ABOUT MANILA

Manila is a melting pot of different cultures with its rich history, beautiful buildings, and diverse set of activities. Every corner gives you something unique like its museums, markets, and historical landmarks.

 

PRO TIPS:

  • Manila is most crowded on Friday
  • Be extra careful with your things
  • Visit Chinatown for cheap items

ON THIS PAGE:       SEE & DO       EAT       STAY       TOUR


SEE & DO


 RIZAL PARK (OR LUNETA PARK)   Photo by @  peculiarboysh

RIZAL PARK (OR LUNETA PARK)

Photo by @peculiarboysh

Notes:
- Visit the monument & execution site of national hero, Jose Rizal
- Free concerts every weekend at 6pm

Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Budget: FREE, P5 for entrance to Chinese Garden
Location: Roxas Blvd., Ermita

 SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH & MUSEUM   Photo by @  mrforlorn

SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH & MUSEUM

Photo by @mrforlorn

Notes:
- Baroque-style Church
- See old colonial paintings, wood carvings, gardens

Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Budget: P200 for adults, P160 for students/seniors
Location: General Luna St., Intramuros

 FORT SANTIAGO   Photo by @  discoverlee11

FORT SANTIAGO

Photo by @discoverlee11

Notes:
- Old fortress with kalesas, dungeons & the Rizal Shrine
- Scannable QR codes provide fun facts

Duration: 1.5 hours
Budget: P75 for adults, P50 for students/seniors
Location: Sta. Clara cor. G Luna St., Intramuros

 NATIONAL MUSEUM   Photo by @  luigiunlay

NATIONAL MUSEUM

Photo by @luigiunlay

Notes:
- Home to the famous Spoliarium by Juan Luna
- Closed on Mondays
- Picture-taking is allowed

Duration: 1.5 hours
Budget: FREE
Location: Padre Burgos Ave., Ermita

 CASA MANILA   Photo by @  falcondaily

CASA MANILA

Photo by @falcondaily

Notes:
- Museum showcasing life during the colonial era
- Closed on Mondays
- Picture-taking not allowed

Duration: 2 hours
Budget: P75 for adults, P50 for students/seniors
Location: Real cor. Gen Luna St., Intramuros

 MANILA OCEAN PARK  Photo by @ iamseyshey

MANILA OCEAN PARK

Photo by @iamseyshey

Notes:
- Aquatic theme park with live shows, marine displays & hands-on encounters
- See penguins, jellyfish, sea lions, sharks & reptiles

Duration: 3.5 hours
Budget: P580 to P2970, depending on package
Location: Manila Ocean Park (behind Quirino grandstand)

 METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF MANILA  Photo by @ ltftravels

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF MANILA

Photo by @ltftravels

Notes:
- Gold & pottery galleries
- Hosts visiting exhibits
- Select exhibits allow visually-impaired guests to 'see' with tactile diagrams

Duration: 1.5 hours
Budget: P100
Location: BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Malate

 DIVISORIA & 168 MALL  Photo by @ celtics_lair

DIVISORIA & 168 MALL

Photo by @celtics_lair

Notes:
- The place to go for bargain shopping
- Prepare to haggle & be mindful of your belongings
- Go to 168 if you prefer an air-conditioned mall

Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Budget: varies
Location: Recto Ave., Divisoria


EAT


 PABLO   Photo by @  njtorres

PABLO

Photo by @njtorres

Notes:
- Famous for their cheesecakes which originated in Japan
- Easily gets sold out

Budget: P699 per cheesecake
Location: G/F Robinsons Place, Ermita

 ILUSTRADO   Photo by @  ilustradorestaurant

ILUSTRADO

Photo by @ilustradorestaurant

Notes:
- Located inside Intramuros, has an Old Manila vibe
- Known for paella & sampaguita ice cream

Budget: P900
Location: General Luna St., Intramuros

 UNO SEAFOOD WHARF PLACE   Photo by @  be_easy8

UNO SEAFOOD WHARF PLACE

Photo by @be_easy8

Notes:
- Serves fresh seafood from their aquarium
- Dimsum cart goes around
- Chicken pie is a bestseller

Budget: P500
Location: Calvo Building, Escolta St., Binondo

 PRESIDENT GRAND PALACE   Photo by @  gorgeous_kimvilla

PRESIDENT GRAND PALACE

Photo by @gorgeous_kimvilla

Notes:
- Famous for authentic Chinese dimsum
- Order a fruit shake from the fruit stands right outside

Budget: P500
Location: Salazar St., Binondo



MY KITCHEN BY CHEF CHRIS

Photo by @dreallifebarbie

Notes:
- Serves freshly-baked bread
- Known for their Panizza, a rolled-up pizza

Budget: P1200
Location: Belen St., Paco

 BISTRO REMEDIOS   Photo by @  shokko_ri

BISTRO REMEDIOS

Photo by @shokko_ri

Notes:
- Usually has a band roaming around the restaurant to serenade guests
- Old Manila ambiance

Budget: P650
Location: M. Adriatico St., Remedios Circle, Malate

 ENG BEE TIN  Photo by @ ladymacchiato

ENG BEE TIN

Photo by @ladymacchiato

Notes:
- Known for its various hopia and tikoy flavors
- Can purchase frozen hopia that lasts longer

Budget: P25 per hopia
Location: Ongpin St., Binondo

 HARBOR VIEW RESTAURANT   P  hoto by @  amazingvahn

HARBOR VIEW RESTAURANT

Photo by @amazingvahn

Notes:
- Eat seafood with the view of Manila Bay
- Open until midnight
- Known for prawns and crab

Budget: P650
Location: South Drive, Ermita


STAY


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BUDGET: Under P1,000/night

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BGC HOSTEL & DORM

Photo by Agoda

Location: Sampaloc

8HOSTEL

Photo by Agoda

Locaton: Quiapo


LOW-RANGE: Starts at P1,000/night

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BAYLEAF INTRAMUROS HOTEL

Photo by Agoda

Location: Intramuros

HOTEL KIMBERLY MANILA

Photo by Agoda

Location: Malate

OASIS PACO PARK HOTEL

Photo by Agoda

Location: Ermita


MID-RANGE: Starts at P3,000/night

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LUXURY: Starts at P6,000/night

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CONRAD MANILA

Photo by Agoda

Location: Manila Bay

HYATT CITY OF DREAMS MANILA

Photo by Agoda

Location: Manila Bay

SOLAIRE RESORT & CASINO

Photo by Agoda

Location: Manila Bay

DIAMOND HOTEL

Photo by Agoda

Location: Malate


TOUR


Binondo, a district in Manila rich in history and culture, is the center of different types of trade businesses run by Chinese merchants, including some of the best restaurants Manila has to offer. Visit all these famous sites and bites on this 4-hour gastronomical tour, as you walk and eat your way through Binondo - the world's oldest Chinatown!

Relive the ancient practice of Wushu, a Chinese martial art that blends relaxed and graceful movements with quick, explosive strength. Master Arnold, a traditional Wushu artist of 20 years, will teach you the fundamentals of this martial art. From learning about proper forms to executing punches and kicks, you will be able to immerse yourself in this ancient martial practice. 




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