Formerly the Marikina Shoe Expo, it is a recognized hipster’s haven for quirky finds and a favorite hangout place of young professionals. It features hip restaurants and bars that set off an artistic vibe.
Gen. Romulo St., Araneta Center, Cubao
“What I like about working here is the fact that it feels like my own cocoon. I’ve got my job up a high rise, and, down below, there are plenty of places to eat. I’ve got game at my favourite shop in Gateway Mall that I frequent, and I’ve caught a concert or two with the girlfriend – all without leaving the Center. And because the MRT is so accessible, commuting has not been a problem, because with traffic these days... ooof!”
“My parents grew up around here. I’ve grown up with an affinity with the past. The history here is unbelievable. The first mall in the country rose here, Ali Mall, where now you have satellite offices of government services – I can’t say enough about how convenient it was when I had to accompany my daughter who filed an SSS application. These days, convenience is king.”
“I’m all for those new developments but I really like how contained the New Farmers Plaza seems, like you can find everything there and at really low prices. My husband discovered these amazing Marikina made leather boots! I bought so many things for my kids there, too, and it didn’t break my wallet. It also makes me happy seeing small business operators thriving.”