7 Must Try Restaurants Inside UP Diliman

by | Aug 25, 2017


1. Snack Shack



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Snack Shack is one of the first establishments you’ll see once you enter UP Diliman’s Area 2. It offers freshly grilled juicy burgers, which are a hit among students and professionals alike. In fact, you will frequently see students from other universities queuing to get a taste of their best-selling quarter- (P80) or half-pounders (P155). Lines tend to get long on busy days as the patties are cooked only upon order. Their burgers are packed with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and condiments. Aside from these buns, Snack Shack also offers sausages, bacon and fries, and add-ons such as blue cheese and jalapeno. Snack Shack has gained quite a following since its first branch and has opened branches in Sikatuna and Marikina already.    



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Address: Area 2, J.P. Laurel, UP Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11:30 AM – 7:15 PM



2. Khas Food House





Aside from housing the University’s swimming pool, the UP Arcade is also home to a hidden foodie gem unknown to many Iskos and Iskas. Because of its low-key location and unassuming interiors, Khas is easy to miss. Usual customers are University dormers and exchange students who live in the International Center across the Arcade. Khas Food House offers spice-packed Persian dishes perfect for students who want an exciting meal. Start your meal with the Combination Platter (a combination of samosas, pakoras, and onion bhajis), followed by Biryani Beef/Chicken/Vegetable (P150). Or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, order “That’s Not What You Think” (P85), lean back, and wait for the chef’s surprise!


Address: UP Arcade, UP Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM



3. Lutong Bahay

One of Area 2’s classics, Lutong Bahay, usually called “LB” by its patrons, is a favorite of many students because of it’s affordable lutong-bahay meals– perfect for the average college student’s appetite and budget. LB’s familiar and homey vibe keeps students coming back regularly. Its most popular combo meals include barbecue, siomai, or shanghai with rice. LB is also popular for serving the best Mango and Mango-Graham shake (starts at P50) along Area 2. Make sure both your hands are free when ordering this as you get a big plastic cup and a bonus small cup both filled to the brim with sweet and creamy mango shake!


Address: Area 2, J.P. Laurel, UP Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM 


4. Endless Summer Café



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Strolling along Area 2 for the first time, you’ll surely spend a few minutes checking out the day-on-the-beach themed interiors of the Endless Summer Cafe. The designs on the walls and the over-all vibe of the cafe succeed in making you feel “endless summer” any time of the year. Dine here if you feel like relaxing on a busy day and need to be teleported to the beach ASAP. Endless Summer Cafe offers a variety of food choices including silog meals, sizzling meals, and their best-selling buffalo wings (P85). Pair your meal with their best selling summer smoothies. Their choco banana chocnut summer smoothie (P90) is a must try! If you’re around Maginhawa, you can catch Endless Summer Cafe in StrEat (Maginhawa Food Park) as well.


Address: Area 2, J.P. Laurel, UP Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM


5. Rodic’s Diner





It’s impossible to talk about UP Diliman’s food scene and not mention Rodic’s Diner and its classic Tapsilog. Having been around for more than half a century already, generations upon generations of Iskos and Iskas have, at one point in their college life, ordered this tapsilog in a box, hurriedly mixed all its components into one heaping goodness, and drowned the concoction in generous spoonfuls of vinegar. Aside from the Tapsilog, you also shouldn’t miss their baconsilog, another favorite of many UP students.





Address: UP Shopping Center, Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 7:00 AM to 8:30 PM


6. Mashitta Korean and Japanese Restaurant



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If you’re craving for cheap Asian food, try out Mashitta on your next lunch date with your orgmates! Like it’s neighbor, Rodic’s, Mashitta has gained quite a following throughout the years because of its affordable and filling Korean and Japanese meals. Upon entry, the restaurant looks cramped, but the stairs in the corner of the room leads to a more spacious second floor. Order a bowl of Ramyun (P109) plus a side of Tuna Kimbab (99) to get your Korean fix!


Address: Shopping Center, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM


7. Art Circle Gallery Cafe



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Great food and art perfectly combine in this quaint cafe-slash-gallery tucked in the Bahay ng Alumni. Even if food prices are a bit steep for a student’s budget, students regularly visit the cafe for a quiet, air-conditioned, he(art)y food break. From time to time, it becomes a study place for Iskos and Iskas or a place to hold intimate org meetings. Employees and professionals are regular customers as well. Art Circle serves all day breakfast, sandwiches, rice meals, and pasta. Their flavor-packed Spicy Pasta Negra is a must-try!



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Address: Ground Floor, Bahay ng Alumni, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City

Hours: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM



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