Vibrant Metropolis: 10 Best Things To Do In Quezon City, Philippines

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Named after a former president, Quezon City is widely known as the country’s largest metropolis. The World Bank also gave recognition to its transformation from a debt-ridden area to one of the richest and cleanest cities. Apart from that, it’s starting to become the center of information technology and entertainment. The city is certainly worth exploring, and this list will serve as your guide. These are the 10 best things to do in Quezon City. Shopping malls, parks, museums, and many other attractions await you.

1. Quezon Memorial Circle

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This park is located in Diliman, and it’s famous for its 66-meter-tall (217 foot) shrine, dedicated to the former president Manuel L. Quezon. Designed by renowned Filipino architect Federico Illustre, the shrine is comprised of three columns, with sculptures of angels on top of each one. Inside is a mausoleum, where you will see the remains of Manuel L. Quezon and his wife. There’s also a museum consisting of different relics related to the former president.

Your Quezon Memorial Circle trip isn’t complete without trying its other activities. Kids and kids-at-heart can proceed to the colorful Circle of Joy playground to enjoy the slides, swings, roundabouts and monkey bars. You can also just sit back and admire the surrounding trees. At the Bicycle Station, bikes for solo riders, families, and children are available for rent. Hop on a bicycle and explore the rest of the park. The lush scenery is sure to astound you. Other activities include zip lining, boating, sky biking, and go kart racing.

Quezon Memorial Circle

Address: R-7, Diliman, Quezon City

Website: Quezon Memorial Circle

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2. Art in Island

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Art in Island, in Cubao, will make you feel like you’re literally part of the paintings. Opened in December 2014, the museum features over 180 awe-inspiring 3D artworks of dinosaurs, animals, pop culture icons, historical personalities and places, and much more. Be mesmerized by the optical illusions or bring out your cameras and take as many photos as you want. The artworks have markers to show you where you can take the perfect picture. Since shoes are not allowed inside the museum, you can explore barefoot or with your socks on. Slipper socks are also available for rent, at around 3 USD.

Art in Island

Address: 175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City

Facebook: Art in Island

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You'll have a great time posing with the interactive artworks in the museum. Take plenty of pictures for lots of laughs later.

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3. People Power Monument

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In 1986, millions of Filipinos gathered in Edsa, to protest against the corruption and tyranny of former president Ferdinand Marcos. Without using any ounce of force, the event led to the ousting of the president and the restoration of democracy in the Philippines. The peaceful protest was called the People Power Revolution, and this site was built to honor it. Visit the People Power Monument on the corner of White Plains Avenue, and be enthralled and inspired by the huge sculpture, depicting the historical event.

People Power Monument

Address: 47-P White Plains Ave, Quezon City

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4. La Mesa Eco Park

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La Mesa Eco Park, in Novaliches, is part of the area that supplies Metro Manila’s water, and it’s where you can fully enjoy nature. You can go to the picnic area for a delightful meal and a wonderful view of the lagoon. Huts cost around 10 USD while the round tables are free of charge. If you want to do some exploring, then the mini forest is a good place to start. You will certainly love the lush greenery and tranquil vibes. At the Butterfly Haven, not only will you see the winged creatures up-close, but you will also learn more about their life cycle. When you reach the Shell Flower Terraces, get ready to be fascinated by the different types of colorful blooms.

Make sure you get to the top for a panoramic view of the nature reserve. Other attractions include Bungee Fun, fitness and mountain bike trails, a zip lining area, and a swimming pool complex.

La Mesa Eco Park

Address: 4332, Quezon City Dr, Novaliches, Quezon City

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5. Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center

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Nature appreciation continues at the 22-hectare (56-acre) Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center. It’s named after a former president, and it’s the perfect place to jog or go for a walk. The abundance of trees and the calm atmosphere are sure to keep you going. You can also bring your camera and take pictures or videos of the lovely surroundings. Another highlight of the park is the Wildlife Rescue Center. It serves as a shelter for sick, injured, confiscated, and donated animals, from all over the country. Some of the animals you will see here include birds, snakes, crocodiles, and macaques.

Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center

Address: Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City

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6. TriNoma

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TriNoma opened in 2007, and it’s now one of Quezon City’s most popular malls. It is home to some of the best shops and restaurants in the metropolis and the state-of-the-art theaters will give you a comfortable movie viewing experience. Outside the top floor is a huge, picturesque garden where you can go for a walk or just relax. It also has a stage, surrounded by pools, where different shows are held.

TriNoma

Address: North Ave., Quezon City

Website: TriNoma

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The layout of TriNoma can cause visitors to get lost. The way I re-orient myself is by heading to the central atrium then try to figure out where my destination is. If that fails, there are concierge booths available where you could get assistance. The cinemas and ticket booths are easy to figure out as they're all located on the top floor.

Traveler's tips

It's a shopping mall where I often find myself getting lost, although it's not as vast as SM MOA or Mega Mall. The mall offers a variety of dining options and an array of shops, including Zara, Power Mac Center, and more. One of the things I appreciate about this mall, is its alfresco area, perfect for those who want to chill and relax.


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7. SM North Edsa

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Just in front of TriNoma is another mall worth checking out. SM North Edsa opened in 1985, and it’s the first super mall to be established by renowned businessman Henry Sy. If you’re into shopping, there are over 500 stores for you to choose from. As for the restaurants, you can choose from over 300 options.

The cinema complex consists of 12 theaters, and they show the latest local and international films. There’s also the famous Sky Garden, where you can go for a relaxing walk. You will enjoy not only the greenery but the sight of the artificial lake and waterfall, as well. Another significant feature of the Sky Garden is the 1,500-seat dome, where concerts and other major shows are held.

SM North Edsa

Address: Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Bago Bantay, Quezon City

Website: SM North Edsa

8. Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center

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This museum, on the campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, houses the collection of artworks and artifacts of Jorge B. Vargas, a former lawyer, diplomat, and executive secretary. Visit the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center and be captivated by the paintings of beloved Filipino artists, such as Juan Luna, Felix Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, and Victorio Edades.

You will also see centuries-old coins, stamps, sculptures, and many other items. The library consists of over 3,000 books about Vargas’ favorite topics.

Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center

Address: Roxas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City

Website: Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center

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After getting your fill of the art, you'll definitely be hungry! There's a small café right outside the doors of the museum, but I recommend heading to one of the small food stalls across the street for even better (and cheaper) options. You'll find the best Filipino street foods, including kwek-kwek, fish balls, and kikiam. If you want more food options and don't mind a short walk or drive, go to the newly opened Gyud Food Market at UP Food Hub. It's a building with a lot of food stalls with fries, fruit shakes, Thai food, Japanese food, and a lot more.

UP is known as a walkable university because of its clean streets and many trees giving off lots of shade, so even if you don't have a car, you won't have any trouble getting around. Several jeepney routes converge here, so you can easily commute to and from the campus. Because most people here are students, the food is relatively cheap.

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9. Maginhawa Street

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This is a big street, in Teacher’s Village, that promises to satisfy your appetite. Head to Maginhawa Street and enjoy a delightful meal in one of its many restaurants and food stalls. Crazy Katsu is the place to be if you’re looking for the finest Japanese dishes. If you prefer Italian delicacies, then try out the delicious pizzas and pastas of Friuli. At Casa Quesadilla, you will instantly fall in love with its authentic Mexican dishes. Local specialties such as bulalo, bagnet, and longganisa await you at MIXXX Vigan’s Best. For a lovely dessert, have a taste of liquid nitrogen ice cream at Iscreamist.

There are many other spots for you to choose from, on Maginhawa Street, all of which have something special to offer.

Maginhawa Street

Address: Maginhawa, Teacher’s Village, Diliman, Quezon City

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The best way to experience Maginhawa Street is by walking down the length of it and stopping at all the eateries that pique your interest. I don't recommend driving to the area because parking spots are hard to come by. The neighborhood, Teacher's Village, is residential, so be sure not to block any driveways with your car either. If you don't feel like walking around, there are some food parks with curated stalls all in one place to try! There are a lot of rentals in the area too, so you could even plan a staycation and food trip.

If you're already planning on having a food tour, check out the other streets in Teacher's Village too. One of my favorite places to go is Buen Comer Poquellas on Mahabagin Street. Split two or more burritos with your friends because getting just one won't be enough! The kare-kare burrito with bagoong dip is a classic, but the steak and fries wrap is definitely their best menu item!

Even though this is a residential area, it's also a busy thoroughfare, so be careful while walking, especially if you're with young kids!

Traveler's tips

Maginhawa has always been my favorite spot in Quezon City. Aside from its proximity to UP Diliman's oval, where we usually jog during weekends, this area is home to an array of food establishments that boast mouthwatering dishes at an affordable price. However, if you're coming here, it'll be better to visit during weekdays if you want to avoid the crowd during Friday nights and weekends.

One of the best places to eat there is Magiting Street's Caution Hot! 警告辣 Spicy Noodle House, where you can indulge in a bowl of Chinese noodles and a serving of minced kuchay or pork pouches. Alternatively, you can head to OHAYO Japanese Comfort Food and delight in their beef gyudon, tantanmen ramen, fried salmon gyoza, mochi, and many more!

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If you're a fan of cafes and quirky restaurants like me, you'll fall in love with Maginhawa Street. This street in QC is adorned with charming cafes and quaint shops. I recommend planning your meals wisely. You can start with an appetizer at one cafe, move on to your main course at another, and finish with dessert at one of the ice cream shops in the area. This way, you get to try different restaurants in one go. One of my personal favorites, although a bit on the pricey side, is Van Gogh is Bipolar. Dining here is an experience in itself, just like their unique space. They offer set meals with plenty of options, ranging from vegetarian choices to your regular set meals.

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10. Cubao Expo

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This place started as a simple shoe expo, but now, it’s a one-of-a-kind nightlife spot. Aside from bars and restaurants, Cubao Expo, in Araneta Center, has a lot more to offer. There are antique shops as well as stores selling independently-produced clothes. If you’re into art and literature, then go check out the Warrior Café’s exhibits and spoken word events. At the Appraisery, you can enjoy their wide selection of coffee and sandwiches or play board games. Rumpus Room offers not only cold beers but also video games. A visit to Cubao Expo is certainly going to be a fun experience.

Cubao Expo

Address: Gen. Romulo St., Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City

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Another QC favorite is Cubao Expo, an alley filled with charming shops, bars, and restaurants just waiting for you to explore. It's like an artist's haven. You'll also find Bellini's restaurant here, where a few scenes from the movie 'One More Chance' were filmed.

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See you in Quezon City

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The MRT train remains to be the most convenient mode of transportation in the city. From North Avenue Station, you can easily walk to SM North Edsa and TriNoma. If you go down from Kamuning or Cubao Station, plenty of taxis, buses, and jeepneys will be waiting for you.

What better way to get to know the Philippines than by exploring its biggest metropolis. Take a trip to Quezon City and enjoy its fascinating sights and vibrant atmosphere.

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