Makati Off The Beaten Path

  • Entrance from Makati Cinema Square Side
    Entrance from Makati Cinema Square Side
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    Compound of Japanese Restaurants
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    Reposo Street

    by Ramonq Written May 13, 2011

    You may think that Makati is all about business, but there is a quiet corner near the Cemetery where all the art galleries and bohemian hipness are gathered. It's along the Nicanor Garcia Street formerly named Reposo Street (as in repose in a cemetery). Here you will see chic design shops, art galleries, and restaurants that cater to the cultured class. There's even the Alliance Francaise that occasionally offer cultural events for those starved of European cultural fares.

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    Little Tokyo

    by cyndymc Written Jan 16, 2011
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    I've worked for so many years in Makati but didn't realize that behind the busy streets and busines center, there is a such a nice place as Little Tokyo. I've seen the signage before, and have noticed the row of Japanese restaurants along Pasong Tamo (Chino Roces Avenue). What I didn't know was the existence of a compound of Japanese restaurants as you walk past the ark and Zen garden.

    My husband worked for a Japanese multinational company so he used to frequent the place. It was only recently that we went there to savor Japanese cuisine and buy some authentic Japanese ingredients and snacks. The foods are quite pricey, but the volume and taste are worth your money.

    Little Tokyo is worthwhile visiting when in Makati.

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    Museo ng Makati

    by stamporama Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    Well, it's not the Louvre but the city has its own museum. It's an old 3-story building that served as the city hall from 1918 to 1961. The exhibits are mostly photographs and paintings of Makati in the American colonial era and the post-war development to become the financial center of the nation. The only artifacts include a few ancient jars. All the displays are in the ground floor; there's nothing to see in the second and third floors. Needless to say, a visit here is not a must-do but for those interested to see old photos.

    The museum is located along JP Rizal St. (about 60 meters from the Makati Ave. intersection), Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.

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    Historical Tour of Intramuros, Manila

    by yellowbell Updated Nov 22, 2008

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    Tired of being a mall rat, then hail a cab and go to historical Manila. On a weekend where there's virtually no traffic, it's just a 20-minute drive away! Ask the driver to take the Roxas Blvd. route. Keep your eyes peeled on your left-hand side for the following tourist spots:

    (1) Cultural Center of the Philippines (notice the huge fountain)
    (2) Bay Walk (marina of yachts, morning joggers, gorgeous sunset)
    (3) Manila Hotel (where Gen. McArthur stayed)

    Finally on your right, is (4) Luneta or Rizal Park (named after our national hero).

    Just when you thought the journey is over, you have just arrived at (5) Intramuros Complex - a vivid reminder of 300 or so years of Spanish colonization of the Philippines.

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    City Living Experience at Ortigas

    by yellowbell Updated Nov 22, 2008

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    For a similar city living experience (a.ka. walking the malls and dining in good restaurants), hop into the train or what we call the MRT and get off at Shaw station (4 stations away from Ayala Station). The Shaw station is connected to the 5th floor of an upscale shopping mall called Shangrila. On most weekend afternoons, you might catch a free musical event in it's atrium.

    For a more common man's shopping experience, go next door to SM Megamall and put on your skating or bowling shoes. Take your pick!

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    Luxury Lounge of SM (Advantage Plus)

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 18, 2008

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    The SM Prestige Lounge is a haven within SM Department Store for the exclusive use of SM Prestige members. It has spacious reception & waiting areas, elegant but cozy furniture, wall-to-wall carpeting, built in shelves & cabinets and a fully-functional pantry. Prestige members who want to relax and take time off from their shopping can enjoy the convenience of separate powder-cum-fitting rooms for men and women, package counter, diaper changing area, massage chairs, Nokia Charging Stations and Wi-Fi connection. A team of friendly and courteous staff is always ready to attend to the needs of members and their guests.

    It is located at the 4rth floor of SM Building in Ayala Center. SM advantage card holders who accumulated 200,000 pesos worth of purchases in a year are entitled to get an SM Prestige Card w/ access to the SM Prestige Lounge.

    Caveat: you must maintain your 200,000 pesos accumulated purchases for at least 2 years to renew membership at SM Prestige Plus.

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    Permanent garage sale stores

    by stamporama Written Apr 5, 2008

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    Need a used toilet bowl? Of course it's clean!
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    Here's one tip that very few Manila residents know about. In Barangay Bangkal in Makati, there are a few side streets where a small industry has taken root and flourished: the thrift shops . These are family-run stores that sell used articles of just about anything: office and home furniture, paintings, books, toys, appliances...and as the photo shows, even toilet bowls! The owners of these stores usually buy their merchandise from garage sales in nearby villages, then after some refurbishing display them for sale.

    PROS: Most items have no price tags which means that some haggling may be done. No same item could be found in 2 stores so you really won't know what the next store has for sale till you go there. The people who ran them are just buy-and-sell traders who may or may not know the real value of the items they sell so who knows, you might see and buy something whose true worth might be far more than the asking price!

    CONS: You won't see any foreigners around as the streets are not really within a tourist zone. The stores are not lined up but dispersed along the street and since it's an open-air affair, be prepared for the heat and air pollution passing by. And should you decide to buy something big/bulky, you'd have to arrange your own packaging, transport and shipping.

    To get there: take a cab on EDSA towards Pasay City. Immediately after the Magallanes interchange, make a right on Evangelista St. (there's a McDonald's and Jollibee restos on opposite corners). Go straight and count 7 streets at your right as you pass. The stores are on Heneral Garcia and Heneral Hizon Sts., which are the 7th and 8th streets from EDSA respectively. The stores are open from Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm.

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    Floating restaurant ? !

    by airasia Updated Jul 1, 2006

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    Yes it is floating my friends. This huge 3-4 storey 'ship-taurant' actually floates by the manila bay stretch. This floating restaurant is call 'Jumbo King' which has live entertaiment over the weekend, lounge, cold room (10 degC), 4 storey dining, etc . It is located near CCP complex.

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    Great churches

    by airasia Written Jul 1, 2006

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    Makati has a couple of churches. One of them Binondo church said to be built in the 17th century, is the shrine of 1st Filipino saint, Lorenzo ruiz. Great architectural, something I don't see it at home. This church is located in the middle of China town.

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    Salcedo Village Weekend Community Market

    by yellowbell Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    It's a community weekend market that opens at 7:30 am until around 2 p.m. Fish/chicken are being grilled, baked mussels are topped with cheese, pasta are cooked/heated before your eyes. There are tables for people who chose to dine in. Even exotic plants and organic vegetables are being sold in different booths. As this area is surrounded by condotels and condominiums, you'd hobnob with rich locals, expats living in the community and not to mention call center employees who just came from their graveyard shift.

    It's 2 blocks behind the Citibank Bldg along Paseo de Roxas Ave.

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    Libingan ng mga Bayani

    by jgbrillantes Updated Nov 6, 2005

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    Libingan ng mga Bayani

    Take a walk at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of Heroes). It is found in Bayani Road, Fort Bonifacio, Makati. It is where former presidents of the Philippines, national artists and Philippine historical figures were buried. One can also learn about important events in Philippine history and it's in Makati! If by any chance you like watching flying airplanes as well, it's also a good place to watch airplanes landing.

    Photos here.

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    The Hidden Training Pool

    by jgbrillantes Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    Fort Bonifacio Training Pool

    The Fort Bonifacio (the Army camp) has a new training swimming pool. It's olympic size, and very well maintained. Since it's inside Fort Bonifacio, the traffic is freely flowing.

    The pool is located on Nichols-McKinley corner Bayani Roads. It's in the Army Gym compound (Bulwagang Flores). From EDSA corner Ayala Avenue, take the McKinley road. You'll pass the Santuario de San Antonio (huge Catholic church), Manila Polo Club and the Manila Golf Club. At the first traffic light, turn right. Continue on that road. You'll pass Essensa (a condominium building), and on your left will be the American War Memorial. Just continue on until you pass the Fort Bonifacio main gate, and then the Grandstand. The corner after the Grandstand is the Army Gym Compound.

    It's PHP50.00 each person per day.

    The pool's operation time is 9AM-12PM and 1-6PM. Because this is a training pool, they expect swimmers to wear swimming trunks (similar to Speedos) or bathing suits.

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    Private Only - Away and hidden from the City

    by whvcebu Written Apr 13, 2004

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    A Home to Enjoy Life

    From the garden of my former house I want to give you a look onto the lower terrace, the guest room, and to the left, behind that little wall, the main entrance. To the right and hidden on this picture is the upper terrace and the swimming pool.

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    Dont' miss these beautiful creatures

    by nixca316 Updated Mar 13, 2007

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    Well, these are NOT really off the beaten path pictures because they are within Greenbelt Park, but you might miss them if you're not walking leisurely....

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    A park within the Business District

    by julia_r Written Mar 27, 2003

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    just walking around...watch the fish in the water...the dancing leaves...as you sip your drink or have that memorable meal.

    I've always loved walking by this Greenbelt 3 park.

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