6 Hidden Places To Escape From The Holiday Rush

Tired of going to overcrowded malls on Christmas Day? Check out these relatively hidden places in the metro to spend time with your loved ones.

5. Cow & Chicken

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Christmas brunch is totally a thing, and Cow & Chicken is a modern brunch place that serves up local coffee, brunch fare, and craft cocktails, as well as a good wine selection. It’s literally a hidden gem in Kapitolyo (you have to go through a hidden alley to find it), but the rooftop view, cozy atmosphere and enjoyable comfort food makes the find worth it.

Cow & Chicken Facebook page

3/F, 16 United St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City (across Ace Water Spa)

4. Dyce N Dyne

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Feel like bonding over board games? Also near Kapitolyo, Dyce N Dyne has a vast collection of board games to choose from, with pretty novel concepts when it comes to food and drinks (Their Kare-Kare Burger is a must-try!). There is no Wi-Fi here, so you guys can focus on playing and having fun without your smartphones.

Dyce N Dyne Facebook page

Unit 3 Elements @Rosemarie Bldg. Pasig Blvd. Pasig (across SeaOil)

3. Black Sheep

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The restaurant that closed down on Fifth Street at BGC is back, with a more elusive address, along the Chino Roces extension. At a relatively nondescript location, following the minimalist sheep head sign leads to a pleasant surprise — contemporary interiors and progressive Chinese-Filipino fare.

Black Sheep Facebook page

2230 UPRC 1 Building, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati

2. ABV



Hidden behind one of the walls of Lazy Bastard is ABV, a speakeasy-style bar that is named as one of Asia’s best bars. Come with your friends, chat with the mixologists and banter over great music. It’s like being transported to the 1920s Prohibition Era, and that’s a fine way to spend Christmas day.

ABV Facebook page

Basement Floor, 22 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City, Philippines



If you’re looking to party with your friends, look no further than TUNNL, one of the most happening spots in the Metro where discerning partygoers have flocked to, after fleeing more mainstream, packed ones such as the Palace. While t’s a chill place during the day, at nighttime the music here is kicked up a notch from the usual mainstream tugs tugs beats, and the crowd’s energy is infectious.

TUNNL Facebook page

2230 UPRC 1 Building, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City

Where are you going for the holidays? Tag a friend or loved one!

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