7 Reasons to Live in Capitol Hills, Quezon City

Quezon City is the biggest city in Metro Manila, and while it is already crowded, it still has its charms.

Photography: Sunshine Selga Funa | Edric Borja (The Nook) | Tala Singson (55Square Cafe) | Dairy Darilag (Common

A friend once said that she’s in love with Q.C. At that time, I couldn’t relate to her sentiments—me having grown up in laidback Rizal. But I got married, moved out of my mom’s house, and then moved in to our own home in Capitol Hills. I’ve been a resident for six years now, and I can happily agree with my friend.

Here are seven reasons why I, too, am now in love with my neighborhood:

1. There is no shortage of dining options.

In photo: The Nook

When my husband and I are too tired or busy to cook meals at home, we just grab the car keys and head out. Green Street, which is just a stone’s throw away from our place, houses Stacy’s, Dencio’s Pancake House, Pho Hoa, and Jack’s Loft. Then there’s popular Maginhawa Street, which is a go-to area that’s teeming with many home-grown restaurants, most of which you won’t readily find in malls (Pipino, When Uan Met Sally, The Nook Cafe, Snacks and Ladders, and StrEAT Food Park, to name a few). 

In photo: The Sweet Spot Cafe

Katipunan Avenue is also ripe with a lot of fast food chains and old favorites like Sweet Inspirations, The Old Spaghetti House, and Ken Afford. Along Xavierville Avenue is the Yard, a popular food park among the younger crowd. For a romantic celebration, there’s Ninyo Fusion Cuisine on Esteban Abada Street. There are so many dining places to choose from that it can sometimes get overwhelming!

2. Cafés are everywhere.

Aside from the more mainstream coffee shops that pepper Katipunan like Starbucks, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Bo’s Coffee, its nearby streets are also home to third-wave cafés. 

In photo: 55Square Cafe

55Square Café serves caffeinated drinks with a dose of art, as it also houses Vongarde Gallery. Meanwhile, Diligence Café caters mostly to students and has lockers and other services to help its customers pull off an all-nighter. Also along Esteban Abada Street are Afters and Craft Coffee

3. Malls are just a few minutes away.

When I need to do some last-minute grocery shopping, catch a good movie, or simply destress by purchasing a pretty pair of shoes, I head off to either TriNoma, SM The Block/SM North, or U.P. Town Center (the latter is hands-down my favorite because it’s only 10 minutes away from our place). 

In photo: U.P. Town Center

I don’t have to worry about going home late after catching a last full show, or cramming to get a gift for a friend’s birthday; even commuting to and from these malls is a walk in the park!

READ: 6 Interesting Facts About the Murals at UP Town Center

4. There are a handful of public parks nearby.

On a good day (i.e., when traffic is forgiving), La Mesa Eco Park is just less than 30 minutes away. Here, friends and families can spend quality time with nature by going on picnics or biking. 

In photo: La Mesa Eco Park

There’s also the Quezon Memorial Circle, where there’s the QCX Museum (an interactive social history museum) and the historic Quezon Heritage House. 

In photos: U.P. Sunken Garden

If I want a quick escape, I just head over to U.P. Diliman for a walk or a jog along the Academic Oval, a picnic in Lagoon, people watching behind Quezon Hall, or a lazy afternoon at the Sunken Garden with a warm cup of tahô in hand.

5. Reputable schools are in the area.

In photos: University of the Philippines—Diliman

Miriam College, U.P. Diliman, Ateneo de Manila—top schools you’d want your kids to be an alumni of. Need I say more?

6. Bazaars and craft shops are regular crowd-drawers.

In photos: Common Room

Regular bazaars pop up at U.P. Town Center and at nearby areas. Shops brimming with handmade goods and arts and crafts supplies are always packed, like Common Room along Esteban Abada Street.

7. Everything is within reach—but things are less hectic.

Aside from the conveniences (and perks) enumerated above, hospitals, banks, places of worship, and other establishments are just minutes (others, a couple of steps) away. Plus, major thoroughfares are very accessible that my husband and I have a handful of route options that allow us to avoid the terrible traffic along EDSA and C-5.

Yet despite all the accessibility that our address affords us, our home seems to be far away from the maddening pace of the metro. There are no tall buildings that obstruct the magnificent views of the sunrise and the night sky, greens are everywhere, and chirping birds—not annoying busy street sounds—greet me in the morning. Now, who wouldn’t want that?

PHOTOS: Sunshine Selga Funa | Edric Borja (The Nook) | Tala Singson (55Square Cafe) | Dairy Darilag (Common Room).

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