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Top Choice Cafe 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 tha…
Top Choice Cafe 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 break…
Top Choice Fort in Manila

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 and …
Top Choice Church in Manila

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 in…
Top Choice Arts 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 indigeno…
Top Choice Cemetery in Manila

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 residenti…
Top Choice Museum 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 effec…
Top Choice Museum in Manila

National Museum of the Filipino People

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 woma…
Top Choice Bar 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 hums…
Top Choice Filipino in Manila

Purple Yam

Bringing fine dining to Malate, Purple Yam of Brooklyn, New York fame run this modern Filipino fusion restaurant out of a beautifully renovated ancestral home (1949). It works on a reservations-only system so that t…