Tara sa Taft! 8 New Budget-Friendly Eats
and Hangouts

By Kyzia Maramara


Taft is a cornucopia of affordable restaurants perfect for the average budget-constrained student (See: 8 Student Budget Friendly Places to Eat at Taft Avenue). Almost everything is there: a range of coffee shops, the best fast food chains, convenience stores, and even an Angel’s Burger branch! But if you’re a Taft veteran you must be looking for something new to spend your time with. Here are 8 new places where you can eat and hangout with your friends (even if you’re just dropping by).

Everything But Cheese

Ground Floor, Sherwood Place, Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila
Monday to Sunday from 1PM to 1AM
Contact: 0935 113 9819 | Facebook

What started out as a small stall in Sta. Ana that catered to the residents nearby eventually became a well-loved restaurant. Everything But Cheese has found its way in Taft and is settling here for the long run. Students are more than welcome to get acquainted (and eventually addicted) to the daringly cheesy menu. You can find affordable cheeseburgers, craft sandwiches, pasta, nachos, and cheese fondue and dips, a hearty menu that can tide you over until your next class.


Ramen Naijiro

2558 Singalong St., Manila
Mondays from 2PM to 9PM, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 12PM to 2AM, Sundays from 4PM to 12AM

Looking for a new place to hang out with your friends? Ramen Naijiro opened just in time for the rainy weather! Satisfy your ramen cravings with their affordable offers of ramen, grilled food, pasta, and other Pinoy favorites. Prices start at P120, you don’t have to look far to get a taste of affordable ramen!


Doon Thai and Asian Fusion Cuisine

936 Dolores St., Manila
Mondays to Saturdays from 10AM to 9:30PM
Contact: (02) 562 4068 | Facebook

Doon Thai and Asian Fusion Cuisine is a laid-back restaurant offering authentic Thai comfort food. Situated just a few minutes from the Taft avenue university area, it’s beside a laundromat so students often visit with a double agenda: fill their bellies and clean their clothes in one visit. Doon’s owner Jun Puno, brother of Rico J. Puno is proud to inform that his dishes are made with homegrown herbs and spices, a testament to the authenticity of every dish.


Mr. Don Korean Restaurant

102 Sherwood Place, 2264 Taft Ave. Malate, Manila
Open daily from 11AM – 3PM, 5PM – 2AM
Contact: (02) 562 6867 | Facebook

Still on that Koreanovela and KPOP fever? Mr. Don Korean Restaurant in Sherwood has an affordable menu and even has an on-going promo where you can have unli samgyupsal and beef for as low as Php 299! Let your brains rest and feast on all that grilled pork.


Kanto Freestyle Breakfast

2466 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila
Open 24/7
Contact: 4002268 | Facebook

You don’t have to go far if you’re looking for a hearty breakfast available all day long; Kanto Freestyle Breakfast has opened their branch in Malate! Although not as spacious as the other branches, the experience will still be the same. Their affordable gourmet breakfast ranges from Pinoy classics to classic American meals.


Tri-State Pizza Shack

Sherwood Place, 2264 Taft Ave. Malate, Manila
Mondays to Saturdays from 2AM to 11PM

Fairly new, Tri-State Pizza Shack offers any student’s go-to food: pizza. They’ve got calzones, pizzas of every flavor, pasta, and even rice sets with drink. They even have chicken wings and dessert pizzas! You can hang out until your next period or simply just drop by and enjoy their fresh, artisanal, handcrafted pizza perfect for any occasion (even celebrating getting out of bed!).


Arrow Food Park

Arellano Street Corner Pablo Ocampo Street, Manila
Mondays to Saturdays 10AM to 3AM
Contact: 0917 563 0168 | Facebook

Taft has a new food park to boast – Arrow Food Park. Located just behind St. Scholastica, the restaurants are dedicated to serving students from the university zone in Taft. Designed like container vans on top of one another, Arrow Food Park already has a number of delicious restaurants open and there are more to be added soon. The restaurants include Beast Mode Fries and Sausages, Poison Cravings, Bubble Wraps, Qrazy Quesadilla, Boodle Gang, and Above Sea Level among others.


Diligence Café

1963 Taft Avenue near LRT Quirino Station
Open daily from 12NN to 7AM
Contact: 0927 944 9908 | Facebook

Students who plan on slaving well into the night working on their thesis now have a new place to stay for group overnights. At Diligence Café, you sure can get your work on; it’s spacious, there’s fiber WiFi, unli juice and drinks, showers, and you can take naps which of course isn’t the reason you’re there! Corporate meetings can also be held in separate meeting rooms as well as events such as birthday parties, bridal showers, etc.


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