The other month, a travel vlogger from Italy, Antonio, came to Makati and asked me to take him around for a little bit. We were really pressed for time, so i was only able to bring him to three places (Purple Oven, Pat Pat’s and The Curator), but if we had more time i would of brought to lots of other local spots.

Antonio is taking the time to travel around Asia, because he has been based in Bangkok for quite a while but hasn’t really been able to travel the region yet.

Follow Antonio Here: @antoniotravels #italiangoeslocal

Most people will stay in Manila for only about 2 days, so it’s important to compress lots of experiences in that small amount of time, i’ve listed what i think is unique locally and gives a flavour of what the city is about, whether its filipino or influenced by the world.

Here are some of my favourite expriences in Manila.


The Curator Coffee and Cocktails
The Blind Pig
Exit Bar
Niner Ichi Nana (full disclosure, one of mine)
A Toda Madre


Mecha Uma
Wildflour Bakery and Cafe
Your Local
The Red Light (pop ups – full disclosure, one of mine)
Crisp on 28th (full disclosure, one of mine)
La Cocina de Tita Moning


Purple Oven
Kamuning Bakery

Hip Areas:

Cubao X
The Collective
Maginhawa Street
UP Street Food

Night Out:

Finders Keepers
Z Hostel
Palace Pool Club (full disclosure, one of mine)


Carlos Celdran Tours
Metropolitan Museum
Yuchengco Museum
National Museum

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