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    9 of Manila's coolest hangouts
    These Manila hot spots are a fast-track to Filipino cool
    A bar table in a restaurant in Manila; Credit: Sonny Thakur
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    Where are the best places to hang out in Manila? Here are nine to start with.

    1. Toyo Eatery

    Awarded Miele One to Watch 2018 by Asia’s 50 Best, Jordy Navarra transforms common Filipino food experiences into award-winning fine dining. For brunch, the nearby Panaderya Toyo is the Toyo team’s take on a traditional Filipino bakery.

    2. Belles Artes Outpost

    The satellite location of the non-profit Belles Artes Projects, Outpost aims to engage urban audiences with art activities in Bataan. American artist Bruce Conner’s first major exhibition in Southeast Asia was recently shown here.

    3. Aphro

    Run by gallerist Tina Fernandez, this boutique functions like a museum shop for the Philippine contemporary art scene, featuring design products by top artists as well as accessories from internationally acclaimed local brands like the Vogue-approved Zacarias 1925.

    First United Building, Escolta, Manila; Credit: Sonny Thakur

    Sonny Thakur

    Aphro, Manila; Credit Sonny Thakur

    4. Silverlens Galleries

    This local contemporary art gallery has grown in stature thanks to its tight edit, a presence in major art fairs like Art Basel, and a roster of internationally recognised artists, including Maria Taniguchi (Hugo Boss Asia Art 2015) and Martha Atienza (Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel 2017).

    5. Tropa Store

    boutique that offers a complete wardrobe for chic tropical living, championing exciting local brands like Carl Jan Cruz, Eairth, and Halo Halo.

    6. HUB: Make Lab

    Spearheaded by 98B Collaboratory, this artist-run initiative is at the forefront of the revival of Manila’s historic Escolta, once Manila’s financial district. The HUB is a retail playground with unique offerings from independent artists and artisans.

    First United Building, Escolta, Manila; Credit: Sonny Thakur

    Credit: Sonny Thakur

    Manila, Side Chick at The Alley; Credit: Sonny Thakur

    7. First Coworking Community

    With ceilings and walls left raw to expose the building’s beautiful Art Deco bones, and massive windows providing just the right amount of sunlight, it’s only fitting that young entrepreneurs now have a home in Escolta.

    8. Ritual

    With products from all over the country – cacao from Davao, sea salt from Pangasinan, desiccated coconut from Maguindanao – you’ll come away from this alternative grocery with a whole archipelago of produce in your bag.

    9. The Henry Hotel

    A series of 1950s postwar buildings converted into a boutique hotel in the heart of Pasay, the Henry Hotel is just a few blocks away from EDSA, the city’s busiest thoroughfare, but it has a transportive magic.

    Hero image: Sonny Thakur

    Manila travel information

    Country / Region
    Philippines
    Language
    Filipino
    Airport code
    MNL
    Currency
    PHP
    Time zone
    GMT +08:00
    Climate
    Tropical
    Country / Region
    Philippines
    Time zone
    GMT +08:00
    Currency
    PHP
    Airport code
    MNL
    Language
    Filipino
    Climate
    Tropical
    Find the best fares to
    Manila