Most of the best (and priciest) restaurants are in Makati and the Fort (BGC). Locally popular foodie hotspots include Quezon City's Maginhawa St area and Kapitolyo in Pasig City near Ortigas. They are lined with trendy eateries and food parks and make great targets for value-conscious DIY eaters. Self-caterers will find large supermarkets in the malls, although outdoor markets such as Malate’s San Andres market offer more colourful (and cheaper) grazing.

Malate, Ermita & Paco

The best restaurants are in Malate around Remedios Circle and J Nakpil St, where there’s plenty of neighbourhood colour to observe if you can bag a streetside perch.

Binondo (Chinatown)

The real reason to come to Chinatown is to eat! Food is Hokkien–influenced, reflecting the origin of its immigrants. Foodies should get in touch with Old Manila Walks for wonderful Chinatown walking/eating tours.


Trendy Poblacion is ground zero for foodies and cafe freaks – some call it 'Williamsburgos', a dig on its seedy central street (P Burgos) and its alleged similarity to Brooklyn.

You'll find some excellent top-end restaurants in the malls of the Ayala Center and in the upscale Salcedo and Legazpi villages. The Greenbelt 2 and 3 malls have have outdoor pedestrianised areas lined with restaurants and bars – very pleasant.

Quezon City

Quezon City has cutting-edge restaurants and food parks around Maginhawa St, and excellent coffee roasters scattered throughout the city.