Written by Samantha Borja
At ISM, our library may close at 4:30P.M., but the study grind doesn’t stop until long afterwards. So, where do students go to study instead?
As March rolls in, the familiar atmosphere of stress and panic follows with it. For the seniors, one of the heaviest testing periods is upon them—mock exams in preparation for their final IB exams, all while awaiting their nearing graduation. To handle this, students begin to hunt for their perfect study spots; strong wifi, outlets, coffee, and good music all make up the perfect atmosphere. If the hustle and bustle of popular study niches is something you would rather avoid, then here is a list of unique and lesser-known places scattered around Metro Manila:
1. 26th St. Bistro by The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
The flagship of study spots, the Coffee Bean Bistro located in BGC seems to be the most mainstream choice. With great music, food, and coffee just nearby, the large spaces and couch options make this not-so-little café a great choice. However, there are no outlets to charge computers and sometimes the wifi can be spotty, so keep this in mind!
Location: Ground Floor, Netlima Building, 5th Avenue Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
2. Frank & Dean
Frank & Dean is a café-styled restaurant that recently opened up in Burgos Circle. There is great food (including their own ‘chicken and waffles’ dish) and coffee, and it is open from 7A.M. all the way until midnight. There are plenty of study nooks and comfy chairs, though be wary of the lack of outlets and a louder crowd that comes in during dinner time—just as in any other restaurant environment.
Location: First Floor, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
3. Toby’s Estate
Toby’s Estate is a great study spot for avid coffee lovers or anyone looking to up their food blog game. They also have a steady wifi connection, nice music in the background, and accessible location for anyone nearer to the Makati area. This being said, with such a popular restaurant comes some waiting lines during peak times and weekends, so be ready to take a small study break while you wait for your coffee.
Location: V Corporate Center, 125 L. P. Leviste Street,Salcedo Village, Makati City
Yardstick is known for its wide array of coffee as well as its dessert-oriented food. As an added bonus, Yardstick is mere steps away from Study Spot #3, Toby’s Estate. While its ambiance and wide spaces allow for group studies, they have yet to install wifi. For a school that is heavily reliant on Google Drive for keeping our files, make sure to go offline or study the old-school way at this hotspot.
Location: Ground Floor, Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
5. Seda Hotel
Aside from the coffee houses and artisanal cafes, studying in the lobby of a hotel provides wifi, a space for you to study alone or in a group, and much-needed air conditioning amidst the Manila summer heat. Located right in the Fort, the Seda Hotel provides a good atmosphere for studying. When looking for a break, you can also venture up to the pool deck, roof deck, or business centers to explore.
Location: 30th Street corner 11th Avenue | Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
With the stressful days looming, let these unique and lively new study spots allow for some ease and peace. Great food and coffee never hurt!