5 Hidden, *Under-the-Radar* Food Spots That Deserve Way More Hype

by Raisa de los Reyes   |  Jan 19, 2023
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Are you and your friends tired of your usual tambayan? Are you in need of a change of scenery? Here's a quick trip: Try to find ~secret~ food spots within the metro so you can enjoy some quality time with your tropa, away from all the city noise and crowds. If you can't seem to seem to find any of these underrated gems, we've got your back! Below, we list some ~hidden treasures~ that you've been missing out on:

  1. Hot Cat Specialty Coffee

Now, this is a two-in-one deal that you can't pass on. Hot Cat Specialty Coffee is a little hole in-the-wall that can be found along 01 Yangco Road cor. Brent Road in Baguio City. The interior and surroundings exude a calm and peaceful atmosphere, making it a perfect stop-over for introverts and bookworms. Sometimes, DJs are invited to spin some records and entertain customers. The coffee shop has outdoor seating, so people can bask in the cold breeze while sipping on a nice, warm cup of coffee.


  1. Bank Bar

Are you in for a money heist? Found inside of the RCBC Savings Banks Corporate Center at BGC, this classy drinking den was established by The Moment Group, which are known for their other popular restaurants like Manam, Ooma, 8Cuts, and so much more. The dress code ensures your Great Gatsby moment by not allowing flip-flops, tank tops, and shorts to be worn by guests. Their menu includes a category called Twisted Cocktails, serving unique and refreshing drinks like Wonka Martini and Cafe Negroni.

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  1. Sneaky Seoul

Sneaky Seoul is a mash-up between a cool K-drama and the world of Narnia. It is a hidden bar inside of Tokyo Seoul, a market along 34 Scout Torillo cor. Scout Limbaga in Tomas Morato. Just pass through the portal behind the refrigerator doors and you will be transported to a whole new world. They offer a wide variety of beverages and food such as a specialty cocktail named The Goblin, which we hope will magically summon Gong Yoo.


  1. Int. Bar & Ext. Cafe

Enter through the wall of the Cubao Expo photobooth and you will find yourself in Int. Bar. Their menu consists of cocktails based on films and shows like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Breaking Bad. Customers are also given the option to have a special drink made by the bartender with the bar's available ingredients. Right outside of the photobooth, coffee lovers can chill and gossip with their friends at Ext. Cafe, which serves hearty and yummy meals such as pasta and rice bowls.


  1. 11th Cafe & Super Duper Gallery

Found along Jamboree Street in Quezon City, The 11th Cafe is a quaint and aesthetic coffee shop that doubles as an art gallery. What makes this coffee shop so special is their Pay It Forward project, wherein customers can treat a stranger to a free cup of coffee for only Php 50. Sundays are reserved for private and intimate events, so make sure to contact them for your next party or gathering!


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