Are you looking for somewhere to chill with your friends but you don’t know where to go? Do you want to have fun and forget about your studies even for just a little while? Or maybe you want to celebrate after that excruciatingly painful block exam? Fret not because this list has got you covered.
In Latin, Ludo means “play” and that’s what you’ll mostly be doing in this board and game café. With about 360 board games to choose from, you and your friends are never going to get bored. Choose from familiar titles such as Monopoly and Battleship or try something new like Avalon or Dixit. However, everyone has to order an item from the menu before playing. The place offers Japanese favorites such as tonkatsu or teriyaki while providing a healthy selection of local or imported beer. So grab your friends and bring out the worst best in each other as you gut it out on the tables of Ludo.
Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Café is found on 26 Sct. Torillo St. in Quezon City. The store hours are 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays, and 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays.
Budget: Php 185+ for food per person
- The Archery Academy
Unleash your inner Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) or Clint Barton (Avengers) in The Archery Academy. As a friendly and passionate instructor, Coach Gio Andaya is going to make sure that you understand the basics before you release your first arrow. You will learn to pay attention to minute details, from the way you aim with your bow up to the contraction of your core muscles. With only three wooden boards and walls that are mostly bare save for a few murals, the archery studio exudes an ambiance of focus. It’s better if you go as a group so you can compare target sheets plus you get to post a photo on Facebook with all of you posing as bona fide archers with arrows knocked.
The Archery Academy is located on the 5th floor, Intrawest Center, #33 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan. Lessons are usually reserved beforehand. Contact number is +63917 803 74 22; email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Budget: Php 550 for an hour of training per person
P.S. Try searching for online vouchers to get up to 50% discount.
- Robinsons Magnolia
As their go-to mall, Lukans have Robinsons Magnolia. Its name is thus because the area used to be the old Magnolia ice cream factory. With its high ceilings and spacious floors, you can spend an entire day just loitering around. As an upscale mall, it features restaurants and stores that cater to any of your desires. Shop for that dress you need in HnM or Mango. Watch the latest horror flick in Robinsons Movieworld. Buy an accessory for your device in Digital Walker. Satisfy your craving for succulent pork in Yabu or go local with sinigang na baboy in Elias. Get that much needed haircut in Bench Fix. Read your medical books in Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. The mall has everything you could possibly need and every Lukan knows it.
Robinsons Magnolia is located at Aurora Boulevard corner Dona Hemady Street in Quezon City. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.
Budget: Depends on your shopping spree, but food averages around Php 200++
- Craft Coffee Revolution
Tired of Starbucks? Come to Craft Coffee Revolution and refresh those taste buds with a different kind of brew. Their cup of Joe entices many coffee lovers and enthusiasts alike. The secret lies in slow-roasted beans that result into a light, fruity concoction. Imported from Costa Rica, Brazil, or Ethiopia, the beans are grinded onsite and you can be rest assured that the quality of your espresso is of the highest importance. For studying purposes, the cozy workshop provides a great environment for catching up on your backlogged readings with its wide wooden tables and matching sturdy chairs. If you want to learn how to make your own cup, the shop offers classes in brewing coffee or using coffee machinery, some of which are available for purchase.
Craft Coffee Revolution is located at 66 Broadway Ave., New Manila, Quezon City. It’s open from: from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Budget: Php 100-160 for coffee, Php 180 and above for food
- Love Desserts
Look to satisfy your sweet tooth in Love Desserts. For only Php 199, you can indulge in eat-all-you-can dessert. Yes, you read that right, only Php 199. The only downside is that you might have to fall in line outside since it gets full of people quickly. Choose from cookies, cakes, ice cream, and anything else your glucose-deprived brain can think of. You can have them make your favorite crêpe with the toppings and fillings you want; let’s say a mango peach crêpe with chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream. As if that’s not enough, they even have unlimited ice tea, milk tea, and coffee. Feeling a bit woozy from that sugar rush? Thankfully, the buffet has salad, green mangoes, nachos, and cheese sticks to provide a different taste. Honestly, just remember diabetes when you go here and make sure to come back after the next block exams after six months.
Love Desserts is located at 915 Banawe Corner Roxas Street, Manresa, Quezon City
Budget: Php 199 per person