Metro Manila is undeniably the busiest but most progressive part of the Philippines. Here you can find modern establishments, skyscrapers, and the aristocratic business and commercial areas. With the number of places to go while here, it can be a bit of a challenge to find the perfect hangout spot in this straggly concrete jungle. So, to help you decide where to go, depending on your preference, we shortlisted 5 hangout places around Manila.

 For Barkadas: Cubao Expo

Address: Cubao Expo, 175 General Romulo Ave, Cubao, Quezon City

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This spot dates way back in the 1980s and hanging out here, you’ll have a little glimpse of what it looked like 2 decades ago. A strip of trendy bars, cheap grubs, and random shops, Cubao Expo is a must-hangout place for a group of friends interested in the underground scene of Manila. There are also live bands and events that cater for young patrons.

For Foodies: Maginhawa Street

Address: Maginhawa St., Diliman, Quezon City

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If you’re looking for a place to chill out where you can satisfy your grumbling appetite, then Maginhawa Street is the place to go. The food park normally serves its first customer at 5 PM. Just beware that with the number of spots to choose from, going here can be a bit overwhelming. So, make sure that you do a bit of research beforehand. It’s also advisable to be there early especially during Friday and Saturday nights as seats at some spots can be limited.

For Dog Lovers: Barkin’ Blends Dog Café

Address: 91 Rosa Alvero Street, J&R Concon Centre, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

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Aside from serving tea, coffee, sandwiches, pasta, rice meals, pastries, and other sweet desserts, Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe also serve loads of aww moments! You are allowed to pet their resident dogs. This café is guaranteed to make the bluest heart smile. But keep in mind that you are not allowed to bring your own pooch when visiting.

For Book Worms: Tweedle Book Café

Address: 106B Sct. Gandia, Quezon City

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Of course, if there’s always a place for introverts or even extroverts who love to read. This café offers its patron huge shelves filled with books and comics in all sorts of genre. The place has a discreet environment ideal for anyone looking for a place to retreat. The café also offers drinks different from other cafes around the metro. It has a diverse assortment of hot chocolate drinks that served in porcelain cups.

For Music: SaGuijo

Address: 7612 Guijo Street, San Antonio Village, Makati

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SaGuijo is a brilliantly crumbling dive bar with a chock-filled roster of alternative rock, punk, indie, and new wave bands that start playing at 10 PM. This place takes an old house with floors made of wood, comes alive with different kind of music played by local bands. Wobbly tables are lined both inside and outside the establishment. Upstairs is also where Snow Tattoo Shop is located. The door fee is normally 200 pesos which come with a free bottle of beer.