Find­ing some­thing to do or a place to eat and shop is easy when you’re east of Manila

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Here’s a list of go-to places as well as new shop­ping haunts worth dis­cov­er­ing

CO/OP. Shop­ping and eat­ing go to­gether per­fectly well in this resto and gift shop. Pick from among the many quirky items and home dé­cor in this in­dus­trial-themed set­ting. 189 A. Mabini St., Ad­di­tion Hills

Green­hills Shop­ping Cen­ter. This is the go-to shop­ping mall com­plex with thou­sands of tiangge stalls sell­ing any­thing—from clothes, curtains, bed sheets, to gad­gets and ac­ces­sories. Other leisure spots in­clude restau­rants and cin­e­mas. Or­ti­gas Ave., Green­hills Jo-liza Arts and An­tiques. Asian, Amer­i­can, and Euro­pean­themed fur­ni­ture are found here. Paint­ings by con­tem­po­rary and na­tional artists are also sold in this land­mark San Juan store. 664 Jose Abad San­tos, Lit­tle Baguio

Kauf­man Stone. Choose from a va­ri­ety of nat­u­ral stones sourced from all over the world: lime­stone, slate, traver­tine, onyx, and ag­glom­er­ated mar­ble. In­stal­la­tion ser­vices are also of­fered. 865 Mabini St.

Home Mat­ters. If you’re the kind of home­owner who prefers cus­tom­ized fur­ni­ture, head here for el­e­gant yet modern pieces in unique de­signs. 222 Or­ti­gas Ave.

Songdream. En­ter­ing this show­room is like en­ter­ing a lived-in home with prac­ti­cal Nordic-style fur­ni­ture pieces. Trivia: it actually is an old Filipino bun­ga­low home con­verted into a show­room. 275 Con­necti­cut St., East Green­hills

Mav Fur­ni­ture. Get the right bal­ance be­tween de­sign and func­tion­al­ity with the choic­est fur­ni­ture pieces from the brand’s var­i­ous col­lec­tions—it just launched luxe US fur­ni­ture brand Bern­hardt! De­sign­mix Build­ing, 59 Con­necti­cut St., Green­hills

Home Stu­dio. Come here for im­ported Euro­pean brands of tiles, fur­ni­ture, lights, and even mat­tresses. 63 Con­necti­cut St.

Home Fab­rics Manila. Here, you can find up­hol­stery fab­ric choices in al­most ev­ery hue and tex­ture. Unit 204, Fox Square Bldg., 53 Con­necti­cut St.

Philips Home Light­ing. Se­lect from a wide ar­ray of light sources, lu­mi­naires and light­ing con­trols, as well as light­ing so­lu­tions and ser­vices. North­east Square, 47 Con­necti­cut St.


Im­merse in art, his­tory, and mu­sic— and a lit­tle bit of leisure, of course

Ronac Art Cen­ter You’ll see what looks like a se­ries of ran­domly placed win­dows, but it re­ally spells out the lyrics of a Daft Punk song—in Morse code! Inside, a spi­ral stair­case con­nects the var­i­ous shop­ping and eat­ing des­ti­na­tions as well as art hubs in the build­ing. De­signed by Jag­nus De­sign Stu­dio, the build­ing won the Haligi ng Dan­gal Peo­ple’s Choice Award this year. 424 Or­ti­gas Ave., Green­hills Pinaglabanan Memo­rial Shrine. This five-hectare park houses the Museo ng Katipunan, which de­tails the life of Gat An­dres Boni­fa­cio. Boni­fa­cio led the Katipuneros in the Bat­tle of Pinaglabanan, the first bat­tle be­tween the Spa­niards and the Filipinos. En­trance is free. 29 Pinaglabanan St., San Juan City

Mu­sic Mu­seum & Teatrino. Catch mu­si­cal shows and stand-up com­edy per­for­mances at this theater gallery, which also fea­tures mem­o­ra­bilia of lo­cal mu­sic artists. Mis­souri St., Prom­e­nade Bldg., Green­hills Shop­ping Cen­ter, Or­ti­gas Ave.

Sanso Mu­seum. Dis­cover the artis­tic jour­ney of renowned Span­ish-born ex­pres­sion­ist Ju­ve­nal Sanso as you browse through his archives and

works span­ning more than seven decades. 32 V. Cruz

The Metro Art Gallery. This gallery hosts ex­hibits fea­tur­ing artists’ in­ter­pre­ta­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences of var­i­ous as­pects of our cul­ture. 214-B Ortega St. Ad­di­tion Hills

The Ar­tol­o­gist. Pre­pare to be in awe as you en­ter this haven of emerg­ing and mid-ca­reer artists. 81 Xavier St., Green­hills

Ga­lerie Joaquin. See the works of masters and con­tem­po­rary artists in this gallery, which has held one-man ex­hi­bi­tions of na­tional artists Ar­turo Luz and Fed­erico Aguilar Al­cuaz, among oth­ers. 371 P. Gue­varra St. cor. Montes­sori Lane

Ku­la­yara Art Gallery. This gallery café is col­or­ful, in­deed. Check out the lanai and lush green­ery, which are beau­ti­fully lit at night. 28 Gen. Gu­tier­rez St., Lit­tle Baguio

My Lit­tle Art Place. This art school for bud­ding preschooler artists show­cases their work and that of older and emerg­ing artists. 222 Wil­son St., Green­hills

The Archery Academy. Make like your fa­vorite char­ac­ter from The

Hunger Games and shoot an ar­row or two. The fun wall mu­rals take off some of the pres­sure of learn­ing this pre­ci­sion sport. 5/F In­trawest Cen­ter, Green­hills


It’s yours for the tak­ing: a com­bi­na­tion of best-loved restau­rants and upand-com­ing din­ing spots lin­ing the city streets

Thirsty Barber. Se­cret doors and false shelves in the Felipe and Sons bar­ber­shop lead to a speakeasy bar with an in­dus­trial feel. G/L Prom­e­nade Bldg., Wil­son St.

Café Ys­abel. A ver­i­ta­ble land­mark in San Juan, Café Ys­abel has been run by cel­e­brated chef Gene Gonzalez in a 1920s Art Nou­veau home along P. Gue­varra for al­most 30 years. Dine in this his­toric place be­fore it closes by end of July and moves to yet an­other an­ces­tral house nearby. 455 P. Gue­varra St.

Maria Maria Restau­rant. With a Span­ish-Filipino feel to its in­te­ri­ors, this is the ideal place to sam­ple lo­cal dishes and en­joy Span­ish and Amer­i­can fa­vorites as well. G/L 81 Xavier Res­i­dences, Xavier La Contessa Del­i­catessen. Browse the se­lec­tion of sweets and del­i­ca­cies, and take a mo­ment to check the chalk­board art be­hind the counter. Unit 103 Samia Tower, 81 Res­i­dences, 81 Xavier St.

Oya­sumi Ra­men. When sushi calls, one must an­swer. Best to do it at this eye-catch­ing resto with a long counter against a tex­tured gray wall. Unit 3, 308 P. Gue­varra St. cor­ner Seav­iew St., Lit­tle Baguio The Sweet Stu­dio. Even with lim­ited

store space, this lit­tle pas­try shop ex­udes a homey vibe through its brick walls and in­dus­trial-themed shelves. Unit 7, 8 Jade Build­ing, Col. B. Ser­rano Ave.

Lucy in the Sky Café. The place serves veg­e­tar­ian food, but there’s also some­thing for meat lovers. Plus points if you are a Bea­tles fan—not only is it named af­ter one of their hit songs, there is also a Bea­tles paint­ing col­lec­tion on dis­play. You’ll love the mix of col­or­ful fur­ni­ture, par­tic­u­larly the chairs. 222 Wil­son St., Green­hills

Tomo Ja­panese Din­ing. Sig­na­ture Ja­panese de­sign de­tails are seen from the façade to the chairs and even the wall ac­cents. You won’t miss it on the street—it has a spa­cious frontage with a gar­den. 137 Araullo St. Sul­tan Mediter­ranean Grill. Feel like a royal when you feast on your mous­saka and ke­babs. Revel in the Mediter­ranean de­sign de­tails such as stained glass wall ac­cents as well as col­or­ful tiles on the wall. A touch of in­dus­trial el­e­ments keeps it from be­ing a de­sign cliché. 190-C Wil­son St.

HotBox Kitchen. En­joy Cana­di­anstyle com­fort food—wings, burgers, and chops—on a build­ing rooftop, thanks to the il­lus­trated cityscape view on the wall. 450 C P. Gue­varra St. Chef Laudico Gue­varra’s. Trust culi­nary ge­niuses chef Rolando

Lau­di­cosat­isfy your and palate­his wife with Jaque­linea glo­ri­ousto buf­fetwith Pi­noyin this de­sign old-house-turned-restoele­ments. 387 P. Gue­varra St.

Agico Veg­e­tar­ian Café. In this resto, dishes like yakiniku and kat­sudon are made of veg­gie meat. There’s also a wall mu­ral that fea­tures the ben­e­fits of go­ing veg­e­tar­ian. 83 Araullo St., Ad­di­tion Hills and 8 Mis­souri St., North­east Green­hills

Lit­tle Store on the Hill. Food­ies are rav­ing about this Chi­nese gro­cery that sells fresh lumpia and siomai. 2 Jose Abad San­tos St., Lit­tle Baguio

Carousel Cream­ery. This dessert and cof­fee place serves more than 100 ice cream fla­vors! The chalk­board menu changes de­pend­ing on the sea­son or oc­ca­sion. 8 Mis­souri St., Green­hills

Glo­ria Maris. This iconic Chi­nese restau­rant has a glo­ri­ous main din­ing room with high ceil­ing and a grand stair­case. There are also sev­eral func­tion rooms that sport the same modern look. Mis­souri cor. Con­necti­cut Sts. Lemuria Gourmet Restau­ranT. Sam­ple French Mediter­ranean fare in this gourmet fine din­ing restau­rant with Euro­pean-in­spired in­te­ri­ors. You can also dine on the ve­randa, where you can en­joy your steak al fresco. 5 Julieta Cir­cle, Horse­shoe Vil­lage, Que­zon City











WHY I LOVE LIV­ING HERE “I love liv­ing in San Juan be­cause you can find al­most ev­ery­thing you need within the vicin­ity. And if you don’t, the neigh­bor­ing cities are ac­ces­si­ble in less than an hour by car.” —MIMI TIU, FREE­LANCE EDITOR

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