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E. Mercado corner F. Calderon Street, Kalayaan Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati, Philippines, 1210
The city of Makati, known as the Philippines' Central Business District, is more than just a corporate hotspot - it’s also the perfect for modern-day urban travelers. Hidden in the streets of Makati are hip cultural spots, green spaces, and restaurants waiting to be explored.
Apart from being a concrete jungle, Makati is one of the first cities in Metro Manila to foster a cosmopolitan, yet refreshing setting. It is a melting pot of different cultures, with many expats and international companies calling it home.
Aside from office and residential skyscrapers, the city features large shopping complexes that draw a lot of shoppers. Ayala Center’s Glorietta and Greenbelt, as well as Rockwell Center, are a crowd favorite. For those looking to simply chill and relax, Makati’s parks are the ideal spots. These include Ayala Triangle, Jaime Salcedo Park, and Legazpi Park.
There are plenty of ways to get to Makati as it is bound by main roads such as EDSA to the southeast and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to the west. Travelers flying to Manila won’t have a hard time getting to the city as it is accessible from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Makati is also commuter-friendly as the Metro Rail Transit or MRT-3 passes through the city, as well as the Philippine National Railways. For cardio fans, Makati has a lot to offer in terms of walking as the city has ample sidewalks and brightly decorated underpasses for getting around.
Shed some pounds while sightseeing! Makati has well-established street signs and brightly-lit sidewalks, making this city best explored on foot. But if you’re looking to experience how Filipinos do their daily commute, hop on a jeep that plies various routes in Makati. And don’t forget to say, “Para po!” before alighting.
Apart from being the country’s central hub for commerce, Makati also houses three museums, colonial churches, and recreational areas. If you want to know more about Makati’s origins, drop by Museo ng Makati tucked along J. P. Rizal Street.
For architecture lovers, a visit to the Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church will be enjoyable. Feast your eyes with the church’s impressive mix of late Spanish Renaissance and early Baroque architecture and learn more about this church established by Augustinian fathers in 1601.
If you have a flair for fine arts, you’ll definitely like a stroll through the galleries of Yuchengco Museum and Ayala Museum. These are home to works of notable Filipino and international masters.
For those who like to start their day healthy, the Ayala Triangle Gardens covers just that. Surrounded by lush greens in the heart of the CBD, you can enjoy a run or a stroll, followed by a quick bite from some of the nearby restaurants.
If you’re into shopping and taking home some local handmade goods to fresh produce and ready-to-eat meals, Makati’s weekend markets - Legazpi Sunday Market and Salcedo Community Market - has got you covered. The market brings forth the creativity and talent of the locals.
For those looking into purchasing goods from high-end and global brands, another good shopping destination would be a visit to Greenbelt, Glorietta, or Power Plant Mall. Surrounded by landscaped gardens with well-thought of architecture, you can enjoy both shopping and the outdoors or try dining in some of these malls’ alfresco dining options.
Craving authentic Japanese food? Then a visit to Little Tokyo is something you shouldn’t miss. The compound immediately transports you to the streets of Tokyo, with a small Japanese garden at the center which greets curious wandering foodies surrounded by quaint restaurants.
For caffeine junkies or those looking for a post-meal coffee fix must make a visit to Commune in Poblacion. The chic third-wave cafe features communal tables, encouraging interaction among customers.
Tucked in Legazpi Village is Your Local, a hip restaurant which serves up Asian fusion cuisine. Dining here is incomplete without trying their Chorizo Sandwich, which is served on a squid ink bun with a side serving of parmesan cheese.
Since Makati is home to a lot of offices, grabbing a post-work beer to shake off the stress is a must and the city is home to a number of watering holes. One of the newest establishments to hit the scene is the Z Hostel Roofdeck Bar, a chill spot that offers nice views of the Makati skyline best enjoyed with a beer and with a live music playing in the background.
Another watering hole in Makati is El Chupacabra, which serves up tasty and affordable Tex-Mex fare and of course, alcohol. The Mexican-themed restaurants offer various alcoholic beverages from tequila, beer, vodka, gin, and cocktails.
As a top urban destination, hotels in Makati are dime a dozen. It is a hotspot for various hotel options ranging from luxury to budget accommodations.
For budget travelers, one should not miss out on Z Hostel, a fancy hostel that offers dorm-type rooms. There’s free Wi-Fi access and breakfast included. Another affordable choice is Lokal Hostel, which has various rooms ranging from private, dorm, and fan sleeping quarters.
But if you want an upgraded option, you may check in at one of Makati’s five-star hotels including Discovery Primea, Raffles Makati, and The Peninsula Manila to name a few.
Wear comfortable shoes so you can explore Makati better.
Make sure to always have an umbrella with you to avoid getting sunburned when you’re on the street during the day.
Wear loose and cotton clothing to keep fresh while going around the city.