Places You Should Not Miss When Visiting Manila

Manila is getting a lot of buzz recently because of its recently restored Manila Bay. Who would have thought that with the combined efforts of the government and none-government organizations, they can restore this part of Manila back to its former glory? Despite the heavy traffic and overly crowded areas, Manila alone has so much to offer and some of which are simply beyond expectations.

Manila offers a lot of historically-significant places that are absolutely worth a visit. To top it all, Metro Manila houses some of the biggest shopping malls to explore in the country. Not to mention some amazing night bars and casinos that you should definitely include on your list! Without any further ado, allow me to list down some of the amazing places you should visit in Manila.


I’ve been to Intramuros for a countless times but it never fails to amaze me. Intramuros which literally means the Walled City is a historically-significant attraction in Manila which will definitely take you back in time. Within the Intramuros, you will be greeted with well-preserved buildings which happens to be there since 15th century. Some of the notable landmarks within Intramuros includes the Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church and the cobblestone streets of General Luna. Every corner of Intramuros is absolutely picture worthy.

Old Chinatown

We just went to Binondo few days ago to celebrate the recently concluded Chinese New Year. It is very interesting to note that Binondo is considered to be the oldest Chinatown in the world. If you are looking for some authentic Chinese cuisine, Binondo is definitely a perfect place to go. Some of the popular restaurants like Sincerity Cafe, Dong Bei Dumplings, Ying-Ying, New Po-heng, Quik Snack and Estero Food are definitely worth a visit.

Mall of Asia

Looking for a place to shop? Well, you will never run out of malls in Manila. In fact, some of the largest malls in the world can be found here. This mostly includes SM Malls such as SM North Edsa (6th Largest in the world), SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia. Mall of Asia is situated near the bay which definitely gives you a refreshing and romantic ambiance. It has become a major commercial center especially for people residing on the South area. The place features various restaurants, fast foods, apparel, boutiques, cafes and even condominiums.


Metro Manila Casinos

If you are up for a nightlife experience and gambling, Manila will certainly not disappoint. It may not be as grand as the Las Vegas but will surely give you a new level of excitement and fun. Some of the notable casino resorts in the Metro includes Okada Manila, Solaire Resort, Resorts World Manila and City of Dreams Manila. Metro Manila has around twenty casinos and most of which are located near the Manila Bay and NAIA Airport.  You can also find several hotels, restaurants and night bars near the bay area. Well, if you are thinking about seeing the other side of Manila’s nightlife, check out A Farang Abroad guide on where to find the special type of massages in Manila that will suit your taste.

National Museums

Manila also houses some of the country’s most stunning museums. Located within the Rizal Park are three old museums which can take you back it time. National Museum of Fine Arts features some of the country’s well known visual art collection. It houses the huge Spoliarium by Juan Luna and also the well preserved Session Hall of the old Senate. National Museum of Anthropology, on the other hand, features some anthropological and archaeological items including the wreck of San Diego and other ancient artifacts. The newly opened National Museum of Natural History features educational pieces and collection related to plants and animals. The best part about these museums is the fact that the admission is 100% Free.

IMG_0854ttManila Bay

Manila Bay is getting some buzz recently. The once-polluted area is finally restored back to its former glory. With the combined efforts of the Government and some none government organizations, Manila Bay has been completely rehabilitated. All the trashes were cleared and the shore has become people-friendly. People are now flocking the place to witness the amazing transformation of Manila Bay. Along Manila Bay are restaurants, Shops and other attractions that are worth visiting. If you have enough budget, you may also try cruising the Manila bay with some Cruise Packages offered by Manila Bay Yacht Cruises.

Bonifacio Global City

Venice? Nope, this is the Venice Grand Canal Mall in Taguig. If you are looking for another nightlife venue in Manila, the Bonifacio Global City is absolutely a perfect place for you. Aside from the stunning Venice Piazza, you should also not miss other places like Bonifacio High Street and the overwhelming amount of five star restaurants, Forbes Town Center , Uptown Bonifacio and more.

Whether you are looking for a wonderful nightlife experience, a historical tour or some places to eat, Manila is absolutely a complete package for both tourists and locals.


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