By Elisha Gabrielle Estacio
Chalk Campus Correspondent
Tired of your usual canteen tambay with your classmates during lunch break? Want to break the daily routine of chilling with your irreg buddies in the library at vacant hours? Guilty of sneaking inside the unused classrooms on your free time when there's no guard in sight? Admit it, some of us still have to settle for these hangouts, but there's hope for you yet, girl! Be ready to cut the usual because we've already found the best HOHOL places you should definitely try out with your besties!
Espana cor. Tolentino St., España Blvd., Sampaloc, Manila
You’re not a student from Manila if you haven’t laid your eyes on this gem. Once you step inside, you’ll immediately feel at home with its bookshelf-lined walls and chandelier-laden ceilings. Come with the whole barkada, pick the perfect corner, and munch on the different breads on their menu. The bakery has no WiFi, so expect uninterrupted catch up sessions that you and your friends need! That’s what you call a real HOHOL!
Juana’s Budbod and Coffee
1531 Concepcion Aguila St., San Miguel, Manila
A long day full of schoolwork can make anyone hangry, but don't fret because you'll be well on your way to tasting the pride of Rizal at the heart of Manila! For those who don’t know what budbod is, it’s a rice meal similar to tapsilog, but the viand is chopped up and the egg and tomatoes are sprinkled on top. This tiny space is big on food, perfect for your grumbling tummies!
Amo Yamie Crib
2/F Gordi Plaza Bldg., 2125 Legarda St., Quiapo, Manila
This coffee shop is like a dollhouse come to life! It even has a space for film showings that your besties can rent while eating the comfort food they offer like nachos, fries, iced coffees, burgers, sandwiches—name it, they have it all! It actually has two branches in Manila, one is in España, while the second one is in Mendiola. For the price that never exceeds P200, what more can you ask for?
1229 Kundiman St., Sampaloc, Manila
Does your squad love to travel? If you all do, head on over to Plane Bistro for a little piece of paradise! From the servers dressed as flight attendants to real-looking airplane seats, this place adds a fun twist to your usual merienda. Grab the chance to take pictures with your best buds 'til you can travel together for real!
BeefX (Big B Burgers)
K Residences, 1122-1128 Tolentino St., Sampaloc, Manila
Yes, this is not just your average burger joint. Their patties are made with beef mixed with either bacon or spam. We're sure just the thought of that will make you and your friends crave! Who wouldn’t want to hang out while stuffing yourselves silly with cheap yet satisfying burgers? We heard the drinks are called "potions," too, so ask your secret crush to tag along!
U-Belt is definitely not lacking on great HOHOL places that have yet to be discovered. So what are you waiting for? Get up, call the squad, and head over to one or two of these places and eat away the stress of your school days!
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Banner photograph from Chalk Magazine. GIF from GIPHY.