Maginhawa: The Eat Street

*Updated July 2016

I feel really fortunate to be living on Maginhawa Street, one of the best go-to places for a food trip around the metro. There’s a great range of restaurants and types of cuisine to fit any mood and craving. A lot of the places in the area are small family-owned restaurants or start-ups of young entrepreneurs with a laid-back and artsy vibe. In fact, Maginhawa Street has become a “tourist attraction” of sorts, with people from all over coming to the area just to go food tripping.

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Here’s an updated directory of where to to eat along Maginhawa Street (including Malingap Street and nearby streets) Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City. Check back often because this post gets updated frequently. Lots of new restos have opened up on the street that I’m still planning to try 🙂

READ MORE: How to Get to Maginhawa Street

I know this is an extremely long post. I try my best to keep this updated, but I can’t keep track of all the changes in price, restaurant hours and other info. The places I highly recommend or regularly frequent are marked with a ★. I understand that different people have their own tastes, so it’s up to you to decide for yourself where you want to eat or which are the best restos.



★ Z COMPOUND – 33A Malingap Street

Z the zone outdoor foodcourt malingap

A collective of food stalls where you can get everything from Lebanese shawarma, Vietnamese & Thai Street food, Japanese food, burgers, pizza & pasta, healthy eats, soul food, beer and cocktails. Nice bike-friendly space (though bike parking would be appreciated) and lots of budget-friendly options. We eat here at least once a week. Beer available. For a complete guide to the stalls at The Z, check out this post.

  • Stalls: Meshwe (Lebanese Shawarma), Samu Eats (Japanese), Bochic (Pulled Pork), Hijo de Pita (Mexican), BBQ Zone (Grill & Steaks), Stoner’s Soul Food to Go, The Backyard Reservoir (Pizza/Pasta), Bagneto (Bagnet rice meals), Cocktails + Drinks (bar), Sweet Scoop (Ice cream & milkshakes), Eats Saasta (Finger foods & rice meals), Monster Rice (rice bowls), Fat Zach, Hierro
  • Price range: P100-300 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Varies per stall
  • Facebook: Z Compound

★ MERKANTO INTERNATIONAL STREET FOOD – #38 Mayaman St. corner Mahinhin Street *NEW*01 merkanto international street food

A food park located inside 38 Autocare Car wash in UP Village that serves international street fare. For a guide to the stalls at Merkanto, check out this post.

  • Stalls: Vietnamese, Moroccan, Indonesian, Brazilian, Indian
  • Price range: P100-300 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Tue-Sat: 5pm-12mn, Sun: 3pm-10pm. Closed on Mondays.
  • Facebook: Merkantoph

MALINGAP MARKETPLACE – #49 Malingap Street *NEW*

malingap marketplace banchetto sunday market events place

American country-themed weekend market and banchetto ane events venue along Malingap. This is the first rotational marketplace in the metro where vendors can sign up for slots for weekends.

  • Stalls: Vendors are on rotation, so there are no fixed stalls. Vendors offer a mix of food, novelty items, dry goods and beverages.
  • Price range: P100-300 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Fri-Sat: 3:00 pm – 12:00 am, Sun: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Malingap Marketplace

STREAT: MAGINHAWA FOOD PARK – #91 Maginhawa Street

streat maginhawa food park

An open-air park for stalls and food trucks.

  • Stalls: Schmidt’s Gourmet Hotdogs, Egg-It (HK-style waffles), Mexikombi (Mexican), The Soulfood Truck (Southern comfort food), Bricks and Copper (Turkish), The Lost Bread (French Toast & Milkshakes), Me Love You Long Time (2nd branch), Grape Escape (bistro & wine bar), GREAT Burger (burgers), Endless Summer Cafe (fruit smoothies), Mio Gelati (ice cream), Magpie Cafe (Korean dessert shop), Crazy Chef (rice meals and snacks), Saucy Food MNL (rice toppings)
  • Price range: P150-200++ per main dish; ice cream starts at P80/cup
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday – Thursday 5:00 pm to 12:00 midnight; Friday to Sunday 5:00 pm to 2:00 am; closed on Mondays
  • Facebook: Streat Maginhawa Food Park

ONE FIFTY FOOD PLACE – 150 Maginhawa Street

one fifty food place maginhawa

  • Stalls: Wings Gone Wild (Buffalo wings), Ahlee’s (Barbecue/steakhouse), The Piggery (all pork comfort food), Molcajete (Mexican) Canadian Snack Shack (Canadian comfort food), Sticky Pig, Balay Bagnet, Sam’s (Ice Cream & Shakes), Streets of Saigon (Vietnamese), Xurreria (Churros)
  • Price range: P100-300 per dish; Beer is P40/bottle
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday – Friday. 4 to 11pm
  • Facebook: One Fifty Food Place

MAGINHAWA 101 FOOD HUB – #101 Maginhawa Street

maginhawa 101 food hub

A Banchetto & Mercato style indoor food court that opened September 2015.

  • Stalls: Bakmi Nyonya (Indonesian), Bagnet Rice Patong, Japbox (Japanese), Meal Point (Burgers), Shawarma, Grill, Sizzling, Cebu Lechon Belly, Chubby Cook’s Kitchen (Pizza & Pasta), Steaks & Sausages, Korean, Takoyaki, Cakes & Pastries
  • Price range: P150-P200+ per dish; shakes start at P80
  • Restaurant hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs 11 am to 11pm; Fri-Sat 11am to 3am; Closed on Mondays
  • Facebook: Maginhawa 101

THE SQUARE – #51 Magiting Street

the square magiting maginhawa

A complex with several budget-friendly restos/stalls surrounding a center courtyard. They’re officially launching on October 2015.

  • Stalls/Restos: The Iscreamist (liquid nitrogen ice cream; see entry in desserts section), Stuff Over Burger Cafe (burgers), JCoolers (refreshments and desserts), Chuckie’s Pizza, Therry’s Food Corner (rice meals), The Cake Box (cupcakes), WoodChuck House (DIY breakfast meals), Aldrift Cafe (comfort food)
  • Price range: P50-P150+ per dish
  • Facebook: The Square Magiting


LARUAN ATBP. CAFE – 1F Luisa Bldg 2. 107 Maginhawa Street

laruan atbp board game comics cafe maginhawa

A cafe where you can have appetizers along with your board games and comic books. Brick wall interiors are decorated with some of Manix Abrera’s original artwork from his award winning comic entitled 14 (which are for sale). Plus points for selling local award-winning comics including Kikomachine by Manix Abrera, Trese by Budjette Tan The Mythology Class by Arnold Arre, to name a few.

  • Good for: snacks, light meals, gaming food
  • Recommendations: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Dynamite, Cajun Chicken & Bacon Sandwich
  • Price range: P125-185 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Thursday 4pm-12am, Friday: 4pm-2pm, Sat: 12pm-2am
  • Facebook: Laruan Atbp.

SNACKS & LADDERS – 188A Maginhawa Street 

snacks & ladders board game bistro maginhawa

A spacious board game cafe ideal for friends and family. It has an extensive selection of board games, a foosball table, giant chess set outdoors, and a cute karaoke cupboard under the stairs.

  • Good for: snacks, light meals, gaming food
  • Recommendations: Dominionachos, Crispy Liempo Rice Bowl, But Wait There’s Smores, Battle Chips
  • Price range: P99-159 per dish; Play all your want (order anything from menu;  minimum of P150). Karaoke: P100/hour, Foosball – P50/hour
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday to Thursday 3:00 pm-11:00 pm; Friday to Sunday 3:00 pm-12:00 am; Closed on Monday
  • Facebook: Snacks & Ladders

THE NOOK CAFE – #164-A Maginhawa Street

the nook harry potter inspired cafe maginhawa

A Harry Potter-themed cafe where you can enjoy coffee and pastries, read books, or play board games. The interiors have a recurring owl theme aside from references to the Harry Potter books and movies. They serve non-alcoholic Butter Beer, “the preferred drink of underaged wizards and witches.”

  • Good for: coffee, snacks, dessert
  • Recommendations: Butter Beer, Bacon Wrapped Chicken, GoyazillaSaur
  • Price range: P75-140/dish or drink
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday to Sunday 1 pm – 10 pm; Closed on Monday
  • Facebook: The Nook Cafe

ANTITEASIS: BOOKS AND BREWS – Unit C, #154 Maginhawa Street

antiteasis books and brews maginhawaSmall tea room/library serving donuts and bagels. There’s a cozy nook with lots of (IKEA) throw pillows on the floor. Aside from the books, they also have board games that diners can play.

  • Good for: tea, snacks, dessert
  • Recommendations: Bagel with cream cheese, Apple Basil Smoothie, Mini donut
  • Price range: P100+ per person
  • Restaurant hours: Tue – Sun: 1:30 pm – 10:30 pm; Closed Mondays
  • Facebook: Antiteasis: Books and Brews, Tel. no: 0906-3424599


★ TOMATO KICK – #19 Malingap Street

Watering hole that serves pretty good appetizers, filling pasta and rice meals and a variety of local beers (San Miguel, Red Horse, Cerveza Negra, Manila Beer). They moved from their original location in 55 Maginhawa Street to a bigger space in Malingap Street in 2014.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, beer
  • Recommendations: Pesto marinara (seafood pesto pasta), Salsa pork, Beef fajitas, Seafood salpicao, Gising-gising, Cheesy bacon potato wedges, Pita Pizza, Skewers, Cerveza Negra
  • Price range: P200-350 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Saturday 12 nn to 1 am ; Sunday 5 pm to 12 am
  • Facebook: Tomato Kick, Tel. No: 0917-8250338

PINO RESTO BAR – #39 Malingap Street

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Artsy restaurant serving creative Pinoy comfort food with a twist. Home of the famous Kare-Kareng bagnet & signature flavored beers. They also serve vegetarian options at Pipino on top of the main dining space. You can cross order from Pipino and Breakfast & Pies.

  • Good for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, beer, dessert
  • Recommendations: Kare-Kareng Bagnet, Crispy Hito, Kesong Puti salad, Calamares, Mini sisig tacos, specialty ice cream & desserts, Flavored beers (strawberry, watermelon, honeymansi, green apple, cucumber, lychee, peach), PINO-Ka Margarita (Note: last order for drinks is 10pm), ice creams from Pipino
  • Price range: P250-P500 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 11 am to 12 midnight
  • Facebook: Pino Resto Bar, Tel. no: 4411773

SIGS SMOKEHOUSE – 143 Maginhawa Street *NEW*

sigs smokehouse maginhawa

A BBQ restaurant that serves Texas style barbecue with Filipino sensibilities. They also serve a range of local craft beers from Katipunan Craft, Baguio Craft Brewery, Pinatubo Craft Brewery and Crazy Carabao!

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, drinks
  • Bestsellers: Smoked beef brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork
  • Price range: P180+ for main dishes, beers are P160-P300 each
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday to Sunday 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Sigs Smokehouse

THE PILGRIM – 189 Maginhawa Street

the pilgrim maginhawa

A small travel-themed restaurant tucked in an odd space behind the building on 189 Maginhawa cor. Makadios Street (it’s behind a Crossfit Gym and Via Antonella). The resto has a very focused menu with some entrees inspired by Asian cuisine and healthy shakes. They also serve Belgian beers Leffe and Delirium.

  • Good for: dinner, drinks, beer
  • Sample dishes: Baby Back Ribs, Bacon Wrapped Prawns, Shrimp Mango Salad
  • Price range: P200-300/person
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 11 am to 12 midnight
  • Facebook: The Pilgrim Maginhawa

FLYING HOUSE – 10-B Malingap Street *NEW*

flying house malingap

A small tavern-like resto bar that serves appetizers, beer pairings, cocktails and beer including Pedro Craft Beer.

  • Good for: dinner, drinks
  • Bestsellers: Sisig, Loaded Fries, Chichon
  • Price range: P180+ per dish
  • Resto hours: Tuesday – Sunday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
  • Facebook: Flying House Resto

VIA ANTONELLA – #189 Maginhawa Street corner Makadios Street

via antonella maginhawa

Fine dining resto that serves pasta, snackpetizers, all-day breakfast, entrees, rice meals, coffees and floats. They serve a range of beers including San Miguel, Sapporo and Corona.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, beer
  • Recommendations: Hanger Steak (cut of beef steak), Steak and Mushroom
  • Price range: P300-400/person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Via Antonella, Tel. No: 4348535

SATURDATE GRILL – 27B Malingap Street

A small bar & grill serving beer and grilled favorites and street food.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, bar chow, beer
  • Sample dishes: Barbecue, buffalo wings, Bicol Express, Isaw, Chicken Feet, Dugo, Hotdog
  • Price range: P50-P100 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Saturdate Grill


COOL BEANS LIBRARY CAFE – #67-A Maginhawa Street

cool beans cafe maginhawa

The first library cafe in the metro. They serve highland coffee (Sagada, Kalinga and Cordillera roasts), specialty frappes, rice meals, pasta, panini & desserts. There’s a rack of National Geographic magazines and a shelf full of books, comics & graphic novels that dine-in customers are free to browse through. Popular place for students to hang out and study.

  • Good for: coffee & dessert, snack, lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Pan-grilled Pork Belly, Sagada Coffee, Banana Cake, S’mores
  • Price range: P150-300 per person; coffee is P80
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Thu: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 12:00 am (closed on Sundays)
  • Facebook: Cool Beans Cafe, Tel. No: 0917.7064711

VAN GOGH IS BIPOLAR – Unit H, #154 Maginhawa Street (inner courtyard)

van gogh is bipolar maginhawa

Bohemian restaurant owned by travel photographer Jetro Rafael that serves “mood-altering” food. Erratic resto hours. Can be closed for days to weeks depending on owner’s travel sked and mood. Reservations recommended.

  • Good for: special occasions, tea after 10pm
  • Recommendations: Pres. Clinton’s Meal (Van Gogh rice with grilled Aussie lamb chop), Courtney Love’s Drink of the Day
  • Price range: P500-1000 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, Wed – Sun: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am (variable)
  • Facebook: Van Gogh is Bipolar, Tel. No: 434.9417

CAT CAFE MANILA – 2/F #189 Maginhawa St. corner Makadios St.

cat cafe manila maginhawa

Awesome cat-themed cafe that aims to spread love for animals and responsible pet ownership. The cafe is run in partnership with CARA (Compassion And Responsibility for Animals) Welfare Agency. They feature beloved puspins for adoption that visitors can interact with while enjoying coffee, cupcakes and light snacks. The cafe also sells some unique cat-themed items and books.

  • Good for: snack, dessert
  • Recommendations: Clawcolate Mint Shake, Paw-reo Cheese Shake, Red Velvet Cupcake, Mantou (Beef Taco is really good!)
  • Price Range: P200 entrance fee (P100 is consumable, while P100 goes to CARA). Coffee and drinks are P90-140; Mantou – P100 for 3 pieces
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday: 12:00 nn – 10:00 pm; Reservations recommended; 1-hour limit for peak periods; Limit of 15 people at a time
  • Facebook: Cat Cafe Manila, Website:

WHEN UAN MET SALLY / WUMS CAFE – 39B Maginhawa Street

when uan met sally wums cafe maginhawa

An ArtRetreat that combines a boutique (selling boho-chic clothes, vintage finds and unique jewelry) with a lovely outdoor cafe (serving pasta, sandwiches, drinks and cakes). Gorgeous hand-painted ceiling and interiors in a very artistic space.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, high tea, dinner
  • Bestsellers: Truffled Penne & Shiitake Cream Pasta, Margherita Panini, Jasper Choco Fudge Cake, Houseblend Frozen Tea; High Tea (between 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm)
  • Price range: P105-375/dish
  • Restaurant hours: Tue – Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm; Closed on Monday
  • Tel: +63 2 434-2056 / +63 9165278105
  • Facebook: When Uan Met Sally

BLACKSOUP CAFE + ARTSPACE – Unit G #154 Maginhawa Street (inner courtyard)

Cozy cafe serving Pinoy cuisine prepared by a well-traveled filmmaker chef. The space doubles as a venue for art events like photo exhibits and poetry readings. In 2013, they started a suspended coffee initiative. They also sell some indie movie memorabilia and films here.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, coffee, beer
  • Recommendations: Twice-cooked chicken adobo, chicken with basil and cheese stuffing, Vigan Longganisa pasta, Adobo Flakes sandwich, Mango Turon with vanilla ice cream,
  • Price range: P200-400 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Saturday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Closed on Sunday
  • Facebook: Black Soup Cafe + Artspace, Tel. No: 435.2549

KKK COFFEE – 154-A Maginhawa Street

KKK coffee maginhawa

A cafe serving interesting blends of modern Filipino coffee and a few appetizers/desserts. They also sell local craft beers from Nipa Brew here including Tropic Haze, Bliss Point, Sunstoked & Midnight Blur.

  • Good for: coffee, dessert, snacks
  • Recommendations: Kapeng Labuyo (with chili), Kapeng Pandan, Kapeng Ginto (creamy coffee with Philippine honey and muscovado), Tablea Brownie
  • Price range: P69-P139 per cup of coffee
  • Restaurant hours: Tue-Sun: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: KKK Coffee

CATABOLIC CAFE – 22 Malingap Street

catabolic cafe malingap

A cozy cafe that serves coffee and some interesting savory and sweet dishes. Generally quiet atmosphere, WiFi and electric outlets make this a good place to work/study/hold meetings though price range of main dishes is a bit on the high side for the area.

  • Good for: lunch, snacks, dinner, dessert
  • Recommendations: Tomato Soup, Bacon and Egg Sandwich, Pares Rice with Crispy Tadyang, Chicken & Waffles, Rainbow Cake
  • Price range: Coffee P100-P140, Main dishes P210 – P350 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: Catabolic Cafe

THE PORCH BY CASA VERDE – #113 Anonas Extension (near Savemore)

the porch by casa verde

Cheerful resto that serves American home-style comfort food like ribs, steaks, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, desserts and more. The Porch by Casa Verde is the second Manila branch of the popular family-owned chain of restaurants that originated in Cebu City (the first branch is located in UP Town Center). Bonus points for their dedicated parking lot beside the resto.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, desserts
  • Recommendations: The Dax (USDA beef tenderloin with brown sauce and onions & crunchy breaded shrimp), Death By Chocolate ice cream cake, Brian’s Ribs
  • Price range: P250-350 for ribs & steaks (good for sharing), P180+ for desserts
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook Page: The Porch, Tel. no: 9527178

LEONA ART RESTAURANT – #45 Matimtiman Street

leona art resto

A family owned and managed restaurant with a laid-back artsy vibe. They specialize in pasta and pizza but also have some good rice meals and turkey dishes on the menu (you can order whole/half/quarter roast turkey here; order 2 days in advance). They also sell some interesting items like postcards, specialty wrapping paper and trinkets in the resto.

  • Good for: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner (closed on Sundays)
  • Recommendations: Roast Turkey Burrito, Unli Pizza, Root Beer Float, their Holiday Menu (up to Jan 31 has interesting turkey dishes and Noche Buena Pizza)
  • Price range: P150+ up per person, P199/person for Unli Pizza
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; Closed on Sunday
  • Facebook page: Leona Art Restaurant, Tel. no: 929-7490

ARTSY CAFE – #39 Maginhawa Street

artsy cafe maginhawa

A very pretty restaurant that serves coffee, desserts, pasta dishes, sandwiches and meals. The interiors are lovely, and the porch area has a nice, relaxing ambiance. Good for dates & coffee/lunch out with girl friends.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Bestsellers: Cheesecake Crumble, Crepe, Grilled Cheeseburger, T-Bone Steak, Lemon Basil Juice, Herb & Spice Bangus Belly
  • Restaurant hours: Monday – Thursday 11 am-10 pm, Fri-Sun 10 am-10 pm
  • Price range: P200-P300 per person
  • Facebook: Artsy Cafe, Tel. no: (02) 4349487

THE SWEET SPOT – #189 Maginhawa Street

the sweet spot maginhawa

Contemporary bakeshop + cafe serving pastries, cakes, a few sandwiches, pasta and rice dishes, plus coffee, tea and hot chocolate. They have a small booknook with adult titles by Bourdain, Gaiman, Murakami, Card, Dawkins, Diamond, Moore for reading at the cafe.

  • Good for: coffee & dessert, snack, lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Cheese steak sandwich, Strawberry Mango smoothie, Beer battered fish and wasabi chips, cheesecakes
  • Price range: P150-300 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: The Sweet Spot, Tel. No. 0917-8245454

THEO’S BAKED + BREWED – #106-C Maginhawa St.

theos baked + brewed maginhawa

A tree-house themed coffee shop that serves coffee, pastries, and a few sandwiches, pastas and entrees. Nice, relaxing ambiance, music and WiFi makes this a neighborhood favorite for students who want to study or for people who want to work online.

  • Good for: lunch, coffee, snacks, dinner, dessert
  • Recommendations: Cinnamon Cream Cheese Rolls, Mama’s Special Beef Tenderloin, Slow Raised Osso Buco, Creamed Beef Sandwich, Strawberries + Cream Frappe
  • Price range: P50-P120 for drinks; P90-P220 for entrees
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sat: 11 am – 12 am, Sun: 1 pm – 11pm
  • Facebook: Theo’s Baked + Brewed

DORISSIMO PASTRIES – 122 Maginhawa Street

dorrissimo pastries maginhawa

A diner, bakery and cafe that serves pasta, rice toppings, coffee, and cakes. .

  • Good for: lunch, coffee, snacks, dinner, dessert
  • Recommendations: Chicken parmigiana, Meatlball Spaghetti, Pistachio cake, Rainbow cake
  • Price range: P80 for drinks; P105-185 for meals
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: Dorissimo Pastries

WICKED KITCHEN – 2/F #189 Maginhawa Street 

wicked kitchen maginhawa

A modern restaurant serving beer-battered appetizers and “sinfully good” entrees, pasta, sandwiches, rice bowls and desserts.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, desserts, drinks
  • Recommendations: Truffle carbonara, Buffalo chicken sandwich; their signature desserts are named after the 7 deadly sins like Gluttony (chocolate molten lava cake served with a scoop of ice cream), wrath (Flaming Cointreau drizzled over a spicy Nutella and mango crepe with vanilla ice cream) and Pride (Big chunk of Food for the Gods served ala mode).
  • Price range: P160-300 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Facebook page: Wicked Kitchen, Tel. No: 4330196

ROJO – 108 Maginhawa Street

rojo oven baked boneless chicken maginhawaA casual dining resto that specializes in oven-baked boneless chicken in 3 flavors: Mediterranean BBQ (aromatic herbs and spices), Caribbean Roast (dry rub with tangy sweet and spicy flavor) and Asian BBQ (sweet home-style). They also serve whole roll barbecue pork and sides.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, delivery, take-out
  • Bestsellers: Selfie meal (quarter portion with rice pilaf and garlic sauce), Shepherd’s Pie
  • Price range: P129 for selfie meal, P419 for whole chicken
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 11 am to 10 pm
  • Facebook: Rojo Oven Baked Boneless Chicken


★ MASA PINOY CAFE & DINER – 50 Malingap Street *NEW*

A small quiet resto that serves unpretentious and good Filipino Food, pandesal, and coffee They’re one of the few places open for breakfast and lunch in the area.

masa pinoy cafe and diner maginhawa

  • Good for: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Pako Salad, Lechon kawali, Inihaw na Liempo, Sinigang na Salmon sa Miso, Ube Leche Flan cake
  • Price range: P150-200 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 8 am to 11 pm
  • Facebook: Masa Pinoy Cafe & Diner

CAFE MITHI – 131 V. Luna Ext. Diliman *NEW*

cafe mithi maginhawa

A pretty cafe and arts & crafts supply store that serves desserts and coffee and a few exotic rice meals. They hold arts events like calligraphy, watercolor and food illustration workshops on weekends. Very Instagrammable interiors.

  • Good for: snacks, desserts
  • Bestsellers: Simaron (Croc Sisig), Croc Tapa, Alab (Siling labuyo + tablea), Ligaya (Lechon Kawali), Masagana (crispy mojos and potato wedges), Pastillas Cake, Pagbilan nga Po (ice blended drink with your favorite childhood snacks)
  • Price range: P140+ for meals, P60-80 for cakes
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 11 am to 11 pm
  • Facebook: Cafe Mithi 

PROVENCIANO – #110 Maginhawa Street

provenciano maginhawa kalesa sisig turon

An elegant Filipiniana restuarant that pays tribute to the owner’s “promdi” roots by serving heirloom and original Filipino cuisine. Provenciano serves regional specialties from Pampanga, Ilocos, Bicol, Batangas and other provinces as well as Spanish/Basque dishes. Good place for Balikbayans.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, beer
  • Recommendations: Sisig ni Ima (Pampanga), Kulawo ng Quezon, Sugpo sa Alavar (Zamboanga), Adobong Bicolano, Turon with Malagos chocolate from Davao
  • Price range: P180-P580 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Mon-Sun:11:00 am-11:00 pm
  • Facebook: Provenciano Restaurant

GERRY’S JEEPNEY – #7 Maginhawa Street

jeepney restaurant maginhawa

A Jeepney-themed restaurant that serves affordable Pinoy rice combo meals & boodle fight style meals ideal for big groups. They play pop Pinoy hits from the 80s and 90s and have games like Sungka for diners to play with while waiting for food. Gerry’s Jeepney has relocated to a bigger space in 7B Maginhawa Street (near Philcoa) with several Jeepney dining booths you can eat in.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: liempo with rice, pork bbq with rice, ensaladang talong with KBL
  • Price range: P85-150 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Tue – Thurs: 11 am – 10 pm; Fri – Sun 11 am – 11 pm; Closed Monday
  • Facebook: Gerry’s Jeepney

BOWL & BREW – Unit1 131, V.Luna Road Ext.

bowl & brew maginhawa

A colorful modern diner-style restaurant that serves specialties from Lucban, Quzon, rice bowls, pasta, sandwiches, coffee and more. I like the touch of the colorful bowls on the ceiling and the framed photos from Pahiyas festival around the resto.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, coffee
  • Recommendations: Lucban Longganisa, Kinulob Lucban Flakes, Pancit Lucban (Habhab), Sorbetes with Kiping Flakes and Suman
  • Price range: 145-200 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Thu: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Fri – Sun: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: Bowl & Brew, Tel. No: 799-9410

★ JEK’S KU-BO BULALO AT ULO-ULO – #77 Maginhawa Street

jek's ku-bo bulalo maginhawa

Clean carinderia specializing in Bulalo (bone marrow soup) and sinigang na ulo-ulo.
  • Good for: lunch, dinner (closed on Sundays)
  • Recommendations: Bulalo, Ulo-Ulo, Crispy Tawilis, Salpicao, Adobo Flakes, Fried Tilapia, Buko shake (P30)
  • Price range: P75-P150 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sat: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Jek’s Ku-bo Bulalo at Ulo-Ulo, Tel. No: 434.7362

NUEZCA CAFE – #53 Maginhawa Street corner Mahusay Street

nuezca cafe maginhawa

A two-story family-owned resto that serves organic & MSG-free Filipino food from the owners farms in San Felipe, Zambales (where they raise naturally grown Poultry and livestock). They also serve fresh fruit shakes, coffee & some desserts. Nice ambiance with balcony area and al fresco garden area.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, coffee, shakes
  • Recommendations: Butterflied Tilapia, Watermelon Shake (limited menu for soft opening, but I heard they have organic chicken, pasta, appetizers, pizzas and other dishes now)
  • Price range: P150-300 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: Nuezca Cafe, Tel. No: 0917-9331206

RATED SPJ Flavored Fried Chicken Cafe – 48 Magiting Street

rated spj maginhawaA Pinoy showbiz-themed cafe that serves flavored fried chicken, burgers, wraps, pasta and more. Interesting descriptions on the menu for dishes like Coffee, Shakes, Rattle & Roll (frappes), Halimaw (sa Sarap) sa Jar (cheesecakes in jars), and Pusong Uhaw (cold drinks).

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Garlic Matinee Idol Chicken, Sweet & Spicy Bold Star Fried Chicken, Banana Split
  • Price range: P200/per person
  • Facebook: Rated SPJ
  • Restaurant hours: Monday – Friday 11 am – 10 pm


marcianas palabok maginhawa

Marciana’s serves affordable Pinoy rice meals, pancit & puto. You can also order pancit bilao for take-out.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, snack, take-out
  • Sample dishes: Pancit Palabok, Kare-Kare, Lumpia, Puto Pandan
  • Price range: P79 for solo meals
  • Facebook: Tel. no: (02) 435 4912


farinas ilocos empanada

No-frills budget-friendly snackhouse that aims to promote authentic Ilocos Empanada & Ilocano cuisine in Manila.

  • Good for: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner
  • Bestsellers: Ilocos Empanada, Bagnet, Ilocos Longganisa, Pancit Bagnet, Ilocos Miki, Dinakdakan, Poqui-Poqui
  • Price range: P100-150/person
  • Facebook: Farinas Ilocos Empanada

MIXXX VIGAN’S BEST – #48 Maginhawa Street

mixxx vigan's best maginhawa

Small eatery serving Vigan specialties like Vigan empanada, papaitan, Vigan longganisa, bagnet & pakbet. Not a lot of tables as the same place also doubles as a sari-sari store. You can buy Bayani Brew and bagnet here.

  • Good for: snack, lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Bagnet, Dinakdakan, Vigan empanada, Sinanglao
  • Price range: P50-150 per person
  • Tel no: 473-0133, (0916)388-2726

SINANGAG STATION – #79 Maginhawa Street

Serves decent and affordable silog meals. They are open 24/7 making them ideal for very early breakfast before sports activities like biking or riding and late night hunger pangs or post-hangover meals when everything else is closed.

  • Good for: all day meals
  • Recommendations: Porksilog, Adobo Flakes silog, Longsilog
  • Restaurant hours: Open 24/7 Monday to Sunday
  • Price range: P70-150

ATE FE’S KITCHEN – #87 Maginhawa Street

Hole-in-the-wall eatery serving very affordable Pinoy rice meals. The Lechon Kawali is one of the better ones in the area and for only P95 (good for 2) is a steal.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, take-out
  • Recommendations: Lechon kawali, Lechsilog, Silog meals, Chopsuey rice
  • Price range: P50-100 per person
  • Tel. no. 433-0523


★ GRIDDLE – #106-B Maginhawa St.

griddle steak x chicken maginhawa

griddle steak x chicken maginhawa photosA travel-themed cafe that serves really good steaks and chicken. I kind of don’t want to rave about the place because I’m afraid that I won’t be able to eat here again, but this has my current vote as the best-tasting value for money steak in the area. At P180, the generous-sized steak comes with rice and sides (mashed potatoes and corn and carrots). Very nice interiors with travel photos on the wall and model airplanes hanging from the ceiling.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: T-Bone steak, Grilled Lime Pork Belly, Country Fried Chicken
  • Price range: P150-P180 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm; Closed on Mondays
  • Instagram: GriddleMNL

FAT COUSINS’ DINER – #114 Maginhawa Street

fat cousins diner maginhawa

A casual American-style diner that encourages you to skip your diet with their comfort food like steaks and burgers. They currently offer unlimited rice and unli-drinks with their main meals.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, coffee
  • Recommendations: Home Style Roast Beef, T-Bone Steak, 1/3 Pound Beef Burger
  • Price range: P149 (roast beef) – P199 (steak) with unlimited rice and drinks
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 11am to 10pm
  • Facebook: Fat Cousins’; Tel. No: 0917-8477769

SHAO KAO GRILLERY – #7 Masinsinan corner Maginhawa Street

shao kao grillery maginhawa

A laid-back outdoor resto specializing in Chinese Street Barbecue which they describe as “tasty bits on heaven on a stick.” I have to agree with their description. The lamb chop (P125) & grilled veggies we ordered were excellent & affordable! I will definitely be back for more.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Bestsellers: Liempo, Lamb Chop, Eggplant
  • Restaurant hours: Mondays – Saturdays 11:30 am to 10:30 pm
  • Price range: P100-P300/person
  • Facebook: Shao Kao Grillery, Tel: (02) 3434116

CHEF MO’S RIBHOUSE – #22 Malingap Street

chef mo's ribhouse malingap

A resto that serves quality ribs, steaks and burgers. They play good vinyl records on a turntable here. Good for dates and special occasions.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Bestsellers: Hickory Smoked Ribs, Rib Eye Steak, Buffalo Wings, Salmon Wellington
  • Restaurant hours: Mondays – Sundays 11 am to 11pm
  • Price range: P250-520/main dishes
  • Facebook: Chef Mo’s Ribhouse

BUFFALO BRO’S RIBS & WINGS – #45b Maginhawa Street

buffalo bro's ribs & wings maginhawa

Formerly known as Buffalo Joint, Buffalo Bro’s has upgraded their interiors and expanded their menu offerings to appetizers and generous-sized meals including ribs, wings, pork chops and burgers. Good place for groups.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, drinks
  • Bestsellers: Sweet Meat Ribs, Hungry Man’s Grilled Pork, Pizza Tacos, Chicken Fingers, Good Old 1/3 lbs Burger, Root Beer Float

  • Price range: P130-220/dish; Ribs are P220 (good for sharing); Root beer float is P60
  • Restaurant hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; Sunday 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm

  • Facebook: Buffalo Bro’s Ribs & Wings

RB CTY / RIB CITY – #63 Maginhawa Street

rib city rb cty maginhawa

Rib City is an urban-inspired restuarant specializing in ribs and comfort snack food like pasta, nachos, onion rings and tater skinners. They encourage diners to play with Lego-like toys, which are available on every table, while waiting for their orders to arrive.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Price range: P150-P370/dish (good for sharing)
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
  • Facebook: RB CTY / Rib City

EMPIRE STEAK – #154-D Maginhawa St. (formerly on Masinsinan Street)


NYC-themed resto that specializes in affordable yet quality steaks (US boneless rib-eye steak). They also serve katsu curry (Japanese Empire), chicken gyro and falafel wraps (Greek Empire), salad and mashed potatoes.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, take out
  • Recommendations: King Kong’s Steak (double steak with sauteed onions, two sunny side up eggs, bacon, rice topped with premium potato chips; good for 2), Truffled mashed potato, Double Steak, Regular Rib-Eye Steak, Katsu Curry
  • Price range: P130-250 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Empire Steak, Tel. No: 359-0934

TORNADO PERI-PERI CHICKEN – #104 Maginhawa Street

Outdoor resto that specializes in chicken cooked peri-peri style (with sauce made from bird’s eye chili) chicken with their own blended sauces namely; original, tiger’s fury, dragon’s breath. They also serve some steaks.

tornado periperii chicken maginhawa steak

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Peri-Peri Chicken, T-Bone Steak
  • Price range: P100+ per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: Tornado Peri-Peri Chicken, Tel: 0917-5920901

GRILL QUEEN – #110 and #87 Maginhawa Street

grill queen maginhawa

Neighborhood joint specializing in cheap grilled pork, chicken and seafood. There are two branches of Grill Queen along Maginhawa. The smaller branch near Mini-Stop is good for quick take-outs while the branch near Cha Dao has more space for diners.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, take-out
  • Recommendations: Barbecue, grilled liempo, grilled tofu, grilled talong
  • Price range: P50-P100 per person

NORTH WING MNL – 95 Maginhawa Street

A three-concept restaurant with separate kiosks in one space. North Wing serves pizza, pasta and chicken wings; West Steak serves beef meals, steaks, pita, rice, & veggie sidings; Sweet East offers drinks like espresso, frappes & specialty desserts.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Sample dishes: Garlic Cheddar Chicken Wings, Thai Chili Beef, Drink in a Pot
  • Price range: P180-P300 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday – 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: North Wing MNL


π BREAKFAST & PIES – #39 Malingap Street

Breakfast & Pies is an All-Day breakfast joint right next to (and from the same team behind) Pino and Pipino in Malingap St. They serve unique breakfast dishes, home-made pies, gourmet waffles, and fresh bread.

  • Good for: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert, take-out (bakery)
  • Recommendations: Huevos Rancheros, Beef Belly Corned beef, Eggs Benny, Apple Gruyere Pie, Key Lime Pie, Cereal Milk
  • Price range: P200-400 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 7am-10pm
  • Facebook: Pi Breakfast & Pies, Tel. no: 2121212 (Delivery), 4411773 (Reservations & Pickups)

ALLY’S ALL DAY BREAKFAST PLACE – 2/F #22 Malingap Street

A cozy breakfast and brunch place that serves classic breakfast meals (tapa, pork tocino, longanisa from different provinces), pancakes, pan-crepes, waffle sandwiches and desserts. You can design your own pancakes and waffles here. They moved from their original location to the 2nd Floor of the same building as Happy Thai on the same street.

  • Good for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert
  • Recommendations: Adobo Flakes, Classic Beef Tapa, Vigan Longanisa, Classic Spanish Omelette, Design your own Pancake, Pan-crepes
  • Price range: P110-250 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Ally’s All-Day Breakfast Place, Tel. No: 0906-4443878

THE BREAKFAST TABLE – #189 Maginhawa Street

the breakfast table maginhawa 02

A pretty restaurant serving all Filipino breakfast meals and locally sourced beverages. You can also build your own breakfast (choose your own rice, mains, sides and eggs) during weekdays and they serve breakfast buffets (rodizio style) during the weekends.

  • Good for: all-day breakfast (closed on Mondays)
  • Recommendations: Baguio longganisa, omurice (omelette rice), taho shake, coffee from different provinces, TBT cooler (calamansi, tanglad, pandan, malunggay, muscovado)
  • Price range: 150-250 per person if ala carte, weekend buffet costs P395
  • Restaurant hours: Tue – Sun: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Facebook: The Breakfast Table, Tel. no: 433-3597

ANGUS TAPA CENTRALE – #22 Malingap St. Teacher’s Village

angus tapa centrale malingap

Home of the original organic Angus and Wagyu “KOBE” Beef Tapas. This is one of the few places in the area that’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Good for: all-day breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Angus Beef Tapa & Wagyu Beef Tapa
  • Price range: P155-P395 for tapa meals
  • Restaurant hours: Open 24/7
  • Facebook: Angus Tapa Centrale

BREAKFAST BIN – Unit C 168 Maginhawa cor. Mapagkumbaba St.

  • Good for: all-day breakfast, brunch
  • Sample dishes: Liempo Chips, Waffles, B.E.L.T. Sandwich
  • Price range:
  • Restaurant hours: Open Daily from 6:00 am – 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Breakfast Bin


★ ROBERTA FLAVORS OF ASIA – #45b Maginhawa Street

roberta flavors of asia maginhawa

Homey and pleasant resto that serves Asian fusion dishes. The menu has an interesting mix of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisine with a twist. Seafood, vegan and vegetarian options are also available.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, beer
  • Recommendations: Turkish grilled chicken, Pad Thai, Lechon Kawali, Tinola sa Pakwan, Appetizer plate Trio (Fried Tawilis, Crispy Isaw & Chicken Skin, Bicol Express), Vietnamese Grilled Pork
  • Price range: P180-300+ per dish, some dishes are good for sharing
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm; Closed on Sunday
  • Facebook Page: Roberta Seafood Cantina, Tel. no: 3941505


HAPPY THAI – #22 Malingap Street

happy thai malingap maginhawa

The daughter restaurant of Happy Tummy in Baguio’s Ketchup Community, Happy Thai serves really good and budget-friendly Thai favorites. I highly recommend the Crispy Tilapia. Good for groups.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Crispy Tilapia in Tamarind Sauce, Pad Thai, Pandan Chicken, Crab Meat Fried Rice
  • Price range: P175-200 for main dishes, P150 for rice (good for 3-4)
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday – 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Happy Thai; Tel. no: 0908-2001300


YAKITOLOGY – #43 Maginhawa Street *NEW*

yakitology maginhawa

An open air Japanese and Filipino grill that serves pretty good and affordable yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and interesting fusion dishes.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Tori-Q, Tonkatsu, Grilled Tofu, Lechon Maki, Crinton (Crispy fried canton), YakiMatcha Shake, House blend iced teas
  • Price range: P100 per dish, P50 for drinks
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday – Sundays 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Facebook: Yakitology

CRAZY KATSU – #79-C Maginhawa Street

crazy katsu maginhawa

Japanese restaurant specializing in katsu and rice toppings. The fiery chicken katsu topped with chili is a bestseller.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Chicken Katsu, Pork Ginger, Japanese iced tea, Gyoza
  • Price range: P145 – P200 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Crazy Katsu, Tel. No: 435.0030

KATSU CAFE – #189 Maginhawa Street

katsu cafe maginhawa

Katsu Cafe serves tonkatsu, katsu curry rice, tempura sets and donburi (big rice bowl) toppings. They also serve Sola iced tea and local and Japanese beers (Asahi and Kirin).

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, drinks
  • Recommendations: Beef Gyudon, Chicken Katsu, Gyoza, Tempura
  • Price range: P195-390 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Facebook: Katsu Cafe, Tel no: 09399200000

TAKEIYA – #54 Maginhawa Street

takeiya maginhawa

A Japanese fastfood restaurant serving a rather wide range of Japanese favorites including sushi, sashimi, katsu, ramen, a la carte meals & desserts. Food is decent & affordable for Japanese cuisine, especially the rice toppings & bento boxes.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Bestsellers: Mixed Seafood Bento, Mixed Teppan, Ebi Tempura, California Maki Rolls
  • Price range: P100-P200 for bento boxes & alacarte meals, P150-P300 for sushi & sashimi


goen japanese ramen shoppe maginhawa

Cute Japanese ramen shop where you can read Japanese manga in English or try playing with a kendama (wooden Japanese skill toy), which are also for sale.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Sample dishes: Shoyu Ramen, Karamiso, Karaage, Onigiri, Mochi Ice Cream, Fried Gyoza
  • Price range: Ramen starts at P190, P250 for 5 pcs of Gyoza
  • Facebook: Go-en The Japanese Ramen Shoppe

GYOZA AND RAMEN HOUSE – #3 Malingap corner Matahimik Street

gyoza and ramen house malingap

Japanese-themed ramen house with nice interiors and friendly staff. The gyoza was good but the food in general seems overpriced for the Maginhawa/Malingap area.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Sample dishes: 5 kinds of gyoza (original, long onion, chili, spinach, curry); Seafood Ramen
  • Price range: P150 for 5 pcs of Gyoza, P280-P320 for ramen
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday to Sunday 12 nn – 10 pm
  • Facebook: Gyoza and Ramen House

KAZOKU – 2nd Floor #46 Maginhawa Street *NEW*

Serves Japanese cuisine like ramen and sushi made by Chef Moto from Tokyo, Japan.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Sample dishes: Maki Roll, Nigiri Sushi, Ramen, Okonomiyaki, Tempura
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: Kazoku Japanese Restaurant

NIHONJIN – #9 Malumanay corner Malingap Street *NEW*

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Sample dishes: Shoyu Ramen, Negi Ramen, Gyoza, Katsu meals, Yakisoba
  • Price range: P150-P270 per main dish
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Menu on Zomato: Nihonjin


KUAIZI CHINESE RESTAURANT – 2/F Unit 108, Maginhawa Street

kuaizi chinese restaurant maginhawa

Chinese Restaurant that serves claypot rice meals, noodle soup and dim sum dishes. Nice modern interiors.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Soy Chicken, Garlic Spareribs, Beef Brisket Noodles, Fried Spring Roll, Hakaw, Almond Jelly with Lychee
  • Price range: P70-145 solo dishes; P240-295 (Claypot rice meals good for 2-3)
  • Facebook: Kuaizi Chinese Restaurant; Contact info: 0906-5098129

CAUTION HOT! 警告辣 Spicy Noodle House – Magiting cor. Maginhawa (across Mini-Stop)

A noodle house that specializes in spicy Chinese noodles guaranteed to make you sweat. You can customize different elements of your order, such as:

  1. Toppings: All-Veggie, Pork, Beef, Seafood
  2. Broth: Szechuan, Assam Laksa, Classic (non-spicy)
  3. Noodles: Wheat or Egg Noodles
  4. Heat level: 1st degree burn, 2nd degree, 3rd degree burn, Ultimate Burn

caution hot mnl maginhawa

Servings are pretty generous and they don’t scrimp on the toppings. This is great comfort food for rainy days especially for those who love noodles and spicy food. Great addition to the area!

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Bestsellers: Beef Szechuan Egg Noodles, Seafood Assam Laksa Wheat Noodles; Pork Classic Egg/Wheat Noodles, Kuchay Pork Dumplings, Tsingtao Beer
  • Price range: P200/person
  • Restaurant hours: 11 am to 11 pm, Monday to Sunday
  • Facebook: Caution Hot!

PAKIBALOT PANCITERIA BINONDO COOKING – Suite 122 Bldg., #122 Maginhawa Street

Chinese-style eatery specializing in Binondo Cooking. Aside from selling pancit in bilao for take-out, guests can order Chinese and some Pinoy rice meals here.

  • Good for: Lunch, dinner (Mon-Sun)
  • Recommendations: Fried rice, Buttered Chicken, Chicken with mushroom, Crispy Pata
  • Price range: P100-P200 per person (group sharing)
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 10:30 am – 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Tel. no: 383-9625, 0949-6100332


INDONYAKI – #54 Maginhawa Street

Sidewalk eatery serving affordable Indonesian-Asian dishes as well as shawarma, kebab and pares. Pretty good for the price.

indonyaki maginhawa ayam goreng satay

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Ayam Goreng (Indonesian fried chicken served with sambal sauce), Satay, Beef Rendang, Indonesian Veggie Spring Roll
  • Price range: Less than P100 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Saturday 11 am-11 pm; Sunday 3pm-11pm
  • Facebook: Indonyaki Indonesian Asian Cuisine, Tel. no: 560-8521



little india healthy cuisine malingap

Indian restaurant specializing in pure vegetarian & vegan dishes (no onion, no garlic). You can choose the level of spiciness for your meals (mild, medium or hot). Am a carnivore by nature, but I found the food here really flavorful. Great addition to the Maginhawa / Malingap area.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Mix Platter (samosas, aloo chop, and vegetable, mushroom, palak & paneer pakodas; good for 2), Vegetable Kofta Curry, Paratha (stuffed bread), Naan (light and fluffy flatbread), Lassi (flavored yogurt drink)
  • Price range: P50-P235/dish
  • Restaurant hours: 11am to 10 pm Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays)
  • Facebook: Little India Healthy Cuisine, Tel. no: 0932-4073659


COCINA JUAN – Mayumi corner Maginhawa

cocina juan masinsinan

Outdoor Latin American restaurant that sometimes holds pop-up bazaars.

  • Good for: snack, lunch, dinner, drinks
  • Price range: P165-300+ per person at Cocina Juan; P109-139 per taco
  • Recommendations: Churrascos de Nicaragua, Pork Ribs, Burritos, Tacos, Quesadillas, Taco El Karne (Roast lean beef), Cerdo El Frito “Kawali” (deep fried pork belly), Taco El Pollo Loco (Roasted Marinated chicken)
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Cocina Juan, Tel. No: 434.3911

MEXIKOMBI – #116 Maginhawa Street

mexikombi maginhawa

A permanent “casita” of the popular food truck serving Mexican food which can also be found in StrEat Food Park. Pretty good Carnitas Soft Taco.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Recommendations: Carnitas Taco, Beef Asada Burrito, Chorizo Quesadillas, Fish Tacos, Nachos, Horchata (Mexican drink)
  • Price range: P130-200 per main dish
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Facebook: Mexikombi

MEXICAN EXPRESS – #162 Maginhawa Street

mexican express maginhawa

Serves budget-friendly Mexican favorites like tacos, nachos, flautas, and chimichangas.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, delivery
  • Recommendations: Burrito (beef/chicken), Mexican Rice meals, Taco Pizza, Raspberry Iced Tea
  • Price range: P99 up for burritos and tacos, P110-145 for rice meals
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: Mexican Express, Tel. no: 435-5555

CASA QUESADILLA – 176 Maginhawa Street

casa quesadilla maginhawa

Tex-Mex snack joint that serves quesadillas, tacos and burritos.

  • Good for: snack, lunch, dinner
  • Bestsellers: Mexican Beef Quesadilla, Spinach & Chicken Quesadilla, Banana Nutella Quesadilla, Mexican Beef Burrito
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Casa Quesadilla, Tel. no: 0917 539 9038

★ BUEN COMER POQUELLAS – Mapagkawanggawa corner Mahabagin Street  *NEW*

buen comer poquellas kare-kare burrito peri-peri chicken

Buen Comer (meaning ‘good eat’) is a quick service street food stand that serves interesting Fil-Mex dishes. Really good Chicken Peri-Peri with Dirty Rice and house sauces. Tables are limited, but you can always take out food and bring it to nearby food parks like Z Compound (walking distance).

  • Good for: snack, dinner
  • Bestsellers: Peri-Peri Chicken with Dirty Rice, Kare-Kare Burrito, Longganisa Soft Taco w/ Mango Salsa, Chicken Quesadilla
  • Price range: P88 – P138 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Wednesday to Sunday 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: Buen Comer Poquellas

EL JEFE MEXICAN STREET FOOD – #4 Masinsinan Street *NEW*

el jefe ph masinsinan maginhawa

Mexican joint serving street tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadillas and wings.

  • Good for: snack, lunch, dinner
  • Sample dishes: Elote (corn on the cob), Chicano wings, Beef or Chicken Burrito, Horchata (Mexican drink)
  • Restaurant hours: Mon-Thur : 2pm-10pm, Fri-Sat : 2pm-11pm
  • Price range: P120-P160 per dish, P80 for drinks
  • Facebook: El Jefe PH


★ MESHWE – The Z Compound at #33A Malingap Street 

meshwe lebanese shawarma teachers village

Meshwe specializes in authentic Lebanese Shawarma (that is now my benchmark for how shawarma should taste) and Middle Eastern fare. I try to eat here at least once a week. Everything on their menu is great.

  • Good for: snack, dinner, vegetarian-friendly
  • Recommendations: Chicken Shawarma Sandwich, Beef Shawarma Sandwich, Shawarma Rice Plates with Bukhari Rice, Hummus, Arabic Fries, Falafel Sandwich (vegetarian), Chicken Tenders, Muhallabia (Creamy rose flavored milk pudding topped with Crushed Pistachios)
  • Price range: P100+ per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 3:00 pm -10:00 pm; Sunday – 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Closed on Mondays
  • Facebook: Meshwe, Tel. no: 0927-6638764


muchentuchen maginhawaLocated within the same space as Green Daisy, Muchentuchen specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine, serving affordable beef wraps, falafel, kebabs,
rice meals and yogurt fruit shakes.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Recommendations: Kebab Rice Meal, Keema, Hummus, Banana Yogurt Fruit Shake
  • Price range: P50-150/dish
  • Facebook: Muchentuchen Magic Carpet Ride
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday to Sunday 1 pm – 10 pm; Closed on Monday

ABDUL THE COOL – 131 Unit 4 Maginhawa Street

abdul the cool maginhawa

Abdul the Cool serves Persian cuisine like chelo kebabs and chicken tikka. One wall of the space has a cool mural featuring pop culture icons including The Beatles, Edward Scissorhands, The Avengers and Game of Thrones references, to name a few.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Sample dishes: Chelo Kebab Beef Koobideh (grilled ground beef), Chelo Kebab Makhsoos (combination beef koobideh & tenderloin shish), Chicken Shawarma Plate, Chicken Tikka, Ox Brain
  • Price Range: P125-225 for rice meals, P85-115 for wraps
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: Abdul the Cool

ALFARSI PERSIAN GRILL – #123 V Luna Extension & #108 Maginhawa Street (2nd branch) 

alfarsi persian grill maginhawa

A resto that serves value for money Persian cuisine including some fusion dishes. Food styles include Greek and Mediterranean, Indian/Pakistani and Middle Eastern. Ideal for groups esp. at night since they also serve beer. They have a good range of sauces (plain garlic, herb garlic, garlic cheese, garlic pepper & hot sauce) for your meals.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, snack, beer
  • Recommendations: Keema Pie, Beef Kebab, Chicken Kebab, Beef Roll, Butterfly iced tea
  • Price range: P130-250 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook page: Alfarsi Persian Grill, Tel. no: 0916-7342888

KAZAM KEBAB HOUSE – #162 Maginhawa Street

Kebab house serving Persian favorites like freshly grilled kebabs, shawarma and dips. They serve Unli-Shawarma for P199 from Monday to Sunday from 12-3pm and 6-9pm.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, delivery
  • Recommendations: Beef Kebab Rice, Hummus, Motabal, Yoghurt Shake, Shawarma Pizza.
  • Price range: P60 up for shawarma, P75up for rice meals
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Facebook page: Kazam Kebab House Maginhawa, Tel. no: 2966131

UNCLE MOE’S SHAWARMA HUB – #49 Malingap Street

A small budget-friendly hub serving Persian cuisine.
  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Recommendations: Beef Chelo, Shawarma, Keema, Kofta Balls
  • Price range: P55 to P180
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 12:00 am – 12:00 am
  • Facebook Page: Uncle Moe’s Shawarma


★ SANCHO CHURRERIA MANILA – #122 Maginhawa Street

Cozy cafe serving Spanish comfort food. Excellent paella and rice meals. They also have a lot of desserts like eclairs, cream puffs, churros and cheesecakes.

  • Good for: lunch, merienda, coffee and dessert, dinner, drinks
  • Price range: P 200-350 per person (for meals), P100 for coffee and cake
  • Recommendations: Paella Valenciana, Beef Salpicao, Pork Steak, Clam Chowder, Churros con chocolate, Cream puffs
  • Facebook: Sancho Churreria Manila, Tel. No: 436.5539

KAIKU RESTORANTE – #24 Malingap Street 

kaiku spanish filipino restorante malingapKaiku is a Spanish-Filipino inspired restaurant that serves comfort food at affordable prices. The restaurant was converted from an old house and retains hardwood details and wooden touches. They are open for small events and can also handle catering through Lola Nithangs Catering, which is run by the same group behind the resto.

  • Good for: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Paella Valenciana and Negra, Lengua Estofado, Crispy pork binagoongan, Spanish Sardines Pasta, Buffalo Wings, Caldo (w/ beef intestine or chicken), all-day breakfast
  • Price range: P120-380 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Open 24 hours
  • Facebook: Kaiku Restorante

GALLI VILLAGE CAFE – #154 Maginhawa Street

Rustic restaurant reminiscent of small village cafes found in many European and American countries. Food is a mix of Spanish, Filipino, Italian and American specialties.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Recommendations: Angus beef tapa, Beef adobado, Paella Valenciana, Beef Salpicao, spaghetti bolognese, shrimp gambas
  • Price range: P160-P195 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Facebook: Galli Village Cafe, Tel. No: 434.6716


★ FRIULI TRATTORIA – #79-A Maginhawa Street

friuli trattoria pizza maginhawa

Neighborhood pizza joint that serves genuine (and affordable) Italian cuisine. Really great pizzas, pasta dishes and desserts. They deliver to our area, so this is our pizza of choice when we have friends over. Hands down, the best pizza place in the area.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, delivery (limited area only)
  • Recommendations: Tre Formaggi Pizza (mozzarella, cheddar & blue cheese), Margherita pizza, Pasta Putanesca, After Eight chocolate mint cake, Root beer float, Italian Soda
  • Price range: P180-P300 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
  • Facebook: Friuli Trattoria, Tel. No: 434.1416

BOBO’S PIZZERIA – 84 Maginhawa Street

Outdoor pizza parlor that serves classic brick-fired pizzas, pasta dishes and some dessert pizzas.

bobos pizzeria maginhawa

  • Good for: snack, lunch, dinner
  • Sample dishes: Bobo’s Pizza, Quattro Formaggi, Bobo’s Pasta, Choco Peanut Pizza
  • Price range: P125-255 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday – 12 noon to 10 pm
  • Facebook: Bobo’s Pizzeria PH, Tel. no: 3740098

ALL ABOUT PASTA – 45-B Maginhawa

all about pasta maginhawa

A cheerful cafe that serves pasta and pizza dishes including a few Filipino novelty specialties aside from the usual Italian flavors. The resto has a a small play area with books and toys at the back for kids. They also serve cupcakes by Smitten Desserts here.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Sample Dishes: Bicol Express Pasta, Creamy Adobo Pasta, Binagoongan Pasta, Kung Pao Oriental Pasta, Mozarella Sticks, Nachos, Cupcakes
  • Price range: P130-150/dish
  • Restaurant hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; Closed on Sundays
  • Facebook: All About Pasta PH

FELICIDAD – #38 Maginhawa Street

felicidad maginhawa

An al fresco resto that serves affordable Filipino, Italian, Tex-Mex and Vegetarian cuisine. They also offer party take-out food, personalized catering services, and serve as a small events venue.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Sample dishes: Eggplant Parmigiana, Cheesy Hungarian Pasta, Chimichanga, Spicy Buttered Chicken
  • Price range: 120+ per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Tues to Sun 12 – 10 pm. Fri to Sat 12-11 pm; closed Mondays
  • Facebook: Felicidad


★ THE SNACK SHACK – V. Luna Extension (extension of Maginhawa Street near SaveMore)

the snack shack maginhawa

Small neighborhood kiosk that grills really juicy and delicious burgers made of 100% pure beef. Since everything is hand-made and fresh-grilled, expect a waiting time of 15-20 minutes. The quarter pounder with cheese costs just P79/each! Limited seating for dine-in customers. Take-out & delivery recommended. To skip the long waiting time, text your orders before picking up (really convenient!).

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, take-out, delivery (limited area only)
  • Recommendations: Quarter pounder with cheese (Add-ons: Blue cheese, Jalapeno Pepper), Half-pounder with double cheese
  • Price range: P70 P79 to 135+ per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon-Sat 12 pm-9:30 pm, Sundays 12-8:30pm
  • Facebook: The Snack Shack, Tel. no: 09265122257

★ GOOD BURGERS – #162 Maginhawa Street

good burgers maginhawa

Healthy burgers with interesting topping combinations. Burgers come in chicken or veggie patties and 3 different sizes (good, better, best).

  • Good for: snack, light lunch, delivery
  • Recommendations: Margherita Burger, Bacon Mozza Melt Burger, Silly Burger (sour cream, garlic chilli, cheese), Herb Delite (basil, cottage cheese), Wedge Fries
  • Price range: P150-200 per person
  • Facebook: Good Burgers, Tel. No: 435.4663

ALL AMERICAN BURGERS & FRANKS – #54 Maginhawa Street

all-american burgers & franks maginhawa

A roadside stall that sells pretty good and affordable All-American Certified USDA Burgers and Franks where you can add your own condiments (tomatoes, onions, pickles). The Turkey Burger & Cheeseburger were just ok, but the Angus Burger (P150) is really smoky and flavorful. Pair your meal with unique drinks like Canada Dry, A & W, Dr. Pepper, Cherry Coke, Sunkist Grape, etc.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Bestsellers: Angus Burger (1/3 pound), Cheeseburger, Turkey Burger, Hungarian Sausage
  • Price range: P88-150/sausage or burger
  • Restaurant hours: 11:00 am to 11:30 pm
  • Facebook: All American Burgers & Franks

BIG B BURGERS – #44 Magiting Street (near MiniStop Maginhawa)

big b burgers maginhawaSmall burger joint that serves pretty good grilled burgers with patties made out of Bacon x Beef and BAM! (Beef x SPAM). Burgers come in quarter pounder, half-pound and one pound sizes.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Recommendations: Big B (Bacon x Beef) Burger, Poutine ng Ina Mo (Fries in Gravy & Mozzarella)
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Fri: 12:30 pm – 11:00 pm, Sat: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Price range: P99 (quarter), P189 (half-pound), P299 (one pound)
  • Facebook: Big B Burgers, Text: 0917-5941260 (no delivery yet, but you can text ahead for pick-ups)

STUFF OVER BURGER CAFE – #51 Magiting Street

Small burger joint that serves stuffed burgers and milkshakes.
  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Recommendations: Chilly Billy (burger stuffed with cream cheese and Jalapeno), Hungry Daisy Burger (Bacon, onion, cheddar), Vanilla Milkshake, Raspberry and Pink Lemonade
  • Price range: P160 for premium burgers, P200 for burger with drink and fries
  • Facebook: Stuff Over Burger Cafe
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

BRGR: THE BURGER PROJECT – #122 Maginhawa Street

the burger project maginhawa

The original Maginhawa burger joint from the same makers as Pino Resto Bar and Breakfast & Pies. The Burger Project lets customers design their own burgers. They also have some interesting pre-designed options and Burgers of the Month. A bit on the expensive side because of the quality of toppings used.
  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, delivery
  • Price range: P 150-300+ per person
  • Recommendations: Western Bacon Melt, Bleu Buffalo, Truffle Fries
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 9am-12am
  • Facebook: BRGR The Burger Project, Tel. No: 2121212 (delivery)

RBy's steak and shake maginhawa

RBY’s STEAK & SHAKE – 80 Maginhawa Street

Sandwich shop offering Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches and special shakes. They moved to a bigger location recently.

  • Good for: snack, sandwiches
  • Recommendations: Classic Cheese Steak Sandwich, Fries, Pink Lemonade
  • Price range: P160-200+ per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Tue – Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook page: RBy’s Steak and Shake


PIPINO VEGETARIAN – 39 Malingap Street

From the same makers as Pino and Breakfast & Pies, Pipino serves creative Filipino vegan dishes. Everything served here is 100% plant-based.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Sample dishes: Stuffed Portobeloo Burger, Veggie Sinigang, Vegan Tortang Talong w/ Cauli Rice, Garbanzo Burger, Vegan ice creams
  • Price range: P125-P260 per dish
  • Facebook: Pipino Vegetarian

GREEN DAISY – 20 Maginhawa Street

green daisy maginhawa

Green Daisy is a garden restaurant that serves whole and organic food. They serve salad, pasta, wine, fruit or vegetable juice in season, and special tea. The main courses / entrees come in a set menu (served with soup / salad, whole grain organic rice and vegetable mix).

  • Good for: lunch and dinner (by reservation)
  • Recommendations: Pasta Margarita, Pasta Arugula, Pasta Manila with Clams, Salad, Beef Ternderloin (grass-fed), Grilled Prawns
  • Price range: P220 (pastas); P328 – P628 (for set meals)
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 10 am to 10 pm
  • Tel. no: 922-2409
  • Facebook: Green Daisy

THE GOOD SHELF DELI & ECO-STORE – 136-B V. Luna Ext. cor. Maginhawa St.

the good shelf deli & eco-store maginhawa

An eco-store, cafe, and health and wellness hub that sells a range of locally sourced products (Sagada coffee, Malagos chocolates, Theo & Philo chocolates, Kesong Puti, etc.) and healthy stuff like quinoa, chia seeds, raw chocolate and gluten-free and vegan treats. They also offer yoga and pilates classes. They now sell craft beer here from Pivo Praha, Katipunan Craft and Craftpoint!

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, take-out deli
  • Sample dishes: Tapsisig w/ brown rice and salad, Native Adobo (Organic Mangyan Pork), Tuna Putanesca, Veg. Nori Rolls, Alugbati Salad
  • Price range: 125 for pastas, P140-160 for entrees
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sat – Sun: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Facebook: The Good Shelf, Tel. no: (02) 435-8884


hillcrest wellness cafe malingap

Hillcrest serves pasta, sandwiches, coffee, tea and shakes. The food here tastes very healthy and servings are pretty big. There are (mostly religious) books for browsing.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Sample dishes: Apple cinnamon crepe, herb pesto pasta, tuna tortilla, foccasiadilla, tuna and aglio olio pasta, beef and tomato pasta
  • Price range: P145-225 for pasta and sandwiches, P95-185 for drinks
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 7am to 1 am
  • Facebook page: Hillcrest Wellness Cafe

THE DAILY JUSA – #111A Maginhawa Street

Take-out kiosk that sells bottles of fresh juice and raw salads. They offer detox programs and packages for those who want to try their one-day, three-day or one-week juicing cleanse.

the daily jusa maginhawa

  • Good for: take-out (juice, salad)
  • Recommendations: Summer Delight, Vitality Boost, PAD (pear, apples & dates) Salad
  • Price range: 1 bottle of juice cost P150; salads cost P100
  • Facebook: The Daily Jusa, Tel. no: : 0917-811 0769


There are branches of popular Milk Tea places on the street including: Simple Line, Tea Please, Moonleaf, Cha Dao Tea Place and Zen Tea.


ogress kitchen malingap freak shake

An artist’s hub for people to share their talent in visual arts, music and film. They serve a few savory meals, but what stands out are their loaded Freak Shakes which come in 500 ml and 1L sizes.

  • Good for: meals, shakes
  • Recommendations: Freak Shake, Surf & Turf
  • Price range: P150+ per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 4pm – 12pm
  • Facebook: Ogre’s Kitchen

STATION 7TEA8 – Unit C, 162 Maginhawa Street

station7tea8 maginhawa

A cozy cafe with vintage travel-themed interiors that serves milk tea, fruit tea, and DIY natural & herbal health teas with interesting flavors, like Guyabano, Guava, Atis, Mango, Avocado, and Alagaw. They also serve a few tea-infused Asian Fusion rice/pasta meals and desserts.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Recommendations: Smoked Oyster and Seafood Pasta, Adobo with Tea Egg, Omelettes, Guyabano & Alagaw Tea, Ref velvet muffin with matcha powder
  • Price range: P140+ for meals
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesdays – Sundays 11 am – 10pm; Closed Mondays
  • Facebook: Station7Tea8


A cozy ice cream parlor that serves delicious homemade ice cream with very interesting Pinoy flavors. Ice cream is made in small batches making use of fresh ingredients sourced directly from farms, markets & gardens all over the Philippines.

papa diddi's ice cream maginhawaThey also serve milk shakes and different Philippine coffee (Barako, Kalinga, Sagada, Benguet).

  • Good for: snack, dessert
  • Bestsellers: Davao meets Chocolate (Dark Chocolate with Sili), Forbidden Rice (Mt. Province ), Roasted Strawberries (La Trinidad Strawberries), Tsokolate de Cagayan, Coconut and Pandan
  • Price range: P55 for 1 scoop; P75 for 2 scoops, P95 for 3 scoops (different flavors).
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 12:00 nn to 12:00 midnight
  • Facebook: Papa Diddi’s Ice Cream Company

CAFFERA PHOTO + CAFE – Unit 204 2/F Dona Zenona Suites, 54 Maginhawa Street

The first photography-themed coffee shop in Metro Manila. This small cafe serves coffee in camera lens mugs and cute cupcakes topped with 2D and 3D camera icons in fondant.

caffera photo cafe maginhawa

  • Good for: snack, dessert, coffee
  • Sample dishes: Mint Choco, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Chocolate Cupcakes
  • Price Range: P75-80 per cupcake, P120 for coffee
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Caffera PH

THE ISCREAMIST – 46D Magiting Street

Popular place that serves ice cream frozen using liquid nitrogen. Their signature Dragon’s Breath (S’mores) dipped into a cup of liquid nitrogen before being eaten, causes you to breathe smoke like a dragon. The novelty factor is an OK experience for first-timers, but that’s it.

the iscreamist maginhawa

  • Good for: snack, dessert
  • Recommendations & sample dishes: Dragon’s Breath (Smores), Ice cream: Pistachio, Blueberry Cheesecake, Red Velvet, Guinness
  • Price range: P65 for 4 pcs of smores, P150/scoop of ice cream
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 1pm to 10pm, last seating at 9:45 pm
  • Facebook: The Iscreamist

THE BAKER’S TABLE – #88B Maginhawa Street

Small cafe that serves cakes and desserts inspired by childhood candies such as Butterball, Flat Tops, Orange Swits, Lips and Hany Chocnut among others. Cute concept. They also sell healthy breads, novelty cakes and custom cakes here.

the baker's table maginhawa

  • Good for: dessert, snack, delivery/pickup
  • Recommendations: Butterball Caramel Cake, Haw Haw Cake, Lala Crinkles, Flat Tops Cake
  • Price range: P110/slice of cake
  • Restaurant hours: Tues-Sat 9AM-10PM, Sun & Mon 12nn-10PM.
  • Facebook page: The Baker’s Table, Tel. no: 0917-5766001, 4337543


a taste of heaven maginhawaA small, kid-friendly cafe serving milkshakes and a few snacks like popcorn, chicken fingers and the like. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth and found their shakes insanely sweet (like you’re drinking ice cream), but my 4-year old nephew seemed to like it.

  • Good for: snack, dessert
  • Recommendations: Salted Caramel Shake, Choco Loco Crunch, Blue Velvet, Strawberry Cheesecake, Bubblegum
  • Price range: Shakes start at P80
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sat: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Sun: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Facebook: A Taste of Heaven Milkshake Hub, Te. no: : 0906-2233644

CUPCAKES BY GREMLINS – #100 Maginhawa St.

Cupcake shop serving specialty cupcakes. They accept orders for customized cupcakes for parties and special events. They recently moved from their original second-floor location on #54 Maginhawa Street and are now sharing a space with Cocina Juan.

  • Good for: snacks, dessert, take-out
  • Recommendations: Hershey’s Chocolate Cupcakes, Banana Oatmeal Cupcakes with Speculoos Cookie Butter
  • Price range: Around P50 per cupcake
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Cupcakes by Gremlins

FROSTED DESSERTS – #57 Maginhawa Street

Cupcake Cafe that serves some very playful and unique flavors of cupcakes and make custom made toppers and cakes, milkshakes and sundaes. Gluten-Free and No-Sugar-Added options are also available for pre-order. Frosted Desserts also carries retail items from Barkin ‘Bakes Healthy Pet Treats, all-natural and preservative-free treats for dogs and cats. They bake custom cakes for pets too 🙂

frosted desserts barkin bakes maginhawa

  • Good for: snacks, dessert, take-out; pet-friendly treats
  • Price range: P50-80 per cupcake
  • Recommendations: Mr. Grey (Earl Grey Tea), The King (Banana cake base topped with peanut butter icing and caramelized bacon)
  • For dogs: Liver and Signature Apple cake, Max & Jack’s Dairy and Egg Free Muffins
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Thu: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
  • Facebook: Frosted Desserts, Barkin’ Bakes Healthy Pet Treats, Tel. No: 0926-7397377

CHOCOLATE CHIP ARMY COOKIES – 2/F #189 Maginhawa Street

chocolate chip cookie army maginhawaA military-themed cookie bar that serves homemade cookies made of premium Belgian Chocolate. They also serve milk and cold brew coffee.

  • Good for: snack, dessert, bulk orders for pick-up
  • Sample dishes: Morphine (Belgian chocolate chips, butter crunch, marshmallows), Black Hawk (Dark Chocolate), Iced Mocha
  • Price range: 1 pc for 55, 6 for 320, 12 for 600
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays 1pm-9pm, Friday to Saturday 1pm-10pm, Sundays (scheduled pick-ups)
  • Facebook: Chocolate Chip Army Cookies

SNOW CREME – Unit 2A 2/F, #189 Maginhawa st. corner Makadios Street

A dessert restaurant that serves Snow Ice, Milk Tea, Smoothies & Snacks.

  • Good for: dessert, snack
  • Sample dishes: Golden Mango, Peanut Banana Foster, Black & White, Taiwan shaved ice, Matcha and Cookies & Milk
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 12:30 pm to 11:00 pm (closes on 12:00 pm on weekends)
  • Facebook: Snow Creme

OTHERS: The Coffee Way, Belgian Waffles, Brazo, Cafe Quezon, Crepeman Cafe, Round Robin, The Hideout Cafe



tatystar toasted siopaoBakery serving delicious Naga City-style toasted siopao and other breads like pan de coco, monay and maligaya bread. Goes great with pancit from Pakibalot Panciteria for events and parties.

  • Good for: snack, take-out (no delivery)
  • Recommendations: toasted siopao asado
  • Price range: P8/piece of toasted siopao
  • Facebook page: Toasted Siopao Tatystar Bakery



Karl Quijano, a blog reader and resident of Teacher’s Village, sent me this map he created to help food-trippers in the area. This map was last updated in April 23, 2015. It’s the most complete and updated food map of all the restaurants in Maginhawa, Malingap & the surrounding area and can serve as a good reference to those not that familiar with the establishments. Click the maps to view them in full size.

maginhawaMapAApril_23_2015 MaginhawaMapBApril_23_2015


CARINDERIA/TAPSILOG PLACES: Rodic’s, Box ‘o Rice, VMAR Kitchenette, JKAS Food Services, Food Clinique, Formosa Bites, Avtol’s Pares Grill, Adobo ‘To, Ulo-Ulo sa Vet, Kayemito Food House, Hec’s Ihaw-Ihaw, Tita Elvie’s Tapa Atbp., Miguel’s Tapsi Place

NEW RESTOS: Parilla Bacolod Inasal, Gastronomeats, Kwentong Bagnet, Flip Burgers

NOTE: I originally wrote this as 5 Restaurants to eat in Maginhawa in Sunday Inquirer Magazine in 2012, but this list just grew.
P.S. I try my best to check out every new establishment that opens up in the area, when my budget allows it, but there are so many new restos. If you own a restaurant in the Maginhawa area and would like it to be included in this list, please contact me directly at via Facebook or email:

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  4. Hi! These are great recommendations! May I use your blog as a reference for another travel feature that I’m doing? I’ll be sure to properly credit both author and website 🙂 Thank you very much in advance!

  5. We would love for you to visit us at CHAMPS Restaurant. We have a broad menu that will satisfy any palate. We are located between Ted Ps and Umbul 154 Maginhawa Street,

    Thank you,


    • Hi Champs. Thanks for the invitation. Have been meaning to do a part 2 of this. Have you replaced Crave Burger? I thought that was the resto in between Ted P’s and USC.

  6. Wowow! Namiss ko mag food trip sa Maginhawa! Friuli Trattoria pa lang natry ko. Mahilig ako sa Pestoa pasta, so I guess I will love the Seafood pesto pasta of Tomato Kick. Mainvite nga ang mga bagets dito 🙂

    • Am addicted to the seafood pesto of Tomato Kick. I have it almost once a week. Let me know if pupunta kayong bagets sa area! 🙂 Would love to meet up. Dami na nga new places dito. Been meaning to blog about tea places. There are 5 different tea places just on this street! MoonLeaf, Cha Dao, etc.

  7. My family and I are going to Maginhawa St. this Saturday to check out the restos. These reviews look promising, and I’m looking forward to trying them out!

    • Hi Jillian. Hope you and your family enjoyed your food trip to Maginhawa. Some of the restos on the street (Kiss the Cook & Alfakhr’s) recently closed down, but there are still lots of great places to try out.

      • Hi! After scouting Maginhawa, we decide on Friuli Trattoria. Gread decision, too; the food was great, and the price was pretty unbelievable. We waited a while for a table, though, because the place was packed. We actually stopped there first when we were looking around, and when we came back, the guy at the door said that had we asked him to reserve a table, we wouldn’t have had to wait so long (the upstairs tables were empty then). Haha! Still a good experience! 🙂

  8. For this, I will go to VanGogh is Bipolar and the rest too. I had been intrigue by these restaurants and wanting to try myself soonest when I came back to Manila.

  9. Nag seserve po kami ng ice cream recipes, milk tea, wintermelon juice, fruit shakes with ice cream, halo halo with ice cream, chicken burger, chicken sandwich, ice cream cake, ice cream sandwich, spicy spaghetti, other short orders. parking is along Maginhawa Street, fronting Bayantel, St. Vincent School, and Sterten Place. konting lakad lang po papasok ng Krus na Ligas, malapit sa Mona’s bakeshop, bungad lang ng Krus na Ligas/Maginhawa. Affordable ang prices namin. from P15 spicy ice cream to P50 ice cream/shake/halo halo hybrid. Student meals will be served in June 2013. Please LIKE our page: Thank you.

  10. This blog is very good. However I’m not sure if you added Mexican Express which also serves great mex food. I live around the area but have not tried every resto though my boyfriend and I plan to visit most, if not all available dining places in Maginhawa. Kudos!!

    • Hi Jen, I know I left out some restos in the area as the list was getting a bit long and new restaurants seem to be just sprouting up every month! My husband doesn’t like Mexican food much so we haven’t really tried it out (we always opt for Good Burgers 2 stalls down :p) , but I’ll update this when I eat there again and get photos. 🙂 Saw a new building with a Katsu Cafe in the works!

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  12. Hi Kara, great feature on Maginhawa St.

    We’re opening a bakeshop + cafe in July, called The Sweet Spot. We’re in the new building near Camp Karingal right beside the new Katsu Cafe branch.

    Please visit us when we open. 🙂

  13. Very interesting and informative blog. We will try the other restaurants you mentioned.
    There is a new burger joint too in Maginhawa st., Snack Shack. Their burgers are pure beef and juicy. They are near Savemore in Sikatuna Village.

  14. Hi, we’d love to have you here at ROASTERRIFIC! We are located at 152 Maginhawa St. QC.

    A definite must try is our best seller HERB – a – licious Lechon. Its our version of the CEBU Lechon & Ilocos Bagnet in 1. Love the crisp and the taste minus the guilt ‘coz its Roasted! Perfectly compliment this with our Special Sauce.

    Other must try are our famous “Peking Style” Roasted Chicken, Special Pancit Canton and Chopsuey with Lechon among others.

    We also do DELIVER within Quezon City. Feel free to give us a call, 881 – 60 – 88.

    Thank you,


  15. thanks for your blog! our office is located in maginhawa and indeed i saw the booming of the street as an eat street. 🙂 want to add, roberta’s seafood cantina to the list, next to buffalo wings. they have good food, my favorite is the tinola sa pakwan. 🙂

    • Apir! Love Cerveza Negra too. It goes great with TK’s Pesto Aligue pasta. Heard they may have to relocate by next year. Hope it’s to somewhere on the same street. May branches na rin in Katipunan & Tomas Morato!

    • Better if you are coming from Anonas Station. Ride a City Hall or Fairview jeepney right behind the St. Joseph Church. Tell the driver to drop you off at SM Savemore-Sikatuna. That’s already the V. Luna Road. Beside SM Savemore is the Snack Shack. As you walk farther, you will find Gayuma ni Maria, etc. You may V. Luna Rd Ext. toward the long stretch of Maginhawa or you can always take a trike.

      • Hi are there tricycles available near anonas station that would take us to SM savemore V luna extension? Thank you

  16. In fairness!! Ina-update pa rin pala itong list. Salamat!!! Ito na ata ang pinaka-comprehensive list ng Maginhawa restos haha though meron pa ring mga wala sa list, sana maidagdag din soon. 🙂 Good job Ms. Kara!

    • Thanks Colleen. Haven’t eaten in all the Maginhawa restaurants yet. It’s a long street :p There are also some places that I don’t really feel like including in the list because I didn’t like the food or the place.

  17. Hi, Ms Kara! It’s so nice that you keep this post very much updated! I live near Maginhawa but I always come back to your blog every time I want to check out new places (eg Nuezca Cafe). Keep it up! Thank you very much. 🙂

    • Hi Faith. It’s comments like that that encourage me never to cook and to just keep eating in all the Maginhawa restos in order to update this post :p Thanks for always checking back. New additions coming soon. Hehe.

  18. I’d like to point out that Zugbu Lechon has joined the R.I.P club a few months ago and it’s been replaced by a medical supply shop.

    It’s such a shame because their food is great for the price but not a lot of people go there when Trattoria and Krazy Katsu looks more visually appealing.

  19. Thank you for this very comprehensive list! My mom saw The Sweet Spot featured on Kris Aquino’s show this morning and after I mentioned being invited by a friend to try Van Gogh is Bipolar, we immediately looked for a food trip guide and used yours! Got to The Sweet Spot, then Katsu Cafe, got distracted for a bit at Our Tribe (which sells leather bags and stuff), then spent quite a while at When Uan Met Sally, tried to stop by at Galli Village Cafe and Blacksoup Cafe + Artspace (which were both closed), and then drove through Maginhawa trying to spot other good eats for a next time. Got desert at this milkshake place called A Taste of Heaven. Hope you keep this updated for when we go back! 🙂

  20. Hi Kara! Thank you for featuring us! We recently updated our menu… Meaning, more happy kanin options 🙂 See you soon!

  21. Hi Kara, just came from snackshack and ordered half pounder burger for only Php135 and got a strawberry shake from Ice Cream House a block away from the burget joint. Unlike other burgers, you need no condiments as the beef juice
    surely brings the chemistry in your mouth. Awesome eat. Thanks for your blog, cheers!!! Benj

    • Hi Benj. Love how you described the burger 🙂 Snack Shack is now one of our favorites as well. The line is sometimes long, but the burgers are worth the wait! 🙂 Sulit in terms of flavor and price compared to some of the other places.

  22. Hi were planning to have a food trip tom with my bff..can you please help us on how we could easily locate the place….manggagaling kami sa trinoma, di kasi kami familiar sa qc tnx

    • Hi Elsa, the road right now in Maginhawa is really bad because of an ongoing DPWH road widening project that’s left everything a mess so you might be a bit disappointed. Parking is a major problem and many establishments are affected by this. But if you still want to go, just get off at Philcoa and take a trike from there to Maginhawa street.

  23. great blog! thanks a lot! any restaurant you would like to recommend? i love eating pastas, burgers, ramens, sweets (cakes)! 🙂

  24. Hi Ms.Kara! We would like to invite you to our restaurant, Alfarsi Persian Grill. Located at 2nd Floor Unit 2-1 #186 Maginhawa Street corner Makadios Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. We hope you can come this Thursday (Nov 7) at 8pm because we have an Acoustic Night 🙂 We would like to offer you a free bottomless butterfly iced tea as well. Just introduce yourself to our staff. Thank you!

    Our page:

  25. Love your post. It’s the most complete and updated post about the topic I’ve seen so far.I’m excited to try the newly opened restaurants you’ve listed.

    By the way, I also want to comment about the road widening. I also find the dust, traffic and all that inconvenience that the road widening and drainage project cause as I live near Maginhawa too.

    However, drainage problems cannott really be addressed isolated issues. As you can see the road to Philcoa is prone to flooding, and you can’t just fix the drainage of that specific area to improve it. Where will the water go, right? Of course, it had to be channeled to an appropriate drainage site, like perhaps to the nearby Marikina River.

    Road widening are also best done BEFORE the actual traffic congestion begins. With all these restos and schools in the area and the number of private vehicles increasing over 50% in the last ten years, I think it’s definitely appropriate. As with any road construction, closing of stores for a few days in front of the area is a bit inevitable. Setbacks like these are needed before actual improvements are gained. Anyway, the destroyed facades in front of the stores and houses are mostly on land owned by the government and are just being claimed for public use.

    I feel sorry for the chopped down trees though. And the contractor should be spanked for unsafe construction conditions.

  26. Too bad, although walking distance lang ang Maginhawa samin, (we live Matimtiman. 3:) ) at kunti pa lang ang na ttry namin. :'( . Medyo Masaklap.

  27. I’d like to add Nanette’s Snack Haus to the list for their version of the burrito and bibingka. This one’s an oldie but a goodie.

  28. YAY, a new update! 🙂 Parang ito na yung pinaka-comprehensive na list so far.Too bad that I already left UP a couple of months ago before I could try some of the new places.

  29. Hi Kara!

    You may also want to try Tea Please, it’s a milk tea shop that offers one-a-kind flavors. We have yakult flavors as well as alternative to milk teas. We also come up with different and special flavors every Christmas, Halloween and Valentines day for everyone to look forward to.

    Additionally, we have free board games on the shop for you and your friends to enjoy! 🙂

    We’re located at 72 Maginhawa street, beside Sinangag station and near Holy Family School. We hope to see you soon! 🙂

  30. True! 🙁 why do they have to cut down the trees?? and it’s just sad to know the old and bigger trees were the ones they cut down :'(((

  31. Try food at laurel st. UP diliman. We go there most of the time because of food selections. Fries, student meals, burgers etc. we love mcdoks sizzling for their sizzling steak ang yummy sisig!

  32. good burger is the place to be sulit na sulit ung 95 pesos mo tska sa friuli at kung gusto mo talaga maka mura ate fe’s ka must try ung sisig mura na marumi pa hehehehe.

    • Hi Toke, fave ko din ang Good Burger, Friuli at Ate Fe’s. Pati yung Toasted Siopao ng Tatystar sa Anonas Extension. Mura and masarap. I should probably include that in the list. Not really a milk tea fan though :p

  33. i am not sure if you missed forte, or intentionally left it out. food is good, but very few choices… cafe quezon also offers delectable cakes

    • Hi Ruth. Forte Coffee shop is closed and has been replaced by Mandi Persian Grill, which I have yet to try 🙂 Tried Cafe Quezon once but wasn’t able to take pics, so I haven’t included it yet.

    • Hi Cha. I put a star icon next to the restos I highly recommend. Depends on what type of food you’re in the mood for 🙂 My top 5 picks (taking into account quality of food & value for money) are Tomato Kick, Friuli, Roberta’s, Meshwe & The Snack Shack.

  34. Thank you so much Ms. Kara, in helping me where to eat healthy and affordable meals for my whole family! See yah!God bless.

    • Hi Maureen, roads are much better now that DPWH repairs are almost done. There are still parts that haven’t been patched up, but parking on the street by the restos shouldn’t be a major problem anymore.

  35. Good lawd! Nagutom ako kakabasa. I have tried All’s, When Uan Met Sally, and Blacksoup (owners are friends). When I go back to Manila, I’ll try more of these. Really look yummy. Thanks for compiling info. 🙂

  36. Thank you so much for featuring our store, URBAN CHICK! This year, we will also serve affordable Paella and a whole lot more. 🙂

  37. Thanks! You should try the new milk tea/shaved ice place called Snow Creme. It’s located in the same building as Sweet Spot! 😀

  38. Hi Kara, thank you for adding us in the list. Very much appreciated. We would like to invite you to try out and review our steak. Please do let us know when you are available.

    Thank you and have a good day ahead!

  39. Try the new resto along Anonas Ext. (near Savemore), The Porch by Casa Verde. 113 Anonas Extension, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

    They say it’s a good restaurant.

  40. Try Rodic’s at Maginhawa cor. Masaya Sts. for budget friendly yet good tasting meal. I think tapa is their best seller but I like their sinigang too! It was featured on tv so we tried it. 🙂

    Thanks for this post and your photos! Maybe, we’ll try those other restos/eateries soon.

  41. Good day!

    May drip po ba na dumadaan along maginhawa st.? san po ang route para may idea kami kung san ang posible na sakayan.

    Nice feature po!


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  43. Do you know where Forte Coffeehouse moved?
    Do you know any cafe or resto just like Forte Coffeehouse quite elegant but at the same time affordable, same theme and goods for musicians?
    Thing is, my sister is a pianist and she would like to try a grand piano.

  44. hi. I saw on Poptalk last night their feature on cafe nuezca so I searched about it. Luckily I found your site and this is very informative. Now I know that there are other places to visit in QC area. So far I have only tried Gayuma ni Maria.

    Thanks for this blog. Now I am craving for that seafood pasta that you mentioned here.


  45. Hi there! 🙂 Thank you so much for this post! Ever since I have heard of Maginhawa, this has been the site I frequent for go-to places in the area. Thanks also for the unending updates!

    I noticed though that you haven’t included The Iscreamist in the list. I think it’s a popular go-to dessert place almost across Chilli & Ink. 🙂

    Got to visit and try 3 yesterday and will be coming back for more, haha!

    Kampai! 🙂

    • Hi Ica, for some reason every time I pass by Iscreamist to try it out, there’s a long line of people just waiting to be seated so I end up elsewhere. It’s crazy. I will try to catch them during off-peak hours.

  46. WOW..a BIG WOW…what a very nice blog =) Im just trying to seearch google about places where i can eat at maginhawa..kasi a friend of mine told me that there are a lot of resto..and eto nga..nabasa ko sa blog mo..GOOD JOB! ganda..very informative..I hope i could be a good writer like you! =)

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  48. Hi Ms. Kara! Please come and visit Snow Creme. We offer snow ice, smoothies, fruit iced tea, milk teas, waffles and snacks. Our best sellers are the Golden mango snow ice, Honeydew smoothie w/ real mango bits, Peach yogurt iced tea, Mochaccino milktea and Chiklets (taiwanese chicken cutlets). We’re located at the 2nd floor of 189 Maginhawa st., corner Makadios, QC. Same building where The Sweetspot, Parrillada, Katsu Cafe, Wicked Kitchen and Alfarsi is. Our store hours are from 12:30pm to 12mn.

    Facebook page:

    Thank you! 🙂

    Bryan & Michelle Kho of Snow Creme

  49. Hi Ms. Kara Santos I am doing a thesis about maginhawa street and all the food joints that are currently established there, would you mind if I ask you questions about Maginhawa Street and its food establishment? Kindly e-mail me on, Thank you 🙂

  50. WOW! I never realized that Maginhawa changed as much. When I was a kid we used to live in No. 38 Maginhawa. Now I’m sure I won’t recognize it anymore. Will now have a reason or should I say several reasons to visit the street I grew up in.

  51. HI there! Nakakatakam naman basahin yung mga blogs 😀 anyway, can anyone help me? last february 14, me and my significant someone were going to gayuma ni maria. But we actually ended up at burger project in maginhawa, though burger project is a good experience and good burger also. If I am coming from south bound, laguna and I am going to gayuma ni maria, what is the fastest way to go there? I failed when we went to philcoa and take a cab and take us to maginhawa, tapos sobrang traffic pa last week kasi feb fair din and valentines, hope anyone can help me thanks 😀

  52. Awesome directory of places to try. It’s amazing how many restaurants there are in this area.

    Thanks for collating all of this information!

  53. i tasted a lot of them esp bahay kubo etc but via antonella cafe was with the best selections from bfast to dinner…superb place and nice staff 🙂

  54. I resided in UP Village for more than a year, but I didn’t know that there were this many restos in the area. I usually eat at Friuli, Sinangag Station, Grill Queen and Delish (now closed). I’ll have to try the others. It’s such a shame though that not many of these restos serve beer. Kudos also to the local public officials for finally finishing the road works. It’s like White Plain 2.0, only better. Problem is, the restos do not have parking areas. Marami pa naman basag kotse boys dyan.

    • I agree re: the lack of beer places. Some places can only serve beer until 10pm din because it’s still a residential area. Sayang din yung Delish, they had the best baked oysters & good lunch budget meals. Agree also about the parking situation. It’s ok for the people who live in the neighborhood and just walk, but there seem to be a lot of diners coming from other areas now.

  55. Perfect! Thank you so much for these recommendations. I was searching for restaurant list at maginhawa st and i found your site. i will definitely bring my special someone here 🙂

  56. Hi miss Kara,

    My friends and I are planning to go to Maginahawa street by car but you’ve mentioned in your previous comments that there is an ongoing DPWH project along the area. May I ask what is the status of that project? Will it inconvenience us if we go by car?

  57. me and my friends are planning to dine and maybe some drinks too in maginhawa, is there a place where you can just relax and have a cold beer? a nice price is a good plus

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  59. hi we’ve been strolling a lot there, were always disappointed. sayang na sa oras sayang pa sa gas. we’re always searching for ice cream shops pero lagi daw close theres this one time na after so many hours of driving we ended up eating in shakeys thanks to this, i’ll keep an eye on ur blog ms kara

  60. I wouldn’t recommend jeepney’s boodle meals. nice place but service and food is so disappointing. we waited almost an hour to be served with a meal that’s supposed to be good for 6-8 people. what was served to us didn’t even meet our expectation. quite overpriced 🙁

  61. Hi! I live far away from this area. If I were to try one restaurant here for dinner, what would you recommend to be the most worthy and affordable?:) Budget is 150-300/person sana 🙂

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  65. Thank you for this great list! Would it be possible for you to create a rough map indicating where everything is located though? Just for easier reference. Thank you! 🙂

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  67. Hi! You may want to include us, joreen’s express. We are beside urban chick:) We just opened last month. We are serving mixed Filipino, american and italian.Thanks!

  68. OMG! I’ve just found the Restaurants that perfectly fit to our tummies of my boyfieeee~ gonna need to be here on our 4th anniversary, june12! To taste the different kinds of foodsssss! Thanks for the infos and thanks to you Ms. Kara!!! kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! I’m so excited! :* 😉

  69. i will not mention the ” resto ” but it was highly recommended here so out of curiosity I invited my friends with excitement to try out some foods there and boom!i was surprised with disappointments considering the not-so-well-maintained dining area plus we didn’t seen anybody except to the two staffs who entertained us..though we didn’t try the foods coz we immediately decided to have our dinner in fairview terraces. we’ve lost our appetite anyway 🙂

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  71. Hi thank you Kara!
    We will be expanding Urban Chick this September. Will be adding a second floor to accommodate more people.
    Try the new things on our menu!

    Thanks again,
    Urban Chick Resto

    Watch out for U.C.’s Literary and Performing Arts side soon to be launched!

  72. You might want to take out When Uan Met Sally from your list because, as you mentioned, it has been replaced by Gerry’s Jeepney. Just checked it out this afternoon.

  73. I encountered a 2cm long COCKROACH in my katsudon at Food Clinique last August 24, 2014. I confronted the owners, the Camacho family, who profusely apologized and said that they just closed down the restaurant to clean the kitchen. How could they have not seen the cockroach which was mixed into the egg and the pork? How can the cook not notice that? How can the servers not notice that? When I asked everybody there (the dad, the mom, the daughter) they said they ALL SAW IT. They kept on saying “pasensya na po, hindi po sinasadya. First time po itong nangyari.” First time? There shouldn’t even be a first time! That should NEVER happen. I told the daughter to write me an incident report and email it to me that night. It has been 2 days and I still haven’t received an email from her.

    • Hi Diega, I hope the management sees your comment and your report and takes appropriate action. I’ve actually stopped eating at Food Clinique since the food quality the last 2 times we ate there wasn’t so great. I’ve just removed them from this list, as there are many other places along Maginhawa that you can choose to eat in.

      • I told the owners that I am seriously considering writing a formal complaint to the City Health Officer if they do not give me an incident report. As of today, I have just drafted my complaint and will deliver it tomorrow. I hope the foodie community in Maginhawa takes formal action against restaurateurs who have absolutely no knowledge on how to run a restaurant, let alone clean their kitchen. When the problem is sanitation standards and not just taste and service, I think blogging or commenting about it isn’t enough and we have to inform the authorities.

  74. Too bad I lost my appetite on Leona’s art, their pizza is not even that ‘mouth-watering’, and their pasta (tomato based or whatever you call it) is not even delicious! No wonder they came up with unlimited promos. I will even recommend this resto. I will choose friuli instead. It’s my first time to try leona’s and i have a bad experience on their food.

  75. Hi Ms Kara,

    Please feel free to visit Adobo To’ Maginhawa whenever you’re in the area. 🙂 we’re located at 152 maginhawa. 🙂 Thank you 🙂

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  77. Hi Kara! Nicco here from Abdul the Cool. We would like to invite you and your team here at our resto located at 131 Maginhawa street, near Pethouse and before Savemore. We’ll make sure you’ll have a good time. Hope to see you soon!

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  79. Roasterific – ok ung herbalicious na 1/4 good for two, ung ice tea, blue lemonade walang lasa, pork sisig hindi rin.

    Lechon cebu – hnd n nmin sinubukan prang hnd masarap.

    Pino Resto – the best ung mango sansrival, tska honey mansi flavored beer. medyo pricey lng kasi may 5% service charge cla.

  80. Hi, Kara! =)

    Thanks for sharing all this info, comprehensive and complete. I just shared your post on my facebook for the upcoming QC Food Festival. Keep those posts coming. =)

    • It’s good that there’s variety, but I just wish restos that set-up would have a unique selling point. There seems to be a building frenzy going on in the area for the sake of putting up a business in the street. Parang ang dami na masyado.

  81. Hello po! This was a really great article! I’m craving to visit the place in the near future. However, I don’t want to experience the hassle of the heavy traffic from Manila to QC so maybe I’ll ride my bike. Are there bike friendly establishments along Maginhawa? Or somewhere safe to park my bike? Thanks!

    • Hi JP! I recommend The Z Compound on Malingap since you can bring your bike in the compound and keep an eye on it while eating (and there are a lot of budget-friendly choices there). Snack Shack (burgers) near Savemore also has bike parking. Other establishments have outdoor areas with railings near the sidewalk where you can lock your bike, though no dedicated bike parking. Enjoy your ride 🙂

    • Hi Falcon Lover, I just included a map to Maginhawa restaurants provided by another blog reader who resides in Teacher’s Village. It’s still missing a few of the newer restos, but will update it whenever possible.

  82. Hi! I badly want to visit Caffera. 🙂 Ano po yung landmark na malapit dun or san po malapit yung Dona Zenona Suites? Hoping to hear from you soon. thanks 🙂

  83. I love the food in Meshwe. But the staff there are not inviting. Kinda rude or I feel like they don’t want me ordering there.

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  85. Hi Kara,
    We would love to invite you to our newly opened resto All About Pasta, located at 45-B Maginhawa st. Please include us on your part two of Maginhawa:The Eat Street. TIA!

  86. I was craving for sinanglaw when I woke up in the morning. Thanks to your blog me & my wife was able to find one and had a great lunch today. We ate at Mixxx Vigan and had dessert at Baker’s Table. Thanks for keeping your blog updated

  87. good job keeping this updated! i can recommend Adobo To, where i have eaten at the original branch. really good and “sulit” adobo especially the one with cheese 🙂

  88. Great list! It’s now 2015 and it’s still helping people like me find places to try along Maginhawa. Thanks much!

  89. Hi Kara!
    I really love your blog!!! Very comprehensive and helpful. I even added this page to my favorites so that whenever I am craving for something I can easily search for good places to eat. You really did a great job! I am now a fan :))

  90. hi, we would like to invite you to our new restaurant along maginhawa. it’s called buffalo bro’s ribs and wings. it is located where buffalo joint used to be. thank you ma’m and hope to hear from you soon.

  91. Wow. This is undoubtedly the most comprehensive guide on Maginhawa eats that I have seen on the internet, thus far. Good job! Thank you so much!

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    • Hi Erika. Depends on the number of your guests. Most places on the street are very small restos/cafes. It’s not on my list but there’s an event venue called The Village Patio on Maginhawa for wedding receptions and events. You have to bring in a caterer though. If it’s just a small event (like 50 pax), I suggest you check out Green Daisy or Nuezca Cafe since they both have small gardens. Black Soup and Van Gogh is Bipolar might also be good options if it’s a very small affair (20-30 pax).

  93. Hi Miss Kara!

    I have been researching about Maginhawa Street for a week now and this article has it all! My boyfriend and I plan to visit there for an all out foodtrip. Thank you so much for keeping this article updated. I am sure we won’t get lost.

    Have a great day and God bless! 🙂

  94. This is so helpful. I’ve been working in Quezon City for the last 10 years and I haven’t explored the whole stretch of Maginhawa St. Thank you.

  95. I stayed in UP Village for more than 5 years but I never got to fully explore the food wonders in Maginhawa st. Whenever I try food nearby, I always check this blog post. Best post about food in Maginhawa. Super helpful! Thanks <3 Keep updating!

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  97. Still the most comprehensive list of Maginhawa restos in the web. The only list I go to when I want to check out Maginhawa restos. Keep it up!

  98. Thanks ms kara, your blog is a very comprehensive guide to patrons who wanted to go directly to their fave resto. I live along Maginhawa st, with so many resto with limited time i couldn’t decide what and where to eat while in the country, but with your updated blog i could go directly to my chosen resto or even call to order before leaving home to dine in.

  99. A very helpful guide, especially to someone like Me who’s a foodie but not good with maps/locations and of course the most challenging part – What to eat!
    Kudos to you, Kara! Will recommend your page to my family and friends – we’ll be checking your page every time we think of travel and food ( No Pressure ).
    Thank You!

  100. Hi ms. Kara. Could you give us some advices on Car Parking spaces when we go to the area. Coz’ the the last time (well apparently, our first time) we’ve been the area, there isn’t any parking space waiting for us. Even in fronting the Restos we’re all occupied by the time. Or maybe because it was a Saturday aftie. IDK. Any suggestions? TIA.

    God bless you for wonderful and interesting blogs.

    Thumbs up for this one!

    • Hi Lark, the places here all started as neighborhood restos where residents could easily walk or bike to. Unfortunately, parking is becoming a problem because there are a lot of other people with cars coming from different areas just to try to food especially during weekends. My advice is to come at lunch time (or before 5 pm), park on the adjacent side streets then walk or take a trike to the restos you want to try or come during a weekday. It’s also easier to park at the restos from Philcoa to Nuezca Cafe since restos there are more spread out. Don’t bother trying to park near StrEat. That’s the major choke point and the main cause of traffic in the area.

  101. I love your blog. Me and my Girlfriend are planning on celebrating our 1st Anniversary in Maginhawa St. Can you please give us suggestions? 🙂
    Very good blog! Very informative. The owners of those restos must pay you for this blog. Lol! 😀 Double Thumbs Up!

    • Hi Yves, wish they would at least offer a complimentary meal :p Haha. Ang gastos mag-update ng blogpost na to. Anyway, all the ones I indicated with stars are our favorites, but if you want something quieter and more romantic for a date try: Van Gogh is Bipolar, Green Daisy, WUMS Cafe, The Pilgrim, Station 7Tea8 or Cocina Juan. The other places tend to get noisy and mas pang-barkada.

  102. This is by far the best food blog about Maginhawa there is! Google should BUMP this up! Complete with maps and reviews. I was looking for “top Maginhawa eats” etc as there’s so many restaurants and I only want to try the best. Now I don’t have to look any further thanks to your blog.

  103. Hi! Nice article btw. Thank you for featuring The Square and Woodchuck House. May Add that in Woodchuck House, we also offer Filipino Homey dishes with a twist. Crispy Sinigang is our best seller. Thank you 🙂

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  105. Hello Ms Kara, we are planning to drop by this weekend at Maginhawa St. And I would like to thank you for this incredible blog, very informative and I think most of the things we should know are all written here. Btw, me and my barkadas we will be coming from Pampanga to have a food trip in your neighborhood.
    Thank you so much and godbless!

  106. What cafe will you recommend that has sockets, and would be best for working/studying? Haha, I usually go sa Hillcrest but I want to try other coffeeshops din sana. 🙂 Thanks!

    • Hi Colleen. Relatively quiet cafes that allow people to charge gadgets/plug laptops include Theo’s Baked + Brewed, The Sweet Spot and Cool Beans (no WiFi so less distractions). Haven’t been to Catabolic Cafe yet, but it also looks promising.

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    • Hi Kevin, my favorite on the street is Snack Shack kasi sulit for the price. Fat Cousins Diner and Big B ok din burgers. The Burger Project is very popular with other people, but it was just ok for me.

  108. Just want to say a big thanks for compiling this list and most of all for keeping it up to date. I also live near Maginhawa but haven’t been to most of the places listed. This is my go-to reference for sure. Thanks again! Great job!

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  111. Noticed House of Geek on Matalino isn’t here yet! It’s a Boardgame Cafe as well and it’s located near Red Hana, housed by the PM Apartments bldg. They just got a big signage, too. Love their shakes and their selection of boardgames is amazing!

    • Hi Sin, thanks for the suggestion but Matalino is already a bit far from Maginhawa since it’s across Kalayaan Ave, and I’m already having a hard time keeping track of all the restaurants along Maginhawa and Malingap. If I include them, I might get requests from other restaurants on that street. I’m planning to do a separate article just focusing on different Board Game Cafes and will include them there. 🙂

  112. I cant help my self to recommend your blog, this is very helpful and informative. I will use this as a guide on maginhawa’s foodtripping.

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  114. Hiya! I just want to comment that The Sweet Spot, Pilgrim, Via Antonella, and Wicked Kitchen are no longer open. That building complex only has a few spots left like Papa Didi’s and Skewr. It’s too bad, I actually enjoyed those places.

    • Hi Hanie, thanks for pointing that out. Just noticed they were closed the other day as well. It’s too much work to keep updating this post because of the quick turnover of restaurants in the area, but I’ll remove them from my Food Trip: Maginhawa album on my Facebook page.

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