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Top 13 Urban and Nature Tourist Spots in Quezon City

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Entrance of Eastwood Mall in Quezon CityExplore the bustling city of Quezon City in Metro Manila. Find the top tourist spots and activities that you can do here in this article.

Quezon City in Metro Manila offers a multitude of historical and religious landmarks, fun attractions, and gastronomic destinations for local and international travelers.

It has the largest land area and population among the municipalities in the metro. The size of the city alone assures you that you will never run out of places to go and things to try when you’re in Quezon City. 

Here are some suggestions to get you started when planning your Quezon City itinerary.

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1. Enjoy a Day at Quezon Memorial Circle

Dancing fountain and light show in Quezon City Memorial Circle at duskQuezon City Memorial Circle is a national park located in the heart of the metro. It’s one of the best locations to visit if you want to learn more about the city, thanks to the attractions found there:

Museo ni Manuel Quezon

The towering structure in the center of Quezon City Circle shrouds the museum dedicated to the president from whom the city is named after. 

Museo ni Manuel L. Quezon features artifacts commemorating the Commonwealth President’s life—from his humble beginnings in Baler to his time as president during the Japanese occupation.

There is also a section devoted to his wife Doña Aurora, and the tour ends with a visit to the president’s coffin. 

The Museo was built in 1979 but underwent modernization in 2015 to include interactive elements. 

Quezon Heritage House

Originally located in Gilmore Street, New Manila, the Quezon City government worked to reconstruct the original Quezon family house in 2013. 

Today, about 60% of the original structure and interiors, along with the furniture and memorabilia, stands in the Quezon City Memorial Circle, open for everyone to visit.

The bright yellow, two-story house of neoclassical revival design is also where the Philippine Red Cross was founded, with help from Doña Aurora. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Quezon City Experience (QCX)

Quezon City Experience or QCX opened in 2015. This interactive socio-cultural museum highlights the city’s rich history, from its beginnings as a hill where President Quezon’s vision of a great, green, and growing future came to life.

Its 16 interactive galleries allow visitors to learn about and experience moments in the city’s history. It’s also a great opportunity to take selfies on a cool and informative backdrop.

Inside the museum are commercial establishments, a 100-seat theater, a 60-seat lecture room, conference rooms, and a rooftop garden for events and exhibits. 

2. Explore Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center

This 22.7-hectare land in the middle of Quezon City is a sanctuary for animals, plants, and people alike. 

Its vast area is the ideal place to do your morning jog, and the trees make the perfect shade for when you’re beat and need to refresh. Meanwhile, the botanical gardens boast an impressive range of indigenous and plant species.

Apart from these, the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center serves as a repository and rehabilitation center for sick, injured, confiscated, donated, and abandoned animals. 

The simulated natural habitat allows them to recover to full health. Look out for the more exotic species like Philippine deer, water monitor lizards, and Palawan bearded pigs.

3. Show Your Creativity at Art In Island

Glow in the dark section at Art In IslandPhoto from Art In Island

See things from a different perspective at Art In Island, the largest 3D art museum in Asia. Here, you get to not only admire over 100 pieces of massive art but also be a part of it. 

All images are in 3D, and if visitors want to take a photo with it, they are encouraged to stand on a marked position to make it look like they are part of the art.

Trick the camera into thinking that you’re running from dinosaurs, meeting a celebrity, or visiting a historical location. You can use props to make it more fun! Shoes aren’t allowed inside, so go barefoot or wear socks if you want.

While you’re at it, you can go and explore a different side of the Quezon City art scene by checking the shops and restaurants at the nearby Cubao Expo.

4. Discover La Mesa Ecopark

La Mesa Ecopark in Quezon CityPhoto from La Mesa Ecopark

Another sanctuary you can escape to when city life gets a tad too daunting is the La Mesa Ecopark. Explore on foot or with a bike and feel one with nature thanks to its thriving greenery and flora and fauna. 

You can also enjoy the wildlife with different species of butterflies, birds, lizards, and fishes on its koi pond and Butterfly Haven.

The La Mesa Ecopark is a protected watershed that is said to hold the last rainforest in Metro Manila. 

The manmade lake is the primary water source for nearby residents and is surrounded by a 2,000-hectare forest and nature trails.

Other activities like bungee, zip lining, archery, fishing, trampolines, and rock climbing are often available. It even has a public swimming pool for those who want to cool down. 

Lastly, don’t forget to climb to the top of the stairs of La Mesa Dam and get a panoramic view of the nature reserve.

5. Pray at Santo Domingo Church

Altar in the Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City

The Santo Domingo Church is not just the largest church in Metro Manila or one of the biggest in Asia but is also one of the most beautiful. 

The National Museum and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts declared the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila as a National Cultural Treasure in October 2012.

Renowned post-war era architect Jose Zaragoza designed the church. It houses the oldest Marian image in the country.

6. Have a Food Trip at Maginhawa Street

Maginhawa Street signWhen it comes to food streets, Quezon City locals would instantly think of Maginhawa, and for a good reason. 

It is one of the locations that paved the way for the food street scene in Quezon City. What started as a hangout spot for university students now has everything for everyone.

Crazy Katsu at Maginhawa StreetSome of the most famous spots include Crazy Katsu, Friuli Trattoria, Tomato Kick, Pino, and Pipino. Try to visit here every few months, as there is bound to be a new foodie destination the next time you drop by.

A word of advice: parking is tough, so it’s best to take a jeepney and tricycle when going around and exploring Maginhawa. In addition, bring cash, as most establishments don’t accept cards.

7. Explore University of the Philippines Diliman

Bikers and joggers at The Oval in UP DilimanAside from its glowing reputation for producing top-notch graduates, the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman’s vast land area makes it ideal for other kinds of activities, as well. 

Students enjoy sitting on parks chit chatting with their friends or preparing for their next class, with just the towering Narra trees to shade them from the sun. The Oval, meanwhile, is a favorite among joggers during weekends.

UP is also one of the best spots to find cheap meals, since most of the eateries here cater to students. 

Despite being transferred more than five times around the campus, Mang Larry’s Isawan (isaw is grilled pig or chicken intestines) still captures the heart of the BBQ-loving scholars.

Facade of the Vargas Museum in UP Diliman

Located inside the University of the Philippines-Diliman campus, the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a vast collection of artworks and artifacts, including memorabilia donated by Jorge B. Vargas, the country’s first executive secretary.

What’s unique about this museum is that it is the only repository in the country that embraces Filipino creativity and the critical shifts from different periods between the 1880s to the 1960s.

Admire the creations of late 19th century artists like Lorenzo Guerrero, Simon Flores, Juan Luna, and Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo, to the 1950s work of Victorio Edades, Juan Aralleno, and Vicente Manansala. 

It’s a great stop for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of Philippine art.

8. Contemplate at St. Pio Chapel

Lady offering a prayer and lightin a candle at St. Pio ChapelWhat once was a small chapel in an office building, the St. Pio Chapel is now a wildly popular chapel capable of housing 500 churchgoers.

Because of the countless devotees who attest to the healing power of St. Pio, other people followed suit. It’s widely visited by both locals and tourists from all over the country and the rest of the world.

The St. Pio Chapel have been reconstructed and renovated several times over the years.

Today, its architecture resembles the Our Lady of Grace Church in Italy, the church where St. Pio of Pietrelicina Capuchin used to hold mass.

9. Visit the EDSA Shrine

The Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace or the EDSA ShrineThis shrine and church is perhaps one of the most historical and meaningful places for Filipinos in Quezon City.

Officially named as the Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace or the EDSA Shrine was built to commemorate the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.

The EDSA Shrine also goes by other names like Our Lady of EDSA, Queen of Peace, and the Archdiocesan Shrine of Mary.

The shrine is easily identifiable by the bronze image of Our Lady of Queen of Peace, as sculpted by the late Virginia Ty-Navarro.

10. Shop and Dine at Eastwood City

Eastwood Mall in Quezon City

The sprawling Eastwood City consists of a residential area of condominiums, the Cyberpark, which houses offices, and the Eastwood Mall.

Here you can choose to spend on high-end stores or go practical by buying on the many flea markets outside the mall.

The dining and amusement choices are seemingly endless, and you can always look forward to exciting events especially on weekends and during holidays like the New Year.

11. Have a Night Out at Tomas Morato

Stoned Steaks in Tomas MoratoPhoto from Stoned Steaks

Named after the first mayor of Quezon City, Tomas Morato Avenue is more popularly known today for the many celebrities and socialites who hang out here every night. 

Teeming with bars, restaurants, and other commercial spaces, Tomas Morato is a street that never sleeps, catering to the needs of workers who run the media companies located near it 24-7.

Like Maginhawa, establishments along Morato come and go, so it’s best to go back now and then so you can experience something new.

Some of the current favorites include Gogi Gogi, Stoned Steaks, Limbaga 77, and La Spezia, while old-timers like Romulo Café still get some love from followers.

12. Paint at Sip and Gogh

Artworks at Sip n Gogh in Congressional Avenue, Quezon CityPhoto from Sip ng Gogh Congressional Avenue

Learn the techniques of the old masters while sipping your favorite drink at Sip and Gogh. 

This unique experience provides workshops to interested attendees who want to explore their creative side, all while enjoying a glass of wine or any beverage of choice and some snacks with friends or family.

To start, choose your preferred branch and check their upcoming workshop and schedule. If you fancy anything, reserve a slot, and of course, be there on your selected date and time.

Each session lasts for two hours. Fees depend on your preferred workshop. Prices are inclusive of materials and drinks.

13. Visit Monasterio Real de Sta Clara de Manila

For locals, it’s common knowledge that devotees of Sta. Clara often brings eggs (sometimes along with other food) with their written prayers to offer to the Patron Saint St. Clare of Assisi.

While you may not see any grandiose altars or magnificent art pieces in this monastery, you’ll certainly find the serene surroundings quite relaxing.

This juxtaposes the organized chaos outside the church, where various vendors can be found selling trays of chicken eggs wrapped in colored plastic.

Each color symbolizes a specific intention: if you’re praying for blessings related to travel and work, offer the red one; but if you’re praying for wealth, then get the green.

Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds in Quezon City

Sunflowers at the University Area in UP DilimanBeing the biggest city in Metro Manila in terms of land area, it’s no surprise that Quezon City has a lot to offer to those who crave wanderlust. 

Much like other urban areas, retail establishments are aplenty, but as proven by the locations in this list, Quezon City isn’t just for the city dwellers. 

Its efforts to maintain the remaining lungs of the metro is worth applauding—and it won’t hurt visiting them, too.

Quezon City is proof that you don’t have to go far to experience biodiversity or be one with nature—sometimes, all it takes is a bus ride. 

Let this be your guide on planning your next adventure to Quezon City, but don’t be afraid to go outside the itinerary. You might be lucky enough to find the next big thing in this great metropolis.

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