Good Vibes Only: 6 Hot Spots to Hit Up Before School Starts


These cool-vibe places will definitely prep you for the new semester



1. For Food: The Social

5770 Ebro St., Poblacion, Makati



The Social is a newer food park with two dining options (more options coming soon!). There is an Indian place called Kashmir and a pizza-serving place called Crosta. Crosta ups the trendy meter by having pizza names like “Basic B*tch” and “Shroomed Out.” But more than just good food, The Social also has an in-house bar with a menu filled with fun cocktails and a space for retail pop-ups. Enjoy good food and drinks in this Instagram-worthy outdoor set-up.


2. For Drinks: The Bank Bar

RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th and 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila



This recommendation comes from our “Manila’s Secret Bars & Where to Find Them” article. Get a fun group of people to get some drinks in before you start encountering the stresses of school life.


3. For Books and Coffee: Cool Beans Library Café

67 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City


The student-friendly Cool Beans Library Café boasts a collection of over a thousand reading materials. The collection even includes rare Filipino literature. You can sip on freshly brewed coffee while reading whatever you please. The café isn’t just limited to reading and eating–– it also hosts book launches and music sessions. How cool is that?



4. For Shopping and Movies: Ayala Malls The 30th

30 Meralco Ave, Pasig, 1605 Metro Manila



The new Ayala Malls The 30th will help you with back-to-school shopping. But the 30th isn’t just limited to that—grab a bite or watch a blockbuster like Dunkirk or Spider-Man. The 30th is also known for its clubhouse feel, where you can stay just chill and hang out. For more information, visit


5. For Art: Blanc Gallery

145 Katipunan Avenue, St. Ignatius Village, Quezon City 1110



Blanc Gallery’s exhibitions are tailored towards showing both established and up-and-coming Filipino artists. You can browse the art with your family, friends, and/or by yourself. Looking at the works can help you refresh your mind and help restore your ~zen~ before school starts. For upcoming exhibitions, visit


6. For a Massage: The Mandara Spa

McKinley Park Residences Unit 308, 31st Street Cor 3rd Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig



Speaking of zen, you might want a massage at this budget-friendly spa that offers

several services. They promise to relieve stress, treat minor pains and put you in a relaxing mood. For more information, visit



No weekend plans? No problem! This list has you covered. We wish you the best of luck with the new school year!