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San Juan

Nicknamed the “Heart of Metro Manila,” San Juan City is a haven for shopaholics, foodies, and budding historians.

The city is also known as the “Tiangge (flea market) Capital of the Philippines,” as it is home to the Greenhills Shopping Center, arguably the biggest flea market in the country. Shoppers can pick up anything from clothes to food to furniture, all under bargain prices. Stalls here change monthly too, so there’s always something new to discover (and buy)!

But San Juan isn’t just about shopping. The city has been the center of a few historical events too.

This is the city where the Katipunan, the main group that was fighting for Philippine independence, had their first real battle against their Spanish enemies. The Pinaglabanan Shrine commemorates the event. On the other hand, Museo ng Katipunan, remembers those who led the revolution against the Spanish. There are also monuments here of Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo, two heroes of the Philippine Revolution.

Near the Pinaglabanan Shrine is St. John the Baptist Church, where the image of said saint lies. The city of San Juan actually derives from the Spanish name of St. John the Baptist and is the city’s patron saint.

Another church to see is the Sanctuario de Santo Cristo Church, which became a refuge for Katipunan members during the Philippine Revolution.

San Juan is also known for its food scene. Gloria Maris, in particular, is an institution within the Filipino-Chinese community. Wilson Street and its surrounding areas is also full of restaurants that serve everything from Chinese to fusion Filipino.

Visit San Juan in June and you’re bound to get soaked. Not because of the rainy season but because of how the city celebrates the feast day of their patron saint. Called the Basaan (wetting), the festival has residents dousing everyone they meet with water, believing that getting wet will bring them good luck. This only happens every June 24, so if you’re in the area, make sure to bring an extra set of clothes.

Top Rated Restaurants in San Juan Browse All

  1. Kimpura
    4.6 Stars
    Japanese
    85 Reviews View
  2. Yabu
    4.4 Stars
    Japanese
    434 Reviews View
  3. Eat Fresh Famous Hong Kong Street Food
    4.4 Stars
    Chinese
    203 Reviews View
  4. Potato Corner
    4.7 Stars
    Snack
    37 Reviews View
  5. Carousel Creamery
    4.5 Stars
    Ice Cream
    120 Reviews View
  6. Charlie's Grind & Grill
    4.4 Stars
    Burger
    223 Reviews View
  7. Greeka Kouzina
    4.4 Stars
    Greek
    176 Reviews View
  8. House of Wagyu Stonegrill
    4.7 Stars
    Steak
    30 Reviews View
  9. Café Mary Grace
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    48 Reviews View
  10. Mien San Noodle House
    4.4 Stars
    Chinese
    78 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in San Juan Browse All

  1. Novotel Manila
    4.2 Stars
    Hotel
    12 Reviews View
  2. Robbinsdale Residences
    4.7 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  3. Eurotel Araneta
    3.4 Stars
    Hotel
    8 Reviews View
  4. Stone House Quezon City
    3.7 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  5. The Contemporary Hotel
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  6. Lancaster Hotel Manila
    3.2 Stars
    Hotel
    13 Reviews View
  7. Shaw Residenza Suites
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  8. Town and Country Hotel V Mapa
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  9. Greenhills Elan Hotel Modern
    3.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  10. Fersal Hotel Cubao
    3.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in San Juan Browse All

  1. Dolby Atmos Theater
    4.6 Stars
    Movie Theatre
    85 Reviews View
  2. Kimpura
    4.6 Stars
    Japanese
    85 Reviews View
  3. Yabu
    4.4 Stars
    Japanese
    434 Reviews View
  4. Eat Fresh Famous Hong Kong Street Food
    4.4 Stars
    Chinese
    203 Reviews View
  5. Potato Corner
    4.7 Stars
    Snack
    37 Reviews View
  6. Carousel Creamery
    4.5 Stars
    Ice Cream
    120 Reviews View
  7. Charlie's Grind & Grill
    4.4 Stars
    Burger
    223 Reviews View
  8. Greeka Kouzina
    4.4 Stars
    Greek
    176 Reviews View
  9. House of Wagyu Stonegrill
    4.7 Stars
    Steak
    30 Reviews View
  10. Café Mary Grace
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    48 Reviews View

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