Maginhawa Street Guide: 5 things to do in the soon-to-be backpackers area in Quezon City, Philippines

Maginhawa Street, Foursquare.com

Backpackers are not an unusual sight in the capital city of the Philippines. With the rise of Khao San in Bangkok, Pub Street in Siem Reap, and Phạm Ngũ Lão in Ho Chi Minh, the Philippines seem to be not following suit. And then came Maginhawa Street, in Quezon City, neighbor to the capital city of Manila. Maginhawa Street started as your chill hangout place with smaller restaurants, cafes, and the likes. Now, Maginhawa Street has hostels and inns, an abundance of food places from backyard reservoirs to food trucks, tattoo places to drinking places, spas, and even a second hand bookstore. You've got everything in this area, not to mention the young and hip vibe this place offers.

So if you haven't been to this area and is very curious at to what to do when you get there, here are 5 suggestions:

1. Walk, run, bike or skate - whatever rocks your boat.

Maginhawa Street, Foursquare.com

Maginhawa Street, Foursquare.com

Before Maginhawa became the "place to be" in Quezon City, it was a quaint and quiet neighborhood. It was the kind of place you'd envision with people biking on the road, dogs being walked for their daily exercise, and kids playing tag. But just because Maginhawa is now a hotspot in Quezon City, it doesn't mean it lost its charms for the more quiet and relaxing activities. You can still walk, run, bike and even skate. It's a great place to browse the restaurants and people watch while doing some movement. It's quite safe, too.

Name:
Maginhawa Street
Address:
UP Village, 1101 Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Have after work or after school drinks

The Backyard Reservoir, Foursquare.com

Because Maginhawa is known to cater to students, the prices here are definitely lower than the malls and the popular food chains. Imagine buying drinks for less than a hundred pesos ($2.5)! Plus the ambiance is relaxing. It's homey enough for you to lose the work clothes, plus there are actual people who literally step out of their houses to buy drinks or treat Maginhawa as an extension of their home. It doesn't get any better than this.

Try the Z food cooperative in Malingap, or Pino.

Name:
The Backyard Reservoir
Address:
33 Malingap, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Eat your heart out

Grill Queen, Foursquare.com

Everything that you could possibly want to eat (Asian, American, Mexican, Vegan, Arabic, Italian, etc) is in this place. And the prices are cheaper, but the food quality is not compromised. Plus, the ambiance!!! There's a food truck park, there are artsy and unique cafes, eat-all-you-can buffets, grills - name it you have it. There's no better way to spend your money on eating than in Maginhawa.

Name:
Grill Queen
Address:
Maginhawa St., UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Indulge...

Blossom Floral Spa, Foursquare.com

...in desserts, body pampering, and music. Maginhawa has a couple of great dessert places to indulge in, such as Iscreamist and Cupcakes by Gremlins. There is also a spa where you can have your nails done, massages, and body scrubs. And you can also enjoy live music for free! How? There's a rehearsal studio in the area and they have a coffee shop downstairs (The Coffee Way/The Blueroom Band Rehearsal Studio). How's that for free music?

Name:
Blossom Floral Spa
Address:
Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. READ

Cool Beans Cafe, Foursquare.com

If you don't know how to spend your weekend afternoons, then Maginhawa is the place for you to be. Reading during the weekend should be a part of your weekly ritual if you're a book worm. And if you are, then you can head on to the library cafes in Maginhawa and enjoy the free books. You won't get bored just from reading because every now and then you can sip that latte or tea, or people watch. Plus there's great background music, and the consistent chatter of people won't put you to sleep. Also, if you do get bored from reading, call your friends and play some board games! These library cafes have a couple of them for you to play.

Name:
Cool Beans Cafe
Address:
67 A Maginhawa St., Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Even though Maginhawa is just starting to become the next big hangout in Quezon City, it's already buzzing with great reviews. So try to visit if you can. And if you want affordable and cheap places to stay outside of busy Manila but still in the national capital region, then this place is definitely for you.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?