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Not just the Shoe Capital of the Philippines!

We all know Marikina to be the Shoe Capital of the Philippines but did you know that Marikina’s also filled with hidden gems just waiting for you to explore??

Also read: Your Ultimate Guide to Marikina Restaurants and Cafés!

As if completely leaving the city, Marikina has its laid back atmosphere that you usually find in the province… fresher air and greener trees, if you’ve been taking Marikina for granted, here’s a sign that you should definitely drop by.

Widen your food choices with this list of top 10 restaurants that we’ve especially curated for you! Explore what Marikina has to offer and thank us later!

10. Secret Base Gaming Lounge and Board Game Cafe – Lilac St.

Eat, chill, and play at the Secret Base in Marikina city! This place has everything you’ll ever need to keep boredom at bay, from board games to consoles like the PlayStation 5.

It’s for gamers, tabletop and console players alike.
It’s not for those who do not like communal spaces.
We recommend their GG EZ burger and Milk Tea Tower for barkadas.

Available for: Dine in and take out. They are are allowed 50% capacity inside the base this GCQ.
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Concepcion Dos, Concepcion Dos, Marikina
(0915) 749-0141

9. Comedor by Miguel & Maria – San Roque

A local neighborhood restaurant and bar, at Comedor ni Miguel & Maria, you don’t only get a cozy place to dine in but also affordable comfort food that’s perfect no matter what weather.

It’s for those who still want great food on a budget.
It’s not for those who are looking for a fancy feast.
We recommend their Baby Back Ribs, Comedor Platter

Available for: In-house dining, take-out or delivery. You may message them or call to place an order. 
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Bulalo Soup from Comedor by Miguel and Maria
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Lot 1, Block 4, Gil Fernando Ave, San Roque, Marikina
0998 972 2456

8. Blake’s Wings & Steaks – San Roque

Blake’s Wings & Steaks is a casual dining restaurant and a one-stop shop for all your classic American favorites. It offers generous servings of flavorful chicken wings, pork ribs, and steaks, as well as a variety of other comfort food – all at affordable prices.

It’s for people who absolutely enjoy good old classic steak and wings.
It’s not for those who are trying to avoid meat.
We recommend the BBQ Chicken Wings and Original Porterhouse Steak.

Available for: Dine in, takeout, or delivery. Place your orders for delivery, take-out, and pick-up on their website, www.order.blakes.ph.
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7. Fino Deli – Marikina Heights

“The first wine bar and delicatessen in Marikina City“. Fino Deli brings rustic Italian and Spanish flare in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. They serve wide variety of imported wines, cheeses and cold cuts.

It’s for those who want to treat themselves with wine and a cheese and meat platter.
It’s not for those who are craving for Asian dishes.
We recommend their Fino Platter, Mozzarella Tower, and Sangria

Available for: Dine in, takeout, and delivery. They are open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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151 Dao St, Marikina Heights, Marikina
(02) 8997-5024; (0906) 388-4248

6. Forget Me Not Café – Lilac St.

A cute little cafe serving a variety of dishes such as quesadillas, burgers, pastas, wings, pork chops, desserts and coffee.

It’s for couples looking for quaint restaurant cafes that serve good food.
It’s not for big barkada dinners.
We recommend their Tiramisu, Nutella Cheesecake, and Pesto Pasta

Available for: Dine in, takeout, or delivery via GrabFood.
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Nutella Cheesecake from Forget Me Not Cafe and Restaurant
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41 Lilac St., Hacienda Heights, Concepcion II, Marikina
(02) 7238-5021; (0917) 869-9104

5. Lamp Quarters – Sto. Niño

Get your breakfast, lunch, and dinner fix at Lamp Quarters, a beautiful food park located at the heart of Sto. Niño. Need to get your Al fresco dining experience fix for this week? You know where to go.

It’s for those who want to have a lot of food options.
It’s not for people who like dining indoors.
We recommend their deconstructed cheesy shawarma and unlimited bulalo.

Available for: Dine in, takeout, and delivery.
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Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue Centro De Buenviaje Sto. Nino, Marikina
(0917) 652-0324

4. Miguel & Maria – Lilac St.

Miguel & Maria was put up by two Marikeños who absolutely loved cooking and decided that Marikina, at the time, lacked good comfort food paired up with a cozy ambiance hence came, Miguel & Maria. They serve dishes like Mozarella Sticks, Fish & Chips, Beef Salpicao, Blue Marlin, and many more.

It’s for friends or family looking for a restaurant with a chill atmosphere, away from the usual mall setting.
It’s not for people looking to go shopping right after as this branch is a stand-alone one.
We recommend their Roast Beef.

Available for: In-house dining, take-out or delivery. You may message them or call to place an order. 
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#89 Lilac St., Concepcion II, Marikina
(02) 8423-2624; (0998) 972-2456

3. Ikay’s Seafood & Grill

Arguably the best seafood place in town, Ikay’s offers a fix to your shellfish needs especially with their unlimited deals. The restaurant gets packed especially during weekdays during their buffet times.

It’s for all seafood lovers!
It’s not for people who like eating with their utensils.
We recommend their seafood au gratin, aligue rice, and prawn with Peking sauce.

Available for: Dine in, pickup, takeout, and delivery via FoodPanda.
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18 Aquilina St, Marikina
(02) 8645-0125

2. Café Lidia – Calumpang

Café Lidia is named after its owner, Lidia, which means ‘woman of business’. From a shoe manufacturing business owner, Lidia has successfully established one of the most well-loved cafes in Marikina. Cafe Lidia offers catering services as well.

It’s for people who want to catch up with their friends and family as they have space big enough for groups.
It’s not for those looking for an early breakfast place.
We recommend their Mixed Seafood Marinara, House Special Pizza

Available for: Dine in. They are open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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64 Calderon St., Calumpang, Marikina
(02) 8647-7606

1. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo – San Roque

Rustic Mornings is a secret garden restaurant tucked away in Marikina. It’s best known for their beautiful al fresco style dining areas and its homey ambiance, thus making it one of the most popular garden restaurants in the metro.

It’s for those who enjoy a rustic-garden themed atmosphere to go along with their dining experience.
It’s not for those who want a buffet-style breakfast.
We recommend their Ilocos Bagnet, Spanish Callos, and Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes.

Available for: Dine in, takeout, and delivery. They are open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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11 Isabelo Mendoza St, San Roque, Marikina
(02) 8681-2461; (02) 8425-8610; (0917) 700-5810; (0917) 814-6824

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