It’s no surprise that Mindanao’s business hub has found an influx of establishments that cater to the young and seasoned alike. With this, a lot of hidden gems have been sprouting around the metro. So here are top 10 hidden gems found only in Davao.
- The Flea Market Davao
This little boutique located at Roxas Artiaga St. a wide range of products such as make-up, clothing, skin care products, accessories, and other affordable finds. With prices that start for as low as PHP 99.00, you’ll definitely get a bang for your buck.
- Laboratoire Café
Stepping into Laboratoire Café is like stepping into a mad scientist’s playground. This science–themed café is in one of the spaces of the SPH Medical Arts Building. The usual café treats like coffee, lattes, frappes and meals are served in beakers, flasks and even test tubes as part of the laboratory aesthetic. It also offers student friendly budget meals.
If you’re looking for Japanese street food that is worth your time and money, Kaizen is the place for you. It is located at Pryce Road corner F. Torres St. Kaizen prides itself with its delicious and authentic Japanese street food.
It dishes out different kinds of Ramen, Sushi, Donburi, and other Japanese favorites. This casual dining restaurant not just has great food but also offer great service and a great ambience.
- Yolks Flower Café + Cupcakery
This cafe is fit for those of you who love flowers and coffee. It’s the first premium flower café and restaurant in Davao. Yolks offers the familiar café fare that is served and decorated with a wide range of flowers that taste as tantalizing as it looks. It is a bit on the pricier side of the spectrum but it is definitely worth the visit. The café is situated at Doors A & B, Bella Vie Building, Circumferential Road.
- Rumah Kari
Searching for authentic Malay and Indian cuisine? Look no further for Rumah Kari has just what you’re looking for. Rumah Kari is a restaurant that serves authentic Malaysian and Indian cuisine. Sticking to its authentic Indian and Malay cuisine theme, all the food that Rumah Kari offers is 100% Halal.
The restaurant serves Rendangs, Currys, Tandoori Chicken and other Malay cuisines with prices that are reasonable. It is located at Corner Coral St., and Ruby St., Marfori Heights.
- Café Canary Davao
Café Canary Davao is home to the brick oven pizzas that come in a variety of flavors and toppings. This café/pizza parlor is a great place to hang out with friends or enjoy the company of family. The entire café setup is also very Instagram worthy. Located at Calachuchi corner Acacia St., Juna Subdivision, Matina (near Ateneo Gate 8).
- Pawsome Dog Café
Ever thought about taking your pooch out on a date? Well look no further or Pawsome Dog Café can give you just that. A 1.5 hour date with your furry friend will cost you P190 per person which includes 1 free drink.
This shaggy utopia is located at Door 5 Autoville Bldg., F. Torres St. You can also tag your Lolos (grandfathers) and Lolas (grandmothers) along every Tuesday for free by availing of Pawsome’s Senior’s Day discount.
- Wild Garlic
For those of you who want to try good old Tagalog classics with a foreign twist, Wild Garlic is the restaurant to go to. It’s located at 497 South St., DBP Village Ma-a. The restaurant serves fusion dishes like binagoongan paired with garlic laced laing, old-style callos simmering in olive oil, grilled peri-peri inspired chicken and many more.
- The Shoppers’ Hub
The Shoppers’ Hub located at Door 6, C5 Dormitel Bldg., Roxas Ave. is a great place to buy good quality items for a great bargain. The Shoppers’ Hub offers a wide range of products such as makeup, clothing, bags, accessories and other great trinkets. This hole in the wall sells not just international brands but also quite a few brands owned by locals themselves.
- Stre3ts Urban Lifestyle Pub
Want to quench your night life thirst? Say no more because Stre3ts Urban Lifestyle Pub has got you covered. With its flavored beers, cocktails, good food and great music, Stre3ts Urban Lifestyle Pub is going to satisfy all your party cravings. And for all you ladies out there, they also have #BottomlessGirlsNight every Wednesday. It’s located at JJ’s Commune, Loyola St., J.P. Laurel, Bajada.
So what are you waiting for? Come and, visit these hidden gems.