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 ChoiceFort in Manila

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

Guarding the entrance to the Pasig River is Intramuros' premier tourist attraction: Fort Santiago. Within the fort grounds is an oasis of lovely manicured gardens, plazas and fountains leading to an arched gate...

Top ChoiceChurch in Manila

San Agustin Church

San Agustin Church

The San Agustin Church was the only building left intact after the destruction of Intramuros in WWII. Built between 1587 and 1606, it is the oldest church in the Philippines. The massive facade conceals an ornate...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Manila

Pinto Art Museum

This fantastic museum in Antipolo, in the hills just east of Metro Manila, showcases some of the Philippines' best contemporary artists. There are six impressive galleries, outdoor art installations, and an...

Top ChoiceCemetery in Manila

Chinese Cemetery

Chinese Cemetery

As in life, so it is in death for Manila’s wealthy Chinese citizens, who are buried with every modern convenience in the huge Chinese Cemetery. It's far from your ordinary cemetery and instead feels like a...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Manila

Ayala Museum

This gleaming museum features four floors of superbly curated exhibits on Filipino culture, art and history. At the heart of the collection is a brilliant exhibit consisting of 60 dioramas that succinctly, yet...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Manila

National Museum of Anthropology

National Museum of Anthropology

Within a resplendent neoclassical building, this superb museum houses a vast and varied collection, including the skullcap of the Philippines’ earliest known inhabitant, Tabon Man (said by some to actually be a...

Top ChoiceBar in Manila

Cubao Expo

A precinct of cool bars, cheap eats and boutiques, Cubao X is a must for anyone interested in Manila's underground scene. Venues come and go, but boozy communist-themed bar Fred's Revolución is one constant. It...

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 ChoiceBar in Manila

A Toda Madre

This snazzy tequila bar and Mexican eatery carries a rotating selection of close to 85 different tequilas and mezcals, Mexican beers and several types of margarita (order it with Don Julio or Casa Noble...

Top ChoiceGifts & Souvenirs in Manila

Silahis Arts & Artifacts

This is almost more of a cultural centre than a shop. Intricately woven baskets, wooden Ifugao bulol statues for guarding rice, plus textiles and other crafts from around the country are sold next to beautiful...

Top ChoiceBar in Manila

Batala Bar

This arty new bar is a breath of fresh air on the fringes of Makati's Central Business District. Superb selection of craft beer, both in bottles and on tap, creative cocktails, and a locavore-leaning menu. They...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Manila

Long Bar

Inspired by the Singapore original, this lobby-level watering hole at the Raffles Makati has an unbeatable happy hour – all-you-can-drink beer, wine and cocktails (including the signature Singapore Sling) for...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Manila

Agimat Foraging Bar & Kitchen

Agimat should be a mandatory stop for any cocktail person. The head bartender forages for obscure herbs and other natural ingredients around the country and fashions original cocktails out of them. The...

Top ChoiceCemetery in Manila

Manila American Cemetery

Manila American Cemetery

A poignant and peaceful spot, this sprawling war cemetery on a grassy, beautifully manicured plot is the resting place of 17,206 soldiers killed in battle during WWII. In addition to hundreds of rows of perfectly...

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 ChoiceBooks in Manila

Solidaridad Bookshop

Owned by the Filipino author F Sionil José, Solidaridad has a masterfully curated collection of both Western and Eastern non-fiction, international magazines such as the New Yorker, and hard-to-find Filipino...