North vs South: Which Neighborhood is Better?

By  - 6 years ago

It’s time to finally settle the ongoing debate “Which area in the Metro is better?” Far-view peeps will say it’s totally north, and Las Pinas locals will beg to differ and say the southern life is better. So let’s check out what each side has to offer – the North’s best versus the South’s best. Let the face off begin!

BEST MEXICAN PLACE: Silantro vs El Chupacabra

The north has a lot of Mexican options but Silantro is a top pick. Whether it’s for the nachos, quesadillas or burritos, these are just a few of the staples that northerners flock to for their Fil-Mex cravings. Honorable mentions: Gringo and Hermanos Taco Shop


The South won’t let you down either. El Chupacabra is a popular Tex-Mex place at Felipe Street, Poblacion that has become a mecca for millennials or for those just wanting a midnight chow after a night of partying. Honorable mentions: La Chinesca and Chihuahua Mexican Grill



With the monstrous traffic in Manila, some of us would prefer to walk if we can. Maginhawa is one of the most walkable areas in Q.C. Students in the area sometimes opt for the tricycle but most of them walk to their choice restaurant or establishment. Honorable mentions: Katipunan Avenue and Tomas Morato


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BF Homes as we all know isn’t just a village. Hungry? In need of a massage? Looking for a good beer place? Everything is walking distance in BF Homes if you’re looking to go out and dine. Honorable mentions: Legazpi Village and Newport City


BEST COFFEE SPOT: Common Folk vs Commune

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Another indicator that your area is the best is if there’s a good amount of COCOL places to hang out in. In the North corner, Katipunan has Common Folk, an Instagram-worthy spot for coffee lovers and for those who have no bad days. Honorable mentions: Coffee & Protein and Whitewall Coffee


We can’t leave out Commune when it comes to cafes in Makati. There is an abundance of coffee spots in the South but among the most talked and posted about is Commune in the famed area of Poblacion. Their Thai fried chicken bowl is a must-try too! Honorable mentions: Zoo Coffee, Exchange Alley


BEST FOOD PARK: The Yard (now closed) vs Container Turf

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Lots of food parks have popped up since it became a thing but we just can’t get enough of food and more types of food. The North has a bunch of them but Xavierville’s The Yard was a strong contender. From churros, seafood, to Korean BBQ – this place has a lot to offer. Honorable mentions: North Hive and El Neo Garahe


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The food park scene in the South has its own flair. Container Turf in BF Homes is one of the if not the best go-to places for the southern foodies. The food offerings put unique twists to traditional food. Honorable mentions: Buendia Food by the Court and The Shipyard Malate


BEST MALL: UP Town Center vs Alabang Town Center

Contrary to popular belief, the north isn’t a remote, desolate place. It has leisure destinations like UP Town Center or Technohub and the malls are always filled to the brim with people. There is no shortage of shopping, dining, and grocery spots. Honorable mentions: Fairview Terraces and  Eastwood City


ATC still remains an iconic place to be in the south even until now. It’s still the go-to place for concerts, events, shopping sales, and leisure for southern locals. Honorable mentions: Century Mall and Powerplant


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