Quezon City, popularly known to the locals as QC, is the most populous and largest city in the Philippines. It lies in the heart of Metro Manila, just northeast of the City of Manila where the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is located. It is easily accessible through major highways and mass transit systems, which provide motorists and commuters numerous linkages to the rest of the metro.
Often described as a lifestyle city and food haven, QC offers a very high concentration of malls and commercial complexes that can both impress shopaholics and foodies.
For those going to the eastern part of Metro Manila and nearby suburbs such as Marikina, Pasig, Antipolo or Angono, the 17-hectare Eastwood City is worth checking out. This master-planned residential, business and entertainment development is recognized as the first cyberpark accredited by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority. It also claims to be the first pet-friendly shopping and recreational community in the country. It is home to the Philippines’ own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is located just outside a long stretch of famous clubs, bars and restaurants in the area.
Eastwood features more than a dozen luxury condominium residences surrounded by enticing commercial structures — mostly housing a fine variety of shops and restaurants, as well as customer contact centers, electronic publishers, e-commerce systems managers and integrators, multimedia service providers, internet access and data transport service providers and web developers.
If traveling to or from northern Manila or any northern Luzon province such as Caloocan, Bulacan or Pampanga, dropping by TriNoma for dining and shopping is often ideal. This commercial expanse sits on top of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) depot, which directly connects train passengers to the last station on the north. This readily provides commuters easy access to more than 500 commercial establishments including a department store, specialty shops, restaurants, banking centers and a cineplex. The mall is also home to a park situated on its highest floor, just outside the cinemas. This area hosts a number of coffee shops, bars and fine dining restaurants.
Trinoma is a traveler’s hub for commuters within the metro and the nearby provinces. It also has a shuttle station to Pampanga’s Clark International Airport, the next nearest commercial airport to the country’s capital after NAIA.
SM City North EDSA
Just across Trinoma is a rival mall known as the third largest mall in the world to date — SM City North EDSA. This shopping, dining and entertainment destination, which is also currently the largest mall in the country, has a vast expanse that houses more than 1,500 establishments with similar offerings to that of Trinoma’s and other major malls in the metro.
A walkway filled with commercial establishments connects Trinoma to SM, which makes it a breeze to walk between them. A number of MRT commuters who need to cross to the other side of the highway for a jeepney or bus terminal take advantage of this walkway as well. However, it is worth noting that these malls are very large that choosing the right places to shop and dine would often require much of a walk time.
For anyone watching a concert, sports game or entertainment show at one of the most renowned event venues in the metro known as the Araneta Coliseum, or anyone commuting to a province near or far from Metro Manila, the 35-hectare complex of the Araneta Center offers a leisurely gateway for diners and shoppers alike.
The aptly named Gateway Mall hosts a couple of high-end stores and restaurants, as well as a world-class cineplex. If looking for more value for money, shopping or dining around the nearby Ali Mall, Isetann and Farmers Market would be practical.
Surrounding these malls are diverse transportation terminals with nearby mid-range to low-end commercial spots ready to serve the masses. And so, whether taking the bus or shuttle van somewhere in the Cubao area to go to the beach or visit the rice fields, or perhaps visiting a cultural or historical attraction outside the city, the Araneta Center can get any person’s shopping and food cravings covered.