Manila may not be at the top of everyone’s list of cities to visit, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid going here. It’s incomparable to more popular destinations like New York or Los Angeles because of its charm. There’s so much to do, including visiting historical sites and indulging in local cuisine. The best part is you can get the authentic Manila experience even if you’re traveling alone.
Tour New and Old Attractions
Manila has an extensive history, and you could learn about it through a tour of the city’s attractions. Drop by Intramuros and Rizal Park, where a statue of the Philippine National Hero is located, or the National Museum and Planetarium for a more educational route. You could even shop and dine at one of the largest malls in the world, the Mall of Asia, while you’re nearby.
Indulge in Local Cuisine
One of the best ways to learn about a country’s culture is through their food. While buffets at the hotel are a fine choice, venture out and see what’s available in the local food scene. You could go on a food crawl in Binondo or find a vendor that sells street food you’ve never tried before. There’s more to Filipino food than just adobo and pandesal.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Manila has an abundance of shopping malls and thrift stores that sells almost everything you’ll need. If you’re a bargain shopper, head over to Divisoria in Tondo or Greenhills in Ortigas for cheap finds. Those who prefer shopping at malls shouldn’t have a problem finding one as they’re sprawled across the city. Makati and BGC are favorable locations because establishments are close together, and the streets are walkable.
Maximize your visit to Manila by touring with a local. Maybe you have a friend that’s willing to take you to their favorite spots. It will give you a different perspective of the city, and you’ll discover hidden gems. Who knows, you might find other reasons for you to want to revisit.