7 Things to Do in Quezon City This Weekend [2023]

October 14, 2022

Quezon City stands today as one of the major cities in the Philippines with its vibrant business, shopping, and entertainment scene. It was named after Manuel L. Quezon, the second President of the Philippines. 

Even with a population of almost 3 million people, the city still receives thousands of tourists (both local and foreign) each month. 

If you are wondering what makes Quezon City a popular destination, here are 7 (rated) things you can do in Quezon City this weekend. 

7. Explore the Gems of UP Diliman

Source: UP Diliman

Besides its prestigious standing for producing top-notch graduates, the University of the Philippines-Diliman is home to various museums and affordable food shops. 

The Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center are located at the university. They contain a vast collection of artworks and artifacts that showcases Filipino creativity from different periods. 

This 493-hectare university also boasts bountiful trees and parks all around, making it attractive for leisure activities like jogging, or playing frisbee. 

But more than that, it’s a great place to find cheap meals like street food, dirty ice cream, and rice bowls, as these shops mainly cater to student budgets. 

The Verdict: 3.8 / 5 stars

It’s difficult to find parking around the food areas. Food choices are a hit or miss. You need to ask around which stalls could give you the best bang for your buck. 

 

6. Wander in the Beauty of Quezon City Memorial Circle 

Source: Manila Bulletin

Quezon City Memorial Circle is another national park in the city’s heart. 

Its 66-meter mausoleum of Manuel L. Quezon stands out in the middle of the park. Its vast area filled with nature makes it a perfect place for strolling, jogging, or even picnics. 

If you want to learn more about the city, this is the best place to start, as it is near two cultural museums: Museo ni Manuel Quezon and Quezon Heritage House. 

These museums feature the rich cultural history of the city, as well as the heritage of its namesake, President Quezon.

The Verdict: 4 / 5 stars

You can easily get lost within its massive vicinity, especially if you do not know your way around the area. It can be crowded during the weekend, and hard to find a spot to hang out. 

 

5. Have a Night Out with Your Friends at East Wood City

Source: Eastwood City

Whether partying the night away or having a great chat over a couple of ice-cold beers with friends, East Wood City has a lively nightlife and bar scene to choose from. 

Most of these shops are beside each other, so it’s easy to go bar-hopping while walking under palm trees on a moonlit night. 

You may even catch spontaneous fireworks or street performers during your visit if you’re lucky. 

The Verdict: 4.4 / 5 stars

The area is clean and safe for a night out. But it’s always crowded during the weekends. Reservation can be challenging to achieve, so make sure you plan ahead.

4. Escape the Hectic City Life in Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center

Source: DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau

Who would have thought that in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Quezon City exists a 23.85-hectare green haven for animal and plant life alike? 

The Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, located in Diliman, Quezon City, is a 23.85-hectare national park and green haven with over 3000 trees and 1400 preserved exotic animals, either sick, endangered, or rescued. Its man-made lagoon also serves as a habitat for several fish species, including tilapia and catfish. 

During your visit, catch a glimpse of the blue-balled monkeys, Palawan bearded pigs, or mesmerizing migratory birds like the Little Egret! 

The Verdict: 4.5 / 5 stars

The entrance fee is very cheap (less than Php 100), considering the numerous experiences the park can offer. Food options are limited though, so make sure to bring your own packed meal.

3. Enjoy a Wholesome Breakfast and Coffee at The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery

Source: The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery FB Page

The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery is a hip and Instagram-worthy cafe located in UP Town Center. 

Adorned with colorful murals and decor, this place exudes vintage and artistic ambiance. It’s both a study place and a hangout spot.

Fat Seed offers breakfast meals, pasta, coffee, milkshakes, and even mocktails! They pride themselves on their signature hand-grind and roasted coffee, and their best-selling chicken and waffle variants. 

The Verdict: 4.5 / 5 stars

Fat Seed’s heartwarming food offerings never disappoint even though their prices are steep. However, the space is a bit small, and it easily gets crowded.

 

2. Experience Skyline Dining at Seoul Sky Restaurant

Source: Seoul-Sky Restaurant FB Page

Seoul-Sky restaurant is a one-of-a-kind revolving authentic Korean restaurant that boasts a spectacular view of Quezon city and the skyline of other nearby cities. 

Located on the 33rd floor of the MDC building in Eastwood city, you can also see a part of the Sierra Madre mountain range in the east, Laguna Lake in the southeast, and Manila Bay in the southwest.

The Verdict: 5 / 5 stars

The combination of great food, breathtaking views, great ambiance, and attentive staff totals a unique way of Korean dining. You could reserve as early as possible as the place gets quickly booked. 

 

1. Visit The Smile Bar at Ayala Mall Vertis North

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Whether shopping in luxurious branded stores or going sale-hunting in local markets, Ayala Malls Vertis North has it.

But did you know that this landmark shopping mall is also home to the premier wellness treatments and salons in the metro? 

If you are in the mood for pampering yourself for a hard week’s work, head on to The Smile Bar branch at Vertis North for a quick teeth-whitening appintment. Just like their branch in BGC, you can expect to revive the brightness of your teeth in as fast as 20 minutes! 

With their spa-like ambiance, you surely will experience the relaxing self-care treatment you and your pearly whites deserve.

The Verdict: 5 / 5 stars

The Smile Bar at Vertis North provides the same excellent results and services as with their branch in BGC. Really appreciate the consistency of management and the staff. 

Touring Quezon City is a joyful ride. But, take note that a big part of this adventure is the food, which means that the vibrance of your teeth can be compromised. Book an appointment with The Smile Bar Vertis North and cap off your weekend at Quezon City with a whiter and brighter smile! 

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