Sta. Cruz

Located in the northern portion of Manila and on the bank of the Pasig River is the small district of Santa Cruz, one of the many historic districts of the city.

The district is famous because of the Santa Cruz Church. Although construction of the church began in 1619, it was only during the late 1950s when it was completed, thanks to the numerous renovations and reconstructions that it needed. The church is known for its Baroque-style architecture and the statue of the Our Lady of the Pillar that stands on top of its facade.

In front of the Santa Cruz Church is the Santa Cruz plaza, where the Carriedo Fountain is housed. The fountain is named after Don Francisco Carriedo y Peredo, a major benefactor of Manila’s pipe system during the time of the Spanish colonization.

Three of Manila’s major cemeteries can also be found in Santa Cruz. There’s the La Loma Cemetery, one of the oldest in the city. There’s the Manila Chinese Cemetery, which was built for the Chinese citizens who weren’t allowed to be buried in Catholic cemeteries during the time of the Spanish. And there’s the Manila North Cemetery, which is currently the largest cemetery in the city.

And just like any old cemetery, all three of them are rumored to be haunted.

The entrance to Manila’s Chinatown is also located here, so it’s no surprise that Santa Cruz’s streets are lined with a number of Chinese restaurants. In fact, three of the country’s oldest restaurants can be found here: Savory Chicken, Ramon Lee’s Panciteria, and Ambos Mundos. And yes, all three of them serve Chinese cuisine.

Whether you’re hankering for some Chinese food or just want to do some old fashioned ghost hunting, pay a visit to the historic district of Santa Cruz. Who knows, you may just find what you’re looking for.

Top Rated Restaurants in Sta. Cruz

  1. Wai Ying Tea House
    4.4 Stars
    Chinese
    232 Reviews View
  2. The Original Pares Mami House
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    73 Reviews View
  3. Dong Bei Dumpling
    4.3 Stars
    Chinese
    101 Reviews View
  4. Bugis Singapore Street Food
    4.3 Stars
    Singaporean
    88 Reviews View
  5. Masuki Mami House
    4.4 Stars
    Chinese
    43 Reviews View
  6. Uno Seafood Wharf
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    28 Reviews View
  7. Lan Zhou La Mien
    4.3 Stars
    Chinese
    50 Reviews View
  8. Ying Ying Tea House
    4.3 Stars
    Chinese
    71 Reviews View
  9. La Cocina de Tita Moning
    4.4 Stars
    Spanish
    32 Reviews View
  10. Tasty Dumplings
    4.4 Stars
    Chinese
    34 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Sta. Cruz

  1. Ramada Manila Central
    3.9 Stars
    Hotel
    9 Reviews View
  2. The Manila Grand Opera Hotel
    3.6 Stars
    Hotel
    13 Reviews View
  3. Oriental Zen Suites
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  4. Dela Chambre Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  5. Fersal Hotel Manila
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  6. Lido de Paris Hotel
    3.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  7. Lakbayan Hotel Manila
    2.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Sta. Cruz

  1. University of Santo Tomas
    4.9 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    56 Reviews View
  2. Wai Ying Tea House
    4.4 Stars
    Chinese
    232 Reviews View
  3. The Original Pares Mami House
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    73 Reviews View
  4. Starbucks Coffee
    4.3 Stars
    Coffee
    88 Reviews View
  5. Dong Bei Dumpling
    4.3 Stars
    Chinese
    101 Reviews View
  6. Bugis Singapore Street Food
    4.3 Stars
    Singaporean
    88 Reviews View
  7. Masuki Mami House
    4.4 Stars
    Chinese
    43 Reviews View
  8. San Sebastian Church
    4.9 Stars
    Historical Site
    14 Reviews View
  9. Uno Seafood Wharf
    4.5 Stars
    Chinese
    28 Reviews View
  10. Lan Zhou La Mien
    4.3 Stars
    Chinese
    50 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Sta. Cruz

  1. SM City San Lazaro

    SM City San Lazaro

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