Manila

Manila

Manila is said to be an assault on your senses. The city is hot as well as crowded—with a population of nearly two million people calling the city home—and the traffic jams are endless.

But despite the bad reputation that the capital city gets, it is one of the most culturally and historically rich places in the Philippines. Intramuros, for example, was one of the first cities established by Spanish colonizers during the late sixteenth century. Nicknamed the “Walled City,” Intramuros is home to various landmarks that show the rich colonial history that the Philippines has to offer. Fort Santiago, formerly a military fortress, is perhaps now best known as the place where national hero Jose Rizal was held prior to his execution. The San Agustin Church is the oldest stone church in the country and managed to survive World War II. One of the best ways to see the walled city is to take a walking tour with artist and activist Carlos Celdran.

Aside from the Spanish-influenced Intramuros, Manila is home to one of the first Chinatowns in the world. Located in the district of Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown grew out of a need for a settlement area for newly baptized Chinese immigrants. The Binondo Church reflects this, with its architecture being a mix of both Spanish and Chinese influences. Binondo is also one of the best places in the country to get authentic Hokkien cuisine.

Manila is also known for its rich art scene. The National Art Gallery, formerly an old congress building, is home to several works of classical art by Filipino artists such as Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cultural Center of the Philippines house more modern artwork by contemporary artists.

Manila is also a shopper’s paradise. Apart from the various malls that dot the city’s landscape, Divisoria, arguably the country’s most famous wholesale market, can be found here as well. The malls offer everything from luxury to local brands while the markets can get you bargains on anything from fruits and vegetables to furniture and appliances.

Top Rated Restaurants in Manila Browse All

  1. Mendokoro Ramenba
    4.5 Stars
    Ramen or Noodle
    249 Reviews View
  2. Spiral
    4.5 Stars
    Buffet
    330 Reviews View
  3. My Kitchen by Chef Chris
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    137 Reviews View
  4. Yabu
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    230 Reviews View
  5. Peking Garden
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    84 Reviews View
  6. Becky's Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Bakery
    117 Reviews View
  7. Izakaya Nihonbashitei
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    211 Reviews View
  8. Purple Oven
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
    113 Reviews View
  9. Cirkulo
    5.0 Stars
    Spanish
    36 Reviews View
  10. Lam Tin Tea House
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    108 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Manila Browse All

  1. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    141 Reviews View
  2. The Manila Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    57 Reviews View
  3. The Bayleaf
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    31 Reviews View
  4. Makati Diamond Residences
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    12 Reviews View
  5. Diamond Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    43 Reviews View
  6. Hotel Jen Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    20 Reviews View
  7. Midas Hotel & Casino
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    17 Reviews View
  8. Pan Pacific Manila
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    16 Reviews View
  9. Y2 Residence Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    10 Reviews View
  10. I'M Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    6 Reviews View

Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Manila Browse All

  1. University of Santo Tomas
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    62 Reviews View
  2. Intramuros
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    47 Reviews View
  3. Cultural Center of the Philippines
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    44 Reviews View
  4. Fort Santiago
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    24 Reviews View
  5. Mall of Asia
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    55 Reviews View
  6. Rizal Monument
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    19 Reviews View
  7. Ayala Triangle Park
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    17 Reviews View
  8. Rizal Park
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    22 Reviews View
  9. Paco Park
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    9 Reviews View
  10. SM Ice Skating
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    15 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Manila Browse All

  1. University of Santo Tomas
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    62 Reviews View
  2. Mendokoro Ramenba
    4.5 Stars
    Ramen or Noodle
    249 Reviews View
  3. Spiral
    4.5 Stars
    Buffet
    330 Reviews View
  4. My Kitchen by Chef Chris
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    137 Reviews View
  5. Yabu
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    230 Reviews View
  6. Peking Garden
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    84 Reviews View
  7. Becky's Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Bakery
    117 Reviews View
  8. Izakaya Nihonbashitei
    4.5 Stars
    Japanese
    211 Reviews View
  9. Purple Oven
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
    113 Reviews View
  10. Cirkulo
    5.0 Stars
    Spanish
    36 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Manila

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  2. Malate

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  3. Binondo

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  4. Sampaloc

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  5. SM City Manila

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  6. Sta. Cruz

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  7. Taft

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  8. Tondo

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  9. Intramuros

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  10. Paco

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  11. Quiapo

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  12. CCP Complex

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  13. Sta. Mesa

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  14. UST

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  15. Sta. Ana

    Sta. Ana

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  16. Morayta

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  17. Mendiola

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  18. Divisoria

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