Southeast Quezon City, despite being primarily residential, has much to offer for those passing by. From bustling shopping malls to off-beat stores and restaurants tucked away in unassuming residential neighborhoods, visiting this area can be a tourist's delight.
Southeast Quezon City is composed of seven barangays, which are commonly divided into three broad neighborhoods. The westernmost portion forms Camps Aguinaldo and Crame, home to the national headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP), while the easternmost portion forms Libis, a rapidly-growing former industrial area. Separating the two in the middle are Barangays Saint Ignatius, White Plains and Ugong Norte, home to gated communities that are among the most exclusive in the entire country.
Much of this area was part of neighboring Pasig until the creation of Quezon City in the 1930s. It was not seriously developed until well into the 20th century.
Southeast Quezon City is served by several bus and jeepney lines, and Santolan–Annapolis station on MRT Line 3 serves this part of the city.
Eastwood City is the hub of most non-rail-based public transport in the area. While most services in this area head to other parts of Quezon City, Pasig or Marikina, a few services head south: the Citylink bus service operates to Ninoy Aquino International Airport via Taguig during peak hours (except Sundays), while Yellowdot Transport operates a service between Taguig and Antipolo which stops here.
Public transportation generally does not serve Barangays St. Ignatius, White Plains and Ugong Norte, or inside Eastwood City. There is an informal habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) terminal along Katipunan Avenue in White Plains, in front of a 7-Eleven, if you need public transportation to or from this area, but in general, if you're going here it's strongly recommended to get a taxi to move around, or be prepared to walk.
- 1 Eastwood City Walk of Fame, Eastwood City Walk 1 (Near the Central Plaza). The Philippines' answer to Hollywood's, it sports a row of stars used to commemorate famous television, film and radio personalities of the country.
- 2 EDSA Shrine. Opened in 1989, it is a chapel and monument designed by renowned Filipino architect Francisco Mañosa also commemorating the 1986 revolution
- 3 People Power Monument, EDSA corner White Plains Avenue. A monument that commemorates the events in the People Power Revolution in 1986.
- 1 Aling Nene's Barbeque, 50-B Katipunan Ave., White Plains, ☏ +63 2 861 5883. Daily 11AM-8PM. The Quezon City branch of Malate's most famous barbeque restaurant, their meat skewers (available in beef, pork and chicken) are among the heftiest available.
- 2 Dampa sa Libis, 107 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Bagumbayan, ☏ +63 2 616 0580. Daily 11AM-11PM. A fresh seafood market with several restaurants all under one roof, with a dining hall that seats up to 800 people at any one time. Buy some fresh seafood at the market, then have one of the restaurants cook it to your liking for an extra charge.
- 3 Pan de Amerikana, 131 Katipunan Ave., St. Ignatius, ☏ +63 2 442 5601. Daily 7AM-9PM. Located in an upside-down house, they are famous for their delicious yet very affordable Filipino dishes, and for their giant pan de sal and ensaymada.
- 4 Primo's Burger, 143 Katipunan Ave., St. Ignatius (Up the street from Pan de Amerikana), ☏ +63 2 508 3592, +63 927 450 9287. Tu-Su 3PM-11PM. The only local burger joint in this part of Quezon City, they serve burgers with 1/3-lb patties made from wagyu beef, coupled with all the works.
- 5 Agezuki Japanese Cuisine, A. Francisco Bldg., 83 Katipunan Ave., White Plains, ☏ +63 932 715 0051, +63 915 237 9635. Daily 11AM-2:30PM and 5:30-10PM. Known for their wide variety of sushi and sashimi, in addition to traditional Japanese fare, they serve quality dishes that won't break the bank.
- 6 K&L Cafe, Ching Santos Bldg., 138 Katipunan Avenue, St. Ignatius (Across from Pan de Amerikana), ☏ +63 2 234 5965, +63 915 846 8073. Daily 7AM-10PM. Run by two sisters, this cafe specializes in the cuisine of Baguio, including Baguio-style longanisa, bagnet and papaitan, as well as a large selection of pastries and other desserts.
- 7 Apero, The Club House, Corinthian Hills, Temple Drive, Ugong Norte, ☏ +63 2 532 8064. Daily 8AM-11PM. A neighborhood cafe with a selection of freshly-baked bread and pastries, coupled with an eclectic menu of French-inspired eats served in large portions.
- 8 Basil, Katipunan Ave. cor. White Plains Ave., White Plains, ☏ +63 2 911 4158. Daily 11AM-2PM and 6-10PM. Arguably the swankiest restaurant in the White Plains area, complete with indoor garden and koi pond, they are known for their take on authentic, traditional Thai cuisine, with portions good for sharing. Reservations recommended, especially on weekends.
- 9 Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen, Bellitudo Lifestyle Strip, 79 Katipunan Ave., White Plains, ☏ +63 2 442 8874, +63 917 885 1445. Daily 11AM-2PM and 5-10PM. This Tagaytay institution serves delicious Vietnamese dishes at their first branch in Metro Manila in a quaint, homey environment.
- 10 Earth Kitchen, Lot 10, Block 10, Katipunan Ave., White Plains, ☏ +63 2 577 9138, +63 917 584 3278. Daily 11AM-2:30PM and 5-9:30PM. Run as part of a social enterprise, they specialize in serving quality dishes made from organic, naturally-sourced ingredients coming from local farmers and partner communities. Vegan-friendly, although they also serve meat dishes.
- 1 78-53-86, 2nd Floor, White Plains West, 42 Katipunan Ave., White Plains, ☏ +63 2 819 9297. Daily 3:30PM-12:30AM. An unassuming jazz bar with a large selection of cocktails and imported whiskey. Guests can also listen to owner Jay Amante's large collection of vinyl records, with over 10,000 records available.
This area lacks any budget hotels (with rates below ₱2,000); the nearest locations with low-cost options are found in nearby Cubao.
- 1 Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, 19 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, ☏ +63 2 8570 7777. ₱4039.
- 2 Microtel by Wyndham Acropolis, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Bagumbayan, ☏ +63 2 962 8899. ₱2,580-3,610.
- 3 Crowne Plaza Galleria, Ortigas Avenue corner ADB Avenue, ☏ +63 2 8633 7222, fax: +63-2-6349966, MNLCP@ichotelsgroup.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. From ₱3126.
|Routes through Southeast Quezon City|
|Makati ← Mandaluyong ←||S N||→ Cubao (interchange with ← →) → North EDSA|
|North EDSA ← Cubao ←||N S||→ Mandaluyong → Makati|
|Taguig ← Pasig ←||S N||→ Diliman and Katipunan → Continues as to Commonwealth Avenue|
|San Juan ←||W E||→ Pasig → Cainta|