Throughout this pandemic season, open-air dining has become a premium space and option, and the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls are upping the ante.

Getting through this COVID-19 pandemic has been like navigating between the devil and the deep blue sea. Let’s call the virus the devil, someone we all want to avoid; and the deep blue sea would be our floundering economy and the businesses in danger of sinking. We are a consumer-driven economy, so establishments within the food and restaurant industry, with their employment and trickle-down supply chain, have a great impact on our economy’s survival. Quarantine fatigue has also meant we miss those dining out opportunities; but there is the pressing concern of whether it’s safe to head out in numbers.

To date, the happy medium, which restaurant-goers have favored and flocked to, is to opt for alfresco dining. You enjoy the food while practicing physical distancing, enjoying better air quality and ventilation, with safety and sanitation protocols in place. Thanks to the Wi-Fi of select malls, there’s often contactless ordering and settling of the bill. It’s been a great option, and it’s helping keep the eateries afloat.

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls understand this, and they’ve pulled out all the stops to enhance their alfresco dining, and give their restaurant-tenants that much needed push and support. What opportunities there are for alfresco, whether on the sidewalk, in courtyards, activity areas, and/or roof decks, Megaworld has made these areas that much more attractive, conducive for family dining and for friends hanging out.

The guiding concept is patio dining: offering us fresh air, open spaces, soft lights, lush greenery, wooden tables, and a festive atmosphere. It doesn’t matter which Megaworld Lifestyle Mall is near you, each one has upgraded their alfresco dining options, and it’s been favorably received by the dining public. So don’t miss out!

At Uptown Bonifacio; at street level, there’s Uptown Parade, which has become a street party similar to what you’ll find in Lower Manhattan. There’s celebration in the air, with the tents, soft overhead lights, garlands and long tables. And if you’re looking for something different, a laid back vibe awaits you at The Deck, found on the 4th level of the mall.

Uptown Bonifacio

Over at Megaworld’s Southwoods Mall, the tropical-inspired design lends to the greeneries and foliage that surround the alfresco dining area. It’s like a garden reverie come to life, and the whole family is enjoined to be merry and festive.

Megaworld’s Southwoods Mall

At Twin Lakes, you’re gifted with the majestic view of Taal Lake, seduced by the cool breeze and magnificent vistas, while enjoying the variety of restaurants that can be found at this Tagaytay “oasis.”

Back in BGC, head to Forbes Town; and witness how Burgos Park and Forbes Town Road, even if tucked between high rise buildings and concrete residences, have been converted to something akin to a Parisian boulevard, with tables set out on the sidewalk, and a hustle and bustle of food, wine, and conversation lingering in the air.

McKinley Hill in Taguig

Don’t forget Eastwood City, this veritable institution hasn’t lost its magic and pizazz. The breathtaking view of the skyline is still there to enjoy, and the open spaces have increased, and been festooned with decorative touches that add to the evening and twilight ambiance.

There’s the Venice Grand Canal, and the Italian-inspired design lends to the discovery of various romantic spots, filled with charm and spectacle. One area can be described as a mini-piazza, where people congregate and party; while the dining establishments situated within the mall with the canal in the center, simulates a different aspect of Venice.

Venice Grand Canal

At Lucky Chinatown, the Chinatown Walk has blossomed into a bower of infinite possibilities. The intricate facades and hanging lanterns all lend themselves to the hearty and delicious Chinese cuisine that the mall is so popular for.

Chinatown Walk

What’s happening at Newport City has to be seen to be believed. Newport Circle has expanded, and its meant more cuisines to choose from, and there’s always the lure of Resorts World for some after-dinner activity.

The new kid on the block is McKinley West; and the Megaworld honchos are especially proud of the AsiaTown eateries that have planted roots in this still-emerging development. These eateries give one the feel of Singapore and its hawkers market district.

What’s consistent with all these Megaworld Lifestyle Malls is how beyond the great food options, the way these alfresco areas have been designed and upgraded make them such social media-friendly spots. You’ll love taking photos of the alfresco areas, and how your friends and followers will be asking where you are.

Source: Manila Bulletin (