Hangouts to Chill Out Near North Ave Station When Commute is Terrible
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, February 12, 2020 11:22am
Art by Dani Elevazo
We do enjoy a smooth commute via Metro Rail Transit. It is our saving grace when it comes to catastrophic EDSA traffic. But it also has its own share of technical difficulties—it’s easy to tell based on the number of commuters along the highway, especially near the North Avenue station.
We either find other (expensive) ways to get to where we are going. But sometimes, we just want to give up on commuting. When you’re having the worst, North Avenue station can redirect you to chill hangouts and fun activities you can check out.
Transwing Art Gallery
102 West Avenue, Quezon City
How to get there: Walk towards West Avenue and ride a jeep going Quiapo. Transwing Art Gallery is near Jollibee West Avenue.
Transwing Art Gallery, a Filipino-German art gallery, has a large art collection from old, contemporary, and up-and-coming artists. Their works are a feast for the eyes—better than a view of the EDSA traffic jam for sure.
Arrowland by Gandiva
2nd Floor, SM City North EDSA Annex 1, Quezon City
How to get there: Walk towards SM City North EDSA Annex 1. Arrowland by Gandiva is located on the second floor.
Release all of your commute frustration using a bow and arrow. Arrowland by Gandiva will help you test your aim. This first-class archery range arcade will help you forget your traffic nightmares at least for a while.
UCC Cafe Terrace
L008B, Trinoma, EDSA, Ground Floor, Quezon City
How to get there: Head towards Trinoma. UCC Cafe Terrace is located on the ground floor.
Mornings will be a hassle if train technical problems will prevail. It would be a lot stressful if you don’t have your coffee or breakfast fix. UCC Cafe Terrace in Trinoma would be a perfect place to go to, especially because it opens before 8 am.
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Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish
South Lawin Avenue, Philam Homes, Quezon City, Metro Manila
How to get there: Walk along EDSA Southbound and make a turn on East Lawin. Go straight then make a left turn towards South Lawin.
Just nearby the busy highway, there’s a Catholic Church you can go to. Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish is less than a kilometer away from the station. There’s no bad timing when it comes to praying.
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
Elliptical Rd, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
How to get there: Head towards Trinoma and find a jeepney bound for Quezon City Hall. Alight at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center.
There are green spots amidst the gray areas of the city and Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center is one of them. If you just want to take a stroll with nature all around you, this is a breath of fresh air within Quezon City. From Trinoma, you can ride a jeep bound for Quezon City Hall and drop off at the wildlife center. Entrance fee is only 30php.
Quirk Novelties and Curiosities
4th Floor, The Block SM North, Quezon City
How to get there: Walk towards SM City North The Block. Quirk Novelties and Curiosities is located on the fourth floor.
Just in case you wanted something to make you forget of your disastrous commute, Quirk Novelties and Curiosities will distract you with its quirky finds. You might even find something worth buying here and it would be worth your money.
Trinoma (Mall Hop)
EDSA corner, North Ave, Quezon City, Metro Manila
How to get there: Head towards Trinoma. Where you'll go to next is up to you.
If you can’t really decide on what to do, North Avenue is just near malls that you may find to your liking. Go around Trinoma, Vertis Mall, or SM North EDSA. We’re sure you will find things or activities that will lift your spirits up.
North Avenue Station is not just a place where people pile up when the train is not on its best day. It can also be a starting point of new hangout discoveries. May this help you turn a bad MRT experience around.