U-Belt has a few secret spots you would want to check out.

The university has long been regarded as the home of a number of schools, colleges, and universities, and we all know that where there are students, there is delicious and affordable food as well.

Also Read: Cafes in Maginhawa and Katipunan Area for Your Study Sesh

If you’ve been following our blog then you know that “secret” is not in our vocabulary, so here are 8 food finds you can check out when you end up in the ubelt area from chicken shops to cafes, unli Korean barbecue, and more!

Gang Gang Chicken – Recto Ave.

Quickly becoming one of the hottest Korean fried chicken joints in Metro Manila, Gang Gang Chicken offers fried chicken that’s both affordable and delicious. Choose from a variety of flavors like cheesy jalapeno, gangyeom, chipotle bbq, and even honey miso butter!

Gangyeom fried chicken
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2136 Recto Ave, Quiapo, Manila, 1001 Metro Manila

CUPS – Recto Ave.

Starting as coffee shop in Occidental Mindoro, Cups has opened multiple branches in the Metro from Banawe to Diliman, and now at Sampaloc in the u-belt. Cups has a variety of dishes from an all-day breakfast to pasta, tacos, quesadilla, and even steak!

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2069 Recto Ave, Sampaloc, Manila, 1008 Metro Manila

Manila Cafe – Padre Noval St.

Another cafe on this list, Manila Cafe is a trendy place to get a cup of coffee after class. Aside from coffee Manila cafe also has milk tea, fruit tea, pastries, and the go-to menu item, pizza. We recommend trying the margherita and pepperoni supreme pizzas.

Manila Cafe Pizza
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Anie’s Place, 1015 Padre Noval St, Sampaloc, Manila, 1008 Metro Manila

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken – Recto Ave.

A popular international chicken shop in Taiwan, Hotstar serves different styles of fried chicken all in gigantic sizes. We recommend trying the superstar and original XXL Chicken as well as the barbecue chicken sandwich!

Fries, Chicken Skin, and Chicken Fillet from Hot Star Large Fried Chicken Philippines
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2122 Recto Ave, Sampaloc, Manila, 1001 Metro Manila

The Hashery – Padre Paredes St.

The Hashery is a cafe and co-working space that has refreshing drinks and good food that goes well with their comfortable ambiance. They have several hand-crafted drinks from coffee, and tea, to frappuccinos and smoothies at an affordable price.

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944 Padre Paredes St., near UST, Sampaloc, Manila

Vincent’s Place Kambingan Restaurant – J.P. Laurel St.

Vincent’s Place brands itself as the “Kambingan ng Mga Sikat.” They serve goat meat specialties like kilaweng kambing, sizzling adobong kambing with garlic, papaitan, and more. They have an entire wall dedicated to their famous clientele, including a signed frame from Manila’s mayor.

vincents place kambingan adobong kambeng
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1787-A Dr. Jose P. Laurel Sr, San Miguel, Manila

Yoshimeatsu – Sampaloc

Enjoy an authentic Yakiniku Japanese grilling experience when you dine at Yoshimeatsu! From premium cuts of meat to addictive chicken yakitori and more, Yoshimeatsu is a surefire recommendation for the seriously hungry.

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861 Padre Campa St, Sampaloc, Manila
(0916) 397 9627

Wingvibe – Delos Reyes St.

Come hungry and leave happy when dining at Wingvibe. Not only do they serve a wide range of chicken wing flavor options but they’re also student-budget-friendly.

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1222-1224 Delos Reyes St, Sampaloc, Manila

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Start gathering your friends and schedule this food trip. We love seeing your meals and successful food trips to restaurants you’ve seen, Keep using the #bookymanila hashtag or tag @bookyapp on Instagram!