Quezon City has a new neighborhood wine shop in Toka, a cozy 20-seater joint featuring a great selection of wines and a tapas menu. It also hosts guest chefs from time to time: for this week’s Will Host, don’t miss out on “hip, Parisian, neo-bistro” cooking from Chef Ian Padilla.

Toka Wine Bar is at 141 Katipunan Ave, Quezon City. Visit their Instagram page.

Phono: Scout Rallos, Quezon City

Walk inside and past a rib shop into an intimate, moody space filled with low ceiling, dim lighting, and ’70s memorabilia. Crates of old records line its sides, directing you to a turntable atop an old TV set and standing Bowers & Wilkins speakers. Phono is a speakeasy-style haunt-slash-listening room for vinyl record lovers. Also chance upon some of the city’s most experimental musical artists taking over from time to time.

Phono is at #2 Scout Rallos corner Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City. Visit their Instagram page.

Secret Supper Club: Manila City

If you’re wondering what else is there to explore in the historic city of Manila, then keep tabs on the Secret Supper Club, which serves elegant plant-based fare amid a character-filled setting. They accept reservations only, with the venue kept under wraps until the day before — a great excuse to revisit some of the city’s overlooked spots.

Visit the Secret Supper Club Manila’s Instagram page.

Type A Coffee: Sheridan, Mandaluyong City

If you’re looking for a neighborhood café around Mandaluyong City, friendly reminder that Type A exists — a stylish shared space nestled in the corner of Sheridan and Pioneer Streets. Aside from their smooth cold brews, they host pop-ups and collaborations from time to time (they did one with beignet brand Chabelita recently, and a previous collab with burger joint Sweet X), so stay tuned.

Type A Coffee Shared Space is at 7 Sheridan, Mandaluyong City. Visit their Instagram page.

Golden Gibbon: Makati City

Looking for an exciting spot in Makati? Check out Golden Gibbon, a Southeast Asian fusion restaurant and cocktail bar that serves up bright and punchy flavors within a lush, tropical jungle vibe.

Golden Gibbon is at L.P Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Visit their Instagram page.

Saan Saan: Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Fans of the artisanal candle brand Saan Saan will be thrilled to know that they’ve opened up shop in the thriving neighborhood of Kapitolyo in Pasig City. Awash in concrete and wood, Saan Saan’s physical outlet is a therapeutic spot that has gone beyond soy candles to other mindful wares such as incense sticks, diffusers, handmade soaps, and more.

Saan Saan is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 11am to 6pm, at Ace Hotel and Suites, United St. cor. Brixton St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Visit their Instagram page.

Caferista: Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Walk a few steps beyond Saan Saan and venture inside Caferista, a neighborhood fixture along Brixton St. in Kapitolyo. Home to bike and motorcycle enthusiasts, Caferista leans heavily on related aesthetics such as concrete walls, wooden floors and tables, and leather chairs. Come and check out its bikes being detailed out front, or enjoy its single-origin coffee. Aside from a great playlist, they’re pet-friendly, too!

Caferista is at 11 Brixton St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

Cultivate: Antipolo City

If you’re willing to drive a little past the metro and into the outskirts of Antipolo, you may be surprised to find a new rooftop café-slash-bar. A weekend space for community and creativity, Cultivate serves specialty coffee and cocktails, as well as craft beer, all sourced within Antipolo. Chance upon DJs playing beats or indie pop-ups — from tacos to art — from time to time.

Cultivate is at 3/F Suburbia Building, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City. Open from Fridays to Sundays from 4pm to 12am. Visit their Instagram page.

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