The Best Student Hangout Spots to Visit Near Ateneo de Manila University

Looking for your next go-to happy place?
by Leika Golez   |  May 18, 2022
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Katipunan is home to prestigious schools and great dining spots alike. So if you’re an Atenean, you won’t ever have to worry about feeling bored during a three-hour break or getting sudden cravings after a night class. From relaxing cafes to fun barkada hangout places, everything you can possibly need as a university student is within easy reach! 

Looking for your next go-to happy place? To make your search easier, we’ve already narrowed down the best student hangout spots that Ateneans should visit: 

1. The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery 

No one elevates comfort food better than The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery. You can enjoy a *juicy* burger while chatting up your friends, or sip on an earthy matcha drink as you complete your semestral paper. They even carry a wide array of cocktails and other alcoholic drinks for your post-finals celebration. 

Address: G/F Phase 2, U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Avenue

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2. Scout’s Honor 

Scout’s Honor gets a lot of praise for their oh-so-gooey cookies and nostalgic milk drinks. While those things are definitely worth the hype, the other homey dishes on their menu are just as satisfying. Their customers can also borrow fun board games as they dine, so we suggest visiting this spot when your block gets a free cut or shares a long break time together. 

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Address: U.P. Town Center, 216, Katipunan Avenue

 

3. Xocolat

For steaming hot chocolate and indulgent desserts, Xocolat is the place to be. As the establishment’s name suggests, most of their menu items are cacao-inspired, including their savory dishes. Don’t even get us started on their *ultra-soothing* cafe ambience! 

Address: 88 Esteban Abada Street

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4. Tyler’s Cafe 

Woke up late after an all-nighter? Skip breakfast at home and drop by Tyler’s Cafe after your morning class. We swear—their specialty coffee drinks and wholesome dishes are the next best thing to breakfast in bed. And if you’re not in the mood for a complete meal, they also serve sandwiches and sweets for a quick merienda fix before your next class. 

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Address: 317 Katipunan Avenue

5. Common Folk Coffee Bar

If you’re one of those people who just can’t seem to work at home or the library (LOL, we won’t judge), switch up your Starbucks habit for this neighborhood cafe. Its minimalist interiors, soft lights, and hushed background music create a *chill* atmosphere that will ease you into being productive. Their refreshing beverages and homey treats will also keep you sated as you power through your deliverables. 

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Address: 79 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains 

6. Almusal Cafe 

Because Pop Up is typically reserved for Friday nights, it’s easy to overlook this brunch hidey-hole within the area. Established in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Almusal Cafe aims to satisfy all your *bougie* breakfast cravings. Don’t leave without trying out their well-loved lamb adobo and in-house roasted coffee!

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Address: The Pop Up, 273 Katipunan Avenue

7. 3rd The Canteen

Forget thesis group meetings at Matteo Ricci Hall; Regis Center’s 3rd The Canteen is a much better option in more ways than one. With group-friendly dining spaces and numerous food stalls, this spot is basically your best bet for working lunches with your classmates. Since this space is specifically tailored for a student crowd, you can expect the stalls to offer budget-friendly comfort food. 

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Address: 3/F Regis Center, 327 Katipunan Avenue

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