Eighteen months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many shops have closed. But we are seeing some green shoots in the retail business. Maybe because of lowered rent, and the undying entrepreneurial spirit, or whatever reason, we have spotted new shops in BGC.

Kiwami Japanese Food Mall

7th Avenue, along Bonifacio High Street, near St. Louis Cafe and OOMA Japanese restaurant

It has Ippudo ramen (previously in Uptown Mall), Yabu breaded pork chop (previously in SM Aura mall), a yakitori stall, a soft serve ice-cream. Since it is opened recently, it has a big outdoor dining area. The Ippudo ramen set, comprising a small portion or their classic ramen and three pieces of gyoza, costs P330. Ramen was great, not so much the gyoza (meat was too mushy).

Chi Mac Korean Chicken and Beer 

Forbestown Road

Opened just today (September 29, 2021), the main menu of this restaurant contains the usual Korean fried chicken in different flavors. The snack menu is a little bit unusual, one dish is Dried Squid & Peanut for P380, another is Muktea, a dish of P650 dried pollack.

The Coffee Academics

Inside BGC South Corporate Plaza

This is primarily a coffee take out place, but it does have a couple of tables. 

Luxuri Pets Grooming

Forbestown Road

Luxury pet grooming has its place in BGC.

Yeah Fresh Mini Grocer

2nd Avenue corner 31st Street

This is an Asian mini grocer. It sells some fresh vegetables and packaged food items from China, Korea, and the Philippines. It has an upper area for dine in.


Kensington Condo, Burgos Circle

Used to be called Yuhoo located at Fort Palm Spring, this new mini grocer sells mainly Chinese vegetables and food items.

Ali Indian mini grocer

Sapphire Residences Condo

30th Street corner 2nd Avenue

Spices and dried beans, all the ingredients you need for cooking Indian dishes.

Landmark supermarket (under construction)

Three Parkade

30th Street across Central Square

We have no idea when it will be ready to open. A good guess would be before coming Christmas.

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