Take a day trip to San Juan City and uplift your spirit through these unique finds!
There will always be days when we feel the need to pause from our current daily routines to reconnect with the past and check up on our soul. As you know, if the flow of today’s life is too much to handle, all we need to do is take a leisurely stroll preferably along colorful places in Metro Manila that will remind us of how time has passed and how things have changed – yet, we are still here fighting and kicking our troubles away.
And where else could we satisfy this longing than along the smallest, yet the most historic city of San Juan in Metro Manila. To give you an idea, the total land area of San Juan is roughly about 595 hectares. But despite being the smallest city, it is known to house a unique stretch of community hubs that even non-residents get attracted to.
With a background story of being the site of the first battle of Katipunan against the Spanish Empire, it is not a surprise that the city sought to preserve its adventures through art cafes, restaurants, and museums.
Some of the old and new places that could help you uplift your soul are the following:
1. Museo ng Katipunan (Katipunan Museum)
29 Pinaglabanan, Corazon de Jesus Pinaglabanan, San Juan City
If you want to have a trip to the past, Katipunan Museum is a perfect place to go!
This museum commemorates the bravery of KKK (Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan). It exhibits the life of significant people like Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto and Gregoria de Jesus. They also have a display of the things that are said to be used by the Katipuneros during that time. Museo ng Katipunan provides an educational approach to understand the Katipunan in a fun and easy way.
The Katipunan or KKK fought for our freedom against the Spaniards during the Spanish Era.
You can visit Museo ng Katipunan every Tuesdays to Sundays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This Museum is free for everyone!
Museo ng Katipunan is a 10-minute drive from Mango Tree Residences/Little Baguio Terraces.
2. Co/op Manila
189 A. Mabini St., Addition Hills, San Juan City
Co/op Manila is a lifestyle store and cafe that sells uniquely crafted goods and your favorite comfort foods!
The place has a chic industrial design and rustic because of its outdoor landscape. It will surely remind you of a hipster cafe in Seattle.
Co/op Manila is a perfect place to visit if you want to hang out alone or with a friend and for your next out-of-the-office meeting! Make sure to try their Spanakopitas (P235) – Baked Phyllo Dough filled with Caramelized Onions, Shrimps and Cheese, and Harvest Salad (P290) – Asian Pears, Grapes, Caramelized Walnuts, Bleu Cheese, and Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette!
It is open every day from 10:00AM to 8:30PM.
Co/op is a 15-minute drive from Mango Tree Residences/Little Baguio Terraces.
3. Feta Mediterranean
G/F Intrawest Center, Annapolis St., Greenhills, San Juan City
Feeling Turkish? Satisfy your Mediterranean cravings at Feta Mediterranean!
Feta offers authentic Mediterranean foods which are prepared by their Turkish chef. The place looks simple and would make you feel at home. It has a wide interior that is furnished with intricate silverwares, decors and set-up. You will also be fascinated to see their huge brick oven even if you’re just sitting in your table.
We recommend you to try their Platter of Mezedes (P800), Lahmacun pizza (P160), and Beyti Kebap (P390).
Feta is open daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Feta Mediterranean is a 15 to 20-minute drive from Mango Tree Residences/Little Baguio Terraces.
4. Earth Origins
G/F Jasper Bldg., 193 Wilson St., Sta. Lucia, San Juan City
Earth Origins is a marketplace for your healthy lifestyle! It is the home for certified organic and all natural products (vegetables, meats, pantry supplies and more!). They advocate healthy living lifestyle by choosing organic with a mission to make people healthy and happy.
Earth Origins is the pioneer of Organic & All Natural One Stop Shop in Metro Manila.
They are open every Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and every Sundays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Earth Origins is a 15-minute drive from Mango Tree Residences/Little Baguio Terraces.
5. Cinema ’76
160 Luna Mencias St., Addition Hills, San Juan City
Home of the local independent films, Cinema ’76, is making a name for itself!
It is a cosy movie theatre where you can have an intimate experience! It only accommodates about 50-60 persons making your experience worthwhile! Aside from that, you can catch the popular and intriguing films made by local filmmakers that usually tell stories about our country, life and relationship issues that you can relate to.
Cinema ’76 is open daily from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM.
Cinema ’76 is a 15-minute drive from Mango Tree Residences/Little Baguio Terraces.
Real estate developer Empire East has developed strategically located projects within the borders of this city: the Mango Tree Residences and Little Baguio Terraces. These projects are neighbouring these gems that you can visit in your leisure time.
Embrace the rest you deserve and visit these places! With Empire East, you can choose premium city living!
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