Unique Bike Date Places in Marikina

Updated January 2016

Most guy bikers I know don’t usually care where they eat during or after a ride. Any food – even if it’s questionable looking carinderia fare that’s been sitting out for several days – is fair game if you’re hungry. Any gas station or sari-sari store is a potential pit-stop.

Well, if you want to get your girlfriends or wives to ride with you more often, you may want to put a bit more thought into the destinations. I can’t speak for all girl bikers out there, but while I don’t mind roughing it out every now and then on the trails, I also like being treated like a girl sometimes. Good food, unique ambiance and decent restrooms are probably the three things I look out for in dining places, whether or not I’m biking. Oh, and lots of Instagram-worthy details.

01. Bike date Marikina Cover

The bike-friendly city of Marikina offers a lot of quirky, unique and romantic restaurants, that you can easily ride to. Navigating through narrow one-way streets and finding parking spots can be a big pain, so going by bike is a great option. Here are my top picks for unique restaurants you can easily bike to in Marikina.

Lot 6 Block 3 Gil Fernando Avenue, Sto. Nino, Marikina City

Beeffalo by HotRocks Marikina sign vintage bike and motorcycle

Beeffalo is a casual American-style backyard dining restaurant hidden at the far end of Gil Fernando Avenue in Marikina. The restaurant feels very laid-back and homey with an outdoor garden area and indoor air-conditioned section. There are a few vintage commuter bicycles and motorcycles on display here, including a vintage BMW, Vespa 150 and Lambretta Special 150cc.

Beeffalo by HotRocks Marikina bikes pizza scooter

Beeffalo specializes in steaks, ribs, wings, burgers, appetizers and grilled specialties. We ordered the T-Bone Steak (P355 for 250g), Three-Cheese Thin-Crust Pizza (P125) and Coffee Jelly Creme Brulee for Dessert (P65).

Beeffalo by HotRocks Marikina T-Bone steak

The food was pretty good, but I wish we hadn’t shared the steak because the serving size was a bit small.

  • Price range: P300-P500 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Thu: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 12:00 am, Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Facebook: Beeffalo by Hotrocks
  • Contact number: 09391130772
  • Parking: Parking area in front of and beside the restaurant. Bikes can be brought in to the garden area
  • How to get to Beeffalo: Link to Googlemaps

Liamson St., Midtown Village, Marikina City

vintage cafe muvela marikina memorabilia

A bar and restaurant dedicated to all things vintage. Lots of classic bicycles, retro motorcycles, model cars and memorabilia are on display here. The restaurant also offers a KTV room and events venue for groups. There’s an air-conditioned section and an outdoor area.

vintage cafe muvela marikina food decor

Vintage Cafe serves a mix of Filipino and Chinese dishes like Lechon Kawali, Lumpiang Shanghai, Buttered Chicken, etc. Food portions are pretty big (most dishes are good for 3-4 persons), though there are a few rice toppings and dishes good for 2 pax. Food is pretty decent for the price and beer is relatively cheap, so it’s a good place for groups.

vintage cafe muvela marikina bike

The restaurant is open as early as 11 am for lunch rides, but I think the ambiance is better at night.

  • Price range: P150-P300 per dish (good for 2)
  • Restaurant hours: Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 2:00 am
  • Facebook: Vintage Cafe
  • Parking: No bike parking, but you can bring in bikes to the gated outdoor area/extension area.
  • How to get to Vintage Cafe: Link to Googlemaps
  • NOTE: If you’re passing through the inner roads of Marikina City from QC, you’ll have to haul your bikes on the overpass to get to the other side of Marcos Highway. Vintage Cafe is on Liamson Street (with an S and not Liamzon with a Z) behind Mariposa Hotel.

23 M A Roxas Street, Calumpang, Marikina City

industriya marikina bikes interiors

A new restaurant and events place converted from a shoe factory / warehouse. Very classy and cool interiors with a vintage industrial vibe. Placemats and other details show the rich history and art of shoe making, which Marikina is well known for. It’s currently on soft opening and only 2 months old during the time of our visit (Jan 2015), but it already seems very popular. The restaurant can easily seat 100+ guests, and they have an events venue with a capacity for 500 people.

industriya marikina food beer

The restaurant serves a rather wide menu consisting of American (Traditional), Japanese dishes, Filipino Food, Pizza, Sandwiches and Seafood. We ordered the All-Meat Pizza and Truffle Wedges (I wish there was more of it.)

industriya marikina interiors 02

Industriya serves a range of local and foreign beers. I was pleasantly surprised to find 2 local craft beers that I hadn’t tried before: Fish Rider Pale Ale (5%) and Sierra Madre Wheat Ale (4.3%), which are brewed by Joe’s Brew, a craft brewery based in Manila. The food’s a bit pricey for the portion size, but the ambiance more than makes up for it. It’s best to save this place for special occasions.

  • Price range: P400-600/person
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Industriya Marikina
  • Contact number: 9048372
  • Parking: The restaurant has a large and secure parking area. Bikes can be locked to a grill at the back of the restaurant.
  • How to get to Industriya Marikina: Link to Googlemaps

145 Ipil St. coner Champaca, Marikina Heights, Marikina City

marikina greg & sally garden cafe bikes

A relaxing garden cafe in Marikina Heights that serves homemade family recipes using fresh herbs from the garden. They also sell some potted herbs here like Gotukola, Serpentina and Taheebo. Too bad we couldn’t take home any since we were just biking.

marikina greg & sally garden cafe food

According to a note posted on their Facebook page, the resto is named after Greg (once a Colonel handling army intelligence) & Sally (who used to be a chemist for the military), but who found their true passion in gardening and whipping up good meals for the family, respectively. Sally, who is now 98 years old, credits aging gracefully to “good food, a jovial outlook and lots of fresh air.” She opened the cafe to share just that.

marikina greg & sally garden cafe

The cafe serves breakfast & brunch meals, salads, refreshing herb-based drinks (Pandan Lemongrass, Dalandan Tarragon and Calamansi Mint Coolers) and interesting appetizers like Okra Poppers and organic Mushroom Dippers. I really liked the Peppered Steak with Mango and Tomato Salsa, which is one of their signature dishes. For those who like going on group food trip rides, they also serve breakfast meals and group specials good for 5-6 pax like Boneless Crispy Pata (P490), Crispy Tadyang (P350) and Breakfast Sampler (P699).

  • Price range: P160-P220/main dish; P200-300/person
  • Restaurant hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesday to Thursday; 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Friday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays. 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Daily Breaks.
  • Facebook: Greg and Sally Tree Garden Cafe
  • Contact number: 9401976
  • Parking: Street parking. You can bring in your bicycles and park it in the garden area.
  • How to get to Greg & Sally Cafe: Link to Googlemaps

#11 Isabelo Mendoza St. San Roque, Marikina City

02. Rustic Mornings Marikina Bikes

Rustic Mornings offers delicious all-day breakfast, brunch, lunch meals, pastries and coffee in a secret garden / country style cottage setting that will make you want to just lounge all day.

03. Rustic Mornings Marikina food

Meals here are prepared fresh and homemade, including the pancake syrup and butter cream which tops their crispy waffles and buttermilk pancakes. Other bestsellers include the all-veggie omelette (tomato, zucchini, onion, garlic, green bell, mushroom), pancakes with bacon & hashbrown, and cheesy chicken fricassee. They also serve some Filipino meals, pizza and sandwiches, fresh fruit shakes, coffee and dessert.

04. Rustic Mornings Marikina interiors shelf

Guests can choose to dine al fresco in the different spaces around the garden. The indoor area houses nice display of collections, including blue and white china, copper pieces, paintings, and perfume bottles. While they’re open to walk-in guests for breakfast and lunch, at night, the place transforms into Isabelo Garden Restaurant, a by-reservation only dining destination.

  • Price range: P180-P250 per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 8am – 4pm
  • Facebook: Rustic Mornings
  • Contact number: 5106914
  • Parking: Secure parking lot for cars & bikes. You can park your bikes inside a gated compound.
  • How to get to Rustic Mornings: Link to Google Maps & commuting guide

#92 General Ordoñez Corner Maroon St. Marikina Heights, Marikina City

05. Pan de Amerikana Marikina bikes

Pan de Amerikana is a popular restaurant and bakery that specializes in authentic 1950’s pan de sal. The restaurant also serves a few Marikina specialties (everlasting and waknatoy), Filipino dishes (Ilokano, Bicolano, Cebuano, Kapampangan, Batangeno), steaks, seafood, and Filipino breakfast meals. They open pretty early and meals are very affordable, so this is a good choice for a breakfast or brunch ride. Good place for big groups.

06. Pan de Amerikana Marikina hot choco chess

But what makes the place really interesting is the theme and interiors. I mean, this place has everything! Windmills, a koi pond, old antique wooden tables, branches hanging from the ceiling, tropical rain forest plants, a wishing well…. Climb up the treehouse and cross the rope bridge, and what’s that, a boat hanging in a tree?

07. Pan de Amerikana interiors chess selfie

This is one of five chess themed restaurants in the world and has an extensive display of different chessboards. You can play chess using tournament sized table pieces or the jumbo-sized 3 and a half feet high plastic chess pieces imported from New York City. Near the life sized chess set is an elevated platform with Italian colonnade European ruins complete with marble columns! With all the whimsical details, the place looks great for themed parties and photoshoots. We held a Harry Potter themed party here for my nephew once, and the chess board was great for Wizarding Chess.

  • Price range: P100-200 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Saturday 6:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sundays 7:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • Facebook: Pan de Amerikana (Official)
  • Contact number: 4752398
  • Parking: Bike parking available in front of restaurant. Bring bike locks.
  • How to get to Pan de Amerikana Marikina: Link to Google Maps

#278 JP Rizal St. San Roque, Marikina

08. Mama Chit's Marikina Bikes

Mama Chit’s is a fast food restaurant that’s known for having the biggest collection of Coke Memorabilia in Marikina City. It also happens to be right next to John Wilkie Bike Shop, so riders can stop to buy bike parts or gear if you need to. Across the road is a huge warehouse, where vintage Japanese commuter bikes and folding bikes are sold. It’s very near the Marikina Shoe Museum and the road where puto, kakanin and some Marikina specialties are sold.

10. Mama Chit's Marikina decor selfie

The small restaurant, which resembles an American retro diner, is just crammed with memorabilia. Murals of pop icons, road signs, vintage advertisements, black and white photos of old Manila, and other antiques decorate the space. There’s even a slot machine in there.


Sample items on the menu include: Cheeseburger with chips, Hot Dog wrap with Jalapeno, Pepper Steak Sandwich, Turkey Burrito and Hungarian Sandwich. They also serve a few basic pasta, salads, shakes and floats including root beer float, raspberry float, and hard-to-find soda like Dr. Pepper Cherry, Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Barq’s Rootbeer. The burgers and sandwiches are the bestsellers, with a pretty big Double Quarter Pounder Burger (good for 2) and a monstrous Family Burger (good for 6).

  • Price range: Burgers and sandwiches range from P80-200; Pasta & Salad costs from P130-P180; Double Quarter Pounder Burger (good for 2) is P300 while Family Burger (good for 6) is P600
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am – 9:00 pm.
  • Facebook: Mama Chit’s
  • Contact number: 6468547
  • Parking: Limited street parking only. You can lock your bikes right in front of the restaurant or in the bike shop next door. There are also bike racks right next to the Marikina Shoe Museum, which is just a few meters away.
  • How to get to Mama Chit’s: Link to Googlemaps

Rainbow Street SSS Village Concepcion Dos (right across St. Paul of the Cross Church, Marikina City)

“You look good wearing my future.” If you don’t get that movie reference, I feel sorry for you.

11. Some Kind of Wonderful Marikina bikes

Some Kind of Wonderful or SKOW is an 80’s inspired cafe that serves Italian (pizza, pasta), American (sandwiches) and some Japanese dishes. The restaurant gets its name from the John Hughes classic of the same name starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson & Lea Thompson, which is probably THE best romance teen movie of all time.

12. Some Kind of Wonderful Marikina interiors

Aside from the collage of 80’s movie posters and artists, you can also find a collection of childhood toys and items like Rubik’s Cube, Viewmaster, Atari, Barrel of Monkeys, cartridges of old video games, VHS tapes, polaroid cameras, etc. If you’re an 80’s kid, you’ll definitely love the nostalgic interiors of the place.

13. Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe

  • Price range: P150-P200 per person
  • Restaurant hours: Monday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Wednesday to Sunday Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Facebook: Some Kind of Wonderful (SKOW)
  • Contact number: 0917- 5119535
  • Parking: Street parking only. You can lock your bikes on the steel post outside the restaurant.
  • How to get to Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe: Link to Googlemaps

70 Gen F. Santos Street, Calumpang

14. Patio Vera Marikina bikes

Patio Vera is a hidden house-turned-restaurant that serves “heirloom recipes in an eclectic modern setting.” They make use of relaxed patio furniture and antique touches in the outdoor garden area covered by a large canopy. The main dining space is more modern and whimsical with bright fabrics and colorful artwork.

15. Patio Vera Marikina Food

The restaurant serves a range of Filipino, Seafood, Spanish/Basque cuisine, steaks and ribs. Bestsellers include Paella con Carne, Salpicao Sandwich, Chicharon Sisig con lechon, Puso ng Saging sa Gata, Pork Binagoongan, Longganisa Carbonara, Spicy Chicken Wings, Chorizo and Sausage Aglio Olio, Sardines Aglio Olio and Crispy Churros con Tsokolate.

16. Patio Vera Marikina garden

Marikina is best known for their shoe industry and for being a bike-friendly city, and the restaurant seems to give a nod to that by the shoe-themed details (there are shoes hanging in the bathroom mirror & our bill was served in a shoe) and vintage commuter bikes, which I thought was a nice touch. The place feels very relaxed and laid-back, and wasn’t as crowded as the other places when we visited. They open at noon during weekends, so this is good for a lunch ride. I can imagine the set-up is more romantic at night.

  • Price range: P300-P500 per dish; some dishes good for sharing
  • Facebook: Patio Vera
  • Contact number: 0905-4241593
  • Restaurant hours: Monday to Friday 5:00 pm – 12:00 am, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am – 12:00 am
  • Parking: Street parking. You can bring / park your bikes inside the gated restaurant.
  • How to get to Patio Vera: Link to Googlemaps

6 Aquillina St. Cor Col Divino Sto. Niño, Marikinakanto freestyle breakfast marikina food shots

Photos from Kanto Freestyle Breakfast – Marikina FB Page 

For those looking for sosyal meals on a budget, Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is a good choice. There’s not much to say about the interiors, but this unassuming open-air eatery serves pretty good and affordable “gourmet” breakfast meals all day. They have dishes like Eggs Benedict, Croque Madame, Mixed Berry Pancakes, French Toast with Bacon and Eggs and Chocnut Champorado all for less than 100 pesos each.kanto freestyle breakfast marikina vigan longganisa tinapang galunggong

We just ordered the Kanto Boy Breakfast meals. For P95 each, the Vigan Longganisa and Tinapang Galunggong already come with 2 eggs freestyle, garlic rice, and tomato pesto. Normally, I find breakfast meals in other places for this price bitin, but the servings here are pretty generous and filling. Kanto is open 24 hours a day.

  • Price range: P99 for breakfast meals
  • Facebook: Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
  • Contact number: 4002268
  • Restaurant hours: Open 24 hours a day
  • Parking: You can park your bikes at the side of the restaurant
  • How to get to Kanto Freestyle: Link to Googlemaps

The best thing about biking is you don’t feel so guilty about food tripping if you can burn your meal right after on the way home. Marikina is easy enough to get to coming from Quezon City (passing through the shortcut in Balara Filters and Tomana Bridge), so a quick breakfast or lunch ride here won’t leave you exhausted. Of course, there’s always the danger of getting caught in a freak rainstorm while biking home even though it was nice and sunny earlier in the day. But that just makes the trip more interesting, right?


NOTE: Because of the suggestions I got from readers in the comments section, this is an evolving list that I will update every time we visit a new resto in Marikina that fits the theme. However, the article is still displayed as “5 Unique Bike Date Places in Marikina.” Can’t change the URL for technical reasons. There are 10 in the list right now. Check back for updates! 🙂 

48 thoughts on “Unique Bike Date Places in Marikina

  1. Also check out Cafe Lidia along Calderon st, near Jp Rizal. The place looks like an old house converted to a restaurant. Its usually packed especially during weekends.

  2. Taga Marikina ako pero isa pa lang napupuntahan ko sa mga yan. Tapos dalawa diyan nadadaanan ko lang. Salamat sa listahan. 🙂 Padyak kami ngayong sabado. 😉

  3. Goldsprint Kitchen and Cafe in st. ignatius katipunan ave. is the Haven for bikers like you. They serve good burgers and ofcourse the unique part is the indoor racing.

  4. thank you for sharing your experiences sa mga restaurant na recommendable dito sa marikina! marami and masarap din mga food sa acapulco. located at parang marikina.
    thank you ms. kara!

  5. Hi ! Rustic Morning and SKOW nlng ung d ko nattry jan Haha!

    If burger ang usapan try nyo sa
    – Boyong`s (ung titignan mo plng ayaw mo na pumasok sa dami lagi ng tao) *GoodNews para sa Owner* lol

    and ung
    -SNACK SHACK sa Concepcion Dos › 36 General Ordonez Street, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City

      • Chef B’s or boyong’s just renovated their place to accommodate more customers! hope you could come! their new fichito(fish/chicken/potato) and wings!

  6. I’m not sure if Lower Antipolo/Marikina boundary counts, but seeing that there are a lot of bikers who trail Sumulong Highway, I also recommend a newly opened cafe inside Villa Cecilia Subdivision, Brgy. Mambugan, Rizal.

    The place is called Eggs for Breakfast, it’s a hidden gem inside the nostalgic landscape of Velada Estate and Events Place. They serve all-day breakfast and brunch meals, coffee and smoothies, in a relaxing setting. They are open from 7am and 9pm. They accept walk-ins but can definitely reserve especially for big groups. They also have a private room good for 10-14 people if your biking clubs would like to meet over breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    You can check their facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/EggsforBreakfast.

    • Hi Carlos. Wow. I’d be honored. Feel free to share the link online on social media. However, I’d like to request that you post only an excerpt and link back to this original blogpost instead of reprinting it in full. Am planning to update this article to 10 restos soon so baka magbago yung content 🙂

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  8. Hi Kara..pahabol lang.. after Beefallo you can try “Kanto Freestyle” it’s about few minutes away from that area 🙂 kaya lang baka sobrang mabusog na kayo sa Beefallo 🙂

    • Hi FriendofTrail. Thanks for the recommendations. Have put Beefallo, Kanto Freestyle & Cafe Lidia on list of places to try next time. Have to visit those over several weekends 🙂 Any recommendations on what to order?

  9. Hi,

    Try Tenderloin or T-Bone steak in Beeffallo with potato and veggies on the side. Well done cook at ang timpla nila sa steak the best 🙂 For dessert, try Coffee Jelly (my wife is dying with it).

    Cafe Lidia is more of like Italian Resto so try their pizza “House Special” or “Burger Mushroom” 2 of their best sellers.

  10. In Kanto Freestyle, i heard so much about their Burgers, havent tried it myself kase when i went there once i only ordered their breakfast. The place is ordinary (like garage or car wash) compare to those 2 but the way they serve the food is impressive 🙂

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