Manila, the capital of the Philippines, has many faces. On TV, you often only see the face of natural disaster and developing-world-politics. But it also has trendy bars, modern restaurants and great street art. You’ll find a lot of large scale works in the new Financial District of Bonifacio Global City – check it out on your visit to Manila!
Manila is one of the few cities were you can explore its colonial history. Fort Santiago is a fortress built by the Spanish that has survived the centuries and is a great place to learn more about the city’s history and Rizal, the hero of the countries independence war.
To find out more about Manila, how to get there & around or where to best stay, read my Mini-Guide Manila!
The Ramada Manila puts you in the heart of Chinatown a short ride from Manila’s old town, Intramuros, with its historic sights, making it a interesting alternative for visitors who want a more “local” feel in the neighborhood. The modern room, free breakfast and fast WiFi at a low price make it great value! … Continue reading
Manila has its fair share of happy hour places and my favorite in Bonifacio Global city is Murray & D’Vine at Serendra: You get nice cocktails, good bar food and friendly service at reasonable prices with some of the best people watching in BGC! … Continue reading
The Microtel Manila Mall of Asia commands a great location near the SMX Conention Center, the Arena and Mall, but only offers small, basic rooms and middling service at a very high price. Unless you are a Wyndham fan or just have to be in this location, there are better alternatives – read my review of the Microtel Manila to … Continue reading
If you want to get away from crazy, busy Manila and find some peace & quiet in nature, Taal Lake & Volcano is your best bet – you can get stunning views over the lake from hotels like Taal Vista or restaurants on the crater rim, take a boat trip across the lake or hike on the island to yet another crater rim – with another lake and island!
If coffee shops are the most favorite place to meet in Manila, ice cream shops must be a close second! And with St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream and Desserts you now have a place that combines the best of both worlds in fun stylish place to hang up, meet and enjoy! The latest outlet of this Australian company … Continue reading
Manila has a growing coffee house scene – and each new one is trying to out-do the last one! The latest addition to our list of breakfast places is Martin Place Social at the Arya Plaza in BGC, Manila. The chef is bringing more than 20 years of experience in London and Australia to the (coffee) table and his concept … Continue reading
There are so many coffee shops in Manila these days, it’s hard to keep track of them! One of the latest additions that stands out for me is Cartel in Salcedo Village – they offer a stylish interior, great coffee and not only a full breakfast, but also wine, cheeses, cold cuts, sandwiches, salads and pasta for a full meal … Continue reading