Robinsons Antipolo: A foodie haven East of the Metro
Just over an hour’s drive from the country’s capital, Antipolo City serves as the gateway to Rizal province’s artistic culture and nature reserves. Sitting on a plateau connected to the slopes of the Sierra Madre mountain range, the elevation offers a fantastic panoramic view of Metro Manila and a cooler climate, making it a favorite among visitors of all ages who want to take a breather without needing to travel too far and too long.
Every year starting in May, the hilly municipality attracts throngs of tourists from all over the country, especially devotees participating in the monthlong celebration at Antipolo Cathedral venerating the 17th-century wooden image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. But visitors who frequent the area are not only of the religious kind. Nature adventurers as well as art lovers also make the trip to recharge, refresh and refill their souls with things they love, found in abundance in this city that’s rich in history.
But amid its lush environs and rich creative tradition sits a new hangout space with a promise of cuisine choices to match every guest’s particular culinary craving, whether it be for indoor or alfresco dining.
Robinsons Antipolo adds another reason to make a beeline for the mountainous region. There, foodies are sure to have their stomachs —and hearts—full from yummy eats beyond the usual delicacies of kalamay, suman, kasoy and balimbing. With the mall’s meticulously curated food selections, everyone can enjoy a wide variety of options to indulge all types of cravings.
International fare can also be enjoyed in the mall like Popeyes’ famous Louisiana-style fried chicken and biscuits; Dookki’s topokki and samgyeopsal for a Korean binge; Marugame Udon and Ramen Nagi for casual Japanese dining; Peri-Peri for a South African-inspired charcoal chicken and sauces; Hapchan for mainstream Chinese cuisine; and S&R for New York-style pizza.
Robinsons Antipolo hosts numerous homegrown restaurants with a diverse array of specialties. Come to Marison’s, locally popular for its kasoy kare-kare; Romeo’s Spice and Steaks, for its delicious steaks and seafood; Gerry’s Grill, for its crowd-favorite sisig and grilled meats; Ineng’s BBQ, for its home-style barbecue; and Classic Savory, for its signature chicken.
Located conveniently at the corner of Sumulong Highway and Circumferential Road and accessible via private vehicle, public transport and even bicycle, the nature-inspired architecture that features soft geometry and a warm, tropical feel is a thoughtful reflection of the essence of Antipolo. Its ambiance and proximity to the numerous tourist destinations as well as residential areas make it an ideal setting for gastronomic excursion and some relaxation while visiting the city’s famous spots.
There is also Angel’s Pizza and Shakey’s for those who crave for unique pizza flavors, and 8 milk tea shops for those who can’t get enough of the refreshing drink with bobba – Coco, Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tiger Sugar, Serenitea, Gong Cha, Brewed Buddies, I Love Milk Tea and ChaTime.
For something healthier, there’s yogurt drinks from Koomi and frozen yogurt from Yogorino. And for a little bit of sweet indulgence, Caramia’s cakes and gelato, Dairy Queen’s Blizzard, JCO’s doughnuts and coffee, Cafe Perene’s specialty cakes, and Jim’s Recipe’s sponge cakes are worth a try—or several.
Merienda also calls for the unbeatable ensaymada-tsokolate duo from Mary Grace, as well as Razon’s famed halo-halo that’s simple in color but dreamy in taste, and Bread Talk’s delightful floss bun. More to look forward to are the opening of Paik’s Coffee & Bakery, Conti’s, Tong Yang Plus, Vikings, Biggest Botejyu, Prime Steakhouse, Kuya J, Monster wings, Theo & Miguel, Nono’s, Bebang Halo-Halo, Tom N Tom’s Coffee, and BLK 513.
Truly, Robinsons Antipolo is the city’s absolute foodie haven east of the metro.
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