UAAP Series (Part 2): Favorite Restaurants Near UST, FEU, UE, and NU

These awesome food finds will make you feel like a winner, just like a UAAP champ.

By Raphael Mones
September 19, 2016


After dropping by our top choices of restaurants in the Diliman, Katipunan, and Taft areas, the list continues to enumerate our favorite dining spots near University Belt this time, where you’ll find students from UAAP schools like University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, University of the East, and National University.


Perhaps no Thomasian has ever graduated without having dined at Mang Tootz Food House. This food spot, which is considered an institution among students and even professors, serves no-frills but delectable dishes that simply appeal to the differing tastes of the UST community. The eatery’s recommended offerings include inihaw na liempo, sisig, chicken kebab, and breaded chicken. For dessert, Mang Tootz is also famous for its “banana rhuma”—their version of turon made special with sesame seeds and cinnamon sprinkles.

Mang Tootz Food House
  • P. Noval Street, Sampaloc, Manila
  • Open daily from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Budget: PHP 200.00 for two people

If you’re more into breads and pastries, Amor Bakery is another well-known establishment in the U-Belt area. Even with the heat and pollution along the chaotic España, Amor Bakery is a welcome respite: the air is filled with the comforting smell of freshly baked bread, and its interiors are inviting, homey, and cozy like your favorite coffee shop. Some of their recommended baked goodies include bacon & corn pide and their floss breads. They also serve drinks like caramel macchiato and refreshing strawberry and lychee "smorthies."

Amor Bakery
  • España corner Tolentino Street, Sampaloc, Manila
  • Open from Monday to Friday, 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM; and from Saturday to Sunday, 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Budget: PHP 300.00 for two people



Amo Yamie Crib, located along Legarda Street in Mendiola, is a coffee shop where you can enjoy some delectable grub while relaxing in its inviting spaces. Amo Yamie originated in Pampanga and offers mouthwatering selections of pastries, desserts, coffees, and teas. Whether you’re craving for something savory or sweet, this charming coffee shop has a unique offering you’ll enjoy: from pizza fries to their dessert called Mango Eton Madness. Their quirkiness is also evident in their selection of drinks: curious about their Wizard of Oreo and Nutella Latte?

Amo Yamie Crib
  • Gordi Plaza Building, Legarda Street, Mendiola, Manila, just a five-minute walk away from UE or 10 minutes away from FEU.
  • Open from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Sunday, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Budget: P300.00 for two persons

Also within walking distance from UE and FEU is Juana’s Budbod and Coffee. Originated in the province of Rizal, budbod is a dish similar to silog. At Juana’s Budbod and Coffee, an order of budbod consists of seasoned rice topped or “binudburan” with meat, scrambled egg, and fresh tomatoes. Their menu is simple, and you can choose your meat for toppings: liempo, sisig, and even burger steak. They also serve shakes and frappes for a sweet ending to a savory meal.

Juana's Budbod and Coffee
  • First corner Concepcion Aguila Street, San Miguel, Manila
  • Open daily from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Budget: PHP 200.00 for two people


For comfort food near National University, Floti Café is one of the top choices for students. This café has an all-day breakfast menu, serving Filipino favorites like tapsilog and even Spam-silog. They also have some of the lunch favorites like grilled liempo, one of the house specialties. Even if you’re trying to avoid rice, you can try their pastas and sandwiches. Or if you just want a place to chill with your friends, you can do so with their selection of coffee creations, teas, and smoothies.

Floti Cafe
  • GV Florida Transport Sampaloc Terminal, A.H. Lacson corner Earnshaw Street, Sampaloc, Manila
  • Open daily, from 4:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Budget: PHP 500.00 for two people