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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Route
“The red light district in Makati. Look for the neon signs to find or avoid.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Lodging
“This is the trendiest Hostel In Makati with a roof-top bar. Take the elevator to the roof for incredible views of the Fort Bonifacio Global City as well as Makati. This is the place to see and be seen!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Diner
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“Neon-lit and nostalgic, Filling Station Bar Café is a popular restaurant on Burgos Street in Poblacion, Makati due to its photogenic interiors and tasty American cuisines. A place filled with memorabilia from past decades, its concept is to provide guests an American diner-inspired experience. Filling Station operates 24/7 and any time is a perfect time to visit the 50s-inspired diner.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Pura Vida: A Taste of Costa Rica and Reggae Culture in Manila The very moment you open Pura Vida’s door, it feels like you’ve just left the city and instantly gone to the beach. The old house in this once quiet neighborhood, much of it retained and just slightly refurbished, feels just right the perfect home for what Pura Vida stands for. The wooden stairs and walls are splashed with the red, green, and yellow paint and plastered with everything Bob Marley; big wooden beach chairs in the balcony easily feel like lazy afternoons on the beach; and rope swings in the bar with a boat-shaped shelf make this lounge a sweet escape from city life.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Night Club
“ROYAL located at the heart of Makati nightlife district ROYAL is the first of is kind with an English / French royal interior design and a state of the art sound and lights system.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great quick roasted chicken with decent sides at a great price. Set's you up for drinking at other spots once your stomach is full. Easy delicious eats!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Ian Paredies’ bahay ng engkanto for his Engkanto Brewery craft beer is one of Poblacion’s hippest night spots for good reason. There’s the moody lighting, trendy neon signs, and mismatched furniture that just exudes a vibe of effortless cool. Then there’s the all-too-drinkable draft beer on tap, and beer-based cocktails that go down so smoothly yet hide an all-too-powerful punch. Plus, the tasty, and definitely-not-your-usual bar chow by Chef Luis de Terry (whose family owns Terry’s) are sure to be unforgettable even on the morning after. One thing’s for sure: You shouldn’t leave Poblacion without dropping by Polilya on your next night out. **** Polilya is at 5658 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Very good Indian food close to century mall. prices are mid range to expensive ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“I’M Hotel, Roof Deck, 7862 Makati Avenue corner Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City Open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Monday to Thursday), and 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Friday to Saturday)”
  • 10 locals recommend
Spa
  • 1 local recommends
Place to eat
“CUISINES Middle Eastern, Indian, African, Mediterranean, Asian, Persian, Ethiopian SPECIAL DIETS Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal MEALS Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours FEATURES Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Table Service”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cafe
“This is the best dessert place in Poblacion and they have simple food menu. Mostly comfort food and its geeewwwd”
  • 1 local recommends
Entertainment
“Bored out of your wits and want some politically incorrect fun? Want to bring your balikbayan friends to a place where their jaw will drop down in utter disbelief”
  • 9 locals recommend
Middle Eastern Restaurant
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“If you love Mediterranean food and Hummus Elijah is probably one of the most authentic restaurants I’ve been to so far in Manila. You can tell from its largely Middle Eastern clientele that this place is the real deal. ***** Address: Second Floor, Commercial Building, 7850 Makati Avenue Operating Hours: 9AM-3PM, daily Local Beers: Approximately PHP 90 per bottle Expect to Spend: Around PHP 300 per person for dinner with drinks”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is our fave restaurant when in Poblacion! It's conveniently located within the center of the night life as well. They have both good food and cocktails. Our favorite dishes are the Hoi! Pork Belly Bao, Curry Fisher Rice Bowl and Flying Chicks. Once you're done eating here, you can head over to nearby bars. You can also get your food delivered to you via Honestbee app. Great for midnight snacking!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“The Mermaid Pool Bar is the rooftop bar of the I’M Hotel, serving signature cocktail drinks and late night eats. ***** I’m Hotel, Makati Ave, Poblacion, Makati”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Diner
“Neon-lit and nostalgic, Filling Station Bar Café is a popular restaurant on Burgos Street in Poblacion, Makati due to its photogenic interiors and tasty American cuisines. A place filled with memorabilia from past decades, its concept is to provide guests an American diner-inspired experience. Filling Station operates 24/7 and any time is a perfect time to visit the 50s-inspired diner.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lounge
“Pura Vida: A Taste of Costa Rica and Reggae Culture in Manila The very moment you open Pura Vida’s door, it feels like you’ve just left the city and instantly gone to the beach. The old house in this once quiet neighborhood, much of it retained and just slightly refurbished, feels just right the perfect home for what Pura Vida stands for. The wooden stairs and walls are splashed with the red, green, and yellow paint and plastered with everything Bob Marley; big wooden beach chairs in the balcony easily feel like lazy afternoons on the beach; and rope swings in the bar with a boat-shaped shelf make this lounge a sweet escape from city life.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great quick roasted chicken with decent sides at a great price. Set's you up for drinking at other spots once your stomach is full. Easy delicious eats!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very good Indian food close to century mall. prices are mid range to expensive ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Middle Eastern Restaurant
“If you love Mediterranean food and Hummus Elijah is probably one of the most authentic restaurants I’ve been to so far in Manila. You can tell from its largely Middle Eastern clientele that this place is the real deal. ***** Address: Second Floor, Commercial Building, 7850 Makati Avenue Operating Hours: 9AM-3PM, daily Local Beers: Approximately PHP 90 per bottle Expect to Spend: Around PHP 300 per person for dinner with drinks”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is our fave restaurant when in Poblacion! It's conveniently located within the center of the night life as well. They have both good food and cocktails. Our favorite dishes are the Hoi! Pork Belly Bao, Curry Fisher Rice Bowl and Flying Chicks. Once you're done eating here, you can head over to nearby bars. You can also get your food delivered to you via Honestbee app. Great for midnight snacking!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Chinese Restaurant
“If you're craving for Chinese food, this restaurant is a great choice. Rice dishes are available too! Their Chinese dumplings is my personal favorite!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“This easy-to-miss bar in Poblacion is a favorite among the artistically inclined; it regularly plays host to live music, spoken word performances, and visual arts events. Dulo offers some of the best-known cocktails in the area, and the Pork Belly Bao is a consummate crowd-pleaser. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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