Malate

On the southern end of the city of Manila and facing the Manila Bay, you’ll find the busy-yet-Bohemian district of Malate. Sections of Roxas Boulevard and Taft Avenue pass through Malate, which is composed of 57 barangays.

It’s not hard to find a place to stay if you find yourself in Malate. Five-star hotels like the Diamond Hotel along Roxas Boulevard, Pan Pacific Manila, and the New World Manila Bay Hotel offer everything from presidential suites to exquisite dining experiences.

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, located along Roxas Boulevard in Malate. The museum’s permanent exhibit in its basement features pre-colonial gold artifacts, pottery, and religious art. The changing exhibits in the museum’s upper levels take you through the evolution of contemporary art in the Philippines.

In the waters across Roxas Boulevard lies the Manila Yacht Club. The private, members-only club is home to luxury yachts that are perfect for parties or a chartered cruise around Manila Bay. Guests of the club members can also take sailing lessons or enjoy a romantic dinner on a boat deck.

Spend a day at the zoo in the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, called Manila Zoo for short. This 56-year old zoo welcomes thousands of visitors daily and is home to a 41-year old Asian elephant named Mali. Other animals include a Bengal tiger, monitor lizards, hippos, and a civet cat.

Visit one of the oldest churches in the city, the Malate Church. It was originally built in 1591, but due to earthquakes and World War II, has undergone restoration and renovation. Malate Church is the first archaeological site in the district. Human bones, 10th century Chinese porcelain, and ceramics dating to the 1800’s were found buried in the church’s foundations.

Watch a local baseball game or go for a run in Malate’s Rizal Memorial Stadium. The stadium, constructed in the 1930’s, has hosted countless local and international football and baseball tournaments and several Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games). In 1966, The Beatles’ second largest concert, attended by 50,000 people, was held in the Rizal Stadium.

Though Malate is known and visited for its exciting nightlife, visitors can find inner peace by dropping by the Fo Guang Shan Mabuhay Temple. This Buddhist temple is right beside the Vietnam Embassy and is the home of the largest White Jade Buddha in the country. Guests can tour the temple for free, or join Tai Chi classes, tea sessions, and seminars on calligraphy and Chinese art.

Bring out the haggler in you and drop by the Harrison Plaza, one of the first shopping centers in the country. This mall is perfect for bargain hunters with over 200 shops and stalls full of cheap finds. Harrison Plaza also has a table tennis club and a racing center in its activity hall.

One of the best things to do in the Philippines is eat, and Malate is no exception.

Grab a seat in Aristocrat, famous for their juicy chicken barbecue and interesting backstory. In 1936, couple (and later on, restaurant founders) Engracia and Alex Reyes would take their 13 kids to Luneta Park every week. Engracia, nicknamed Aling Asiang, would pack meals wrapped in banana leaves and sandwiches with a Filipino twist. It wasn’t long before the Reyes’ and their old Ford full of food became an institution in Luneta Park. The pioneer food truck became a full-fledged restaurant in Malate, and was named Aristocrat because of Aling Asiang’s knack for turning simple ingredients into great dishes.

For delicious Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine, head to Cafe Adriatico Premiere. The cafe is a great place to bond with friends and family over scrumptious Spanish dishes like callos (stew with beef tripe, chickpeas, and chorizo), and cups of chocolate eh (thick hot chocolate made with tablea chocolate). Nearby is the Remedios Circle, which grew into Malate’s nightlife district.

Though Malate is home to several top-notch universities and colleges, including De La Salle University, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, and St. Scholastica College, the district comes alive at night with its many bars and clubs. Bars like the Oarhouse Pub of Manila and Thebar@1951 are great places to grab a drink with friends and listen to live music.

Top Rated Restaurants in Malate Browse All

  1. My Kitchen by Chef Chris
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    131 Reviews View
  2. Becky's Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Bakery
    107 Reviews View
  3. Bon Banhmi
    4.5 Stars
    Sandwich
    41 Reviews View
  4. Shawarma Snack Center
    4.5 Stars
    Middle Eastern
    52 Reviews View
  5. Pepper Lunch
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    24 Reviews View
  6. Emerald Garden
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    70 Reviews View
  7. Jamba Juice
    4.5 Stars
    Juice
    61 Reviews View
  8. Café Breton
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    37 Reviews View
  9. Café Adriatico
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    36 Reviews View
  10. Zark's Burgers
    4.0 Stars
    Burger
    308 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Malate Browse All

  1. Diamond Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    42 Reviews View
  2. Pan Pacific Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    16 Reviews View
  3. Hotel Jen Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    17 Reviews View
  4. Century Park Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    28 Reviews View
  5. New World Manila Bay Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  6. Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    6 Reviews View
  7. Eurotel Pedro Gil
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  8. M Chereville Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  9. Orchid Garden Suites
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  10. G Hotel Manila by Waterfront
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View

Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Malate Browse All

  1. Cultural Center of the Philippines
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    42 Reviews View
  2. Rizal Monument
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    19 Reviews View
  3. Rizal Park
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    20 Reviews View
  4. Paco Park
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    8 Reviews View
  5. Plaza Rajah Sulayman
    3.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    7 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Malate Browse All

  1. My Kitchen by Chef Chris
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    131 Reviews View
  2. Becky's Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Bakery
    107 Reviews View
  3. National Museum of the Philippines
    4.5 Stars
    Museum
    58 Reviews View
  4. Cultural Center of the Philippines
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    42 Reviews View
  5. Bon Banhmi
    4.5 Stars
    Sandwich
    41 Reviews View
  6. Shawarma Snack Center
    4.5 Stars
    Middle Eastern
    52 Reviews View
  7. Pepper Lunch
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    24 Reviews View
  8. Emerald Garden
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    70 Reviews View
  9. Jamba Juice
    4.5 Stars
    Juice
    61 Reviews View
  10. Café Breton
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    37 Reviews View