Intro to Manila

Travel Philippines

Oct 09, 2020

Welcome to the capital of the Philippines! Manila is an excellent hub to learn about the country's culture and history. The metro offers various attractions that make it the perfect spot for staycations!

SEE & DO

Intramuros, the Walled City

Amid the hustle and bustle of Manila is Intramuros, one of the oldest districts in Manila surrounded by six-meter stone walls. Inside the Walled City you’ll get a glimpse of Manila’s eventful history, such as Fort Santiago, a fortress that played a crucial role in the story of Jose Rizal; Manila Cathedral, known as the “Mother Church” of the country; and the San Agustin Church, the oldest church in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world

For your food cravings, Binondo offers a wide variety of restaurants mixing Filipino and Chinese cuisine. You can’t go wrong with their dumplings, lumpia, and hopia! Once you’ve had your fill, shopping havens Divisoria and Quiapo are only a short walk away.

Manila’s Museums

Please note: Some museums have yet to open. Please check their websites for the most updated information.

Manila is home to several museums on various subjects, from art to history to lifestyle. Experience the country’s rich biodiversity in the National Museum of Natural History, or see the country’s most acclaimed artworks in the National Museum of Fine Arts.

Sunset at the Boardwalk

End your Manila days with a quick trip to the Boardwalk, a two-kilometer stretch in between the city and the bay, and don’t miss the iconic Manila Bay Sunset. After you’ve taken that perfect shot, you’ll have several malls and restaurants to choose from nearby!

FOOD AND DRINKS

From Filipino classics to street food and authentic dumplings, Manila has a wealth of culinary delights to keep you smiling. Just be sure to follow restaurant safety guidelines at all times and make reservations when able to keep yourself and the community safe as you enjoy your food adventure!

Binondo’s Amazing Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants

From bustling restaurants to quaint tea houses, you won’t run out of food choices in Binondo! Get the best hopia, lumpia, and other Filipino-Chinese delicacies you’ll ever find.

Filipino-Spanish Restaurants in Intramuros

Once you’re done exploring the Walled City’s historical sites, you’ll have a lot of Filipino-Spanish restaurants to choose from. Travel back in time as you dine in Intramuros’ restaurants, which all share its old-world vibe!

Amazing Hotel Buffets

Want to experience the Manila Bay Sunset while being surrounded by scrumptious cuisines? Many hotels around the area offer world-class buffets and the perfect vantage point for your sunset photo.

Malate

When you’re done basking in the bay’s sunset, you can’t go wrong with visiting the Malate district. Its large selection of restaurants offering both Filipino and international cuisine gives the perfect meal to end your day!

PLACES TO STAY

Classic Luxury Hotels

As a melting pot of different cultures, Manila is home to many luxurious and culturally rich hotels to make your visit memorable. Many of them also offer great views of the Manila Bay sunset!

Ancestral Houses

Complete your historical journey in Manila by booking a night in one of its various ancestral houses. With their old-world vibe, you’ll feel like you’re a part of Manila’s rich history!

Budget Hotels Being the capital city and an area close to the country’s main airport, there is an array of accommodations in Manila to cater to every budget and preference!

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