5 Things To Do in Manila

Concrete jungle – that is the image of Manila embarked on us. You may think that it is not different from the other cities you have been visited from various parts of the Philippines or in the world. If you are a traveler and explorer, you would realize that there are a lot of things to do in Manila.

Set aside those prejudices and warnings you have learned about Manila and let’s move forward and explore this beaut.

Window Shopping

Filipinos have that heart for shopping – particularly window shopping. For some reason, we can’t get enough in visiting malls. In reality, three of the most prominent malls in Asia are in our country – SM Mall of Asia, SM Mega Mall, and SM North.

I can say that Manila could be your favorite if you are up for some walk. You may not have enough money to buy everything you want, but at least, you got that energy to roam around and keep going. With all those big malls and different establishments, your eyes will surely be full.

Museum Hopping

All places have a story to tell, including Manila. Counting into the different things to do in Manila is getting to know the roots and stories in and of Manila.

Manila has a significant role to play in the Philippine History. It is not just a concrete jungle, to begin with. It is also the hometown of one of our great heroes, Andres Bonifacio (Tondo, Manila). It is also the capital of our country and where we can find most of the government offices head units, including Malacañan Palace.

On top of that, there are many museums that you could visit in Manila. Like what we said, this place will not run out of stories to tell. National Museum, National Planetarium, Mind Museum, Museo Pambata, and Pinto Art Museum are just a few names to remember in your museum hopping. Not to mention Fort Bonifacio in Intramuros is also one for the books!

Food Trip

Aside from basketball and beauty pageants, Filipinos favorites also count in food. Pampanga is said to be the best place to go if you are up for a food trip. But Manila people and visitors don’t have to go that far because Manila can serve you with different delicacies in one place.

With the rise of food parks and hubs, you can already taste different food from various places without traveling too far. In Quezon, Makati and Marikina City alone, you can find around 100 different food parks and hubs, also bars and restaurants. If you want some street food, you can just see a lot of stalls around your area.

You will never be hungry in Manila if you just walk around and explore different food this place have to offer. So ready your palette if you are up to this challenge.

Go for booze

Aha! More than just eating, Manila is your place to be for drinking. Usually, food parks and hubs offer alcoholic drinks. But if you are looking for bars and clubs, need not say more. Again, just look around, and you’ll see at least one in your area.

High-end bars and clubs are mostly in Makati City and Bonifacio Global City. But it doesn’t mean that the rest are not worth trying. They are just beautiful on their own!


One of the traveler’s best friend is the camera. It is more than just photography in that sense. It is turning those memories into stills for all of us to remember. If you are a photo enthusiast or a traveler, Manila is a right place for you to shoot.

Our country is known for being happy. Even in disasters and going thru their lowest points in their lives, Filipinos know how to smile and carry on with life. If you’ll observe how the bystanders behave during TV interviews and they are in the background, they will wave and smile, even if the coverage is about a fire, traffic, and whatnot. To put it simply, you won’t have that much problem in street photography and taking pictures of strangers, of course with proper consent.

With all of these at hand, you may want to stay a little longer in Manila and join the hustle and bustle. Of course, you need to prepare for the extreme traffic during rush hours! Nevertheless, how crazy things can get, Manila will always be one of the places worth visiting and staying.

How about you, what’s on your list for the things to do in Manila?


Janice Jaramillo is a twenty something who loves to write. She likes to travel around the world to meet new people and gain new experiences.

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