by Natalya de Castro
Student life comes with responsibilities, which means we need energy to fulfill them. In short, we’re always hungry! Unfortunately, our allowance cannot always satisfy our cravings and big appetites. But if you know where to look, you can find great food that’s within your budget and near the school!
Here are five places where you can eat for 80 pesos or less near Philippine Women’s College of Davao (PWC) in Juna Subdivision:
Food Trip Sa Carwash
This simple kainan can be found in University Avenue, the same street as PWC going to Quimpo Boulevard. It functions as a carwash and eatery and serves halal or Muslim-permissible food in cafeteria style but they also accept short orders. This place is ideal for lunch breaks when you’re hungry but prefer to stay close to the school instead of travelling too far under the heat.
I ordered their tapsilog while my friend ordered their steak with rice. And indeed we were satisfied with our orders without hurting our wallets.
Food Trip sa Carwash
University Avenue, Juna Subdivision
Monday to Saturday, 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM
This place was only a craft store back then, but now it’s a charming restaurant in its own right with a wide range of food orders that makes it hard to pick what to eat. Located in Matina Town Square (MTS), Creating Keepsakes is popular with students of PWC and Ateneo de Davao University who look for food that is cost-efficient.
I tried their Buffalo Wings, which already comes with a glass of iced tea. The plate was indeed full and you can choose to have your chicken regular or spicy.
Matina Town Square
Monday to Thursday, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday to Saturday, 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Ellen’s Tuna Queen
Ellen’s Tuna Queen is located behind S&R Membership Shopping. Looking at the place, I initially assumed that this carinderia style restaurant offers food beyond P100 but I found some meals in their menu that could cost you less than P80.
For P60, you have your delicious kaldereta dinner after your evening class. Just add P12 for a cup of rice. I would also recommend their laing worth P50.
Ellen’s Tuna Queen
494 South Street, DBP Village, Ma-a, Davao City
Monday to Saturday, 7:30 AM – 9:30 PM
Tiny Tea Shop
Located in Ecoland Phase 1 behind Backyard Burgers, this tea shop is popular among PWC students, seeing as it has a cozy and warm ambiance. Tiny Tea Shop is perfect for taking breaks and hanging out with friends. It’s also an ideal place to study or even update your thesis. They serve a wide array of food and drinks: coffee, tea, hot chocolate and snacks such as popcorn and pancakes to rice meals.
Their Nutella Smores Sandwich is enough to keep you going for the rest of the day. The sandwich is served warm, with the Nutella and marshmallows melting completely in your mouth. Yum!
Tiny Tea Shop
Phase 1, 4th Street, House #82, Ecoland Subdivision, Davao City
Monday to Saturday, 1:00 PM – 12:00 MN
If you’re craving something sweet, I suggest this quaint little cake shop in Tulip Drive and on the way to SM Ecoland. Cake Galerie serves various food and drinks such as sandwiches and smoothies, but hey, you’ve got to love their cakes!
For all you sweet tooths out there, their Chocolate Moist Cake will tickle your taste buds. For those who aren’t into sweet things or want something new, try their Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake, which is just like your favorite green tea with rock salt and cheese in solid form.
1st Avenue, Tulip Drive, Davao City
Monday to Saturday, 12:00 NN – 6:30 PM
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