Finally, a clean and worthwhile outdoor market in Makati ! The Salcedo Market is only open on Saturdays from 7 am until 2 pm. It is located right smack in the center, on what serves as a parking lot on other days.
Shop for fresh produce, orgranic herbs, fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, homemade bread, flowers, plants, native delicacies from different parts of the country, specialties from popular restaurants in the area, fresh milk and yogurt, kettle corn cooked on the spot, paella etc.
It is also a place to see and be seen, where friends gather to shop, eat or just to chat . Tables are set up under tents so you can enjoy a nice lunch.
Try the Ineng's barbecue! Yum!
Makati is the financial district of Metro-Manila. One cannot be unimpressed by the high-rises that puncture the sky in this part of Manila. This is where money is made and spent in the Philippines.
The architectural style is decidedly post-modern with lots of glass and chrome. Its denizens are worldly and sophisticated, who unashamedly call themselves yuppies.
Makati CBD is worlds away from the shanty towns that dot the Manila landscape. Some of its elitist neighbourhoods, ironically called "villages", are so exclusive that guards secure their main entrances. Many of the county's embassies are located in these so-called villages. The most prestigious is Forbes Park.
Other areas of Metro-Manila are trying to replicate the success of Makati. Most notable is Alabang in the city's south and Ortigas in the east.
Vist the trendy and upmarket Greenbelt area.
There are many shops, restaurants and cafes and a number of interesting night spots with live bands at night.
It is also within walking distance of the major shopping malls such as Glorietta Mall, Rustams Department Store and ShoeMart.
The Greenbelt area consists of Ayala Museum, La Tasca, Greenbelt Park, Greenbelt Mall and Greenbelt Square.
It is where the young and trendy "Manilenos" go to meet friends, to catch a movie, have a cup of gourmet coffee or for a drink, or to browse in the specialty shops.
Update:The premier of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull was being premiered here in May 2008.
The Greenbelt Park (which was still being built when I was there) is located right next to the Mall, and the architecture of the mall is clean, uncluttered and modern, and care has been taken to ensure that it blends well with its green surroundings, making it a greenbelt, right in the centre of Makati city!
A place to people watch - go there in your latest fashions, to see and be seen!
If you get tired of the dirt and grime of downtown Manila, head to Makati, whose gleaming malls, clean streets and high-rises cater to upper class Manila (and anyone else who can get there). In the Glorieta Mall, you'll see streams of people who have not intention of shopping but just want some place to hang out away from the heat. We went to the Ayala Museum, where they had a competitive contemproray art show from all of the East Asian nations (we were most impressed with Mongolia, the Philippines and South Korea). We grabbed a beer aty the Hard Rock Cafe where we observed a birthday party for a 7=year-old that looked as expensive as a wedding in the States. And, of course, we had a Starbuck's iced coffee -- yum!
Makati is the Business District in Metro Manila (other Cities in Metro Manila would be Quezon City, Manila, Pasig, Paranaque, etc.)...Though it can also be called the Gimmick/Night Life Spot or D PLACE TO BE for Yuppies (Young Professionals), Vacationers and the Family.
Here you can go to...
MALLS (Greenbelt, Glorietta, Landmark, SM, Rockwell Power Plant Mall, The Fort)
BARS (A LOT in teh Greenbelt area)
RESTAURANTS (A LOT...from local, budget, classy to hotels...take your pick)
SPORTS ACTIVITIES (bowling, badminton, swimming, go cart, wall climbing)
"Fort Bonifacio" is an urban development in Taguig City, Metro Manila. It also has residential condominiums, restaurants, bars, clubs, and many retail outlets.
Mostly expats living in Manila, and also many locals are there daytime for shopping and enjoyment and as sun goes down, bars and restaurants are full of people till late night hours .... To those who frequent The Fort, the place is usually called by other names based on what can be found in the district such as Serendra, High Street, or Bonifacio Global City.
To reach there from EDSA, ride a bus southbound to Baclaran or Ayala or take an MRT and go down at Ayala, cross EDSA using the MRT bridge and look for the bus terminal of The Fort buses (at the gate of Forbes across Shell Station) bound for Fort Bonifacio. These are air-conditioned buses that go around Fort Bonifacio.
Very qualified area, as so called a "looooong street" for just pedestrians as no vehicles are allowed ... :)
Manila has some of the best spas. And pampering myself is a luxury I treat myself to once in a while. Hey, I work hard and I play harder, I deserve it! :D
All that touring, and shopping will surely take it's toll on your body. Reward yourself with some quiet time and let a professional work her magic on you.
My favorite spa is called "The Spa" . Yeah, not very imaginative , but wow, this is a piece of heaven on earth. There are lots of other spas to choose from, and usualy the bigger hotels have their own. Check out the link below for a list of some spas in Manila.
Pick your bliss:
Swedish, Shiatsu or Deep Tissue Massage
Twin Massage - where you have 2 therapists massaging you at the same time, oooh!, double the pleasure!
Different kinds of Facials
Indian Head Massage
Hair and Scalp Treatments
Javanese Royal Bath
Mud Body Wrap
Indian Ayurvedic Treatments,
Various foot therapies and treatments
And the list goes on and on and on....
What I love about this place is that they give you a robe, towel, slippers and free access to the sauna, shower and jacuzzi as well!
Not only chocolate they served in their Lobby Chocolate Bar they have this cakes, mousses, tortes, éclair, crepes, ice cream, cookies, pies, and more. If ever you can come over in the Peninsula or you can stay there don’t forget to try their dessert? Why coz they get my attention when I stayed there my sister bought me one slice of it and I had doubt to eat it though it look really sweet. But the smell makes u try to start eating it and have a glass of coke then burp. Sound full!he he he
Makati is the vibrant financial centre of Manila, where the main business buildings are located as well as some of the biggest shopping malls.
It is a contrast between the colonial Manila seen in Intramuros, the poor Manila seen in the suburbs and this part of the city.
In Makati, nothing (except maybe the weather) really point to the fact you are in Asia. This is quite similar to any business district in any eastern city : huge malls and skyscrapers all over the place.
All the money spent here is a real contrast with the nearby townships you could see when coming from the airport!!
The business/up market shopping district of Manila including Greenbelt/Glorietta shopping areas.No hustle or bustle in this very clean/sanitized area.It just did not feel like Manila to me but well worth a look if you prefer this type of enviroment.Plenty of 5 star hotels but not a trike driver to be seen.
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Glorietta is a large shopping mall in the Ayala Center in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
It is divided into four sections (named Glorietta 1-4) and contains many shops and restaurants, as well as cinema screens, a gym, arcades and a large central atrium often used to stage special events. It has an activity center, located at the heart of the mall.
It is also integrated between Greenbelt (Philippines), SM Makati, Rustan's Makati and The Landmark, a department store.
The Landmark has been a dominant force in retailing. Its name is synonymous with high quality merchandise, excellent service, latest fashion trends and community involvement. It is probably one of the best department stores in Makati together with SM & Rustan's all in Ayala Center.