It is not always just the cost people have to consider when renting a home in a city such as Pasig. More than the affordability of the monthly rent, some of these home seekers are also taking a look at the neighborhood and culture around the dwelling they wish to rent in. Most common questions revolve around the proximity of the house to public transportation terminals, access to healthcare facilities, or the distance of the house to shopping malls. If you are a foodie, your biggest concern would be the local food scene. More than anything else, what you want is to live in a place where delectable food awaits.
This brings us to Kapitolyo, a barangay in Pasig City which can really satisfy one's cravings when it comes to food. Kapitolyo has been a hotspot for home seekers, given its location at the heart of the city and its accessibility to major business centers in Mandaluyong and Ortigas.
Kapitolyo prides itself as being a food capital of Pasig. The barangay is known for homes being transformed into hole-in-the-wall restaurants and food kiosks serving all kinds of food from weird to rustic to classic. The barangay has two main food strips, one in the East Drive and the other in the West Drive. East Drive has some of the most affordable treats you can find in, while the West Drive caters to the more affluent foodies who enjoy fine dining.
East Drive's Poco Deli is not something you should miss. It has been a landmark for its bacon slab and sausages. The homey touch to its rather classic ambience makes it a perfect place to grab a quick lunch. If you want something fancier, you can go to West Drive's Café Juanita, which serves traditional Filipino food with a bohemian touch.
Another go-to place in Kapitolyo is Gastro Park, a food centre with at least 15 differents stalls offering a range of food choices from snacks to desserts. Niku-Q is one of the most well-known stalls in Gastro Park. It is popular for its bacon-wrapped quail eggs. Para is also something you should not just pass by. It is a jeepney-inspired food truck offering famous Filipino food with a twist. You certainly should not miss its Lechon Pares Sandwich. Imagine having a burger with lechon as a patty with cucumbers and salted eggs hugged by a hot pan de sal.
If you want to take a bite of what Kapitolyo serves its residents, snapping the right apartment for rent is a must. Since Kapitolyo is in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, most of the apartments you will find are in high-rise developments.
A one bedroom apartment, which is already fully furnished, can be rented for PHP 17,000 monthly. There is one in The Fifth at Rafael Condo. The unit has a double bed and a pullout single bed. It is near Shaw Boulevard and Capitol Commons, and just a few walks away to SM Megamall and Shangri-La.
Other similar units have monthly rents that range from PHP 16,000 to PHP 18.000. If you happen to find a unit that is not furnished, monthly rents could be lower.
Finding an affordable Kapitolyo apartment for rent might be challenging, given that it is still in a city where the cost living is not exactly for everyone. However, for foodies out there who have some extra cash, Kapitolyo is definitely the place to be.