Looking For Some Place New To Hang Out with Your Friends?

We found 5 spots you can chill with the barkada this summer.
by Jean Natividad   |  Apr 21, 2015
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Summer sure calls for trips to the beach with the girls. With the sun blazing and the metro becoming more and more unbearable, we can't help but wish to spend the rest of the hot season chilling by clear blue waters.

But getting stuck in the city isn't all that bad. We suggest you Candy Girls make the most of the experience. Perhaps discover new places to eat, do some arts and crafts, or listen to great music. And to help you, we've come up with suggestions. Below, 5 places you should make sure to check out this month.

 1  Take in food and culture at StrEat: Maginhawa Food Park

91 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Diliman Quezon City

Maginhawa StrEATvia Facebook

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There’s a new addition to the hip food spots in Maginhawa. StrEat: Maginhawa Food Park is a draw for its food trucks and laidback garden setup. It’s great for families, friends, and even your pets. Drop by 5 p.m. onwards (the place is closed on Mondays) to get a sampling of different dishes, plus a taste of the northern Manila food culture. Prices vary per food truck, but your P200 should be enough for a hearty meal.

 2  Get lost in the music at Wanderland Music & Arts Festival

Globe Circuit Events Ground, Makati City

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Wanderland kicked off not too long ago, and it looks like the music and arts festival is only about to get bigger and bigger each year. Be there on April 25 and catch acts like Kid Cudi, RAC, and Augustana. Show some love, too, for our very own Hale, Sinyma, Kate Torralba, and more. A ticket at the door will cost you P6,000, so if you’re a big fan but want to get it cheaper, be sure to buy your ticket before the event. Watch for ticket giveaways, too!

 3  DIY at Carousel Caravan: Arts, Crafts, Music, and Lifestyle Fair

UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman Quezon City

Carousel Caravan
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If you missed the first installment of Carousel Caravan, there’s still the week of April 27 to May 3 for you to check out. Join different workshops, listen to live music, and score yourself some unique finds. Workshop rates vary, usually P1,000 and up and inclusive of materials. Follow them online (facebook.com/carouselcaravan) for more information, or drop by the event to sign up.

 4  Enjoy a purr-fect afternoon at Cat Cafe Manila

2/F 189 Maginhawa St. corner Makadios St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

Cat Cafe
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A cafe experience while advocating for responsible pet ownership? Why not! Cat Cafe Manila has partnered with CARA Welfare Philippines (Compassion and Responsibility for Animals) to help puspins or pusang Pinoys to find new homes. While getting to know their cats, have a drink (below P150 and a snack (below P100). The cafe is still on soft opening, so you have to reserve your tickets via catcafemanila.com and pay P200 upon entry (P100 will benefit our feline friends, and P100 will be consumable in the cafe).

 5  Have a picnic at the park at Mercato Centrale Makati

Dolphin Park, Glorietta 4, Makati City

Mercato Centrale
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Yes, there’s a new Mercato Centrale, and it’s conveniently located at the Dolphin Park in Glorietta 4. Drop by on a Thursday or a Friday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., and enjoy everything from Filipino street food to Filipino favorites to seafood and more! There’s also a picnic setup if you and your friends just want to sit on the grass while binge-eating and catching up. There are also free movie showings and live music. Prices vary but with many affordable options, you wouldn’t have to shell out a lot of cash. 

What other spots have you and your friends discovered this summer? Share your discoveries below or tweet us @candymagdotcom!

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Jean Natividad
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Jean is a twentysomething freelance writer who enjoys squatting at coffee shops with her trusty laptop, favorite music, and book of choice. She's big on city living but always longs for the sea, sun, and sand.
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