Kapitolyo is one of the ultimate foodie destinations in Metro Manila, and all those willing to brave the Pasig traffic will always be rewarded with a satisfying, hunger-busting and exhilarating experience.
This neighborhood is filled with private homes-turned-restaurants and cafes, bars and speakeasies, and a few food parks that never seem to stay constant through the years. Every time you return, you’ll discover a new favorite. But, we made this nifty guide for your benefit anyway.
Heima is the place to be to find quirky, colorful and innovative furniture and knickknacks, all custom-made to stand out in your humble abode.
Ace Water Spa
Standing out amidst the tall office buildings of Pasig is the Ace Hotel & Suites, a four-star hotel that houses the popular Ace Water Spa where guests can undergo a unique hydrotherapy. Pro-tip: there’s no need to check-in to the hotel to try out the water spa, although a weekend staycation is an experience to be had too.
If you’re looking for a space to study, to work, or to spend “Me Time” away from people that isn’t at a coffee shop or at the library of your university, Co.lab is the place to be. This co-working hub offers part-time and full-time memberships, and group discounts when booking for at least three people.
Gastro Park Infinity
In this time when it’s become difficult to differentiate one food park from another, Gastro Park decided to step up their game and offer something never before offered anywhere else. They recently reopened their food park with a brand new concept — the first ever food park serving unlimited food. Each of its concessionaires will have one dish you can order again and again at a fixed price — perfect for those who are starving but on a tight budget.
Pioneer St. Market
It may not be found in Kapitolyo, but it’s definitely worth mentioning in this neighborhood guide for reeling in the Kapitolyo crowd. Pioneer St. Market is an indoor gourmet market that you don’t have to wait until the weekend to go to. You can find a variety of concessionaires, from organic eats to unique desserts, from artisanal coffee to locally crafted beers, from veggie stalls to retail pop-ups.
Titto’s Latin BBQ & Brew
The hype over this place is real. You won’t be able to eat tacos, roast chicken, quesadilla, or beef salpicao like how they make it anywhere else. Don’t miss out on the Beef Barbacoa Taco, Titto’s Elote, Pollo Asado, and Papas Bravas. And for dessert, a nice plate of frozen Brazo de Mercedes to end your night on a deliciously sweet note!
19 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(+632) 632 03 57 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m., Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m., and 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Dining in Café Juanita feels like eating at a relative’s house. Its whimsical and comfy interiors, plus its menu of Filipino comfort food, make you feel right at home. Don’t hesitate in bringing your friends and family over for an intimate get-together.
Haru Sushi Bar and Restaurant
Located right beside Café Juanita (and owned by the same owner), Haru Sushi Bar and Restaurant has become an essential Kapitolyo establishment. Upon entering, you’ll be automatically transported to Japan with its beautiful garden-inspired interiors and delightful Japanese dishes made with fresh and high-quality ingredients.
10 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(+63) 995 154 1136, (+632) 239 28 27 | Facebook
Open every day from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Not a lot of restaurants claim to specialize in Canadian Cuisine, but Main Street Kapitolyo takes pride in doing so. Don’t miss out on the pizzas, ribeye steak, and poutine!
83 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(+632) 246 90 69 ext:640 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Tuesday to Thursday from 12 to 9 p.m., Friday from 12 to 10 p.m., Saturday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If it’s Indonesian cuisine you’re craving, look no further than the restaurant that possibly offers the best you can ever eat locally — Warung in Kapitolyo. Indulge in Indonesian specialties like the usual Sate Ayam, Nasi Goreng and Beef Rendang, and try the lesser known but just as delicious Ayam Goreng Ibu Wiwiek, Ayam Goreng Bumbu, and Ikan Bakar.
Cha Tuk Chak
This is the cafe to be to get refreshing and authentic Thai Milk Tea. Try out all its 8 variants, and grab a bite of a few Thai dishes too.
Epic Coffee is Kapitolyo’s go-to cafe for artisanal coffee, sweet treats, and peace and quiet. Whether you’re alone or on a date, you’re guaranteed to have a lovely stay.
Kissako Uji Matcha Café
Pioneer Center Supermart, United Corner Pioneer Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(+632) 986 09 42, (+632) 730 33 56 | Facebook, Instagram
Open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Huge fan of all things matcha? Kissako Uji Matcha Café will fulfill all your cravings. From cakes and parfaits to coffee and, surprisingly, ramen, this cafe is guaranteed to make you go matcha mad!
16 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(+632) 535 92 12 | Instagram
Open Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
This bar hidden behind a Coca-Cola refrigerator door right beside Titto’s Latin BBQ & Brew requires you to know a passcode beforehand. It will take a bit of effort to find out the code of the evening (pro-tip: ask the waiters at Titto’s, or join their exclusive Facebook group) but it’s worth it when you spend your walwalan night drinking your favorite cocktail among RM-16’s sophisticated crowd.
24D East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(+632) 246-9069 ext:280 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sunday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
St. Patrick’s is just your friendly neighborhood pub, and it’s one you’ll keep coming back to every time with friends. Choose your poison — local beer, house wine, or cocktails — and pair them up with delicious wings, Salted Egg Crackling, and Garlic Mushrooms and a lot more from their menu.
El Guapo’s Tex Mex Eats
51-B East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(+632) 917 431 6850 | Facebook
Open Sunday to Thursday from 11 to 1 a.m., Friday to Saturday from 11 to 4 a.m.
With its bright restaurant sign illuminating the street where it stands, you’ll find El Guapo’s almost immediately. Here, you’re expected to indulge in comforting Tex Mex favorites without any reserve — just pure, messy, carnivorous consumption with your bare hands and a bottle of beer on the side.
Which of these places are your favorite hangout spots in Kapitolyo? Tell us all about them below!