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Makati City or just simple Makati lies in the heart of big Metropolis of Manila. The city is known for its upscale shopping malls, and is also home to high fashion brands, restaurants and hotels and is home to many to many affluent Filipinos. Makati is considered to be the center of financial, commercial and economic hubs and home to the Philippines' "Philippine Stock Exchange" (PSE).

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Landmarks

  • Greenbelt Chapel (Santo Niño de la Paz Chapel), Bernardino St., Guadalupe Viejo (In Greenbelt Park). Located in the Greenbelt Park, the church is popular for church goers, most people find it relaxing though because of the park around it. The church is surrounded by trees and a fish and lily pond is on the side of the chapel. The Greenbelt Chapel might be the most relaxing chapel in the Philippines. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is also found here.
  • Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of the Heroes). The final resting place of many Filipino soldiers, heroes and martyrs, it is also the final resting place of two Filipino presidents; Carlos P. Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal.
  • Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church. Built by the Augustinian friars and is a UNESCO world heritage site, it's architecture is of European-Baroque inspired. It is named Nuestra Señora de Gracia in honor of the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary that can also be found inside
  • Philippine Stock Exchange. One of the two stock exchanges in the Philippines, it is known to have Asia's shortest trading times which lasts only for two hours. Nearby the PSE is the Ninoy Aquino Monument.
  • Ninoy Aquino Monument. Erected in honor of the late Filipino senator and national hero, Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, who was the husband of late Philippines president. Corazon Aquino. Together, they both fought for democracy during the martial law which was under the Marcos' administration in the 1980s.

Museums

  • Ayala Museum. The Ayala Museum showcases the rich and vivid history of the Philippines from the earliest times of the Mactan battle to the struggle of democracy in EDSA. Also present are some famous paintings by Filipino painters such as Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna and Fernando Zobel.
  • Yuchengco Museum. The museum was created to house the art collection of Secretary Alfonso T. Yuchengco, and highlight his distinguished career as a businessman, diplomat, collector, philanthropist, patron of the arts, and advocate for education in the Philippines. The museum’s primary goal is to foster a greater public appreciation of the finest in Filipino and Filipino-Chinese visual arts and creativity. The Yuchengco Museum houses paintings by Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna and Carlos “Botong” Francisco.
  • Filipinas Heritage Library. Located inside the old Nielson Airport tower, the Filipinas Heritage Library has an astounding collection of books that date back to the Spanish period. Serious scholars of the time period will love it, but anyone with even a remote interest in old books and history should give it a visit.

Parks

  • Greenbelt Park. Greenbelt Park is a small park designed to be a complement to the surrounding Greenbelt Malls. An artificial duck pond and stream can be seen here, as well as the Greenbelt Chapel for Catholic services. Greenbelt Park is also a good place to sit, people watch and see the more multicultural side of Metro Manila.
  • Ayala Triangle Park. Located behind the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Ayala Triangle Park is surrounded by restaurants and cafes.
  • Legaspi Park. A small, well kept park along Legaspi Street. On Sunday mornings the Legaspi Market opens, where you can get fresh organic foods, delicacies, sweets and other assorted souvenirs.
  • Salcedo Park. Another small park along Legaspi Street. Similar to the Legaspi Market, on Saturday mornings the Salcedo Market opens.

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Makati Stock Exchange

Glorietta Mall

Greenbelt Shopping Mall

World Trade Center Manila

RCBC Plaza

SM Makati

GT International Towers

Canadian Embassy Philippines

Australian Embassy Manila

Makati Museum

Asian Institute of Management

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Makati Central Post Office

Alliance Francaise

Makati Medical Center

Sanctuario De San Antonio

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About Makati

History

Originally founded in 1670 as a visita of Sta. Ana de Sapa under the jurisdiction of the Franciscans, Makati City was first dismissed as "worthless" swamp land by the Spanish conquistador Juan Miguel de Legazpi in 1571. Yet over the centuries, this small community would leave large imprints in social, economic and cultural history. The friars established two of the earliest churches in the Philippines, the Nuestra Señora de Gracia in Guadalupe and the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Makati, drawing pilgrims from all over the country. At the turn of the century, the Americans established Fort McKinley in Makati, and in 1901, San Pedro de Makati, with a population of 2,500, was incorporated into the province of Rizal. On February 28, 1914, the Philippine Legislature passed Act 2390, shortening the name San Pedro Makati to Makati in the 1930s, the first airport, Nielson Airport, opened in what is now the Ayala Triangle. The first centrally planned community was established in the 1950s, and since the 1970s, Makati has been the undisputed financial and commercial capital, the once worthless swampland becoming prime real property. Makati has also figured prominently in the political history of the Filipino. The community was one of the cradles of the revolt against Spanish colonial rule, and following the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in 1983, the epicenter of the protest movement against the dictatorial rule of Ferdinand Marcos. On January 2, 1995, Makati became an independent city by virtue of Republic Act 7854.

Food

Makati is packed with dining choices:

Budget

  • Inengs BBQ, Ayala Central Bus Terminal at Makati Avenue beside The Landmark. This establishment is all about pork barbecue. Their skewers have much more meat than other barbecue outlets.
  • Max's Fried Chicken. There are dozens of locations around Makati. Good Filipino food, affordable, reliable and clean.
  • Earl's Sandwiches, Ground Floor, Greenbelt 1, facing Legaspi Street. Excellent submarine sandwiches.
  • Mang Inasal Filipino-style chicken.
  • Kenny Rogers' Roasters Kenny Roger's Roaster is reliable and the sides are good.
  • Jolibee's. A growing fast-food chain in the country serving fried chicken, burgers, fries, sundaes, etc.

Pizza

The pizza debate will rage in eternity but thankfully, you're never far from a slice in Manila. No matter your personal definition of pizza, Makati has you covered with a mind-boggling array of choices. Of course, they have Pizza Hut, Papa John's, and Domino's, which if that's your thing, you won't have to look far. The following are proven winners.

Local Franchises

  • Yellow Cab Pizza Multiple locations, one of the Philippines most successful pizza franchises that has gained it's market share with good value for money, lots of toppings and imported cheese.
  • Greenwich A favourite of locals. Very affordable yet tasty pizza, often located in mall food courts.

American Franchises:

  • Sbarro Multiple locations throughout Metro Manila. Yes, it's a chain store but where else are you going to find Chicago-style deep dish? Nowhere. Sbarro's is it. Their pastas are also filling and tasty.
  • California Pizza Kitchen Multiple locations including Third Floor, Greenbelt 5. It is what it is. If thin crust is your taste, head here. Dine in, Take Away or Delivery.
  • Shakey's Great traditional thin crust pizzas and a family restaurant.

Mid-range

  • Apartment 1B +632-843-4075. One Lafayette Square, 132 L.P. Leviste Corner Sedeno St., Salcedo Village. Comfort foods with a twist, served in a bistro-style setting. The kind of place that winds up being your favorite joint in town. Highlights include: French onion soup, cream cheese samosas, Reuben sandwich, three-cheese veggie lasanga. Though the prices (300 php average starter; 450 php average sandwich; mains from 340 php for the Mac n' cheese, to 2,100 php for the steak frites) come out on the high side of mid-range dining options, Apt. 1B is well worth it.
  • Persia Grill +632-403-9999. Five locations in Metro Manila, for Makati visit Valero Street or Legaspi Street branches, For Middle Eastern and/or Mediterranean, Persia Grill is the best value in town. The Legaspi location is directly across from the entrance to Greenbelt 5, at the corner of Dela Rosa. Highly recommended.
  • Kashmir. Festejo Bldg., 816 Arnaiz Ave. (formerly Pasay Road), Makati. Also have a location in Ermita on Padre Faura. Pricy Indian and Middle Eastern fare in a sophisticated (by local standards) atmosphere. The staples (samosas, palak paneer) are delicious but come in small portions. Wine list has some gems but of course it depends if they have it in stock. The Ermita branch is much better than Makati in service and value. Meanwhile, they operate a takeaway booth at the Salcedo and Legazpi weekend markets, where you can pick up your favorites at reduced prices.
  • Cyma Greek Taverna. Greenbelt 2, Ground Floor, Ayala Center, +632-729-4837. Moderately authentic Greek food. The best you’re going to find in Makati. Menu includes loads of favorites such as taramosalata, paidakia, dolmades, kefthedes, octapodi, sagahnaki (and yes, unfortunately they set in on fire and “Opa!”). If you like Greek cuisine, this is the place to go. See menu link for prices.
  • Chimara +632-757-5652, e-mail: chimaragb3@tatersgroup.com.. Cinema Level, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. This healthy café has a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan friendly options from soups, salads and wraps. They also have a range of soy ice cream and offer home delivery as well. They will even deliver meals into the cinema while you enjoy a movie.
  • Circles Event Café, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave., +632-840-0884. Casual dining at its best. Offers an array of continental, oriental, à la carte and buffet delights in a relaxing ambiance.
  • Magic Bread Vegetarian Store, 25 Bautista Street. Cor. Buendia, Palanan, Makati City. Phone: 887 7921. Great store selling a range of healthy vegetarian friendly baked goods and products.
  • Cibo, Italian restaurant with several branches, most notable at Shangri-la Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong and Glorietta 4. Their pasta dishes as well as panini sandwiches are great. Don't miss the very refreshing fresh red grape shake.
  • Hossein's Persian Kebab 7857 LKV Building, Makati Avenue, ☎ +632-890-59-28 or +632-890-61-37 (fax: +632-890-58-03) Located right along Makati Avenue and opposite of Burgos Street, the restaurant was founded in 1985. Serves authentic Indian, Arabian and Persian cuisine. Halal certified. Very overpriced. Go to Persia Grill or Al Basra on Makati Avenue.
  • Sentro 1771, Greenbelt 3 2nd Level, Ayala Center, +632-757-3940 to 41. Casual dining restaurant serving Filipino cuisine. Popular dishes include the tomato and kesong puti (native white cheese) salad, sizzling tofu and corned beef sinigang (corned beef in tamarind broth). Dessert to die for is their coffee pie.
  • Via Mare +632-893-2306. Ground Floor, Greenbelt 1. For the best oysters in Manila.
  • Bizu Patisserie and Cafe. Ground Floor Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center. The best French patisserie and cafe in Manila. Try the 10 Hour Roast Beef! They make the best Macarons de Paris similar to those of the best patisseries in Paris. Their French gateaux and Lavazza coffee are perfect for a night cap. Open for Breakfast at 7AM and the Eggs Benedict and Filipino Breakfast are must-tries.

Splurge

  • Basix, Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center, +632-867-3333. Fine dining at the Dusit Thani.
  • Old Manila, The Peninsula Manila, cor. Ayala Ave. & Makati Ave., +632-887-2888 / +632-812-3456. Fine French dining at the legendary, The Peninsula Manila.
  • Shang Palace. Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave., +632-840-0884. Chinese/Cantonese cuisine. Excellent Dim Sum.
  • Sala, Locsin Building, 6752 Ayala Ave. cor. Makati Ave., +632-750-1555 / +632-893-0242, [2]. Fine European cuisine.
  • UMU Japanese Restaurant, Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center, +632-867-3333. One of Manila’s best restaurants which offers authentic Japanese dishes such as all-time favorite Sushi and Sashimi Bar, Teppanyaki, Bento Box and many more.

Drinks

The epicenter of Manila's famous nightlife is Greenbelt where some of the city's best restaurants, cafes, bars and karaoke joints cluster around a park in the middle of the main business district. Meanwhile, there are a series of bars stretched out along Makati Avenue, northeast of Ayala Triangle, including the infamous P Burgos Street go-go bar area.

  • Cafe Havana. Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati, Tel +632-7574370. While the Spanish-Cubano cuisine is quite good, and the weekend samba bands are generally top-notch, Havana’s true draw is the outdoor umbrella tables packed with expats, travelers, and local women offering companionship, on a nightly basis. Therefore, Havana is undoubtedly the number one venue in Makati to meet and greet. Though rich by Metro Manila standards, Havana’s prices are reasonable. A bottle of San Miguel beer is 100 php. Main dishes range from 300-900 php. Cocktails in the 180 php range. Otherwise, there are a couple of better places in Greenbelt 3 to have a drink (Cerveseria, National) with none of the riff-raff. The club’s Greenbelt 3 branch is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. or 3 p.m. daily, while the one in Malate opens at noon and closes at 12 midnight or until 3 a.m. daily. International credit cards are accepted.
  • Cerveseria +632-757-4791. Ground Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati, Almost next door to Café Havana is this cool and relaxed bar, popular with locals, Havana-wary (and weary) expats, and not surprisingly, ladyboys. Cerveseria is a great place to post up and watch the free-for-all of vice going on across the plaza. The extensive tapas menu is a bit steep but excellent and their buy-one take-one San Miguel policy (100 php) is a ridiculous bargain in the area. Cerveseria is affiliated with the excellent Kitchen, which is adjacent to the patio.
  • National Sports Grill +632-728-4126. 3rd Floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati, "The dining choice of champions." This is where you go to watch the Pacquiao fight. The food is decent sports bar fare (Buffalo wings, etc. but avoid the 'National Sauce' on burgers—at least order it on the side) and the beer is cold. 95 php for a San Mig. They have a pool table and TVs in the outdoor patio area, although the LCDs indoors are infinitely better for watching sports.
  • Also in Greenbelt: Museum Cafe Ground Floor, Ayala Museum, Makati Ave corner Dela Rosa Street (adjacent Greenbelt 3 and 5) Tel + 632-757-3000. Kind of a swanky joint. Usually featuring live music. It's common to see well-heeled expats sipping mimosas at noon. Ice Vodka Bar 3rd Floor, Greenbelt 3. Generic nightclub.

Northeast of Ayala Triangle

  • WG Diner Corner of Makati Ave. and Gen. Luna St., Makati, This unassuming outdoor establishment was the best kept secret in town. Located near the A. Venue Mall, across the street from the Wendy’s and 7-Eleven. Friendly staff, decent Filipino food, and insanely cheap beer (33 php per bottle of San Mig!!!), combined with a ringside seat on the parade of God-knows-what on Makati Ave., makes WG a solid choice for a laid-back night with friends.
  • Chihuahua Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar, 7838 Makati Ave,  +632-897-0087. Kiddie-corner to A. Venue. The latest newcomer on this stretch of road.
  • Kwagos Grill Makati Ave. corner B. Valdez. This is where the locals go, and by locals, I mean call center employees. Open 24 hours. Bucket of 6 San Miguel for 130 php. Filipino menu. The place gets unbearably loud on weekends.
  • iO Family KTV, 136 Jupiter St,  +632-8895-5938. Makati. KTV (Karaoke TV) bar where you can sing to your heart's content in private rooms while having the usual drinks and eats. Best enjoyed with a group of friends.
  • Grilla, corner of Kalayaan Avenue and Rockwell Drive. A great place to have grilled foods, both Filipino and International. Try their platters (starting at 400-500 pesos) for a group of 3-4 and down them with some San Miguel beers.

Shopping

Ayala Center is the Philippines' Orchard Rd, it has a number of upscale malls. High class brands and restaurants usually have branches here. The cost of buying in Makati is far more expensive than its neighboring cities or in any other city in the Philippines because of the upscale brands they have in Makati.

  • Glorietta. It was renovated on the 1990s, owned and operated by the Ayala company, it is one of the biggest malls in Metro Manila. Aside from shopping and dining, indoor facilities such as a kids' playground and an activity center for concerts and shows. By the 2000s other buildings too were constructed making it bigger. Its tenants include Adidas, Aldo, Cole Haan, Debenhams, Lacoste, Mango, Marks and Spencer, Nike, Puma, Zara, etc.
  • Greenbelt. The one stop for high class shopping from brand like Adidas, Aldo, Anne Klein, Audemars Piguet, Balenciaga, Bally, Banana Republic, The Body Shop, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Burberry, Celio, Charriol, Chopard, Diesel, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Escada, Fred Perry, Gucci, Hèrmes, Hugo Boss, IWC, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Levi's, Louis Vuitton, Lucky Brand, Kate Spade, Mango, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jabos, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Paul Smith, Prada, Rimowa, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, Springfield, St. John, Tod's, Tony Burch, Topman, Topshop, Zara, etc. Dining options include sit down restaurants and fast food chains, fast food chains are found in Greenbelt 1, while restaurants are located in Greenbelt 2, 3 and 5.
  • Power Plant Mall. A four level complex mall that has shops and restaurants which may be either international or local, cinemas too are also found. Shops at Power Plant Mall include Adidas, Aldo, Anne Klein, Armani Exchange, Bally, Billabong, The Body Shop, Celio, Cole Haan, Diesel, DKNY, Dorothy Perkins, Esprit, Fred Perry, Kate Spade, Kennth Cole, Levi's, Mango, Marks and Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Muji, Nine West, Rimowa, Rolex, Salvatore Ferragamo, Shu Uemura, Springfield, Thomas Sabo, Topman, Topshop, Trucco, Zara, etc.
  • Salcedo Weekend Market. 7am to 2pm. Right in the heart of the Business Center District is the Salcedo Park. Every Saturday, vendors take over part of the park to sell their specialty items. There are ornamental plants, organically grown vegetables, bakery products, lechon from Cebu, etc. Be sure to come early for the full experience.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Makati on Wikivoyage.

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