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November 14, 2016
The Alley at Karrivin

Creative alternatives to malls are on the up, with hip shopping sanctuary The Alley at Karrivin typical of this fabulous new breed. Green and airy, this boundary-pushing, former warehouse compound in Pasong Tamo Extension’s Karrivin Plaza houses seven stores, eateries, galleries – with more in the pipeline – and even boasts its own real-live alley cat.

Pick up pretty candelabra, glassware, baskets and poufs, then sit n’ sip in the cafe, at lifestyle and homewares haven Lanai, which also stocks a slim edit of fashion and flowers.

Serving up fresh oysters and succulent barbecued pork, chef Jordy Navarra’s Toyo Eatery is homely Filipino in spirit, while harnessing quality local and global produce. Decor works a rough-luxe rustic style, with grainy wood communal tables and raw concrete floors. Pop in for dinner with pals.

Cross-pollinating concept shop Aphro, run by Tina Fernandez, brings craft, art, design and furniture to the laneway, with ceramic vessels displayed on graphic wooden steps. It even has a slide beside the staircase for playful descents.

Tiny joester Writer’s Block, sister to Legazpi Village’s Local Edition, offers a cosy spot for cold brews, teaspressos, classic cha, coffee cocktails, and brownies. Its crisp fitout teams white tiles and pale wood with sleek glass cloches containing treats.

Art galleries The Drawing Room, The Alley’s first tenant, and Bellas Artes Projects, inject a bit of culture. The former has a large, serene white-walled space for its regular contempo Philippines shows; the latter will host quarterly exhibitions and talks. Alley, alley, on y va!

The Alley at Karrivin / Karrivin Plaza / 2316 Chino Roces Ave / Makati /
Lanai / +63 2 802 5427 / 11am-8pm Tue-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun /
Toyo Eatery / +63 91 7720 8630 / dinner Tue-Sat /
Aphro / +63 91 8899 2698 / 11.15am-8pm Tue-Sat /
Writer’s Block / +63 91 7535 8283 / 8am-8pm Mon-Fri, 11am-10pm Sat /
The Drawing Room / +63 2 801 4397 / 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Sat /
Bellas Artes Projects /