LOKAL: Katipunan strip in QC isn't just for students
MANILA – Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City has become synonymous with Ateneo de Manila University and Miriam College, but not a lot of people know that it has so much more to offer.
Over the last decade, the stretch of Katipunan saw the rise of cafes (mostly Instagrammable ones), restaurants, shops, and other establishments catering to both students and professionals.
There is also the sprawling UP Town Center, which is home to both international and homegrown brands.
Even Ateneo has undergone a facelift, opening certain parts of the campus to the public such as Arete. Launched in 2017, the interdisciplinary hub houses various art exhibitions and even theater shows.
Other landmarks here are also worth a visit, such as the strikingly modern Church of the Gesu, the multi-storey Rizal Library, and the iconic Blue Eagle Gym, which features Ateneo’s well-loved symbol.
Get around via Ateneo’s e-jeepney shuttle system, which has many stops inside the campus.
NEW KATIPUNAN SPOTS
Start your day right at Tyler’s Café, owned by the same people behind the now-popular Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza and Cello’s Doughnuts which also originated in Katipunan.
Have your fill of their best-selling Strawberries and Cake (brown butter almond cake with strawberry jam, strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate crumbs), or Tyler’s Breakfast (two pork sausages, two eggs, tomato, rye bread, butter, and fig jam) with a cup of coffee. If you want something a bit heavier, you can order from Gino’s, which is right next door.
If you want to get productive or simply find a quiet spot in Katipunan, head on to Diligence Café, the first co-working space in the country. A rate of P70 per hour (or P350 per day) per person lets you enjoy free Wi-Fi, unlimited coffee and juice, napping services, and power outlets to charge your laptops and other devices – way more affordable than spending the day at a noisy coffee shop.
Open from 12 noon to 7 a.m., Diligence Cafe also offers a variety of reasonably priced snacks, meals, and desserts so you no longer have to step out in the middle of the night. You can even take a nap and a quick shower here!
The Katipunan stretch has plenty of quirky shops, even UP Town Center is home to some of them. But one of the most notable ones here is the Common Room, a place where up and coming local artists and crafters can showcase their products.
Expect to find a wide variety of items here, from stationery and button pins to jewelry, plush toys, succulents, home décor, fabric flowers, and more. The Common Room also occasionally holds crafting workshops as well.
Cap off your tour by unwinding at The Lib, a new restaurant located inside the Center for Culinary Arts building. The former library has been turned into a bright, cheerful, and millennial-friendly space serving fun twists on comfort food favorites.
Make sure to try their Smoothie Bowls, a mix of toasted muesli, fruits, and nuts; Jamon Potato Bombs with Aioli Sauce; Tapa Bulgogi Rice Bowl; and Mami’s Ramen, an interesting take on the Japanese staple.
The Lib also has a rooftop bar that is available for parties and other private events. The restaurant occasionally holds rooftop movie screenings here, so make sure to stay updated.
Additional credits: Graphics by Pamela Ramos, photos of Arete Museum by Gigie Cruz