04/24/2015

Your friendly neighborhood: Brixton

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For a long time, Kapitolyo has carved out a place for itself as one of Manila’s food meccas, with a vast range of culinary delights running down East Capitol Drive. But another street in the area is coming to life: found beside a huge supermarket is Brixton Street, home to some of the coolest places to eat and shop. From cute stationary, badass longboards, to nummy Filipino dishes, a day spent at Brixton can never be a waste.

Heima

Heima is located at  Unit 103, 3 Brixton Street, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City. It’s open on Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more store info, follow them @heimastore on Instagram.

Dream houses come true at Heima, a lifestyle store that offers kitschy homeware and tchotchkes that are as essential as they are cute. If gorgeous furniture in pastels and bright shades aren’t your thing at the moment, the store is chockfull of paper products that are equally riveting. Send your friend greeting cards with adorable foxes and doodles on their birthdays or for no reason at all. Festoon your room with their MT washi tape in every possible color. If you’re in the mood for a retro sound, they’ve got a decent collection of vinyl records in stock. And really, if you just wanna look, Heima’s got an endless supply of cute things to admire. (But we’re pretty sure you’ll just end up buying them, anyway.)

EASY Skate-Surf

Easy is located at Unit 104, 3 Brixton Street, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City. It’s open from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more store info, follow them @easyskatesurf on Instagram.

Right next door to Heima is EASY Skate-Surf, the new kid on the block. With concrete panels, bare walls, and industrial fittings, it’s likely to be your new favorite store for extreme sports. EASY offers a great selection of long boarding and surfing gear: surfboards by California-based Almond surfboards (they also have some pretty sweet T-shirts in the store) and helmets from basic black to to gold glitter by TSG, to name a few. The best part is that EASY is an ideal hangout spot for any skate or surf aficionado: the store offers test surfboards and longboards for customers who might want to try them out. When a day of skating has tired you out, there’s an espresso bar with local brewer #YKW’s Dark Matter Theory blend for anyone in need of a cup of joe.

Locavore

Locavore is located at 10 Brixton Street, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City. It’s open everyday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m. onwards for dinner. For more restaurant info, follow them @locavore.ph on Instagram.

The start or end of any afternoon in Brixton won’t be complete without a pitstop at cult favorite Locavore. Serving up Filipino dishes with a contemporary take, this is no barrio-style Filipino feast. The restaurant proudly uses locally sourced and organic ingredients in their dishes, but it’s also where you check out the calorie counting at the door (beach bod be damned) to enjoy a plate of kare kare wings or sisig sausage. Venture into other cult favorites, too: sizzling sinigang, lechon and oyster sisig, ginataang kalderata. Finish it off with their take on street food favorite turon or pandesal pudding, and you’ve got yourself a real meal. It’s no surprise that Locavore is often packed during the weekend, so a reservation is a must.

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