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Exploring Ortigas: What to Do and Where to Eat

Written by Javier Asuncion

July 23, 2018

A lot of people think that going on city staycations will leave you with nothing to do and nowhere to go. The magic of staycations, however, is in seeing the metro in a new light. This is the perfect time to rediscover a place you always thought you already knew like the back of your hand.

Now, if you have booked a stay at Astoria Plaza, then we are about to guide you as you make your way around the city in search for adventure!

 

WHERE TO EAT IN ORTIGAS:

 

  1. Brotzeit German Bar and Restaurant

Enjoy a genuine German dining experience at Brotzeit German Bar and Restaurant. The watering hole serves a variety of Bavarian cuisine and sausages like Huhnerwurst (Spicy Chicken Sausages), Kasekrainer (Pork Cheese Sausages), and Ripperl (Honey Bavarian Ribs). Brotzeit also serves German beer brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law) with most outlets serving Paulaner, Lowenbrau, or Krombacher directly imported from Germany.

Address: Level 1, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

Phone number: (02) 631 1489

 

  1. Amare La Cucina

At Amare La Cucina, less is more. Specializing in Italian cuisine, the dishes at this family-friendly restaurant are bursting with flavor at every bite. For first-time visitors, the Al Arrabiata comes highly recommended by diners along with their Pizza Con Prosciutto.

Address: 91 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Phone number: (0929) 832 7313

 

  1. Bistro Madrid

Led by Chef Juan Carlos de Terry, Bistro Madrid revisits its roots with Spanish classics with popular and unassuming dishes from all over the country. Indulge in their signature Bistro Madrid Gran Paella cooked in saffron-stock broth seasoned with Bahia rice. Other well-recommended dishes include their Lamb Shank in Chilindron Sauce and Jamon Iberico.

Address: G/F Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig City

Phone number: (02) 470 – 1675

 

  1. Sibyullee

Fans of Korean barbecue are in for a surprise at Sibyullee at Ayala the 30th. Dig into their Samgyupsal and Dak Galbi. Their Galbi Cheese BBQ, made of sweet barbecue-glazed beef short ribs served with melted cheese, also comes recommended, along with their Volcano Kimchi Fried Rice.

Address: G/F Ayala Malls The 30th, 30 Meralco Avenue, Pasig City

Phone number: (02) 958 – 6986

 

  1. Minami Saki by Astoria

Minami Saki by Astoria specializes in authentic and traditional Japanese cuisine serving a variety of dishes ranging from fresh sashimi to the bestselling aburi sushi. Launched in August 2014, it is the Astoria group’s first foray into food service outside of its hotel properties.

Bringing his expertise to the helm of Minami Saki is Executive Chef Kimito Katagiri. With his three decades of experience at some of the country’s finest restaurants, including Ginza (Manila Hotel), Inagiku (Shangri-La Makati), and Yanagi (Midas Hotel and Casino), his signature menu is the embodiment of genuine Japanese dining at its finest.

Address: 15. J Escriva Drive, Ortigas Business District, Pasig City

Phone number: (02) 687 – 1111 local 8164

 

WHERE TO GO IN ORTIGAS:

 

  1. SM Megamall

SM Megamall is the second largest shopping mall in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia, and the 5th largest mall in the world with over 474,000 sqm of floor space. With the mall’s latest expansion, the Mega Fashion Hall, they have added over 100 new retail outlets, co including international fashion brands such as H&M and Uniqlo. The new addition also comes with an IMAX theater, a Director’s Club Cinema, a skating rink, a bowling center, and a high-end food hall.

 

  1. Capitol Commons

Ortigas’ newest lifestyle destination is Capitol Commons, a 10-hectare mixed-use urban development located along Meralco Avenue and Shaw Boulevard. Along with green open spaces, it also houses the Estancia Mall and Office Complex, an upscale retail establishment carrying international retail and restaurant chains like Aeropostale, Old Navy, Coco Ichibanya, and TWG Tea.  

Within walking distance is the laidback neighborhood of Kapitolyo, which has a variety of family-owned restaurants and coffee shops, perfect for serious foodies.

 

  1. Shangri-la Plaza

The Shangri-la Plaza is an upscale shopping and lifestyle destination located right beside SM Megamall. It offers a variety of luxury brands and establishments along a backdrop of a vibrant and satisfying shopping experience.

Shangri-la Plaza also hosts choice events, performances, and exhibits that showcase the best culture and art the capital city has to offer.

 

  1. The Lopez Museum and Library

The Lopez Museum and Library was founded on February 13, 1960 by Eugenio Lopez to provide scholars and students access to his personal collection of rare Filipiniana books, manuscripts, maps, archaeological artifacts and fine art.

It is the oldest privately owned and managed museum and library with a growing collection of 500 works and 30,000 titles dating back to the 16th century.

 

  1. Ortigas Park

Ortigas Park is a modest open space along Emerald Avenue. This little getaway offers a quiet spot for workers and tourists alike at the heart of the Ortigas Business District. Surrounding the park are several coffee shops like the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf where you can get a quick pick-me-up after a long day of shopping and/or touring the city.

 

Cozy up at our hotel suites and enjoy a memorable staycation at discounted rates. Just use the code APZ60 to enjoy 60% off when you make a direct booking through our website.

 

Sources:

https://www.spot.ph/eatdrink/the-latest-eat-drink/72037/50-great-restaurants-of-2017-a53-20171121-lfrm10

 

Javier Asuncion

Javier Asuncion is the Digital Media Specialist for Astoria Hotel and Resorts. He is secretly a background NPC of someone else's more interesting life. His backstory can be summarily told in memes, witty puns, and bad jokes (and most probably D&D references if only he knew how to play.)

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