School's out, Candy Girls! So what better way to celebrate a year of endless deadlines, impossible due dates, and ridiculous clutch cramming sessions, than with a hearty meal or two at the cutest cafes and restaurants that just scream summertime?
Truth be told, beach trips are little on the pricey side now that everyone's looking to book a summer getaway. But that doesn't mean you can't still channel a sandy morning by the sea. This California-style burger joint offers the perfect atmosphere for anyone looking to have a litte bit of the ocean on land.
L4, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila
- Uke Box Caffe
Before Alexis Ren, there was Lilo Pelekai—the young heroine of Disney's Lilo & Stitch who first sparked our love for chill beach days with reggae music wafting in the air. But lucky for us, this summer season, we won't need to travel 13 hours just to get some of that Hawaiian aura and relaxing ukelele tunes because this quaint little cafe nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of QC is just around the corner.
Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Quezon City, 1110 Metro Manila
- Sunrise Buckets
No summer is complete without a midnight adventure with those people in your life who seem to make the sun shine brighter. Complete with the beach bum decor, this American-style eatery is a perfect pit stop for a chill pig out before the highspeed road trip ahead of you.
The Grove by Rockwell, Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Plasig, Metro Manila
- Bag O' Shrimps
When you've spent 10 months in a place confined with a 3-inch handbook's worth of guidelines, summer automatically becomes your well-earned escape from those constrictions. And that's why over at this nautical, seafood restaurant, "Eat with your hands"—a rebellious shunning of silverware and all the formalities that come with it—is the ony rule.
Ground Floor, Tuscany, Upper McKinley Rd, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila
- Polu Kai Grill
What's a summer vacation without a good ol' luau? Channel your inner tiki warrior as you battle plates and platters of tropical delicacies that'll leave you yelling "Hana Hou!" as your hand plunges in the air, waving over a waiter, ready as ever for round 2.
Mcarthur Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
- EASY Skate + Surf
With months of freedom laid at your very feet, there's no better time than now to learn a new skill. Enter: EASY Skate + Surf concept store. With its laid-back interior decked out in all kinds of cruising (whether on waves or land) equipment, you can either opt to avail of their free lessons or just sit back with some friends and enjoy the easygoing energy with a cuppa.
Unit 104, #3 Brixton St, Pasig, Metro Manila
- Bag of Beans
Nothing says summer like open air and vibrant hues. Although this coffee shop may require quite a trip, it's the perfect location to escape to when you just want to get away from the fast-paced and high-speed hustle of the city. Embellished with quirky bright decor and knick knacks of all sorts, friends and family will find this a worthy candidate for a happy little hangout.
Aguinaldo Highway, Near Tagaytay Rotonda, Tagaytay
- Artsy Cafe
Its name definitely does not dissappoint. Bright shades and a mix-n-match of tchotchkes, summer is alive and breathing in this Fil-Am restaurant. There's something about the lack of streamline design and the inspirational jabber written just about anywhere in lively colors that gives the place the free-spirited vibe that makes it a perfect location for your next summer date.
Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, Kalakhang Maynila
- The Porch by Casa Verde
A classic take on the All-American summer scenario that has made waves in both the '70s media and literature, this house-themed restaurant channels all the fun, Tom Sawyer-esque adventures that this season has brought you since childhood. Whether it's sitting out in the porch, sipping on orange juice while sunbathing, or playing hide and seek in the perimeters of the foyer, warm and sunny days will be the only thing on your mind as you dine in this homey nook.
Address: 113 Anonas Extension, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Masunurin, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
- Wicked Kitchen
The movies have spoken, you can't have summer without going on at least one camping trip. Although bivouacs and hiking during vacation may not be typical Filipino tradition, that shouldn't stop you from getting that woodsy, outdoors vibe you crave. This is where this gem of a restaurant comes in; since a dish of s'mores are the pinnacle of camping trips, Wicked Kitchen offers a creative take on the old-school favorite.
Address: Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, Kalakhang Maynila