There’s no escaping Manila traffic, which makes your choice of home base more important than ever. Fortunately, Avida Towers Centera is located in a rich, ever-growing neighborhood that offers an exciting variety of restaurants, hole-in-the-wall eateries, coffee shops, home stores, fitness hubs, and wellness centers. All you have to do is go out and see where your feet take you.
Down the road from Avida Towers Centera, you’ll find HMR Trading Haus, a treasure trove of furniture, appliances, and home trinkets that range from necessary to the novel (trampolines, anyone?).
The HMR compound is also a good place to go on a food crawl. Tasty Tucker offers all-day breakfast meals (P165 and up), sandwiches (P170 and up), and meat pies (P100 and up). Meanwhile, Pioneer Street Market is home to a variety of stalls such as Como (Italian), Bakmi Nyonya (Indonesian), Bari Oishi (Japanese), Fuego Amigo (Latin American), and Auntie May’s (American-Filipino). There, you can also score some fresh groceries at the fruit and veggie stalls, and a good cup of java at Current Swell Coffee Brewery (P90 and up) and D’Cup Coffee Republic (P121 and up).
Just around the corner is the Dunkin Donuts HQ (Sheridan St. cor. Reliance St.) where you can stock up on donuts (P20 and up), croissants (P31.50 and up), and bunwiches (P16 and up), paired with their signature brewed coffee (P40 and up), of course. If you want some good ol’ pan de sal, you don’t have to go far from Centera as there’s a Pan de Manila in the ground floor. Just follow the smell of freshly made bread.
From Dunkin Donuts, you can walk to the left and burn off all those tasty treats at Gold’s Gym, which offers limited (per visit) and unlimited (per month or year) memberships. You can give it a try with the day pass available at P900.
Alternatively, you can turn right to shop for appliances and home supplies at Automatic Centre, which holds huge weekly sales for various cardholders. Just walk towards the lively music, and you’ll be there in no time.
For a different shopping experience, walk further down the road to Mozaic Living, a furniture store and coffee shop in one. Most of their delicious coffee drinks (starting at P110) and grilled cheese sandwiches (starting at P240) are served in housewares that are also sold at the shop.
On the next street, you’ll find Rib City a.k.a. RB CTY and Korean resto C.U. Meal Box. RB CTY is best for group meals, offering a generous spread of ribs, wings, side dishes, and drinks for groups of two (Twin Towers Mix, P498), four (Big City Mix, P838), and 10 (RibSanity Mix, P1,988). Meanwhile, C.U. Meal Box is more solo diner-friendly, with Korean pork, chicken, and beef combos starting at P150. Make it a day of relaxation by getting a massage at Nuat Thai and a haircut at Choi’s Salon, both just a few steps away from C.U. Meal Box.
This main road is dotted with must-visit spots. Coming from Madison, walk down the road and you’ll find Madison Square Garden, home to Sonsi House of Longganisa. Sonsi is your go-to for longsilog meals (P150), ice-cold beers (P50 and up), and frozen packs of longganisa to take home (P130 and up).
A bit further down the road are Sparta Philippines and Elorde Boxing Gym. Elorde offers boxing and Muay Thai classes, with different rates for members and non-members. Sparta has an ever-changing variety of classes, including martial arts, zumba, pilates, yoga, ballet, and calisthenics. In the compound that houses these fitness centers, you’ll also find Regalong Pambahay’s outlet store, a good place to get some shopping done. And just outside the compound is the National Book Store HQ, flanked by quaint coffee shops Tiny Teapot and Books & Beans.
Walk a few more steps to get to furniture store Ethan Allen and take advantage of seasonal sales for various cardholders. Turn left and make a pit stop at Taco Vengo! on William Street, which features cool DJ sets to go with your tacos (starting at P98 per piece) and burritos (starting at P218 per piece) on certain Fridays and Saturdays.
Rounding out your Centera neighborhood tour are Korean all-you-can-eat restaurant Lee Hak (buffet rates start at P349) and 24/7 gym Anytime Fitness in Pioneer Centre, just right beside the Kapitolyo gate.
With so many great dining, shopping, and wellness options to choose from, your days will surely be filled with fun finds and good vibes. Plus, since the neighborhood is always expanding, you might just stumble upon new places that deserve a spot on this list. Happy exploring!
Live within walking distance of these must-visit spots by checking out Avida Towers Centera, located at EDSA corner Reliance Street, Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City. For added convenience, you can also find the following establishments right within the premises of Centera’s retail area: Potato Corner, Moonleaf, 7-11, Lee’s Cafe, Pan de Manila, and Thai Royale Spa; Turks, AquaBest, Skin Project, and Hello Beautiful among others will also open in the building.