Manila travel guide

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You're Going to Love Manila

The capital of the Philippines is a busy mass of energy and industry, and there are many reasons why it deserved its nickname "the Pearl of the Orient".

You can witness colonial sights like Casa Manila or Fort Santiago, or get a taste for how the city has thrived in an independent Philippines at the Museum of the Filipino People. Tuck into a freshly made lumpia wrapper, before heading to watch international music acts at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, or dance all night long to the rhythms of the city at clubs like Revel or Valkyrie.

Modern Manila is a heady mix of grand colonial churches, hyper-malls, museums, and street life that all combines to create a wonderful vacation destination.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Manila

When to Visit Manila

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The best time to visit Manila is during the country's dry season, which usually runs from around November to April. The city is a magical Christmas destination, and the weather will be ideal for sunbathing or sightseeing, so a festive break is an excellent idea. January is another option, with the added bonus of spectacular festivals like the Feast of the Black Nazarene.

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How to Get to Manila

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Where to Stay in Manila

Those who need to be close to the sights in Intramuros could go for the comfortable Bayleaf Hotel, which has a rooftop restaurant. Other city center highlights include the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Raffles Makati (which is very handy for the main business district), and Nobu Hotel, which has a huge on-site pool. Budget travelers could also have a look at Z Hostel in Makati, which is a modern, well-located but cheaper accommodation provider.

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How to Get Around Manila

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Shopping Streets

If you are looking for vintage clothing and designer gear from local talents, check out the Collective, a design community on Malugay Street. If you just want to wander endlessly from shop to shop, visiting SM Megamall - the fourth largest mall in the world - is essential. At the other end of the scale, diving into Ukay Ukay, mammoth used-clothes stores where you can rummage for anything from cheap finds to designer sunglasses.

Groceries and Other

The best places to shop for groceries in the Philippine capital are supermarkets like Rustan's, Puregold, and Walter Mart. Expect a gallon of milk to cost around ₱280 and 12 eggs to come to about ₱70.

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₹ 171

Where to Eat in Manila

If you want to try Filipino dishes, superb dining options include Sentro 1771, Kabila, and Wooden Spoon. However, there are also world-class Chinese restaurants like Tim Ho Wan, great Indian eateries like New Bombay, and European options like Caruso Ristorante Italiano. Manila has a massive range of dining options thanks to its multicultural nature, and gourmet food fans can dine very well for very little money. Expect high-quality meals to cost as little as ₱500.

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