Being a student can be tough on the savings sometimes—especially when you have plates to finish, productions to shoot, or theses to bind (HUHUHUHU). Of course, this is on top of your daily commute and food expenses. That's why we came up with a list of well-known and well-loved kiosks and restaurants inside the University of the Philippines-Diliman campus that will tickle your taste buds without burning holes in your pockets!
- Mang Larry's
First of all, this is Mang Larry's Isawan. Costing around five pesos per stick, this kiosk right in front of Ilang Ilang Residence Hall is a go-to place for iskos and iskas ready for merienda. Definitely the best ulam in town! Teehee!
The Shopping Center is home to many a stall, diverse in their nature. Students usually come here to have papers printed, photocopied, or bound. Some come for school supplies, others for a manicure. The Shopping Center has everything! Including Rodic's. Here, you find arguably the most iconic tapa in the area for just P85. Add some suka and you're good to go!
- Lutong Bahay
One of the favorites of many students in Area 2 is Lutong Bahay. Ranging from P33 to P100, the food here is made with love, and is served fresh and hot, giving you a taste of home, hence the name.
- University Food Service
If you're looking for a good deal, you might want to pass by the College of Law and check out their canteen. Here, they have a promo that will knock your socks off! Two viands and a cup of rice for P95? It's great when you're on budget because the meal's gonna leave you and your stomach feeling happy and content!
- Snack Shack
Craving for some burgers? Snack Shack, also in Area 2, is the place to visit then! Most of their burgers cost a little over a hundred, but their quarter pounders will cost you P80, and will definitely wash away all traces of hunger. The burgers are cooked as they're ordered, so there is some waiting time, but this just proves that your burger will be crazy hot and fresh!
- Arki Vickie's
Appropriately located in the College of Architecture, Arki Vickie's is famous all around campus for their pandan tea, or as we like to call it, pantea. This is nothing like you've ever tasted. It is deliciously sweet, and will cost you P30. Plus, their burgers are cheap and satisfying, too!
- Mang Fred's
The kiosks and stalls in UP do have their signatures. In Mang Fred's kiosk near the College of Mass Communication and the College of Music, their specialty is none other than kwek kwek. If you haven't been to Mang Fred's, then you haven't tasted the tastiest kwek kwek on campus (that's what the Maskom and Music students say anyway. Teehee!)!
- Ate Carms
From the AS Steps (or Palma Hall), one can catch sight of the Main Library, and before entering, you'll pass by a bunch of kiosks flocked to by students during their break. If you come often enough, Ate Carms will great you with a huge smile on her face as she asks you about studies, your love life, and what you want for merienda. She makes a variety of shakes, perfect to quench your thirst after a tiring day.
Another place that sells pretty good Filipino food is Tapsilou. This gem is located in Area 2, and serves anything from tapsilog to baconsilog. They serve everything with a big cup of rice, making sure you don't leave unsatisfied.
- Iskomai x Iskorambol
Of course our list won't be complete without some siomai with rice mix. Iskomai and Iskorambol are right beside each other in Area 2, and after having rice meals that range from P35-40, you can have some iskorambol for dessert! Convenience and affordability rolled into one!
Now, our list may be done, but there's one place that is ultra special to every UP student's heart, and that is CASAA. The fire that hit the building rendered it a goner, and although ash is all that is standing on this land now, CASAA is and always will be the second home of many an isko and iska. Now, a makeshift CASAA can be found in the Zoology building, giving it a new name: Cazoo. Bless this!
Where do you find satisfying and affordable meals in YOUR campus? Tell us in the comments or via Twitter @candymagdotcom. We always love hearing from you. :)