My favorite place to stay in Manila is the Sofitel. I like it because it’s located far enough from the hustle and bustle so you feel relaxed, yet only a twenty minute cab ride away from Makati City. It has a fantastic buffet and unparalleled views of the Manila Bay. My fav thing is to watch the sunset over drinks by the pool. Don’t forget to request a room on the Club Lounge.
Our Filipino friends took us to this wonderful restaurant located in the Greenbelt shopping mall. They serve Filipino cuisine but with a twist. I highly recommend their sizzling tofu and fried bananas!
If you love fresh seafood and open markets you have to check out this place. A local cabbie tipped us off and it was definitely worth the trip. You’re just four easy steps away from a great meal -
1) Navigate your way through rows and rows of fresh seafood. Select what you want to eat. Get your seafood weighed and priced.
2) Pick a restaurant from the many available.
3) Hand your fish/crabs/shrimp over to the chef who will suggest various ways to cook it.
If you’ve ever been to Manila you’ll know that the whole city is made up of a bunch of mega malls filled with shops, restaurants, movie theatres, spas and anything you could possibly need or want. Here are some of the bigger and better ones –
Ayala Center, Makati City
My favorite place in this whole mall is in Greenbelt 5 which features local designers like Arnel Papa, Lulu Tan Gan and Ricky Toldeo. Their artistry and vision will blow you away. The mall is centered around an outdoor courtyard which gets buzzing at night with restaurants and bars.
MALL OF ASIA
Roxas Boulevard, Pasay
This mall is the 3rd largest in Asia and can hold up to 8000 cars! An ice-skating rink, movie theaters, a supermarket and tons of restaurants and shops.
My DH and I spent a day walking around Intramuros, the oldest district in Manila. Also known as “the walled city” Intramuros is surrounded on all sides by thick walls which were built during the Spanish Colonial period. Points of interest include Fort Santiago located at the mouth of the river, San Agustin Church, Rizal Museum and Park, and Plaza de Roma.