Family-friendly Southwoods Mall opens up more exciting shops

You don’t have to look up north when you have good things in the South.

Little by little, Megaworld’s Southwoods Mall is transforming the formerly empty grassland west of Biñan, Laguna into a refreshing weekend place for families living south of Metro Manila.

The area has been a “secret nook” close to the heart of afternoon joggers and bikers in the vicinity. No worries because the jogging paths and greens are never lost, and are just made more wonderful with the lifestyle mall that embraces a tropical rainforest park vibe.

Only, more discipline is needed after a blissful exercise, because Southwoods Mall continues to open more restaurants (watch your carbs) and shopping destinations as it welcomes the Christmas season.

Here’s a rundown of family-friendly places to visit at Southwoods Mall:

Hukad

Pause and take a gastronomic journey of Cebu with Hukad’s best-selling lechon belly, baked scallops, kare-kare and baby prawn sinigang served with unlimited portions of plain and garlic rice. Classic Visayan traditional songs enhance the truly Filipino ambiance of the restaurant, which looks expensive and a little intimidating until you see the value-for-money prices in the menu. (Location: Second level)

Mary Grace

From its famous cheese rolls and ensaymada best served with the signature hot chocolate, down to the generous servings of various pastas, Mary Grace imbibes the wondrous feeling of partaking comfort food at your grandmother’s house. The shop itself feels so laid-back and cozy with familiar displays from a typical Filipino home — a figure of the Blessed Mary, stationeries, real plants in water jars, and lots of family memorabilia. (Location: Ground level)

Jin Zai

When was the last time you had takoyaki that tasted like the authentic spheres of Japanese goodness? Even if you haven’t experienced winter in the lovable country up north, where they serve the celebrated street food really piping hot, here at Jin Zai, you’ll understand what makes takoyaki so famous and addicting. The little corner offers delectable baby octopus takoyaki, karaage, sakura milk tea and more! (Location: Ground level)

Ilahui

Pronounced “aı-lah-wee,” the Korean-inspired store is a one-stop shop for everything you need, from isles of beauty essentials — complete with step-by-step instructions — to cute stationeries and household “hack” items, as well as toys, which make it a kid’s wonderland every weekend. If you’re a young-at-heart who adores Studio Ghibli, you can catch endless Totoro notebooks and stuff toys along with other cute pals to fill your bedroom. (Location: Second level)

Uniqlo

Who doesn’t love Uniqlo? A typical Southerner likes to keep it low and relaxed especially on weekends, and what could be more comfortable than a pair of shirt and trousers made from superfine fabric with minimalist chic design? The store is one of the recent additions at Southwoods Mall, occupying a large area on the ground floor. (Location: Ground level)

Meet My Feet

This may probably be the only shoe store in the country to offer interactive play experience — filled with cute stools, toys and treats for kids to enjoy while their parents choose the best pairs for the young tootsies. Like the store’s unique concept, Meet My Feet’s footwear picks promise to be stylish, fun and comfortable.

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Little MonSTARS: A Halloween treat!

 On October 28 beginning 2 p.m., kids can also join the Trick or Treat Activity and get their hands on the sweetest surprises from participating shops and dining establishments. Together with their parents, kids can join The Spook Squad Costume Contest at 4 p.m., where they can show off their most creative movie-inspired costumes for a chance to win amazing prizes and Best Dressed awards. Meanwhile, from October 29 to 31, kids can test their wit at the Spooktacular Mansion, an escape room challenge built for the adventurous souls.

To join the activities, simply present minimum single purchase receipt worth P500 at Southwoods Mall’s BOO-zar.