Cubao Photo: Frenee Carmelli L.

Cubao

In the south of Quezon City lies one of its most important commercial districts, Cubao. It’s home to multiple shopping malls, such as Farmers Plaza, SM Cubao, and Gateway, as well as to a few offices of local businesses.

But Cubao is perhaps best known as being the home of the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the venue for the historic “Thrilla in Manila” fight in the 1960s. To this day, the coliseum continues to be a venue for sporting events, as well as concerts and conventions.

But don’t think that these are the only things that you can find in Cubao. Venture a little further and you’ll stumble into Cubao Expo, sometimes stylized as Cubao X, a hipster’s haven.

Formerly the Marikina Shoe Expo, this area is filled with stores selling everything from old vinyl records to comic books to furniture. There’s a number of art galleries, as well as cafes and restaurants, that you can find here too.

One of the institutions in Cubao Expo is Bellini’s, a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant. Its interiors are a little bit on the kitschy side, with murals and a small scale version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but the food here is good and authentic. The owner, Mr. Bellini, also gives everyone a complimentary shot of sweet wine that he brews himself.

Another must-see in Cubao is the Art in Island Museum, touted to be the country’s first interactive art museum. All of the exhibits here are 3D paintings that you can pose and take photos with.

Tickets are ₱500 (US$12) for adults and ₱400 (US$9) for students. Be sure to leave your shoes at the door, as the museum has a strict no-shoes policy when it comes to interacting with the exhibits.

Cubao is also famed for its nightlife. Grab a drink and maybe catch a gig at any one of the bars that line Cubao’s streets.

Whether you’re a hipster or someone who embraces all things mainstream, Cubao has got something for you.

Top Rated Restaurants in Cubao Browse All

  1. The Snack Shack
    4.5 Stars
    Burger
    210 Reviews View
  2. Yabu
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    434 Reviews View
  3. Potato Corner
    4.5 Stars
    Snack
    37 Reviews View
  4. Carousel Creamery
    4.5 Stars
    Ice Cream
    120 Reviews View
  5. Charlie's Grind & Grill
    4.5 Stars
    Burger
    223 Reviews View
  6. Old Oven Art Café
    4.5 Stars
    International
    59 Reviews View
  7. Café Mary Grace
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    49 Reviews View
  8. Bellini's Italian Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    130 Reviews View
  9. Bizu Patisserie
    4.5 Stars
    French
    96 Reviews View
  10. Choi Garden
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    83 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Cubao Browse All

  1. Novotel Manila
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    12 Reviews View
  2. ACL Suites
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  3. Soleste Suites
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  4. Eurotel Araneta
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    8 Reviews View
  5. Fersal Hotel Annapolis
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  6. Fernandina 88 Suites
    3.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  7. Fersal Hotel Cubao
    3.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  8. Regalia Tower Suites
    3.0 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  9. Greenhills Elan Hotel Modern
    3.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  10. Gran Prix Econotel Cubao
    3.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Cubao Browse All

  1. Dolby Atmos Theater
    4.5 Stars
    Movie Theatre
    85 Reviews View
  2. The Snack Shack
    4.5 Stars
    Burger
    210 Reviews View
  3. Yabu
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    434 Reviews View
  4. Potato Corner
    4.5 Stars
    Snack
    37 Reviews View
  5. Carousel Creamery
    4.5 Stars
    Ice Cream
    120 Reviews View
  6. Charlie's Grind & Grill
    4.5 Stars
    Burger
    223 Reviews View
  7. Art in Island
    4.5 Stars
    Museum
    38 Reviews View
  8. Old Oven Art Café
    4.5 Stars
    International
    59 Reviews View
  9. Café Mary Grace
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    49 Reviews View
  10. Bellini's Italian Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    130 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Cubao

  1. SM Cubao

    SM Cubao

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