Makati Travel Guide

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Makati Highlights

  • Pro
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     A self-sufficient community. You can find almost everything here. Never a dull moment! 

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     Heavy traffic! 

  • In a nutshell
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     It's not all smoke and buildings...there are bits and pieces of heaven here and there 

Makati Things to Do

  • Ayala Triangle

    Ayala Triangle The Ayala Triangle is a sub-district of the Makati central business district, comprising of the parcel of land between Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, as well as the buildings on those streets. Many multinational companies, banks and other major businesses make their home on the triangle, noted by the many...

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  • Ayala Museum

    Saturday January 7, 2012 It was suggested by many of our Filipino friends that we must visit THE AYALA MUSEUM and it was just a five minute walk from our condotel. So, on the day of Jane's visit with us, I suggested that we all go there - it was awesome! The Museum is in the heart of Makati and offers four levels, each with their own individual...

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  • Greenbelt 3

    The cinemas at Greenbelt 3 are fully carpeted, well-maintained and really at par with upscale moviehouses abroad. Aside from this, maximum price of movie tickets at Greenbelt 3 are at approximately 3USD - definitely cheaper than in cinemas in the US or other western countries.

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  • Shopping

    Makati City is a pedestrian-friendly city. You can go from the carpark building to the mall, from the shopping center to the Central Business District, and from one mall to another through the walkways. That way, you don't have to drive your car around; you can just leave your car in the carpark building and walk your way to whereever you'd like to...

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  • WHERE THE BEST EXECUTIVES STUDIED!!!!

    AIM, The Asian Institute of Management opened its doors in 1969 and is the country's number one university and graduate school of business and public affairs. It is in partnership with Harvard Business School and uses the same teaching methodology and is the best in the Asia Pacific in terms of executive education. To study here expect the fees to...

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  • WELL PLANNED SHOPPING MALLS

    In Makati there are 4 malls, all connected to each other, even a walkway that crosses over the busy road. Take a look at how the place was planned as there are benches, trees and even ponds for shoppers to relax by.

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Makati Hotels

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  • REFRESHING DRINKS and PEOPLE WATCHING

    You will find Chatime in the Landmark, Makati just near the exit towards Glorietta Mall. They have a selection of teas, juices, coffees, ice creams and many more. There are a few tables in a busy section of the mall where you can sit and watch the people as they walk from one section to the other. I had some type of lemon yoghurt drink which tasted...

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  • ICE CREAM TO DIE FOR

    Cafe Ti-Amo is located in Greenbelt 5 and the ice cream here is out of this world, and although it may be considered expensive if you are a local it is actually very reasonably priced. Besides ice cream there are a good selection of waffles, coffees and hot chocolate. See the menu below should you be interested in visiting this wonderful cafe.

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  • One of my favorite restos now in...

    TGI Friday's food and beverage may be more expensive than average, but almost everything is good to share, so there is still value for money.There is always a good feeling whenever one goes inside a TGI Friday's branch. Whether you're with your family or friends, you would surely have fun with the good service and great food.

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  • A Famous Nitespot in Glorietta 1

    this joint is now closed as the buidling was demolished as they are making a new condominium in the site.

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  • Hooters Now in Makati City

    Hooters now has a second branch in the Philipines. the second branch is located at the A. Venue Mall in the expatriate district of Makati and is now a favorite nite spot of both locals and foreign expatriates and tourists.Hooters is a chain of Restaurants cum bars that started in Clearwater Florida in 1983 and the main draw here is the fabulous...

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  • Spanish Tapas and Drinking Spot

    Barcino's is not the oldest Spanish Restaurant cum wine bar in the Philippines, but it surely popularized Spanish Tapas to filipinos and also became part of the growing wine appreciation of filipinos, who are more addicted into beers and liqours. Tapas before is only known as a filipino fried beef dish and now, filipinos know that spanish tapas are...

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Makati Transportation

  • THE ICONIC JEEPNEY

    Without a doubt the ICONIC JEEPNEY is the most popular means of public transportation in Makati. Originally made from left over U.S. military Jeeps, Jeepneys have become an iconic symbol of Philippine culture.All I know, is that I got a kick out of seeing these colorful, decorated vehicles, which were always bursting at the seams with passengers....

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  • Shuttle (Van, L300s etcetera)

    The cost per person from Paranaque to Makati and Makati to Paranaque is 60Pesos each(50 Pesos for senior citizens). There are other shuttles to/from other areas too. Check the terminal near Hotel Intercontinental Manila beneath the Ayala MRT Station for details.

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  • Philippine Jeepney

    The iconic form of transport in the streets of Manila are the Jeepneys. It started after the Second World War after the Filipinos converted old US Army jeeps into a form of public transport. Each jeep is very beautifully decorated and runs in most of the major roads of the country. Passengers enter from an open door in the back with two long bench...

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Makati Shopping

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  • ANOTHER LARGE MALL

    The Glorietta is another large mall owned by the Zobel de Ayala family and contains hundreds of shops, restaurants, gym, cinemas, arcades and an activity center which is used for special occasions. There are 4 malls all connected to each other and actually you will not have to go outside to get from one to the other. There is even a walkway to...

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  • FIND A BARGAIN

    The Landmark is a huge department Store located in Makati, next to Greenbelt. There are always some items on sale, mainly clothes and footwear. Downstairs is the supermarket and if your wife is taking too long you can relax while having a snack in the foodcourt. Their are plenty of staff in attendance at this busy store so finding one to attend to...

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  • HIGH END SHOPS

    Greenbelt Mall is located at the Ayala Center in Makati and is owned by the Ayala Corporation and here you will find many high end retail outlets that you will find in similar malls in your own country. There are actually 5 sections named Greenbelt 1 to 5, The most recent being Greenbelt 5 opened in 2005. The high-end shops can be found in...

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Makati Local Customs

  • Singing is a National Past time

    Aside from Filipinos' love for basketball, we also love to sing. That was why, on my despedida de soltera, my friends and I sung to our hearts' content in a family-atmosphere karaoke bar along Jupiter St. Check out local fiestas or attend someone's birthday and you'd see people whipping out their own microphones or maybe their favorite CDs in...

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  • San Miguel Light

    Ice Cold San Miguel Light can be very refreshing. Its the local Philippines beer. Its not too strong, but i hear its stronger than regular San Miguel. They serve this everywhere. It can cost anywhere from 50-100Php. Its pretty good, you should try it. I prefer red horse though, ask around about that.. thats some good stuff...

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Makati Warnings and Dangers

  • Makati Is A City Of Discipline

    Yes, Makati is a city of discipline, so bear in mind the following:1) If you drive through the main roads like Ayala, Gil Puyat/Buendia and Makati Avenues, make sure you stick to the proper lane. NEVER go to the yellow lane for public utility jeeps and buses, and ALWAYS observe the proper loading and unloading places.2) Commuters, be forewarned...

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  • Secure Your Mobile Phone!

    While walking at the elevated pedestrian walkways of the CBD, refrain from using your mobile phone for calls or sms. Or if you must, it is best to strap it to your wrist. There have been many reported cases of mobile phone snatching on the walkways.Modus Operandi: Snatchers work in tandem, looking for pedestrians using their phones without straps....

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  • Not so much danger as to being ripe off!

    If your with someone who speak Tagalog or the native language then taking the taxi is alright. Now when taxi drivers notices that people are desperate for taxis they they have the nerve to confront with you (as we had experience many times...) drivers will not want to use the taxi meter but instead they will name their price. These has happened to...

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Makati Tourist Traps

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    I never liked the idea of feeling like a tourist in my own home country, especially in my hometown. During my last visit to Manila, as my sister and I were about to hail a cab, a man assisted us by opening the door of the cab for us. We were carrying several shopping bags so we thought it was a nice gesture. The man works as jeepney passenger caller (one who calls passengers so jeepney drivers don’t have to shout or wait for passengers to board the jeepney, a public transport). I was about to close the door, the man held the door and asked for “something” from me. My sister argued because he wasn’t the one who hailed the cab, we did. He just opened the door for us. When he didn’t get anything from us, he asked the driver. The driver got angry and ordered him to close the door and leave. The man, apparently not our usual Mr. Nice Guy, slammed the door and shot one sharp look at us. Oh well!

    Unique Suggestions: Hail your own cab and open the door yourself. Better yet, just wait at a designated taxi stand. I don’t encourage tipping. Well, if you really must, just prepare P20.00 (it’s less than USD 0.50) and give it with a smile.

    Fun Alternatives: Don’t act scared or surprised. Just stay cool. Filipinos are naturally friendly. (wink, wink)

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Makati What to Pack

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    lets cool down

    by julia_r Written Mar 27, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: GRAB your SWIM WEAR!

    since Makati is a City....its HOT in here...
    (but dont worry, most buildings are airconditioned)...thus most hotels/inns include a pool in their amenities....so you can cool down at anytime in a refreshing way...

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Makati Off The Beaten Path

  • Reposo Street

    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...

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  • Little Tokyo

    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...

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  • Museo ng Makati

    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...

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  • GREENBELT PARK & CHAPEL

    One of my favourite things to do, was to go for a walk through GREENBELT PARK. It was such a wonderful green oasis among the hustle and bustle of a very busy city. And it was only a few minutes walk from our condotel. There were many benches to sit on and take in the beauty of the gardens, waterfalls and ponds. Swans could be seen gracing the ponds...

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  • AYALA CENTER

    Located in the central business district of Makati in metro Manila, the AYALA CENTER is a commercial complex comprising of business, shopping, dining and entertainment. The development originally started with a number of shops and Greenbelt Park, before expaning to cover over 50 hectares of facilities.The complex also includes the Ayala Museum and...

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  • INTRAMUROS - MANILA CATHEDRAL & PLAZA...

    The present MANILA CATHEDRAL is the sixth to rise on the site since 1581. Previous structures were destroyed by either fire or earthquake. Rebuilt in 1958, the Cathedral incorporated the Rosette windows of the old cathedral.This is really a spectacular Cathedral. We went inside to take in its beauty and there was a wedding going on. We sat in the...

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