Other places to stay in Manila
Makita lies in the heart of Manila and is the main financial and commercial district. The area attracts big name businesses from around the world, something which has aided the city’s development and growth. Most of the hotels in the area are 4 and 5 stars, offering top quality services to tourists arriving in the city for business and pleasure. Honeymooners will love the pampering services and the area is popular with retirees, looking to finally relax. The main shopping areas in Makita are the Greenbelt area and the Gateway Mall, where you can buy designer brands alongside handmade Filipino gifts to take home. The Ayala Center is a large scale mall, where locals hang out at weekends and tourists fill up their cases at a fraction of the price they would pay back home. Makita is packed with dining options, with street food stalls, cafés and restaurants scattered all around the district; the area northeast of Ayala Triangle is a particular hotspot for foodies, who cannot get enough traditional Filipino cuisine.
Makita is not all skyscrapers and high rise apartments, there are quiet spots where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere, with Greenbelt Park one of the most multicultural areas of the city. There are also lots of museums and galleries to visit if shopping and eating become a bit too much for you. Night life also centres around the Greenbelt area, with Makati Avenue coming to life of an evening, with bars, clubs, karaoke joints and GoGo bars.
Pasig is a busy urban area in the Metro Manila area that is becoming increasingly popular with tourists. Pasig City is home to the Ortigas Center: a fast growing financial and commercial district filled with new skyscrapers popping up seemingly every day. This region of Manila has a high concentration of churches, which are good to look around and you can attend mass at the weekend. The Plaza Rizal is where people from all cultures get together to spend the afternoon after mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral nearby. Pasig is close to NAIA Airport and has a fantastic infrastructure, meaning it is easy to get about to see other parts of the city and is a great base for exploring further afield. Tourists who enjoy arts and culture head to Pasig as there are lots of galleries, museums and pop up theatre productions that give Pasig a unique vibrancy. There is accommodation to suit all budgets but Pasig has a higher concentration of budget and backpacker accommodation than areas like Makita.
Metrowalk is a popular night time hangout, with dozens of restaurants and bars to feed and water tourists and plenty of places to relax and see how Filipinos like to chill. Food in the area is influenced by many cultures that converge in Pasig, so you can get traditional Filipino cuisine alongside Indian, Chinese and European foods – to name but a few. To round off your stay in the area, a trip to the Tiendesitas area will provide great shopping opportunities where you can buy something unique to take home.