Metrowalk Commercial Complex
Metrowalk Commercial Complex is the newest entertainment place in Pasig city located at the crossroads of Meralco and Julio Vargas Ave.
Metrowalk offers a nice variety of around 56 establishments, including bars and restaurants. For entertainment, Metrowalk also has an eclectic blend of bars to choose from. Aside from bars and restaurants, Metrowalk also have Bazaars consisting of variety of shops with an assortment of items at an affordable price. Indeed, Metrowalk is one of the colorful leisure places in town.
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Strolling along Metrowalk
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
The lot where Metrowalk Commercial Complex stands used to be where “Payanig sa Pasig,” a large perya was staged every Christmas season.
The perya has undergone a facelift and it’s now a large complex that houses restaurants, shops, boutiques and stalls selling those-that-cannot-be-named (that’s pirated movies and TV shows for you).
The concept of a place where people can eat, shop, drink and generally have lots of fun is really nothing new. It’s been done so many times on all levels but what’s nice about Metrowalk is that it’s really fun and unpretentious. You don’t have parade in your Sunday’s best to look like you belong. Shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops, Spartan or Havaianas, will do. It’s also not a place only for young people. In fact, there are not too many young people, unlike Greenbelt where to be 28 and not wearing a tube top means that you’re a member of the geriatric set.
At Metrowalk, it’s really come as you are and people of all ages and from all walks of life come for different things. Working folks like to eat and buy those-that-cannot-be-named while younger crowd goes there to people-watch and be seen.
Think of it as a smaller and newer Greenhills Shopping Center for those who live on the other side of Ortigas Avenue. Like Greenhills, Tiendesitas and other shopping complexes in the area, Metrowalk is doing good and brisk business. Metrowalk is a great place to chill and relax.
Getting there is not a problem as jeeps, FX taxis and regular cabs abound anytime of the day. For vehicle owners, parking is not a big problem either as there is a huge lot at the back right beside the Swat headquarters (as safe a place as one can get.)
It is really a place with something for everyone. It’s great for dates, family outings, inexpensive shopping sprees and even just browsing and looking around. The atmosphere is friendly and unpretentious and for nonsosyals, there’s no great pressure to look and act sophisticated and chic.
Restaurants are Metrowalk’s biggest attractions. There’s Dencio’s Bar and Grill, Starbucks, Pancake House, Misato and so many others. Yahoo, which serves grilled food, is also a big hit despite the fact that it’s not airconditioned mainly because of the low prices. The restaurants are open until the wee hours of the morning while the shops are still open by 10 p.m.
Beside Yahoo is a wine shop that is open 24 hours. Aside from wines, spirits and cigarettes, it also sells chocolates, books, stationeries and local and imported magazines.
Fashionistas flock to Metrowalk because of Ilaya, a local boutique that offers chic clothes at reasonable prices. Because Ilaya has been featured many times in glossy magazines, there’s always a crowd of people in the tiny boutique. The clothes are really great for the price tags. They’re fashionable, trendy and hip. There are other shops that sell clothes at Metrowalk’s second floor tiangge section but Ilaya is the star of the show.
Lafayette on the ground floor has goods from the US, including soaps, shampoos, perfumes, shoes and underwear. Beside it is a shop that sells sex aids including vibrators, massage oils and sexy underwear. On the same level is a store that sells flip-flops and other indispensable stuff for summer.
But the best thing about Metrowalk is the crowd—the lack thereof, in particular. Shoppers can take their time browsing through the stores without being shoved willy nilly by overeager mallers. This may seem a small comfort for inveterate shoppers among us, but for those who are sick and tired of the wall-to-wall bodies found in the metropolis’ most popular malls, this is one comfort well worth the trip.