34 Exciting Things To Do In North EDSA, Quezon City

It's a city of contrasts: bustling malls next to relaxing parks, high-end shops side-by-side with thrift stores, museums, and more!

Photography: Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center & Jilson Tiu (Main Photos)

More than just being Metro Manila’s exit point to Northern Luzon, this side of Quezon City is now teeming with endless choices for shopping, dining, and leisure spots. And the best part is it doesn’t lack for welcoming pockets of green within highly urbanized areas. What’s not to like? You might want to consider living here!  


Aside from the usual hotel staycations, you can also pack your schedule with educational tours, art exhibits, shows, and more. And some of these spots can be visited for free!

1. Quezon Memorial Circle

This iconic spot in the city is the perfect spot for jogging and strolling. Your other options: rent a bike, and send the kids to the play area or Circle of Fun amusement park.

R-7 Diliman

2. QCX Interactive Museum

The name is short for “Quezon City Experience,” consisting of a museum with historical replicas, sculptures, and installations.

Quezon Memorial Circle, R-7 Diliman

3. Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center

This old-time favorite pasyalan houses exotic animals, plus a lagoon, an aquarium, a playground, and a botanical garden.

Elliptical Road, Diliman

4. PAGASA Planetarium

Catch a cosmic educational tour about the stars, planets, and space.

PAGASA Science Garden, Agham Road

5. Transwing Art Gallery

View pieces by celebrated artists—from the masters to the avant-garde and even emerging talents.

G/L Foremost Corporate Center, 102 West Ave., Bgy. Phil-Am

6. West Gallery

Visit this gallery run by artist Soler Santos, that hosts multiple shows simultaneously, and has featured hundreds of contemporary, noted Filipino artists, from Malang and Luz to Jarque and Leano. 48 West Ave.

7. Kaida Contemporary

Describing itself as a fuss-free, compact, and open exhibition space, this gallery shines the light on the best of what artists have to offer.


45 Scout Madriñan, South Triangle

8. Vetro

This gallery is housed in a building almost entirely made of glass, making it a versatile space for creative pursuits.

135 Congressional Ave., Project 8

9. Cocoon Boutique Hotel

This eco-friendly hotel boasts a classic-Filipino, yet stylish, modern look.

61 Scout Tobias St. cor. Scout Rallos St., Bgy. Laging Handa

10. Luxent Hotel

The atmosphere may be grand and glamorous, but you’ll feel instantly at home.

Timog Ave., Diliman

11. Seqouia Hotel

Neutral-themed rooms make for a perfectly calming and relaxing hotel stay.

Mother Ignacia Ave., Diliman

12. Hotel Rembrandt

This hotel’s beauty and elegance is reminiscent of the great painter’s classic work.

26 Tomas Morato Ave. Ext.

13. Seda Vertis North

This beautiful, modern-Zen hotel conveniently located next to a mall was recently granted a five-star accreditation by the DOT.

 Astra cor. Luxe Drives, Vertis North, Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Diliman

READ: This Quezon City Hotel Gains Five-Star Status


Find what you need for your home at any of these QC haunts; what’s best is that there is an item at every budget, from high-end designer goods to rock-bottom segunda mano finds.

14. Landers Superstore

Sign up for membership and shop in this superstore, where you’ll find local and imported grocery items, electronics, and home items, among others.

1240 EDSA Balintawak, Apolonio Samson

15. SM North EDSA Interior Zone

All you need in a single stretch of furniture shops. Check out shops like Philux, Illuminati Technique, Color & Life, and Abubot.

North Ave. cor EDSA

16. Home & Beyond

This new furniture and lifestyle store features quality, elegant, urban home-friendly pieces at value-for-money prices.

Vertis North Mall, Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa, Diliman

READ: This New Quezon City Shop Is Perfect For Urban Dwellers


17. The Landmark-TriNoMa

Shop for essentials at this popular department store’s supermarket or head to the upper floors for dinnnerware, furniture, and other home accessories.

EDSA corner Mindanao Ave. Ext.

18. Cedar Hills Garden Center

Sign up for an urban gardening class and shop for all your gardening needs at this quaint neighborhood store, and grab a healthy drink at Hillside Café next door.

57 Mother Ignacia Ave.

READ: Look - A Secret Garden Center In Quezon City

19. MSM American Surplus

Find a variety of knickknacks—from old furniture to electronics to toys—depending on the new arrivals.

809 EDSA cor. South Borromeo St., South Triangle

20. AllHome

Whether you’re building a home or attempting a DIY project, you’ll find what you need here at this sprawling, one-stop shop. Don’t forget to grab a cup at the beautiful, blooming Coffee Project café inside the store.

Eugenio Lopez Drive, Diliman

21. Kamuning Market

A go-to place for fabrics and custom-tailored suits and curtains, this market is also lined with stalls selling kakanin, vegetables, and craft supplies.

L. Shianghio St., Kamuning Road

22. MSS Thrift Shop

It’s not a cheap segundo mano shop, but it’s got a lot of unique finds, from 1920s furniture, European antiques, and designer goods.

123A Kamuning Road

23. Embrace Homestore Co.

Architect Allen Oblena gives “rescued furniture” a new lease on life, and you can view it online or in beautiful vignettes within this midcentury modern home.

By appointment only, 39 K-2nd St., Kamuning, mobile 0917-805-3770

READ: The Ultimate Kamuning Shopping Guide


This part of the city is a good place to discover restos with delicious menus in unique and highly interesting settings.

24. Lola Café + Bar

What stands out aside from the food is the black-and-white-themed wall décor with occasional pops of color.


99 Scout Lozano St., Diliman

25. Don Andres Peruvian Kitchen

Lively colors and patterns, plus geometric cage lights, give this place a South American vibe.

Courtyard Bldg., 26 Sgt. Esguerra St., Diliman

26. Dong Juan

Diners can enjoy comfort food in nostalgic interiors of the former home of Zarzuela king Severino Reyes, better known as “Lola Basyang.”

72 Mother Ignacia cor. Scout Reyes

READ: Take A Trip Down Memory Lane At This Restaurant

27. Tweedle Book Café

Just before sipping your coffee, look up to see the names of your favorite authors inscribed on wooden panels on the ceiling.

106 B Sct. Gandia St., Diliman

28. Victorino’s

This resto replicates an Ilocano home setting, complete with antique cabinets, chandeliers, and old Filipino-style dining sets. 11th Jamboree St. cor. Scout Rallos, Bgy. Laging Handa

29. Señor Pollo

An exposed brick wall on one side and salvaged wooden panels on the other, combined with Latin-inspired wall art, give the place a festive Latin mood.

F7 Bldg., 49 Scout Rallos Ext., Diliman

30. Good Fellas

The burger-and-steak mafia dine here, seated at the cushioned couches in dark, masculine interiors.

56 Teodoro Gener St. cor K-1st St., Kamuning

31. Runner’s Kitchen

The bunch of flashlights hanging from the ceiling and the real bike hanging from the wall will make you do a double take.

Unit 2 Creekside Square, 74 Tomas Morato Ave.


You’ll be drawn to the dramatic lighting in this quaint and iconic bar set in an old house.

51 Kamuning Road, Diliman

33. Lugang Café

Authentic Taiwanese food is complemented by modern-luxe Chinese interiors.

2/L The Block, SM City North EDSA

34. Historia Boutique Bar and Restaurant

Enjoy a drink or two in this joint with an old-style pub look.


5 Sgt. Esguerra Ave., Diliman

This article originally appeared in the Living In: North EDSA section of the May 2017 issue of Real Living magazine 

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