Katipunan has changed so much in just the last few years. The emergence of new and shiny commercial spaces has definitely made life in this collegiate neighborhood more exciting. While spending your free time inside the Ateneo campus won't disappoint (thanks to all the areas ideal for chilling, studying, and eating), hanging out at nearby establishments could be a fun and well-deserved break.
Are you new around campus or are still unfamiliar with what the Katipunan area has to offer? Grab your girl friends, or your bae, and hit these joints that come highly recommended, for starters.
Oldie but goodie: Xocolat
172 B. Gonzales St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
X marks the (sweet) spot. Xocolat is a tried and tested neighborhood cafe that provides a homey and welcoming ambiance. Here, chocolate creations are the star. The house-turned-cafe can accommodate solo diners if you're looking for a quiet spot to read your book, as well as big groups for a relaxed hangout.
Value for money: Flaming Wings
318 Katipunan Ave, Quezon City
Flaming Wings has fed countless hungry and sleep-deprived students. With their generous portions and wide selection of dishes, this casual dining spot surely gives more bang for your buck. To satisfy your hunger pangs, order their wings or tenders, and don't forget to finish with their Wicked Oreos.
All things pretty: Common Room PH
325 Dela Rosa St., Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Aside from being 100% Instagrammable, Common Room is a haven for all things local and handmade. If you need to replenish your stationery and crafting supplies, or are looking for decor for your bare dorm room, drop by Common Room's Katipunan branch. You won't run out of creative inspiration here.
Stress reliever: Barkin' Blends Dog Café
2/F J&R Concon Center, 91 Rosa Alvero St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Is school stressing you out? Barkin' Blends Dog Cafe may be able to help. Not only do they serve food and drinks, they also have a Dog Zone where you can play with their adorable Barkin' Buddies. Stop by and forget all your troubles. This place is home to different dog breeds, like Yorkshire Terrier, Golden Retriever, Beagle, Labrador Retriever, and Shih Tzu, among others.
Serious business: The Study - Idea Space
2F Regis Center, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
During exams season, it pays to have a good space for studying. Katipunan's The Study should be on your list. They serve food and drinks and have cubicles you can rent for your study group with sufficient sockets, so you don't run out of juice for your gadgets. And once you're done reviewing, you can just hang with your friends.
We're pretty sure you have, and will find, more cool hangouts near the Ateneo campus (just look around The Yard and UP Town Center, for example). Don't forget to tell us all about them in the comments!