Do you often have a hard time deciding where to stay or eat in Makati? Where to shop or grab coffee? Don’t worry because you’re not alone. Faced with a ton of options, most people suffer analysis paralysis. Conventional wisdom taught us to always ‘go big or go home’, but in this busy and crowded city, choosing small is often time the right thing to do.
Here are 6 shops in Makati City that show good things can come from small packages:
1. Poison Coffee & Doughnuts
Pretty shocking right? Wait till you try their ‘dangerous’ brews and ‘deadly’ confections. This up-and-coming cafe is so cute and cozy you’ll want to put in your pocket and on your Instagram. Address: GF Bldg C Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Ave., Ext Makati | Tel: 752-0327 | www.facebook.com/pg/dangerouscoffee.deadlydoughnuts
2. Plaka Planet
Vinyl records and vintage turntables are back. Plaka Planet, the best and most budget-friendly place to get your audio fix, is hidden inside an archery range. Bobby, the owner, is very cool and will even let you test any pressing even if you’re not planning to buy anything. Address: Kodanda Archery Range, Upper Basement, Makati Cinema Square | Hours: 10:30am – 7:30pm | www.facebook.com/pg/PlakaPlanetMakati
3. Cop Garden
Looking for rare Nikes and Air Jordans? Vintage Supreme and Stussy apparel? Or do you just want to hang with cool dudes and a cute pug who doubles as a store mascot? Cop Garden is a streetwear store that looks like your cooler older brother’s bedroom. Address: 3F ChemPhil Bldg, Antonio Arnaiz Ave, Legazpi Village, Makati | www.facebook.com/pg/copgardenph
4. Slick Barbers Co.
From its humble beginnings of just a couple of monobloc chairs and mirrors on the first level of co-founder Christian “Indio” Bendañas house, SBCo is now a full pledged barber shop and lifestyle brand with a cult following. Their specialty? Clean fades and buzzes a.k.a ‘gentleman’s cut,” which not many barbers in the country can pull off.
Address: 3919 Yague St. cor South Ave. Makati | Tel.: 0935-715-2488 | www.facebook.com/slickbarbersco
5. Ta Tan Men Ramen
If you love ramen, check out this cheap and delicious spot along Dela Rosa St. This shop is so small, they can only accommodate up to 10 customers at a time. You have to wait outside for the other patrons to finish up. Address: GF Rada Regency, Castro Street corner, Dela Rosa Street Legaspi Village Makati City | Tel.: 0(02) 750 2069 | www.facebook.com/TAN-TAN-MEN-HOUSE-1473922149322716/
6. The Mini Suites Eton Tower Makati
The Mini Suites puts you in the center of all the sights and sounds of the city as you enjoy first-class accommodations all with full amenities and indulgent beds & pillows, you are sure to find that perfect mix of modern practicality, convenience, and touches of luxury to suit your needs. One of the best hotels in Makati, these suites will end your search for where to stay in Makati. Address: 128 Dela Rosa Street, Ayala South, Makati City 1229 | Tel.: (632) 868 6868 | Website: www.theminisuites.com.