A DAY IN KAPITOLYO

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The com­pact, vi­brant neigh­bor­hood of Kapitolyo is right in the heart of Pasig City—one of the 17 cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that make up Metro Manila. Though it has gained a rep­u­ta­tion as a foodie’s do­main, its cre­ativ­ity is ex­pressed in other ways, with in­de­pen­dent stores and even a home­grown craft brew­ery if you know where to look. Bet­ter yet, Kapitolyo’s man­age­able size makes it easy to spend a re­lax­ing day here on foot.

9 a.m. Start off on Brix­ton Street with break­fast at The Good Seed ( the­good­seed.ph), a white­washed vege­tar­ian café whose Fil­ipino fare in­cludes ve­gan sisig served with brown rice, and a mush­room “pulled pork” pan de sal sand­wich fea­tur­ing mole salsa and av­o­cado.

10:30 a.m. In the same build­ing, newly ren­o­vated home and life­style shop Heima ( heima­s­tore.com) stands out for its el­e­gant, Scan­di­na­vian­in­spired wares. An­other place worth drop­ping by is The Green Com­pany Or­ganic + Nat­u­ral ( fb.com/the­green com­pa­ny­or­ganic) just up the road, stock­ing a wide range of eco-friendly per­sonal care prod­ucts.

12:30 p.m. Brace your­self for a hearty lunch at Poco Deli ( fb.com/

pocodeli). Must-tries here are the Ger­man-style sausages es made on the premises,es, as is the fam­ily recipe of Span­ish

cal­los— beef tripe and chorizo slow­cooked for 10 hours and served with ba­con rice.

2:30 p.m. On San Isidro­dro Street, Ce­vio Art Haus may re­sem­ble a mid-20th-cen­tury home, but it’s a low-key gallery that show­cases mostly new names in con­tem­po­rary Fil­ipino art. A re­cent ex­hi­bi­tion in­volved “fly­ing” chairs flanked by sur­re­al­ist paint­ings. 4 p.m. In­spired to cre­ate your own art­work? Just 10 min­utes away on foot, Craft Car­rot ( craft­car­rot.com) is stocked with a for­mi­da­ble range of pro­fes­sional-grade sup­plies, from Sakura paints to brush pens and Krink New York spe­cialty inks.

4:30 p.m. If you’re feel­ing peck­ish, wan­der over to the Gas­tro Park on 1st Street, Kapitolyo’s re­sponse to the trend of hip out­door food courts pop­ping up all over Metro Manila. Cool down with flash-frozen ice cream from The

Sev­enth El­e­ment, made with liq­uid ni­tro­gen and in­dus­trial mix­ers.

6:00 p.m. Re­visit Brix­ton Street and the re­cently opened Vic­to­ria Plaza build­ing, where BeerHouse Kapitolyo Brew­ing Co. ( fb.com/

kapi­toly­obrew­ing­com­pany) is the per­fect place to sam­ple a wide col­lec­tion of Fil­ipino craft beers such as Crazy Carabao, Cerveza Sa­gada, and Katipunan. The house­brewed beer comes in vari­ants named af­ter lo­cal streets. 7:330 p.m. C Con­tem­po­rary Span­ish tapas await at Mon­ta­di­tos Y Mas, housed in a food cen­ter built from con­verted ship­ping con­tain­ers. BeyondBe bite-sized sand­wiches,sand pop­u­lar op­tions are the best­selling oc­to­pus and rabo de toro (ox­tail).

10 p.m. Af­ter din­ner, or­der a strong brew at United Cof­fee ( fb.com/unit­ed­cof­feeph), a cozy, hip­ster-friendly café in the same com­plex. You can’t go wrong with its de­pend­able espresso that uses beans roasted right in Manila.

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