The City Explorer’s Guide To Bonifacio Stopover

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For the hard workers of Bonifacio Global City, there’s now a food and lifestyle hub in the area where you can do all the things you’ve never had time for.

In the new Bonifacio Stopover, you can sit down for a nice hot meal during your lunch break or refresh your senses after a grueling day in the office. Easily accessible from BGC’s central business district, you don’t have to go far (or struggle with traffic) anymore to enjoy life outside of work!

And for the residents of the area, Bonifacio Stopover could be your new hangout place on the weekends. Bring the entire family over and spare yourself the hassle of cooking and cleaning up at home!

Bonifacio Stopover

Bonifacio Stopover, Rizal Drive corner 31st St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

The restaurant selection at Bonifacio Stopover leaves nothing to be desired. From fresh Japanese fare, to familiar Filipino staples, to no-frills fast food, there’s something to satisfy every craving (some restaurants are even open 24/7 for you).

City Explorer's Guide to Bonifacio Stopover

The City Explorer’s Guide to Bonifacio Stopover

Aside from rewarding yourself with a great feast, you can pamper yourself with the recreational services found at Bonifacio Stopover, too! Also, bringing your car won’t be a hassle because they have two levels of basement parking.

WHERE TO EAT

1. 121 Bar & Grille Restaurant

It’s okay that work totally stressed us out. It’s all right that nothing went according to plan. As long we have food, drinks, and the mic at the end of the day, we’re all good. It’s just how we Filipinos roll! Over at 121 Bar & Grille Restaurant, you can sing along to all your favorite karaoke tunes as you steal bites of comfort food and chug beer during the instrumentals!

121 Bar and Grille Restaurant

Chicharong Bulaklak from Anch B.’s looloo review for 121 Bar and Grille Restaurant

At their newest branch in Bonifacio Stopover, they’re giving away freebies to make your night outs even more enjoyable. Free onion rings, french fries, and cheesecakes, anyone?

2. Coco Hut

Forgetting to eat breakfast in the morning doesn’t mean you can’t have it at any other time in the day. With Coco Hut’s all-day breakfast menu, you can eat Chicken Tocino, Tapa a la Pobre, Smoked Bangus, and Longganisa for lunch, merienda, or dinner! And just like how a good breakfast meal should be, they’re served with garlic rice, egg, and atchara.

Poor Man's Fish from Coco Hut

Poor Man’s Fish from Danni S.’s looloo review for Coco Hut Fried Chicken & Fish Resto

Aside from breakfast, Coco Hut’s also great at cooking up chicken. Their Classic Chicken is deep fried to a crisp and served with pepper gravy. But If you’re into chicken with a zing, order up their bestselling Hut Spicy Chicken, tossed in a special hot sauce that’ll make you cry happy tears.

3. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Looking for a bright spot where you can feel productive? This CBTL branch is well-lit and spacious, making it a conducive place to get a lot of work done. And with warm, friendly baristas all around, you won’t find your stress levels shooting up here. Keep a look out for their handwritten notes of positivity on your coffee cups!

CBTL Bonifacio Stopover

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Bonifacio Stopover

The pioneers of the Original Ice Blended Drink, you can sip on creations like the Double Chocolate and the White Chocolate Dream as you keep busy with your things-to-do for the day. They also have fresh gourmet salads, sandwiches, and pasta to keep you fueled up.

4. Genki Sushi

If you’re a fan of all things techy, treat your geeky self to a meal at Genki Sushi. This well-known franchise from Japan may be the future of all restaurants today. You swipe through the menu on hovering tablets, order your food with a push of a button, and enjoy service at lightning-fast speeds. The best part of the experience is seeing your sushi arrive atop mini bullet trains!

Genki Sushi at Bonifacio Stopover

Photo of sushi served via a toy train-inspired conveyor belt taken from Dominic D.’s looloo review for Genki Sushi

But aside from the Back To The Future vibes it gives off, you can count on this restaurant to impress you with tasty Japanese food too, made only from fresh, quality ingredients. Some of the popular picks here are the Spicy Salmon, Chicken Teriyaki Don, and Chirashi Don. For dessert, they have sweet treats like Green Tea Ice Cream and Rare Japanese Cheesecake.

5. Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe

With the new Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe serving up handcrafted bingsu at Bonifacio Stopover, summer won’t be such a hot, sticky mess this year. If you’re not familiar with bingsu, it’s a Korean dessert that’s made up of shaved ice, milk, and sweet toppings like ice cream and fruits. It’s worth the brain freeze!

Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe

Strawberry Bingsu from Jialing H.’s looloo review for Hobing Korean Dessert Cafe

Hobing has bingsu flavors like Strawberry, Mango Cheese, and Choco Oreo. They also serve up toast which is another favorite Korean dessert. For an extra sweet Valentine’s Day, drop by with your significant other and get a 1+1 deal on their bingsu and toast!

6. Kaya Korean Restaurant

Expect to get stuffed at Kaya because they’ve got everything the Koreans love to eat! This restaurant has generous portions of banchan, steaming bowls of rice, flavor-packed meat, and fresh vegetables for you to load up on.

Kaya Korean Restaurant at Bonifacio Stopover

Bibimbap from Reich T.’s looloo review for Kaya Korean Restaurant

Some of the house specialties here are the Bulgogi Jeongol, a dish of marinated sirloin strips served with vegetables, noodles, and soup, the Bude Chige, a Korean stew with sausages, spam, kimchi, rice cakes, tofu, ramyun, and vegetables, the Haemul Pajeon, Korean pancakes made with squid, shrimp, and green onions, and the Kalbi Jim, the Korean version of beef stew.

7. Mann Hann

Comfort can mean different things to different people. But for the Filipino-Chinese community in Manila, Hokkien-style food will always be a reminder of home’s warmth. Since 1995, Mann Hann has been the go-to restaurant that families have relied on for lutong-bahay specials. And now that they have a branch in Bonifacio Stopover, the long trip to Binondo isn’t necessary anymore for some no-frills, just-dig-in Chinese dishes.

Mann Hann at Bonifacio Stopover

Fried Squid Head from Roy Lambert T.’s looloo review for Mann Hann

Their flavorful Bihon Soup is a great way to prepare yourself for the feast ahead. Follow that up with some Hakaw, Siomai, and Dumplings. As for mains, they have seafood dishes like Fried Squid and Spicy Prawn and meat dishes like Lechon Macau and Spicy Spareribs.

8. Pancake House

Pancake House may be well into its 40s, but this oldie will never go out of style. Because as far as breakfast goes, we’re always going to want fluffy pancakes and crispy waffles made sticky with syrup! The specialties of the house are the Classic Pancakes as well as the Caramel Banana Walnut, Chocolate Marble, Peach, Bacon, and Cheese Waffles.

Pancake House at Bonifacio Stopover

Caramel Banana Walnut Waffle from Jayne Marie W.’s looloo review for Pancake House

But even beyond its breakfast menu, Pancake House has other entrees that shine. Some of the well-loved items here are the juicy and crispy Classic Pan Chicken, the childhood favorite Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, and the hearty Best Taco in Town.

9. Pho Hoa

Although ramen’s great, we know they’re not the best thing to eat if we want to keep the pounds at bay. But if you can’t stay away from noodles for too long, Pho Hoa hooks us up with the healthier, Vietnamese alternative. Did you know that bone broth improves the digestive and immune system AND keeps the bones, teeth, hair, and nails strong?!

Pho Hoa at Bonifacio Stopover

Pho from The Bald Baker C.’s looloo review for Pho Hoa

If you’re a newbie to Vietnamese cuisine, you can ease into it with Pho Hoa’s beginner category. You can either choose the Pho Nam (flank pho), the Pho Chin Nac (brisket pho), or the Pho Bo Vien (meatballs pho). But if you’re feeling gutsy, they have the Adventurer’s Choice category where tendon and brisket are used as toppings for your pho!

10. Potluckers

Filipinos have a thing for potluck parties. We love the idea of individually bringing food, gathering them all up in one table, and then getting to try each other’s dishes. It’s the same idea in this restaurant, minus the hassle of having to cook! Potluckers serves up Asian fusion cuisine in hefty, shareable portions. This new concept is brought to us by the same guys behind Shrimp Bucket!

Potluckers at Bonifacio Stopover

Deep Fried Ginger Chicken from Norman Lester T.’s looloo review for Potluckers

Some of the dishes you can order for your family or friends here are the Tofu Tower, the Bouillabaisse, the Spiced Devilled Eggs and the Twice Cooked Beef Short Ribs in Casserole with a side of dirty rice.

11. Recovery Food

Were you just flaked on by your friends? Rejected by your crush? Or maybe you’ve been listening to too many Adele songs? Whatever it is that’s making you sad, head over to Recovery Food where you can eat your feelings away. They serve up comfort food around the clock (as in 24/7), making it the perfect spot in BGC to cheer up!

Tapa de Morning at Recovery Food

Tapa de Morning from Carla M.’s looloo review for Recovery Food

But even if you’re not in a melancholic mood, you’re welcome to enjoy their warm bowls of rice, ulam, and egg. Some of the crowd favorites here are the Tapa de Morning (homemade tapa), Doc Sisig (house sisig), and Happy Beef Rice (tender beef rice topping). They also have sandwiches, noodles, and desserts on their menu.

12. Rekado Atbp

If the stressful work week’s got you missing the warmth of home-cooked Filipino food, ditch the office cafeteria and hit up Rekado Atbp for lunch. In here, you get to feast on plates upon plates of traditional local dishes in a modern and classy setting. Be sure to come with company (preferably ones who are famished) because their portions are generously big.

Sisig from Rekado Atbp.

Sisig from Casey D.’s looloo review for Rekado Atbp.

The favorite pick here is the Binagoongang Verde, crispy pork sauteed in bagoong and topped with bright green mango puree. The blend of salty and sour flavors will have you salivating! Other drool-worthy dishes are the Inadobong Tahong, Boneless Chicken Inasal, Baked Kaldereta, and Hipon sa Gata. Take away the umay with desserts like Halo-Halo, Puto Bumbong, Palitaw, and Turon Ala Mode.

13. S&R New York Style Pizza

Sometimes, all you need in life is a large, loaded pizza to make things better again. Luckily for us, there’s a new S&R branch in Bonifacio Stopover where we can eat all our feelings, no membership card required! You can choose from three pizza flavors, namely Cheese, Pepperoni, and Garlic Shrimp. Or you combine all of them into one glorious creation!

If you’ve devoured your slice(s) of pizza but could still use some more comfort food, their menu is brimming with more good stuff! They’ve got southern-style fried chicken by the bucket, cheeseburgers, fries, and churros, all at prices that are non-destructive to the wallet.

14. Shawarma Bros

Shawarma Bros started out as a food truck founded by five college bros. And we all took quickly to their hefty meals loaded with carbohydrates and protein. But now, we don’t have to go running around, chasing after them for a platter of their food because they have a new restaurant in Bonifacio Stopover!

Shawarma Bros Lamb and Keema Shawarma

Lamb and Keema Shawarma from JP G.’s looloo review for Shawarma Bros

With a menu inspired by the Persian food in NYC, they cook up this cuisine but with a Filipino twist. Instead of eating the shawarma by itself, they’re served as part of a filling rice meal. For your meat, you can choose between variants like Beef, Chicken, Lamb Steak, and Keema. If you’re extra famished, they have heftier portions called Big Bro Rice Meals!

15. Starbucks Coffee

This Starbucks branch is the perfect place to hole up in if you need a place to study (or cram) for an exam. It’s small, cozy, and quiet so you won’t have to deal with big crowds or noisy chattering. Open 24/7 from Monday to Friday, you can burn the midnight oil here while sustaining your brain with all the caffeine it needs to stay alive and alert!

Starbucks at Bonifacio Stopover

Starbucks at Bonifacio Stopover

Aside from the wide range of hot and cold coffee beverages, you won’t go famished with their assortment of pastries, desserts, and sandwiches. Take bites of their Katsu Roll, Calamansi Cheesecake, or Salted Belgian Chocolate Cookie in between study breaks!

16. Tenya

Tenya, Japan’s top tempura chain, is now here in the Philippines and their newest branch is in Bonifacio Stopover!

This restaurant is well-known in Asakusa, Tokyo for having one of the tastiest tendons in town, the batter light and crispy, the prawn fresh and juicy, and the rice gloriously sticky. Not to mention they’re drizzled with sweet tare sauce!

Jo Tendon Rice Bowl from Tenya

Jo Tendon Rice Bowl from Mimai C.’s looloo review for Tenya

They have the Classic Tendon on their menu. But if you feel like going all out, you can order up their Asakusa Special Tendon which gives you three black tiger prawns, or the All-Star Tendon which gives you one black tiger prawn plus squid, salmon, and kani.

17. Wingstop

With nine different flavors of wings and six unique dips, you know your tastebuds are in for a treat at Wingstop. You get to pick one flavor for five wings, two flavors for seven wings, and three flavors for eleven wings! Their sauced-and-tossed wings are guaranteed made-to-order and will be served to you piping hot.

Wingstop Manila

Hot Buffalo and Garlic Parmesan Wings from The Food Scout N.’s looloo review for Wingstop

If you’re overwhelmed by the number of choices, let’s break it down! The bestselling Lemon Pepper wings are packed with an addicting citrusy zing with a lick of heat. While the Louisiana Rub has the perfect blend of spicy and garlicky flavors. If you’re a prankster, have some fun by tricking a friend into eating the Mango Habanero wings. It fools you with its sweetness at first but then goes all out with a burning-hot aftertaste!

18. Yumchee

Eating Chinese food doesn’t have to mean paying for a bill with intimidating numbers. Because Yumchee, the newest comer to the country’s fast food scene, is offering quality Chinese food for cheap! They’re set to expand with even more outlets in the coming years but their first branch is already open in Bonifacio Stopover.

Yumchee at Bonifacio Stopover

Hakaw from Yumchee

Their dimsum selection gives us items we’d normally see in a high-end Chinese restaurant like Pork Shrimp Siomai, Shrimp Dumpling, Spinach Dumpling, Fried Wanton, and BBQ Pork Buns. But they’re all a steal at just ₱85 per basket. Their rice meals, all set at ₱199 a bowl, gives you one main dish and a side. You can choose from entrees like Chicken Chop, Orange Chicken, and Salt Pepper Spareribs.

WHERE TO PAMPER YOURSELF

19. Creations by Lourd Ramos Salon

Whether you want your roots retouched or a full on color change, a little snip or an extreme hair makeover, let the best of the best do it for you. Creations Salon is headed by THE Lourd Ramos, one of the most sought-after hairstylists and makeup artists in the country. If you’re a fan of Asia’s Next Top Model, you’d know that he’s a guest judge at the show!

Creations by Lourd Ramos Salon

Creations by Lourd Ramos Salon

With professionally trained staff trusted by celebrities, bloggers, and discerning clients, you’ll get nothing short of a great experience here.

20. F45 Training

F45 is a revolutionary training system created by the Aussies. And now, we get to experience it firsthand at the Bonifacio Stopover! Feel the fats melt away with their challenging, high intensity workouts that combine strength and conditioning. Also, you won’t feel like you’re suffering alone because team spirit is the name of the game here.

F45 Training

F45 Training Photo from F45 Training’s Instagram account

So if you feel like you’ve had one too many slices of pizza, get your friends to go with you to F45 Fitness and get back into shape!

21. Beauty Lab Whitening by Suaviss Lab

If you’ve been putting on sunblock everyday, avoiding any kind of contact with the sun, and trying out all kinds of whitening products all to no avail, give Beauty Lab Whitening a shot. This whitening spa from Korea uses a four-step, two-hour treatment that’ll leave your skin radiantly fairer. It’s the first of its kind in the world and now it’s in Bonifacio Stopover!

Beauty Lab Whitening at Bonifacio Stopover

Photo from Beauty Lab Whitening’s Facebook Page

The process begins with a consultation, followed by a head-to-toe exfoliation, and then two applications of the whitening treatment!

22. Nailandia

Beat up nail polish and chipped nails never look good. If you need that fixed before a big meeting or a fancy event, hit up Nailandia! Their professional nail technicians will take care of all of that for you. And If your kids are tagging along, they can get their nails done too! Nailandia uses kid-safe nail polish called Piggy Paint.

Nailandia at Bonifacio Stopover

Nailandia at Bonifacio Stopover

They have other services like body, hand, and foot spas, eyelash treatments, waxing, and threading too. For the whole shebang, just ask for a spa party package!

23. Nuat Thai

With our gaze fixed on the computer screen and our backs hunched over at our desks for hours, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as a massage at the end of the day. Have your limbs stretched out, your back cracked, and your feet rubbed at Nuat Thai before hitting the sack! You’ll have the best sleep of your life and you’ll wake up feeling invigorated.

Nuat Thai at Bonifacio Stopover

Nuat Thai at Bonifacio Stopover

You can go for Swedish or Shiatsu, but everyone’s favorite is the Thai body massage. It’s a dry massage that applies acupressure to the body, alleviating aches and pains, improving blood circulation, and relieving stress!

24. Let’s Face It

Taking good care of our skin should be a basic step in personal grooming. It’s often forgotten though, what with our hectic schedules. But now that Let’s Face It is open in Bonifacio Stopover, you can sneak in a quick facial during your free time for more radiant, youthful-looking skin!

Let's Face It at Bonifacio Stopover

Let’s Face It at Bonifacio Stopover

Some of their new services include The Gold Peel Off Mask which promises a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, as well as the Inspiramed Peel Facial Line, a lightening treatment ideal for sensitive skin.

25. Shear Persuasion

On days when we really need our hair to cooperate, that’s when it usually decides to get all frizzy and untamable. But if you need your mane to look its very best, head over to Shear Persuasion and let the pros get to work. They’ll cut, blower, and color until you’re happy with your new ‘do.

Shear Persuasion at Bonifacio Stopover

Shear Persuasion at Bonifacio Stopover

They also have five different Keratin hair treatments to troubleshoot all sorts of problems, so you’ll definitely find a solution to your hair woes here!

For more information on the restaurants and shops at Bonifacio Stopover, check out Bonifacio Global City’s website and Facebook page!

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