NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE: SAN JUAN
Finding something to do or a place to eat and shop is easy when you’re east of Manila
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
CHAT & EAT
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
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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
RONAC ART CENTER
THE ARCHERY ACADEMY
CHEF LAUDICO GUEVARRA'S
LEMURIA GOURMET RESTAURANT
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