Top ChoiceCafe in Manila

Van Gogh is Bipolar

Every bit as interesting as it sounds, this chaotic restaurant inhabits a tiny space packed with curios and artworks. It's run by artist Jetro, who cooks entirely original, delicious food in a riotous atmosphere...

Top ChoiceCafe in Manila

Coffee Empire

A chic industrial open-plan warehouse setup with hessian sacks of single-origin green beans on display in the glassed-in 'green room', plus drawers of roasted beans for sniffing. Excellent food, including huge...

Top ChoiceFusion in Manila

Sala

Arguably Manila’s finest restaurant for almost 15 years, this refined European bistro is headed by Scottish chef-owner Colin Mackay, who also runs People's Palace and Blackbird. It features top-level service and...

Top ChoiceFilipino in Manila

Locavore

Locavore uses locally sourced ingredients to stunning effect, creating French-inspired takes on Filipino classics like Bicol exprés (spicy minced pork), kaldereta (beef stew) and of course halo-halo (various...

Top ChoiceMiddle Eastern in Manila

Hummus Eliajah

The speciality is hummus combined with pine nuts, falafel or egg, but the tastiness extends to pita wraps, shakshuka (eggs poached in a spicy sauce) and couscous dishes, all meat-free. The attractive upstairs...

Top ChoiceSpanish in Manila

Las Flores

With a slick industrial interior and an authentic menu of Catalonia–inspired tapas and mains, Las Flores is justifiably one of Manila's most popular restaurants. Paella (five types) serves two. Steaks – including...

Top ChoiceMexican in Manila

El Chupacabra

Bringing the Mexican street-food craze to Makati, El Chupacabra is a grungy open-air taqueria cooking up a mouthwatering selection of soft corn tortilla tacos. Go for the spicy chipotle shrimp or sisig (sizzling...

Top ChoiceSpanish in Manila

Casa Armas

Foodies have been enamoured with this cavernlike Spanish restaurant for years; it's best known for tapas favourites such as calamares a la plancha alioli (grilled calamari with garlic sauce) and gambas al ajillo...

Top ChoiceInternational in Manila

Cafe Adriatico

An old-time Malate favourite, this romantic corner bistro is best known for its classic Filipino merienda (afternoon snack) menu and fine people-watching on Remedios Circle. The main menu features multicultural...

Japanese in Manila

Mecha Uma

Manileños are crazy about Japanese food, and nobody has caught that wave like top chef Bruce Ricketts at Mecha Uma. A US–trained Filipino, he fastidiously procures the best tuna and other ingredients for his...

International in Manila

Blackbird

For a romantic night out, you can't beat Blackbird. It's in the art-deco Nielson Tower, a historic 1937 airport control tower, with dining in the old terminal. The menu is international fusion – expect prawn...

Cafe in Manila

Yardstick

This serious coffee shop doubles as a wholesaler of single-origin beans and La Marzocco equipment. It's in a bright, airy space with a roasting area out back and a glassed-in facility for frequent cuppings and...

Fusion in Manila

Wholesome Table

It's all about healthy cuisine here, much of it locally sourced from organic, grass-fed creatures and/or plants. The menu is all over the place, incorporating European (especially Italian) and Asian influences in...

Fusion in Manila

Wholesome Table

It's all about healthy cuisine here, much of it locally sourced from organic, grass-fed creatures and/or plants. The menu is all over the place, incorporating European (especially Italian) and Asian influences in...

Latin American in Manila

Señor Pollo

The makers of El Chupacabra have created another wildly popular Latin-inspired street-side cafe in Poblacion, this one on up-and-coming Ebro St. The speciality is, naturally, chicken – we prefer it roasted with a...

Vegetarian in Manila

Pipino Vegetarian Food

In QC's trendy Maginhawa area, Pipino specialises in creative vegetarian takes on Filipino classics. Here you'll get anything from tofu lemongrass skewers to portobello mushrooms inasal (marinated in soy and...

Cafe in Manila

Commune

Commune sources its own coffee beans from around the Philippines – the beans of the month are written on a large blackboard wall, along with the schedule of community happenings in their event space upstairs....

European in Manila

Apartment 1B

A dependable expat fave hidden in the Makati residential district Salcedo Village, Apartment 1B is known for delicious stick-to-your-ribs continental cuisine and huge, hangover-slaying breakfasts (served 7am to...

Ilocano in Manila

Victorinos

With its chequered tiled floors and antique furniture, there's more than a hint of elegance at well-heeled Victorinos, yet its prices remain very affordable. It specialises in delicious Ilocano cuisine, with its...

Steak in Manila

Smith Butcher & Grill Room

Smith serves great steaks in a roomy contemporary space near the heart of Makati's central business district. Choose between prime Angus, Wagyu and Matsusaka, grain-fed or grass-fed, dry-aged or wet-aged. There's...