NEIGH­BOR­HOOD GUIDE TO NORTH/CEN­TRAL BGC

Let your feet take you to ex­cit­ing din­ing options and shop­ping haunts in the area. And while you’re at it, why not en­gage in an out­door ac­tiv­ity or two?

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Des­ti­na­tions for home en­thu­si­asts, book lovers, and more

DESIGN STORY. Be en­thralled with a com­bi­na­tion of pieces from Dan­ish brand HAY and Stel­lar Works, which carry fur­ni­ture with East­ern and West­ern design in­flu­ences. Min­i­mal­ist in design yet prac­ti­cal, the store’s choice pieces also add a pop of color. 3/L Uptown Mall, 11th Ave., cor. 36th Ave.

BOCON­CEPT. Add a touch of lux­ury to your space with ex­pertly de­signed con­tem­po­rary pieces from Den­mark. You can choose a spe­cific design, size, shape, color, and ma­te­rial to cus­tom­ize your fur­ni­ture. G/L MOS Design Build­ing, Boni­fa­cio High Street DI­MEN­SIONE. Sur­pris­ing finds await, as you scour through not just

fur­ni­ture­mod­ern accessories—from­but also a mix of quirky coast­ers and to din­ner­ware to photo albums and pa­per­weights from abroad. One Parkade, 28th St., cor. 7th Ave.

CASABELLA. Com­fort and lux­ury can go to­gether. Browse through a col­lec­tion of Euro­pean high-end brands like Ket­tal, Santa and Cole, CasaDesús, Moroso, For­mer, and De Padova. G/L MDI Cor­po­rate Cen­ter. 10th Ave., cor. 39th St.

CAL­LI­GARIS. Mod­ern Ital­ian fur­ni­ture with qual­ity crafts­man­ship and smart design is what you’ll find here. Per­fect for young, up­wardly mo­bile pro­fes­sional condo dwellers. Mez­za­nine Floor, Clipp Cen­ter, 11th Ave. cor 39th St.

FULLY BOOKED. With three floors of books and pa­per prod­ucts, plus a cof­fee shop and a yo­gurt place in­side, you’ll prob­a­bly need a full day to browse and shop (and eat) to your heart’s con­tent. B6, Boni­fa­cio High Street

S&R MEM­BER­SHIP SHOP­PING. If you like shop­ping by the bulk (and se­cretly find joy in com­put­ing how much you ac­tu­ally save), this is the place for you. There’s a mem­ber­ship fee valid for one year, and you can shop at any of its branches na­tion­wide. 32nd St. cor. 5th Ave.

To Do

Got a free hour, an evening, or a whole week­end?

GRAND HY­ATT MANILA. Book a staycation and take in the spec­tac­u­lar view at this soon-to-open lux­ury ho­tel set at the top 25 floors of the iconic MetroBank Fi­nan­cial Cen­ter. 8th Ave., Ver­i­town Fort GLOBE ICONIC EN­TER­TAIN­MENT ZONE. A theater set out­doors cer­tainly pro­vides a unique kind of en­ter­tain­ment. Past pro­duc­tions staged here in­clude Amer­i­can Id­iot and A Christ­mas Carol. 5th Ave.

KIDZA­NIA. Got kids or neph­ews you want to keep en­ter­tained for a whole day? Have them play pre­tend at this

in­door play city where they can be a banker, baker, TV reporter, fire­fighter, and other jobs they dream of! Park Tri­an­gle North, 11th Ave.

TRACK 30th. Get some ex­er­cise done on the jog­ging path and yoga and ex­er­cise lawn. Plus, have an art fix by view­ing the in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. Or, sim­ply spend a few min­utes alone at the med­i­ta­tion gar­den. 30th St.

TERRA 28th. Re­live some of the best-loved Filipino games at this park with in­ter­ac­tive play­ground art in­stal­la­tions. Get to­gether with friends and fam­ily for a game of piko, holen, luk­song baka, or hab­u­lang taya. 28th St.

Chat & Eat

Meet up with friends or en­joy a quiet date over good food

holeTHE PERFECTwith industrial PINT. in­te­ri­ors,A casual it wa­ter­ing­has a bar sam­ple area dif­fer­entin the mid­dle kinds whereof craft you beer. can Renowned chef Gene Gon­za­lez is the brains be­hind the Filipino menu. 2/L Cross­roads, 32nd St. THE HUN­GRY HOUND BAR + KITCHEN. With the look of an old English pub, this es­tab­lish­ment comes alive shortly be­fore lunchtime. Its tall win­dows let in nat­u­ral light, re­flect­ing beau­ti­fully on the wooden walls. The Globe Tower , 82nd St., cor. 7th Ave.

KARTILYA. The name refers to the primer of the Katipunan, which in­spired the Pi­noy look and feel of this restau­rant. De­tails in­clude faux capiz win­dows on the wall, wooden floors, and in­tri­cately carved ta­ble legs. The restau­rant serves Filipino dishes, of course. Two Parkade, 30th St., cor. 7th Ave.

NACI COM­FORT FOOD. The place is abuzz with happy col­ors—from the hang­ing lights to the funky seats. As the name im­plies, the menu con­sists of good old fa­vorites, in­clud­ing break­fast sets you can en­joy any­time dur­ing the day. Two Parkade, 30th St., cor. 7th Ave. VASK MOD­ERN TA­PAS & GAS­TRO­NOMIC

CUI­SINE. The great view of BGC is just a bonus; the cozy, mod­ern in­te­ri­ors that play around with geometric shapes are fea­tures that will im­press you. Play­ful el­e­ments and art give the restau­rant a casual feel as you en­joy Span­ish ta­pas from the menu. Clipp Cen­ter, 11th Ave., cor. 39th St.

THE WHOLE­SOME TA­BLE. Feast on your fa­vorites like burgers and pizza un­der faux trees with­out any guilt. At The Whole­some Ta­ble, all pro­duce comes from organic sources so you're eat­ing fresh. 30th cor. 7th Ave.

POUND BY TODD english. The long, nar­row stretch upon entering the restau­rant is rem­i­nis­cent of a hall in an old English cas­tle. The beau­ti­ful arches, mar­ble ta­bles, and distressed brick walls add to the old-world vibe of the place. And what, you ask, is on their menu? Fancy burgers. B3, Boni­fa­cio High Street

And Now, Cof­fee

Stop by for a caf­feine fix—whether solo or with a friend

CRISP ON 28th. What would oth­er­wise be a reg­u­lar café be­comes a vis­ual treat with an ac­cent wall, wall de­cals, and printed up­hol­stery in play­ful black-and-white pat­terns. This cof­fee shop is on a quiet street fac­ing the park, too, so it’s the per­fect spot to get your java fix (and maybe en­joy a salad and en­trée of your choice). G/L Alveo Cor­po­rate Cen­ter, 28th St.

COSTA COF­FEE. The smat­ter­ing of London-in­spired el­e­ments, es­pe­cially the Union Jack sofa, gives you a hint of the ori­gins of this cof­fee place. Brightly lit and invit­ing, with a se­lec­tion of cof­fee and freshly baked cakes and pas­tries to boot, this café will surely make you stay a while longer. One World Place, 32nd St.

BO CON­CEPT

THE PALACE POOL CLUB

UPTOWN MALL

STU­DIO DI­MEN­SIONE

CAL­LI­GARIS

THE WHOLE­SOME TA­BLE

COSTA COF­FEE

THE HUN­GRY HOUND BAR + KITCHEN

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