Whether it’s the weekend, you’re running errands, or decide to spend the day out and about in the city, maximizing your time is key, especially with the non-stop traffic in Manila. With an exciting day ahead and vape in pocket, the occasional slip can and surely has happened before. You forgot to bring an extra pod or left your e-juice at home and the day does a 180. How inconvenient–what now? Instead of letting this encounter wreck your mood, hitting up the vape shops in the area will keep your annoyance at bay and let you continue to enjoy your time on the move.
Here’s a mini-guide to all of the metro’s coolest hoods where you can continue your #nosmoke journey while savoring every moment of your day.
So many things to do, so little time. The financial hub of Manila has numerous gems in its street corners. If you’re an early riser (even on the weekends), head down to Salcedo Market on a Saturday morning for a nice walk and a foodie fix. Known for its copious selection of cuisines, be prepared to devour on the stall crawl. The market also offers fresh produce, meat, and seafood if you’d like to do a quick grocery shop while helping small, local start-ups too. And if you’ve picked up the trend of fellow plantitos and plantitas of Manila, no worries, you’ll find plants here as well.
Grabbing coffee in the area is a must, especially with the amount of cafes in the area–Toby’s Estate, Cartel Coffee Deli, Yardstick Coffee, and Wildflour Bakery, to name a few. Awake and energized, with cold brew in hand, head on over to The Grey Market if you’re a fan of vinyls.
If you’d rather beat the heat, Greenbelt is a quick stroll away, making it convenient to shop for your vape items. From vape devices, accessories, pods, to e-juice, Fuma is the place, located both in Greenbelt 1 and Greenbelt 3. And if you can’t find what you need there, pop by their other branch in Glorietta 4.
And if you’re interested in learning about our culture, art, and history, hit up Ayala Museum as your last stop in Makati before heading home.
Other stores to check out in Makati: RELX Store Paseo Center, RELX Store Cash and Carry Mall, RELX Store Ayala Malls Circuit, and RELX Store San Lorenzo Place
Bonifacio Global City
BGC has grown to be another weekend hotspot for both expats and locals alike. With Burgos Circle catering to outdoor diners and The Fort blocking off roads along Bonifacio High Street, many flock here to chill, browse, and dine. The streets are bike and scooter friendly and loved by families and pawrents.
There’s lots to do from visiting the plant market outside Central Square, taking your pets for a walk, passing by Arabica or Because Coffee for a cup of coffee to shopping and most definitely eating. Restaurants like Din Tai Fung, Mendokoro, Mecha Uma, Pizzulu, Wildflour, Manam (and the list goes on) are all within walking distance. You can check out Fully Booked for some good reads or walk to MO_Space if you’d like to see contemporary art.
And when you and your friends are out of coils, e-juice, or pods, you can count on Planet Vape in Karport to cater to your vape needs. A little farther out, but still Taguig, lies another branch in Mckinley Hill Tuscany.
Other stores to check out in BGC/Taguig: RELX store Ayala Market Market, RELX store Venice Grand Canal Mall
Continue your #NoSmoke journey with friends by visiting your nearest vape shop.
In the eastern side of the metropolis is Pasig. Despite the streets being less crowded, parts of the city still stay busy during the weekends.
With everything close by, you can visit the malls but also enjoy the lesser-known activities and establishments in the area. Greenfield District has been popular for Pasig residents for years with The Greenfield Weekend Market and its central park. Differing from Salcedo Market, Greenfield offers food and other knick-knacks from home decor, art, vintage items to clothes and books. The Saturday bazaar closes late so you can get your zzZ’s in before driving over. However, if you’d like to try something active and different before joining the market, pass by Climb Central where you can learn to boulder or rock-climb. You never know, it might just be your new-found hobby.
Nearby, an oldie but a goodie, particularly notorious for its food, is worth a visit. Kapitolyo has been the home of good grub and memorable nights for years and still is to this day. Kanto Freestyle, Warung Kapitolyo, Ricksha Streetside Tandoor, Three Little Pigs, Titto’s Latin BBQ & Brew, and RM 16 are just a couple of the establishments in the area. And if you’d want to try bowling, Studio 300 is just around the corner, located at the Pioneer Center where Planet Vape set up shop too.
Other vape shops in the area like Vape Warehouse can also be found in Kapitolyo and more branches of Planet Vape in SM Megamall and Robinsons Galleria.
Other stores to check out in Pasig: RELX store Starmall EDSA-Shaw, RELX store Tiendesitas, RELX store Ayala Malls The 30th
This commercial hub is huge and can be overwhelming, but is also a treasure trove when you know where to go.
Before Escolta became the scene for creatives and Poblacion popped up, Cubao X was the place to be. It continues to stay alive with concept stores, restaurants, secondhand boutiques, and speakeasies but is now a quieter space. It is still worth exploring to see a different side of Manila, despite its evolvement.
The city is also known for its restaurants, cafes, and art galleries, so come with an empty stomach and the desire to discover. Maginhawa Street is a necessity to visit, presenting a range of affordable, hole-in-the-wall eats that represent our foodie culture. Other notable restaurants and cafe to take note of are La Spezia, Common Folk, Jiro Coffee, and Tra Vinh. Your culturally-filled day in QC can come to an end after a trip to UP Vargas Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, or Galerie Stephanie.
Other stores to check out in Quezon City: RELX store Ever Gotesco Commonwealth, RELX store SM City Sta Mesa, RELX store Ayala Malls Vertis North, RELX store SM City Fairview, RELX store SM Novaliches, RELX store Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, RELX store SM City North Edsa, RELX Store Fairview Terraces
And if you need to make a quick stop before, in between, or after visiting the sites, Planet Vape and Fuma in Trinoma, and Vape Warehouse and Good Fumes Cubao Vape Shop in Cubao can provide you with your vape emergencies.
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