Katipunan

If you’re looking to get a taste of Metro Manila’s student life, a visit to Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City should be on the top of your list. With several higher educational facilities like the University of the Philippines Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, and Miriam College located along the avenue, it has long been synonymous with urban student culture and food-tripping!

Katipunan, or “Katip”, as students endearingly call it, is like a vast playground for the thriving community of young academics who live, study, and spend most of their free time in the area. Named after the Tagalog word for “association”, Katipunan lives up to its namesake by providing a fun, communal, and collaborative atmosphere for thousands of students with its assortment of dormitories, bookshops, co-working spaces, restaurants, and other establishments.

Numerous food joints line Katipunan’s busy streets, ranging from budget-friendly eateries for everyday meals to higher-end restaurants for special occasions, and, in the case of its student population, those moments when you need a delicious pick-me-up after horrendous hell weeks. These restaurants cover a wide variety of cuisines, including Japanese (Roku), Persian (The Fat Persian), Mongolian (Sweet Inspirations), and Italian (Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza).

Aside from typical fast food places, affordable joints like Ken Afford, Wok Dis Way, and Flaming Wings provide students with meals that are easy on the pocket. There are also high-end options in UP Town Center and along Esteban Abada street – including fine dining restaurant and Quezon City’s “best kept secret”, Ninyo.

Coffee fans will surely enjoy cafe-hopping around Katipunan, which has become a popular hub for coffee shop campers. Ask students here about where they go to work or relax after class and they’ll most likely point you to one of the many coffee shops in the area.

Of course, there are the go-to mainstream establishments like Starbucks, but for the more adventurous drinkers, there are also a few quaint third-wave coffee shops tucked away along Katipunan – including Craft Katipunan, Third Cup Cafe, and Third District Coffee. For a more unique cafe experience, one can also opt to have coffee in the company of cuddly canines at Barkin’ Blends, the country’s first dog cafe.

If you’re more of a party person, don’t fret, because Katipunan also has its fair share of nightlife joints. Those looking for that chill summer vibe will surely enjoy Walrus Katipunan, an urban beach bar named after The Beatles’ “I am the Walrus” song. Another bar is Skull and Bones in UP Town Center, which serves “university comfort food” in an Ivy League clubhouse-type setting – complete with Beer Pong.

Many student organizations also hold events in Katipunan establishments all year round. So who knows, maybe you’d be lucky enough to chance upon a small play, acoustic jam, workshop, or poetry reading session during your visit.

Top Rated Restaurants in Katipunan Browse All

  1. Puzzle Gourmet Store and Cafe
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    58 Reviews View
  2. Cafe Lidia
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    245 Reviews View
  3. The Snack Shack
    4.5 Stars
    Burger
    210 Reviews View
  4. Isabelo Garden Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    81 Reviews View
  5. GIGI Coffee & Cupcakes
    4.5 Stars
    Cupcakes
    79 Reviews View
  6. Krung Thai
    4.5 Stars
    Thai
    85 Reviews View
  7. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
    4.5 Stars
    Fusion
    66 Reviews View
  8. Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    132 Reviews View
  9. Sebastian's Ice Cream
    4.5 Stars
    Ice Cream
    120 Reviews View
  10. Banapple Pies & Cheesecakes
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    139 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Katipunan Browse All

  1. Richmonde Hotel Eastwood
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    22 Reviews View
  2. Novotel Manila
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    12 Reviews View
  3. Oracle Hotel and Residences
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  4. ACL Suites
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  5. Soleste Suites
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  6. Maya Residence Inn
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  7. Eurotel Araneta
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    8 Reviews View
  8. Hotel 878
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  9. Microtel Inn & Suites Acropolis
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  10. Fersal Hotel Annapolis
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Katipunan Browse All

  1. Puzzle Gourmet Store and Cafe
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    58 Reviews View
  2. Cafe Lidia
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    245 Reviews View
  3. The Snack Shack
    4.5 Stars
    Burger
    210 Reviews View
  4. Isabelo Garden Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    81 Reviews View
  5. Starbucks Coffee
    4.5 Stars
    Coffee
    85 Reviews View
  6. GIGI Coffee & Cupcakes
    4.5 Stars
    Cupcakes
    79 Reviews View
  7. Krung Thai
    4.5 Stars
    Thai
    85 Reviews View
  8. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
    4.5 Stars
    Fusion
    66 Reviews View
  9. Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    132 Reviews View
  10. Art in Island
    4.5 Stars
    Museum
    38 Reviews View