8 Cool Things To Do At This Hip Makati Hotspot

Have you been keeping up with Karrivin? There are a lot of new exhibits, shops, and eateries since our last visit to this Chino Roces Extension hub, so drop in this weekend.

Photography: Kurt Alvarez (Main Photo)

If you’re looking for off the grid finds but you don’t want to veer too far away from the Makati area, you’re bound to fall in love with one of the spaces at Karrivin Plaza.

The gated compound, which was home to some offices, banks, Kitchen’s Best, and Terry Selection now plays host to some familiar names. Not only does The Moment Group have its headquarters situated at Karrivin, one part of the complex has been transformed into The Alley, home to chic designer stores, galleries and restaurants that are worth visiting, despite the Pasong Tamo Extension traffic. Another plus is the outdoor seating area, which are made lush with live plants and an itinerant group of well-fed "Alley" cats. 

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Here’s a rundown of what’s currently happening at Karrivin and why you should make your way there.

Immerse yourself in art: Art Informal Gallery

You’ve got a week left to view Juan Alcazaren’s “Uneasy easy,” Angel Ulama’s “Bringing into existence” and Costantino Zicarelli’s “The remains of this land,” which run until May 19. Art Informal, which started out in 2004 with a space in Greenhills, San Juan, champions contemporary artists and holds programs that support art education. Their Makati gallery was designed by Jagnus Design Studio, who are the architects of Ronac Art Center.


Order all your favorites: The Mess Hall

If you’re a fan of any one of The Moment Group’s popular restaurants (Ooma, Din Tai Fung, Manam, 8 Cuts, and the list goes on!), the Filipino “neighborhood cafeteria” food you’ll find at The Mess Hall will be a comfort to you. The restaurant’s substantial picas offer value for money bites (try the pancit sisig!), its mains will definitely fill you up, and its much-lauded cookies are worth the extra calories. This month, The Mess Hall’s latest offerings are Caesar Salad (P285) and Beer battered fish and chips with lime dill mayo (P310).


Break some bread: Panaderya Toyo

Surrender all your inhibitions about gluten, because the irresistible smell of freshly baked bread will reel you in the second you step into Toyo Eatery’s spin-off bakery. Whether you decide to eat in (their Tinapay & Palaman combos are to die for) or want to take home the goodness to toast and enjoy at home, no visit to Karrivin is complete without a stopover at this staple.


Revel in beauty: Lanai

If you’re a lady who lunches (they’ve got an in-store table available for dining) or are furnishing your home with all things beautiful, you’ll want to step through the ornate wooden doors of Lanai. The curated collection of home accessories, furniture and dinnerware is both classic and current, and the shop’s pockets featuring colorful trinkets that appeal to your inner boho babe is delightful. There are a lot of lifestyle stores around the metro but not many possess the sophistication and panache that Lanai does.


READ: 9 Fashion Stores That Sell Beautiful Home Décor

Dine in style: Toyo Eatery

Hailed one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, this Filipino restaurant has been making waves since it opened in 2016. Chef Jordy Navarra is behind the innovative and inventive dishes that have made this fashionable eatery a consistent go-to for those craving for familiar comfort food done differently. Whether you’re in for a deep dive with Toyo’s tasting menu, or are looking for a nightcap with its diverse selection of cocktails, stopping over at Toyo for some good eats is a must.


See a gallery of surprises: Aphro Living Art & Design

If you’ve been wondering about that giant wooden slide you’ve been seeing all over your Instagram feed, then you’re in for a treat once you step into this gallery / lifestyle store. Featuring vibrant installations from floor to ceiling, an array of paintings and photographs on the wall, as well as fashionable finds, this colorful shop always offers something new to talk about. Its current Zacarias 1925 + Garapata collection showcases signature weaves in whimsical one-off designs.


READ: Must Visit – Aphro At The Alley

Discover a store chock-full of European furniture: Casa Bella at The Alley

Folks who are looking to dress up their home with sleek, European furniture can get their fill of ideas at Casa Bella’s Karrivin outpost (their main showroom is in BGC). Featuring brands such as Cassina, Cattelan Italia, Henge, Kettal, Moroso and Novamobili, the shop is known for its sophisticated selection and luxurious finds. If you’re looking to give your home a posh upgrade, then a pit stop at this shop is key.


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Meet in the dark: Poison Doughnuts 

The doughnut shop just outside design hub Hydra, Poison offers a selection of devilishly deadly dough (try the Egg Custard Brulee!) and “dangerously” delicious coffee. The low-lit room is understated and hip—offering up a cool spot for a mid-day caffeine boost (great for those who are meeting up with any of the design groups of Hydra). Large wooden tables coupled with neon lights and a hypnotic digital wall projection also make this new neighborhood doughnut shop a great place for out-of-office meetings.


Karrivin Plaza is located at 2316 Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City

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