Cafe in Manila

Van Gogh is Bipolar

Every bit as interesting as it sounds, this chaotic restaurant is a delight for the senses, inhabiting a tiny space packed with curios and artworks. It's run by artist Jetro, who cooks entirely original, delicious f…
Top Choice Filipino in Manila

Purple Yam

Bringing fine dining to Malate (and a much-needed lifeline) Purple Yam of Brooklyn, New York fame, have expanded their horizons to open up inside a renovated ancestral home on a boutique strip of Nakpil St. It's an …
Top Choice International in Manila


If its setting is anything to go by, Colin Mackay's new restaurant is special. Blackbird is set up inside the art-deco Nielson Tower, a historic 1937 airport control tower (Makati's only pre-war building), with dini…
Top Choice Mexican in Manila

El Chupacabra

Bringing the Mexican street-food craze to Manila, El Chupacabra is a grungy open-air taqueria cooking up a mouthwatering selection of soft-corn tortilla tacos. Go the spicy chipotle shrimp or sisig (sizzling grilled…
Top Choice Spanish in Manila

Casa Armas

Foodies have been enamoured with this Spanish cavernlike restaurant spot for years, which is best known for tapas favourites such as calamares a la plancha con alioli (grilled calamari with garlic sauce) and gambas …
Fusion in Manila


One of Manila’s finest restaurants, this refined European bistro is headed by Scottish chef-owner Colin Mackay (who also runs People's Palace and Blackbird). It features A-level service and an ever-changing selectio…
Spanish in Manila

Las Flores

This trendy contemporary Spanish restaurant impresses with a slick industrial interior and authentic menu of Catalonia-inspired tapas and mains. Serves cava by the glass.
Cafe in Manila

Corner Tree Cafe

A tranquil escape from busy Jupiter St, with quality vegetarian and vegan soups, stews, tofu-walnut burgers, spinach-feta croquettes and smoothies.
Ilocano in Manila


With its checkered 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 Ilocan cuisine, with its lech…
Burgers in Manila

Charlie's Grind & Grill

Charlie's still cooks up Manila's best burgers, with a magnificent menu of American diner food from black Angus and wagyu burgers to pulled-pork sandwiches and duck-fat fries. Choose from its selection of internatio…