Awesome Things To Do To Explore Or Rediscover The City of Manila

Wondering what to do when in Manila? There is no shortage of experiences and attractions for locals and tourists alike. The City of Manila has some of the most unique sites in the country—from comfort food spots and the world’s oldest Chinatown to the historic sites where some of the most important events in Philippine history happened. It is also one of the busiest cities in the world, so there’s always something new to do here.

We listed down some of the best places and experiences that you might want to try the next time you visit the city of Manila!



Explore The Old Manila District

via Intramuros Administration’s Facebook page

Discover Manila’s rich history by wandering inside the walled city of Intramuros. Intramuros is home to historical landmarks built during the Spanish era. Within the area, you will find ancient churches, plazas, and colonial houses that are still preserved by the government. Visiting the Old Manila district will give you a deep insight into the history and culture of the Philippines.



Try The Great Binondo Food Crawl

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After a trip down memory lane in Intramuros, head out on a tour at the world’s first and oldest Chinatown. A visit to Binondo is not complete without trying different restaurants and local food stalls. Get to know the best food in Binondo, and discover specialty dishes like machang, toasted siopao, and assorted dim sum. Don’t forget to bring home Hopia and Tikoy for your family and friends!



Get Your Culture Fix At The National Museum

via National Museum of the Philippines’ Facebook page

There are a lot of museums in the metro that will walk you through the Philippines’ historical past. One of those is the National Museum which houses a vast collection of artworks, artifacts, and manuscripts. The entire museum is Insta-worthy but make sure you don’t just go to take photos! Take the time to read the descriptions, watch the videos, and interact with the exhibits.



Stroll Around Luneta Park

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In the past, Luneta park was a place where the upper class held their evening dances. Now, it is home to statues of heroes who fought for the Philippines’ Independence. The park now attracts locals and tourists alike, from morning joggers to families enjoying a picnic outside. You can experience a calm environment away from the city’s hustle and bustle when in here.



Taste The Famous Halo-Halo

via Manam Comfort Filipino’s Facebook page

After spending a day walking around the Metro, cool off with a classic Filipino cold dessert. Halo-Halo is a sweet dessert that means ‘mixed’ in English. It is a mixture of shaved ice, milk, ube (purple yam), Leche flan (egg custard), canned fruits, and sweetened beans, among others. This famous Filipino dessert is one of the things that makes the humid weather bearable for the locals.



Dive Deep into Manila Ocean Park

via Manila Ocean Park’s Facebook page

Manila Ocean Park is an oceanarium that houses over 13,000 sea creatures from around 277 species that are from Southeast Asia! Whether you’re traveling alone or with your family, you’ll surely have a fun experience while learning at the side. Back of House Tour, Aquanaut Voyage, Sharks and Rays Swim Encounter, and Mermaid Swim Experience, are some of the activities you can try inside the park. Don’t forget to wear a comfortable pair of shoes since there will be a lot of walking inside!



Catch A Glimpse of the Manila Bay Sunset


Most locals would agree that Manila has one of the most picturesque spots in the world to catch the sunset. Take a stroll down Roxas Boulevard or the bay area of SM Mall of Asia between 5 and 6 pm to catch the breathtaking natural spectacle.



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*Featured image via National Museum of the Philippines’ Facebook page