While the food is delicious and comforting in its own right, most Filipinos’ favorite dishes are ones that are made in traditional ways at home. Chef Jordy Navarra brings these flavors to the culinary scene with some unconventional updates, sourcing homegrown ingredients from all over the country. Stationed in the creative lifestyle space The Alley at Karrivin Plaza, Toyo Eatery showcases modern Filipino interior design in addition to its cuisine.
Mecha Uma’s chef Bruce Ricketts put omakase on the local map. The Japanese term “to entrust” allows for an element of surprise, revealing Ricketts’ passion behind his genius, quirky creations. Every ingredient is expressed at its best, which makes for a memorable multi-course meal. Though loosely inspired by Japanese cuisine, Mecha Uma cannot be categorized and must be tasted to be understood.
The history of the Philippines has included several colonizations, including the Spanish regime, which lasted for 327 years. Performance artist Carlos Celdran’s tour Walk This Way gives an entertaining overview of Manila in the ancient walled city Intramuros, built during the Spanish colonial period, using humor and drama to analyze its history and culture.
Shopping at the Greenhills tiangge or indoor flea market is just as much of an experience as visiting a historic landmark. Stock up on all sorts of bargains from fashion and lifestyle to gadgets and software at this hub.
For a quick day trip away from the city, head to the Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo. The 1.2-hectare property features stunning landscaping between scattered villas housing vast collections of Filipino art, ranging from traditional to contemporary.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at QiWellness Living in Tagaytay, a secluded Chinese Tea and Bath house with a view of Taal Lake. Designed by architects Budji+Royal, its minimalist Chinese interior lends itself perfectly to the serene atmosphere.
Back in the city, The Henry Hotel is a heritage site where five houses have been transformed into one of Manila’s coziest and most thoughtfully furnished hotels. A refuge in a bustling city, every corner of The Henry features either a feast for the eyes or a pleasant area to take a breather.
If you only have a few hours or a quick overnight in the city, Z Hostel is a luxury hostel offering stylish accommodations. Lounge on the rooftop deck overlooking the Makati City skyline with a drink in hand, and recharge for the next day’s adventure.
Travelling to Southeast Asia? Consult our guide to travel etiquette in the region before you go.
Written by Tina Ong
Headline image of the Pasig River by Bar Fabella