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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrTriNoma is a prestigious shopping mall located at EDSA corner North Avenue in the Quezon City Central Business District, Philippines. It was developed by Ayala Land, owned by Ayala Corporation and managed by Ayala Malls. This mall is one of the two included in the Vertis North township. It has 4 levels with a gross leasable area of 195,000 square meters and about 600 shops plus another 4 levels of parking. The mall sits on a 20-hectare Ayala land and is connected to SM City North EDSA by a pedestrian overpass. The main activity center resembles that of Glorietta in Makati.
Etymology and HistoryTriNoma comes from the words ‘Triangle North of Manila’. This place used to be a People’s Park, a flea market closed in 1995 when the underground MRT3 depot was built, leaving space for the mall overhead. Construction began on June 2005 with a soft opening on May 16, 2007, and a formal opening on October 16, 2007.
Things to See and Do
ShoppingThere are over 550 high-end retail shops in TriNoma including its two anchor stores: Crossings Department Store and The Landmark Department Store. The Landmark Department Store, just like its sister store in Makati includes a well-stocked supermarket and a food court.
Other retail shops found at TriNoma include Adidas Sports Concept Shop, 7 for All Mankind; Aerosoles, Barbie; Bass, Bench; Benetton, Calvin Klein Jeans; Charriol, Clinique; Converse, Florsheim; Marks & Spencer, Mossimo; Mango, Zara; Wade, XoXo; and Toys ‘R Us among others. Specialty beauty shops, beauty salons; jewelry and watch shops, accessories shop; gifts shops, and many more are housed here.
DiningA myriad of dining options are available at TriNoma including The Food Choices where there is an assortment of restaurants. There are comfortable couches as well as dining tables and booths although it is quite claustrophobic as the ceiling is low. Some choices at TriNoma:
- Crustacia Crabs & Seafood – Asian cuisine like Thai catfish salad, Vietnamese fresh spring rolls, Thai BBQ.
- Sizzling Pepper Steak – inspired by Pepper Lunch in Singapore with hot plate meals.
- Cabalen – Capampangan (Filipino) food.
- Hamamaruken Ramen – ramen house with Tempura, Chahan, Gyoza.
- Wee Nam Kee – Singaporean chain serving roasted or steamed Hainanese chicken.
- Dragon Chef – Chinese cuisine like Sweet & Sour Fish with Lycee, Yuen Long Pork with Mantau.
- Parvati – snacks and desserts made by home bakers like Frozen Brazo de Mercedes, Taco Salad, Smoked Salmon Sandwich, Shrimp Etoufee Pasta.
- Recipes by Café Metro – homestyle Asian Filipino cuisine like Crispy Tadyang, Chicken Curry.
Other restaurants worth trying include Red China, Kamay Kainan; Blackbeard’s Seafood Island, Gilligan’s; Flavours of China, Pho Hoa; Racks, Gerry’s Grill, Teriyaki Boy; and Lamesa Grill.
The Rooftop ParkA refreshing area of TriNoma mall is its two-level rooftop park, an oasis amidst the chaos of Quezon City. This one-hectare Zen-style park can be accessed through the the 3rd level. It has a stage for shows and events surrounded by 7 water features such as a reverse waterfall that flow into pools.
The upper level is a hip and vibrant place to hang-out with friends while the second level is more intimate and quiet. Set amidst a backdrop of fountains and landscaped gardens are some dining establishments:
- Mango Tree Bistro – Thai cuisine-like Penang Wa, Star Shrimp Cakes, Spaghetti Kee Moo Talay, Pad Thai .
- California Pizza Kitchen – pizza and pasta.
- Abe – Capampangan (Filipino) food like Kare-Kare and Halo-Halo.
- Fish & Co. – seafood and meat dishes like Fish Crab Cakes, Calamari Tacos, Paella and Fish & Chips.
- Cyma – Greek and Mediterranean dishes.
Other restaurants include Italianni’s, Shomal Kebab & Curries; The Chophouse, Pearl River Café; and Sumosam. For good coffee and snacks, try Happy Lemon, Jack’s Death by Chocolate, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Starbucks.
EntertainmentThere are 6 digital cinemas and 1 THX cinema at the mall that feature the latest local and foreign films. RedBox Karaoke located at the Rooftop Park is a great place to sing your favorite tunes and dine with friends. Its flagship, Timezone, located on the first level, is perfect for playing arcade games.
Mall HoursThe mall is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. The Rooftop Park is open until midnight while there are diners in the restaurants located at the park.
How to Get ThereThis mall is strategically located and is easily reachable by MRT as it is directly connected to the North Avenue Station. The underground MRT-3 Depot is right below the mall. LRT Line 1 will soon have a North Avenue Station that connects with MRT .
Those bringing their vehicles can choose from 2 parking buildings with 8,000 parking slots. Taxis are the fastest way to go to TriNoma as it takes you directly up to the door.
For those who want a cheaper and more adventurous way, take the jeepney. Coming from certain parts of Quezon, Pasay or Manila City, take the UP Campus/Fairview/Philcoa jeepney and get off at Philcoa then ride another jeepney with the sign SM City North Edsa/TriNoma.
Travel TipsTriNoma is near the Bagong Pag-asa squatter area so it would be a good idea to be very wary of strangers who approach and befriend you as they might just be after your valuables.
Keep your belongings very close to you even if something or someone tries to distract you since thieves are prevalent in malls as well.
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Author: janblim. Last updated: Feb 06, 2015