Written by Edriel Pascua
Graphics by Keithleen Dicon
Thomasians aren’t only known to brave the daring floods of España but also the wonderful variety of food offered all around the campus. From cafes to eateries, a Thomasian will never turn down a food trip whether it be a fancy meal or a local silog dish.
The time-tested University of Santo Tomas has a lot to offer in its Carpark and Quadricentennial Pavillion, but there’s certainly a lot more choices to choose from beyond these two. Surrounding the university are the streets of España, Padre Noval, Dapitan, and Lacson, and they all have food places great enough you’ll be willing to walk from corner to corner even under the heat of the blazing sun.
These are only some of the many choices around the campus, so go on an adventure and surprise yourself!
15. Xtreme Hobby Cafe
A foodie gamer will definitely love this cafe. While you can enjoy the leisure of games, don’t leave the place without trying their buffalo wings in a variety of sauces! They also have seafood, pasta, chicken, beef, and desserts.
A. H. Lacson Avenue corner Espana Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila
14. iChill Theatre Cafe
This cafe offers not just delectable food but also good company with their open mic. You could maybe play an instrument or recite poems, and you’ll get a free snack! It’s a good hangout place for the barkada.
1125 Dos Castillas St., Sampaloc, Manila
13. Ilar’s Tapsilogan
Silog dishes are everyone’s favorite because of all the viands you can pair it up with. Ilar’s Tapsilogan will not fail you with their menu. Tapsilog? Hamsilog? Hotsilog? Name it! They have every silog on their menu plus sisig and lechon kawali, too!
1200 AH Lacson St., Brgy. 490, Zone 048 Sampaloc, Manila
12. Dimsum Treats
Every Thomasian knows the adage: ang Tomasinong gipit, sa siomai rice kumakapit! However, don’t wait for your budget to be squeezed before trying this meal. There are a lot of shops that offer siomai rice, but no other comes close to Dimsum Treats’ four, large siomai.
Tip: try their chili sauce! It won’t fail spice lovers out there.
1217 Juaning Street, Beside Pacific Suites, Sampaloc, Manila
11. Cafe Churro
Finally, there’s a churro shop near, and the place is even Instagrammable! You might have to look around for the place in an alleyway, though. They serve a variety of churros like the classic, coated, or even with an ice cream! Coffee (served either hot or cold) and smoothies are also available.
1246 Antonio Street, Sampaloc, Manila
If you’re on a strict budget but still yearn for an appetizing meal, Lovelite is the place. They have your usual but gravy-soaked rice meals and a variety of sandwiches for a student-friendly price. They also serve fruit shakes that are best partnered with their meals!
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1224 Asturias St., Sampaloc, Manila
9. Sisig Express
Another known Thomasian food staple is sisig! Like siomai rice, there are countless shops that have this on their menu, but nothing beats Sisig Express or colloquially shortened to “SEx.” Pork sisig with egg is their best-seller, and it’s served with iced tea. They also offer other varieties of sisig like chicken, bangus, and squid.
UST Campus, Dapitan Street, Sampaloc, Manila
8. Amo Yamie
A sweet tooth’s haven. The cafe is the perfect place to chill with your barkada or special someone while enjoying their delectable treats that will surely give you sugar rush. And did I mention they also have a movie house?
More on Amo Yamie: Amo Yamie: Your After-School Crib
Third Floor, DB Building 1250, Padre Noval Street Corner España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila