Makati has always been known as the business capital of the Philippines. But apart from its contribution to the economy, Makati also contributes to tourism. Hidden behind the City’s tall buildings are some of the Philippine most sought after urban tourist spots. This includes hidden parks inside malls, beautiful churches, historic roads, and amazing architecture. There is soo much to see, soo little time so will make things easy for you, here are some of the must-see places in Makati.
A Day in Makati
Makati is a bustling city that has a population of over 500,000 residence which is further increased during office hours. It is also considered to be one of the financial hubs of the Philippines which is only emphasized by it’s towering skyscrapers. But for the wandering traveler, Makati is a treasure trovle of travel spots.
Santo Niño de Paz Chapel
Located at the center of Ayala Mall Greenbelt, it is an oasis of worship in the center of the concrete jungle of Makati. Here you can hear a mass ongoing at least 3 times a day. Its design and architecture are sure to leave anyone awe-inspired. This is where many come to find peace in the country’s busiest city.
When you arrive at the museum, the building itself is a work of art, amazing architecture which was based on modern design. The Museum hosts multiple works of art. Among the pieces of art displayed are the Diorama Experience, Maritime Vessels, Pioneers of Philippine Art, Gold of Ancestors, Embroidered Multiples and A Millennium of Contact.
One of the city’s more higher-end malls, Ayala Mall Greenbelt is a 5 section mall that houses several high-end retail brands. It is also a center of fashion and gourmet, with many of the shop showcasing designer gowns and also award-winning dishes from notable restaurants.
Ayala Avenue is where the magic happens and is nicknamed the Wall Street of the Philippines. It is the center of the entire city where most of the well-known companies and landmarks reside. Originally it was part of Nielson Airport, one of the first airports built in Luzon. Eventually, it was destroyed during the Japanese occupation during world war 2 and it stopped operating in 1948. After being decommissioned, the surviving runway was permanently made into a road in what we know today as Ayala Avenue.
Named after the owner and developers of the land, Ayala Triangle Gardens is the heart of the Makati Business District. The 2-hectare urban garden was also the site of the previously mentioned Nielson Airport. This section of the airport now has become a public garden inspired by London’s Hyde Park. This garden is a favorite among the residents of Makati as one of the city’s main recreational areas. It also hosts multiple restaurants including the Blackbird Makati which is the original control tower for the airport turned into a restaurant.
Makati Night Life
One of the most common things you’ll hear about Makati is that Makati Never Sleeps. And just like in the day, there are well-known establishments in the city that provides a place for night owls to explore.
The Penthouse 8747
Penthouse 8747 opened its doors to the public around the year 2016. Since then, they have provided a place for everyday people to come and forget their worries. The bar itself is a work of art inspired by the era of the movie The Great Gatsby. They also provide a wonderful view overlooking the Makati Skyline and its Central Business District.
The Buddha Bar
Buddha-Bar is a well known international franchise that serves delicious Modern Asian Cuisine. Their Philippine branch first opened its doors in 2012 and since then they have been incorporating inventive flavors into their dishes. The bar is nothing short of breathtaking, Located at Picar Place on Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City, Buddha Place Manila boast an impressive interior that is greatly influenced by both Chinese and Japanese art.
An amazing place with an amazing view, the Firefly Roofdeck bar is certainly a hidden gem in the bustling city of Makati. Located on the 32nd floor of the City Garden Grand Hotel, once at the top, you’ll be treated to a spectacular view of the Makati Skyline. But the view is just the tip of the iceberg, get ready to taste the flavors of the world with delicacies inspired by different countries. Their unique mixture of ambiance and food is certainly something everyone needs to check out.
Draft Restaurant & Brewery
The gastropub was originally a concept that came from Europe, this is the style that Draft Restaurant & Brewery embraced. A gastropub is generally described as a hybrid of a restaurant and a pub, they usually serve a combination of both wine, drinks, and food. Draft Restaurant & Brewery is located at Greenbelt 2, it is similar to that of its other branches around the Philippines. It has a European style decor with its timber paneled walls and dining tables, this branch also has a long main bar and high ceilings, making for a warm and engaging atmosphere.
Alamat Filipino Pub and Deli
A Filipino concept bar that serves to provide customers with an authentic Filipino experience. Located at the Poblacion area on Don Pedro Street, this bar gives a relaxing ambiance to all its visitors with its lay back atmosphere. Aside from its amazing interior, the menu itself embodies the Filipino culture with its diverse choices of homemade cuisines and drinks. This place is truly one to check out if you’re looking to experience true Filipino hospitality and culture.
Aside from the locations listed above, there are still tons of amazing places in Makati to explore. Now if you’re interested in going to these places or your thinking of finding your own place in Makati, we suggest you try the Monthly Residence at One Central. Here at The Monthly Residence, enjoy some of the best facilities that Makati has to offer. Plus, they ensured that all rooms provide maximum comfort to their guests as well as provide them with all their essential needs for everyday living.
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