The South of Manila is famous for many things (besides the perennially slow traffic): the original "Dampa" in Parañaque, the centuries-old churches in Las Pinas, cozy hangout spots and amazing eats in Paranaque, and malls that stretch out for miles and miles in Pasay and Muntinlupa.
With Metro Manila becoming so densely populated, one sometimes wishes to unwind where there are wide, green spaces, fresh(er) air, and an almost laid-back vibe — exactly what the South has to offer. But you don't have to go all the way to Tagaytay and Laguna to experience these — this mallalong Daang Hari, Las Piñas, already well-loved by Southerners, is yet to be discovered by many. Check out these establishments unique to this place:
The Cheesecake Fairy
This homegrown brand offers possibly the widest range of cheesecake varieties in the metro, from Red Velvet, Nutella, Apple Crumble, and the bestselling Salted Caramel, to local favorites like Buko Pandan and Ube Macapuno. They also make their cupcakes, bars, bread and pastries from scratch every day!
Completing the whimsical experience at this enchanted forest-themed cafe is a little sprinkling of fairy dust (an edible glitter imported from the U.S.). At the Cheesecake Fairy, they'll serve your slice of cake or scoop of ice cream (yes, they have them too!) with some of this "magical" stuff. The kids and kids-at-heart will surely love it!
Vista Cinemas The country's first MX4D Motion EFX Theater boasts of features you'll only see in popular international theme parks, such as moving chairs, wind, bubbles, fog, leg ticklers, water blast, and even scents, all of which are intended to make you fully immersed in the movie. Catch your favorite film in any of the four state-of-the-art cinemas: MX4D (Cinema 1), VIP Cinema with La-Z Boy (Cinema 2), and two other regular cinemas.
The Atrium / The Piazza
The fully-enclosed, air-conditioned atrium is the perfect place for you when you want to stay indoors while being outdoors. Makes sense? Of course. It's a garden/park within the confines of the mall, so young kids who wish to run around and play can do so, and their parents can sit on the "grass" while keeping an eye on them, all within a dome that keeps the temperature comfortably cool.
The Piazza, on the other hand, offers more dining options and is reminiscent of The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and in Macau and their handpainted ceilings.
Homemakers would surely love to while away the time at this 200-sqm concept store that makes home shopping a lot more interesting.
While technically a home store, My Mother's Cupboard offers so much more than kitchen appliances and dinnerware — here you'll find a vibrant display of carefully-curated home accents, glassware, baking tools, cutlery, and even cooking supplies. It is also home to trusted brands like Breville, Neoflam, Luminarc, Corelle, Joseph Joseph, Brabantia, Lodge, Tefal, Cuisinart, Wilson, and Kitchenaid.
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The focal point of My Mother's Cupboard is the fully functional kitchen where one could host intimate parties or hold workshops.
What kid would not love a trip to the toy store? Though compact in size, this AllToys branch has everything from educational toys, infant apparel, accessories, and furniture, bikes, scooters, outdoor toys, and party needs. It even has a play area where your little one could enjoy tea time with stuffed furry friends!
Another Story The brainchild of Ica Sebastian of Cafe Voila in Crosswinds Tagaytay, Another Story is a gem of a restaurant that is famous for its meticulously-cooked comfort food, each with its own story to tell. The Bolognese Spaghetti, for example, is a recipe she tried to replicate from the time their family lived in Hong Kong, while the Potato Soup is her father's recipe. A designer and also a self-taught cook, Ica brings together well-loved recipes in a cozy ambiance, perfect for a relaxing weekend with the family.
Another Story Salad, P395
Ribeye Steak of Angus, P995
Grilled Salmon, P495
All establishments mentioned are located at Evia Lifestyle Center along Daang Hari Road in Las Pinas City. It is easily accessible through the Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX).