Your friendly neighborhood guide to Maginhawa

Photos by Karen de la Fuente

Maginhawa has cultivated a reputation as the place to be for any self-respecting food lover, and this certainly hasn’t changed. But what makes this neighborhood truly cool is that no matter who you are, or what you’re into, there’s bound to be something you’ll dig. With a vast selection of restaurants and cafés to choose from, Maginhawa is a street where anybody can feel truly comfortable.

Once you get to the intersection with the little Ministop in the corner, you’re surrounded on all sides by restaurants, cafés, food trucks and customers hungry for something a little different from the usual culinary fare. The sounds of Maginhawa — the murmur and chatter of people and a meat patty sizzling on a grill — are mating calls for your digestive system. Maginhawa is the parent who puts extra rice on your plate, despite your protests. Maginhawa is the friend who says y’all need to hang out more. Maginhawa is a wish your heart makes. A famous idiom goes something like, “We do not eat to live, but live to eat.” Simply put, if you haven’t been to Maginhawa, you haven’t lived.

Antiteasis: Books and Brews 

One of the cool things about Maginhawa is that no matter what kind of outing you’re planning, Maginhawa can accommodate your itinerary. If you’re going on a date, you might wanna try going to Antiteasis: Books and Brews, a cozy little tea place where you and your date can cozy up and sip on something to warm your soul. Complete with a little library and a selection of board games, Antiteasis is the nook to retreat to if you wanna get away from the stress of the city without really leaving it.

Antiteasis: Books and Brews is located at Unit C, 154 Maginhawa St., Quezon City. It’s open from 1:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday.

The Sweet Spot

If you’re taking classes over the summer and wanna get some serious studying done, try heading to The Sweet Spot, where each cup of coffee is made with due diligence, and it’s guaranteed that your preferred brew will have the right amount of bitter and sweet to hit the right spots. It certainly doesn’t hurt that The Sweet Spot actually has a bunch of sockets you can plug your gadgets into.

The Sweet Spot is located at Unit 6 G/F, 189 Maginhawa St., Quezon City. It’s open every day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cool Beans

If you’re in the mood for some quality “me” time, or looking for a place where your introverted self can really stretch its limbs and chill, you can head to Cool Beans. It’s a café with a sizable library, designed to cater to your inner bookworm. Aside from good grub and thirst quenchers, their collection of literature is expansive: from Neil Gaiman to Dan Brown, there’s a little bit for everyone to enjoy.

Cool Beans is located at 67 Maginhawa St., Quezon City. It’s open every day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park

The most recent addition to Maginhawa’s elite selection of eateries is StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park, an empty lot reconfigured to accommodate a vast array of emerging food enterprises. Open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Tuesday to Sunday, StrEAT is the kind of gastronomic hangout spot that really comes to life at night. With umbrellas shading the space’s stone tables and benches, you and your barkada can lay back, relax and shoot the breeze while you ponder what to order. You have Endless Summer Café, specializing in shakes and ‘silog, proudly branded as “Your beach house in the city.” You have Saucy Food MNL, where you can customize your rice meal with your choice of sauce and meat and complement your dish with a cool glass of slightly spiked blue lemonade. You have food trucks like Great Burger and The Soulfood Truck parked neatly into StrEAT’s corners, the scent of their selections the first to welcome you to what could potentially be the best eating experience this summer has to offer.

StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park is located at 91 Maginhawa St., Quezon City. It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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