10 Quirky Places To Hang Out In with Your Barkada

Get out of your comfort zone and have a change of scenery this Christmas.
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Tired of the same old dates with your best buds or just want to avoid the holiday hassle the mall brings? It’s time to shake things up a bit and spice it up this season! Take the gang out to these eccentric places that might just be your new favorite spot!

  1. Cool Beans Cafe
    Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a cup of coffee over loads of books in the first and only library café in the Metro. Perfect for a chill night out where everyone can just gather around and share some noteworthy quotes on their favorite pages. The coffee and book combo is one that does not disappoint.

    1Cool Beans Café is located at 67 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City

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  2. Craft MNL
    Remember the fun times you had in grade school when you had art class? The simple bliss of creating magic out of construction papers and water paint was all the rage back in the day. Craft MNL is bringing it all back with an upgrade. Now is the time to recreate your grade school glory days, challenge your creative juices, and put those artistic skills to good use.

    2Craft MNL is located at Unit 302, Pasay Road Condominium, 926 Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati.  

  3. Cubao Expo
    This hub existed way back in the '80s and anyone who was born in that era would definitely have fond memories of this complex and the place hasn't lost its charm. Great vintage finds like vinyl and memorabilia are abundant here. There are great deals on clothing and knick knacks too. Rest assured, you won't get enough of Cubao Expo.

    3Cubao Expo is located at Gen. Romulo Street, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. 

  4. Gerry's Jeepney
    Everything in this place makes us proudly Pinoy! You'll also love the whole jeepney concept from the placards and signages that fill the entire place to the dishes' names. There's even a mini-jeep on the roof and banderitas. The entire barkada will definitely enjoy the food served "boodle fight" style amidst the festive atmosphere.

    4Gerry's Jeepney is located at 154 Maginhawa Street, Quezon City. 

  5. Intramuros
    Take your squad out on a fieldtrip as you walk through the streets of this Instagram-worthy city. Not only is each corner as pretty as all the pictures (and an awesome background to your bff pictures), it also transports you to another time in our history. The best part? You get to stroll and marvel at this antique gem of a place absolutely for free. 


  6. Mystery Manila
    For the longest time, our childhood dreams of becoming a detective is finally coming true. Channel your inner Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes and dare to step into the first live escape room game in the country. There's an assortment of stimulating cases you can choose from to be solved only for an hour.

    6Mystery Manila is located at JW Plaza Building, C5/E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Libis (across Eastwood)

  7. Sev's Cafe
    This cafe is where to be for all the artsy crew. It's a feast for the locavores and a community for those who are into poetry, art, books, music, and cinema. They have awesome specials like open mic night, film viewings, avant-garde expressionism, and poetry slam that can bring out all your hidden feels.

    7Sev’s Café is located at the basement of Legaspi Towers 300, Roxas Boulevard cor P. Ocampo, Malate 

  8. The Collective
    Don't worry, there's no danger lurking in this off-beaten path as it might seem. It's actually just a portion of the amazing graffiti-filled walls of this unconventional hangout in the bustling Makati metropolis. The vibe pays homage to the retro Manila of yesteryears and houses art spaces, quaint cafés, and one-of-a-kind boutiques.  Emerging acts in the local music industry also make this place their own scene.

    8The Collective is located at 7274 Malugay St. San Antonio Village, Makati City 

  9. Mind Museum
    'Tis the season for some science loving. Experience the wonders of space and the universe, pre-historic artifacts, the human body, matter, and even a glimpse of the future in several state-of-the-art interactive exhibits. You'll find yourself engrossed entirely that you'll want to go through all the installations over and over again.

    8The Mind Museum is located at the JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig 

  10. Van Gogh is Bipolar
    There’'art of natural self-healing, it is decorated with tons of quirky fixtures, furnitures, art work, and travel souvenirs with mood-altering food on the menu. This neighbourhood resto has a character most culinary experiences won't offer. Make sure to book early because the place can only fit about 12 people per session.

    10Van Gogh is Bipolar is located at the inner courtyard of 154 Maginhawa St. Sikatuna Village, Quezon City


Enjoy hanging out this Chrismas, Candy Girls!









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