Marikina Food Crawl:
8 Grub Hubs to
Build a Roadtrip Around
By Therese Aseoche
Marikina has steady made a name for itself other than the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. Abundant with undiscovered pubs and restaurants, it has become the Metro’s most underrated destination for impromptu foodtrips. If you’re one of those people who’ve never ventured that far for a galaxy burger or a fried whole squid, then now’s the perfect time to schedule a barkada roadtrip up north!
8. Crave Park
We can’t ever seem to get over the food park craze, especially with new parks like Crave Park opening up. It houses unique restaurants that serve awesome food, drinks, and desserts like Nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee at Nitro7, Cuban and Cheesesteak sandwiches at Kwatro Cubanos, and Instagenic rolled-out ice cream at Creamco Creamery. What makes this food park even more special is that it doubles as a space for artists and art enthusiasts with murals done by local street artists and art events lined up within the coming months.
7. Jess & Pat’s Rooftop Café
This “indie and artsy” café as they prefer to call themselves serves homemade comfort food and local artisanal coffee to their diners while entertaining them with music by local musicians and artists. It’s a perfect place to chill and have heart-to-hearts in the quiet evenings with your friends or with a date, especially with its cozy set-up.
6. Pan de Cielo
Molina cor. E. Santos St., Concepcion I, Marikina City
(+632) 463-5832 | Facebook
Open every day from 11a.m. to 11p.m.
Budget for two – Php 300
Don’t underestimate this little food hub because it will serve you mouthwatering Bikolano comfort dishes that will make you miss home (no matter where you came from). You’ll love just how sulit your dining experience is with their unli-rice (just add Php 5 on top of your order!) and their simple yet satisfying meals. It’s an affordable lunch spot you and your friends will really enjoy!
5. Signature Burgers
As if burgers aren’t indulgent enough, Signature Burgers plays with the greasy sandwich in absolutely insane ways. From painting their buns in a multitude of colors, to creating a larger-than-life monster burger good for a barkada of 10, this restaurant is definitely not a place for the weak hearted and health conscious.