3 Hour Activities


SILVERLENS GALLERY
Warehouse 2, Yupangco Building 2320 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati
+63-917-5874011
silverlensgalleries.com

FINALE ART FILE
Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati
+632-813-2310
finaleartfile.com

ARCHIVO 1984
L/2 Warehouse 1, 2135 Chino Roces, Makati
+632-832-6191
info@archivo1984.com
facebook.com/ARCHIVO1984
archivo1984.com

SOMMELIER SELECTION
Building 3, Jannov Plaza, 2295 Chino Reces Avenue Extension, Makati
+632-840-4211
facebook.com/sommelierselection

TXANTON
2294 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, 2nd Floor, Alegria Alta Building, Makati
+632-812-2040 (loc number 112)
txanton.com.ph

TERRY’S DELI
Building 1 OPVI Center, 2295 Chino Roces Avenue Extension; Makati
+632-843-8897
terryselection.com

TOBY’S ESTATE
Whitespace Manila, 2314 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati
+632-728-0777
tobysestateph.com

EXPLORE THE CITY’S NEXT GREAT ART HUB

  • Take a gallery walk along Chino Roces Avenue
  • Taste top-tier wines and globally inspired bites
  • Perk up with an expertly brewed flat-white coffee

Some things are just better together: art and wine, for instance. You’ll find both in abundance along lively Chino Roces Avenue, where revamped warehouses are now stocked with superb indie galleries, wine bars, and craft coffeehouses. Devote an afternoon to exploring this art-filled stretch, starting at Archivo 1984, where you can catch the ever-changing exhibits, then sift through Philippine pop-culture collectibles, records, and vintage movie posters. Nearby, Finale Art File was established in the early ‘80s and showcases an international roster of artists working in large-scale installations, sculpture, and prints. At the other end of the avenue, Silverlens Gallery is a champion of contemporary photography and mixed-media work with a focus on Southeast Asian artists. On the surrounding blocks an unlikely epicurean enclave has popped up, thanks to the presence of some of the country’s top wine importers. Start with a glass of chilled Côtes de Provence—paired with a parade of velvety French cheeses—at Sommelier Selection, which hosts wine and cheese tastings in Jannov Plaza. Next, cross the street to the Smith Bell Building and make your way to Txanton, a sleek wine and ham store and tasting room, where you’ll snack on silky Iberico Bellota jamón imported from Spain as you sip a Ribera del Duero. Finish strong with juicy gambas, flaming chorizo, and a rich glass of Rioja at Terry’s Selection, known for its menu of Spanish pintxos and tapas (with a pronounced Filipino accent). If all this has made you woozy, revive with a note-perfect flat white at artisanal coffee haven Toby’s Estate, from Australian lawyer-turned-expert-coffee-roaster Toby Smith.

It’s a 20-minute drive from Conrad Manila to either end of Chino Roces Avenue; during rush hour expect a 45-minute trip. Start at the top with Archivo and make your way down to Finale Art File, then cross over to the Avenue’s extension, where you’ll find Silverlens, the wine shops, and Toby’s Estate.

SILVERLENS GALLERY
Warehouse 2, Yupangco Building 2320 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati
+63-917-5874011
silverlensgalleries.com

FINALE ART FILE
Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati
+632-813-2310
finaleartfile.com

ARCHIVO 1984
L/2 Warehouse 1, 2135 Chino Roces, Makati
+632-832-6191
info@archivo1984.com
facebook.com/ARCHIVO1984
archivo1984.com

SOMMELIER SELECTION
Building 3, Jannov Plaza, 2295 Chino Reces Avenue Extension, Makati
+632-840-4211
facebook.com/sommelierselection

TXANTON
2294 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, 2nd Floor, Alegria Alta Building, Makati
+632-812-2040 (loc number 112)
txanton.com.ph

TERRY’S DELI
Building 1 OPVI Center, 2295 Chino Roces Avenue Extension; Makati
+632-843-8897
terryselection.com

TOBY’S ESTATE
Whitespace Manila, 2314 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati
+632-728-0777
tobysestateph.com

AYALA MUSEUM
Makati Avenue at De La Rosa Street, Ayala Center, Makati
+632-759-8288
ayalamuseum.org

M CAFÉ / KABILA
Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, Makati
+632-757-3000
ayalamalls.com.ph

ARANAZ
Flipino Zone, 2nd  floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati
aranaz.ph

TAN GAN
Flipino Zone, 2nd  floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati
tan-gan.com

ARNEL PAPA
Filipino Zone, 2nd  floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati

KENNETH COBONPUE MANILA
The Residences, San Lorenzo Tower (entrances at Esperanza Street or Arnaiz Avenue), Greenbelt, Makati
+632-576-1639
kennethcobonpue.com

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN LOCAL ART, CUISINE, AND DESIGN

  • Get a history lesson at the excellent Ayala Museum
  • Sample traditional Filipino cuisine with a twist
  • Shop for local fashion and furniture design

For an insightful crash course in Filipino culture and history, take a few hours to visit the engaging and compact Ayala Museum, for its permanent exhibits of traditional textiles, Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics, and ancestral gold collection (there are more than 1,000 pieces). Contemporary-art lovers won’t want to miss the works of 1960s Filipino abstract artist Fernando Zobel on the third floor, a highlight of the Ayala’s wide-ranging collection. For all its artistic achievements, the Filipino culture that expresses itself best through its cuisine, so continue your studies next door at M Café’s Kabila, with fresh, clean flavours and premium ingredients. Start with the addictive crispy kangkong—local water spinach that has been deep fried to crunchy heaven with a spicy vinegar dipping sauce. Try their atsuete and lemongrass basted chicken insala, cooked on a charcoal grill to the perfect juicy doneness. Here, traditional dishes are given an updated twist. For your final class, mingle with the style set at Greenbelt Mall’s Filipino Zone, lined with the boutiques of some of the country’s brightest designers. Pick up a striking hand-carved clutch or other bespoke bags at Aranáz, from the designing mother-daughter trio of Becky, Amina, and Rosanna Aranáz. Marvel at the contemporary spin on the traditional Maria Clara gown at Tan Gan—and if that gold exhibit at the Ayala Museum piqued your interest in shiny things, stop by Arnel Papa for hand-hammered gold earrings. Finally, pop into Kenneth Cobonpue’s showroom to admire his sculptural approach to traditional rattan craft and woodwork. Cobonpue’s much-sought-after furniture is sold internationally, so no need to fret over how to squeeze that daybed you’re lusting over in your suitcase.

It’s a 20-minute drive (40 to 60 minutes in rush hour) from the Conrad to the Ayala Center and the nearby Greenbelt Mall complex in Makati. Have the driver drop you off at the Ayala Museum; from there you can reach everything else by foot.

AYALA MUSEUM
Makati Avenue at De La Rosa Street, Ayala Center, Makati
+632-759-8288
ayalamuseum.org

M CAFÉ / KABILA
Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, Makati
+632-757-3000
ayalamalls.com.ph

ARANAZ
Flipino Zone, 2nd  floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati
aranaz.ph

TAN GAN
Flipino Zone, 2nd  floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati
tan-gan.com

ARNEL PAPA
Filipino Zone, 2nd  floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati

KENNETH COBONPUE MANILA
The Residences, San Lorenzo Tower (entrances at Esperanza Street or Arnaiz Avenue), Greenbelt, Makati
+632-576-1639
kennethcobonpue.com

BLACKBIRD
Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati
+632-828-4888
blackbird.com.ph

MECHA UMA
G/F RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 25th Street between 5th and 6th, Bonifacio Global City
+632-801-2770
mechauma.ph

TOYO EATERY
G/F Building C, Krrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati
+63917-720-8630
facebook.com/toyoeatery

BOOK THE HOTTEST TABLES IN TOWN

  • Taste globally inspired cuisine in a vintage airport tower
  • Get an up-close view as a chef conjures an omakase tasting menu
  • Experience nostalgic Filipino favorites like crispy barbecued pork

In this food-obsessed city, restaurant choices are practically endless, and range from super-humble to ultra-refined, from retro-homey to cutting-edge. At the moment, three in particular stand out—so take your pick and have the concierge book you a table (or if you’re here long enough, hit all three). Design lovers will swoon over Blackbird, the latest from Scottish chef Colin Mackay, on the grounds of Manila’s former international airport—the restaurant is set inside the elegantly revamped Nielson Tower, one of the city’s few remaining pre-war buildings. The high-ceilinged Art Deco dining room is stunning, but for a more intimate setting, request a table on the second floor in the old radio control tower. Mackay’s aviation-themed menu is a culinary trip around the globe, from chicken Brinjal to truffle-sprinkled pasta to a succulent lamb rendang. If you’re an avid home cook seeking inspiration, secure a spot at Mecha Uma’s 12-seat counter, and pick up new techniques while watching chef Bruce Ricketts work his magic with a seasonal omakase-style tasting menu. And finally, if you’re keen to sample old-school Filipino cuisine, snag a hard-to-get table at Jordy Navarra’s Toyo Eatery, where the menus are a brilliant swirl of traditional recipes—crispy barbecued pork, an elevated bangus (milkfish)—and the chef’s inspired riffs on childhood memories, as played out in a vibrant vegetable medley inspired by the nursery rhyme “Bahay Kubo.”

Blackbird and Toyo Eatery are both 30 minutes from Conrad Manila by car; factor in more time during peak hours. Mecha Uma is in Bonifacio Global City (often called The Fort) and is a 40- to 60-minute drive depending on traffic.

BLACKBIRD
Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati
+632-828-4888
blackbird.com.ph

MECHA UMA
G/F RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 25th Street between 5th and 6th, Bonifacio Global City
+632-801-2770
mechauma.ph

TOYO EATERY
G/F Building C, Krrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati
+63917-720-8630
facebook.com/toyoeatery

CUBAO FARMERS MARKET
Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City

KAINAN NI ALING CADIANG
Dampa sa Farmers Market, Araneta Center, Cuabo, Quezon City
+63905-755-6750
+632-437-8585

VISIT AN AUTHENTIC FARMERS MARKET

  • Choose the freshest local crabs and have them cooked to-order
  • Sample just-picked produce and sweet tropical fruits
  • Inhale the fragrant blooms at Manila’s top flower market

For a peek inside the proverbial pantry of top chefs and passionate home cooks, set out early one morning to the daily Cubao Farmers Market. While this vibrant marketplace is as authentic as they come, it’s also impressively clean and well-organized. You’ll find rickety stalls displaying colorful pyramids of produce, and butcher counters offering dried sausages and whole chickens with ink-black skin. Try not to get distracted—it’s the just-reeled-in seafood that you’re here for. Ogle the massive tuna and marlin, the still-clattering Manila clams, the plump mud crabs that just might bite if you’re not careful. Choose your catch and carry it over to the food court, where any one of the restaurants will cook your prize while you wait. Look for the Aling Cadiang stall with the terracotta-tile roof if you have a taste for gingery clam soup or crabs cooked in garlic. (Trust us, you’ll want to try both.) After your meal, wander through row after explosive row of mums and delicate orchids at the adjacent flower market, and pick up some fresh blooms for your room.

The Cubao Farmers Market is at the north end of Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (commonly known as EDSA), about 9 miles from Conrad Manila. The route is often congested, so expect a 40- to 60-minute drive. Theoretically the market is open 24 hours a day, every day, but not all vendors stay open 24/7. The restaurants and kitchen stalls are open only from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

CUBAO FARMERS MARKET
Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City

KAINAN NI ALING CADIANG
Dampa sa Farmers Market, Araneta Center, Cuabo, Quezon City
+63905-755-6750
+632-437-8585

TAMBAI
5779 Felipe Street, Bel Air, Makati
+63-917-842-3725

EL CHUPACABRA
5782 Felipe Street, Bel Air, Makati
+632-895-1919
facebook.com/Elchupacabraph

SEÑOR POLLO
5767 Ebro Street, Makati
+632-831-6945

WILD POPPY
5666 Don Pedro Street, Makati
+63-995-990-8737
thewildpoppymnl.com

BUCKY’S CAFÉ
5666 Don Pedro Street, Makati
+63-917-844-5104

FEAST YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD

  • Discover Manila’s latest and greatest hipster enclave
  • Fashion a globally inspired grub crawl
  • Nosh on kimchi Reubens, chargrilled yakitori, and roast chicken with chimichurri

Given Manila’s passion for food, art, and forward-thinking fashion, it’s no surprise that the city has acquired its own brand of urban hipsters. Their preferred hangout? The Makati CBD, a former all-business enclave that’s seen an uptick in stylish eateries and underground bars. All that has earned the neighborhood its nickname “Williamsburgos,” a nod to the original skinny-jeans bastion of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here, sandwiched between motorcycle bars, Korean mini-marts, and girlie clubs are a jumble of next-big-thing restaurants and pop-ups with an appropriately global flair. Come around sundown and cool off with locally-brewed craft beer and chargrilled yakitori at Tambai, a streetside grill that would be right at home in Osaka. Next, follow the mariachi music across the street to the funky taqueria El Chupacabra and indulge in an overflowing platter of nachos and some potent margaritas. Keep with the Latin beat as you make your way to Señor Pollo, known for their sublime roast chicken with chimichurri. Then hit Wild Poppy, tucked away off the street with a garden patio, and snack on slider-sized kimchi Reubens and fried-chicken pok-pok bites. Punctuate your food crawl with something sweet at Bucky’s Café, famous for their “buckies not brownies” dessert—a denser, richer version of a brownie best paired with strong black coffee.

The narrow one-way streets of this underdeveloped area of Makati (wedged beside Poblacion and Bel Air) are full of character and funky charm. If you avoid rush hour, it’s a 20- or 30-minute drive from the Conrad—the best route is to cut through Rockwell Center from EDSA. Have the driver drop you on Kalayaan Avenue, near the Iglesia ni Cristo church at 8408 Orion; all of the above are an easy walk from there.

TAMBAI
5779 Felipe Street, Bel Air, Makati
+63-917-842-3725

EL CHUPACABRA
5782 Felipe Street, Bel Air, Makati
+632-895-1919
facebook.com/Elchupacabraph

SEÑOR POLLO
5767 Ebro Street, Makati
+632-831-6945

WILD POPPY
5666 Don Pedro Street, Makati
+63-995-990-8737
thewildpoppymnl.com

BUCKY’S CAFÉ
5666 Don Pedro Street, Makati
+63-917-844-5104

SALCEDO MARKET IN THE PARK
Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati
Saturday mornings only from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WILDFLOUR
V-Corporate Centre Salcedo Village, 125 St. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati
+632-808-7072

GINO’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA
Bautista corner Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
+632-779-8192

MENDOKORO RAMENBA
Ground Floor, V Corporate Center, Soliman, Salcedo Village, Makati
+632-478-9625

SPEND A SATURDAY IN SALCEDO

  • Peruse more than a hundred vendors at a popular market
  • Slurp up curative noodles at our favorite ramen bar
  • Make a tough decision: creative brunch or Italian-style lunch?

In Manila, weekend brunch is a see-and-be-seen type of deal—and the Salcedo Saturday Market is the spot to watch peacocking locals strut by in their fabulous late-morning parade. What began 12 years ago with a handful of folks peddling produce and home-cooked foods has mushroomed into a weekly extravaganza drawing more than 160 vendors and crowds from across the city. (Note that Salcedo has a very different vibe from the more authentic, old-school Cubao Farmer’s Market.) Snack your way through the maze of white-tented stalls, where ambitious young chefs hawk crispy porchetta wraps or gooey brownies. You’re sure to find a souvenir among the handsomely carved wooden serving bowls, scented soaps, and tins of aromatic spices. Once you’ve made the loop, choose among several restaurants just outside the market, and settle in for the main event. Brunch lovers rejoice: Wildflour Cafe and Bakery serves breakfast until 3 p.m. Start with the pastry board (starring a knockout bacon-pecan sticky bun) then dive into sweet-corn waffles or chorizo fundido, a sizzling skillet of housemade sausage and melted cheese crowned with a fried egg. If you’re set on lunch, Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza has terrifically creamy housemade burrata, silky pastas, and Neapolitan-style pies with perfectly blistered edges. And if you’re feeling the aftershocks of a long night out, Mendokoro Ramen-ba is the way to go: slide into a seat at the ramen bar and slurp up a bowl of slippery handmade noodles in a rich curative broth.

Salcedo Park is about 30 minutes by car from the Conrad. Head out early if you can—the roads and the market area both become more crowded around the lunch hour.

SALCEDO MARKET IN THE PARK
Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati
Saturday mornings only from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WILDFLOUR
V-Corporate Centre Salcedo Village, 125 St. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati
+632-808-7072

GINO’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA
Bautista corner Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
+632-779-8192

MENDOKORO RAMENBA
Ground Floor, V Corporate Center, Soliman, Salcedo Village, Makati
+632-478-9625

SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH
General Luna Street, Manila
+632-527-4060

CASA MANILA
Plaza San Luis Complex, Real Street at General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila
+632-527-4084

SKY DECK VIEW BAR
Top floor, The Bayleaf Intramuros, Muralla Street at Victoria Street, Intramuros, Manila
+632-318-5000
thebayleaf.com.ph

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME

  • Marvel at the city’s oldest building, the San Agustin Church
  • Tour the Casa Manila mansion and stay for merienda on the patio
  • End the day with a sundowner at a rooftop bar with stellar views

Time travel in Manila is as simple as a saunter down the cobbled streets of Intramuros, the walled colonial-era enclave at the heart of town. Many buildings in this historic district were toppled during a World War II battle with the Japanese army, but faithful reconstruction and preservation efforts have made for a vivid glimpse of the city’s long history, back to the 16th century. Start your explorations the soaring Spanish Baroque San Agustin Church, Manila’s oldest building, completed in 1604. Then roam the halls of the lavish, antiques-filled Casa Manila museum: former first lady Imelda Marcos had this reproduction of a stone-and-wood mansion built to showcase Spanish Colonial architecture, design, and the lifestyle of the illustrado (the Spanish-educated high society). Make like the illustrado and retire to the Casa Manila patio for the local tradition of merienda (afternoon snack), with a thick hot chocolate and ensaymada, a buttery brioche filled with creamy cheese and dusted with sugar. Cap off the day with a sundowner at the Sky Deck View Bar at the Bay Leaf Intramuros hotel. The drinks are rather straightforward, but no matter, you’re here for the expansive vistas—gazing from high above Intramuros’s stone perimeter and out toward the gleaming Manila skyline.

The drive from Conrad Manila to Intramuros should take about 10 minutes during non-peak hours, and up to 40 during rush hour.

SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH
General Luna Street, Manila
+632-527-4060

CASA MANILA
Plaza San Luis Complex, Real Street at General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila
+632-527-4084

SKY DECK VIEW BAR
Top floor, The Bayleaf Intramuros, Muralla Street at Victoria Street, Intramuros, Manila
+632-318-5000
thebayleaf.com.ph

SEE THE WORLD’S OLDEST CHINATOWN

  • Let a local be your guide through Manila’s historic Chinatown
  • Try delicious dumplings, juicy fried chicken, and the beloved lumpia crepes
  • Get the inside track on Art Deco architecture and Chinese-Filipino culture

You may not realize that Manila has what’s considered to be the country’s oldest Chinatown, established in 1594. Four centuries later, it shows no signs of slowing down—and though it’s often bypassed by visitors for its showier neighbor Intramuros, Chinatown is well worth a wander. Its narrow lanes and alleyways are lined with Art Deco buildings and stalls bursting with fresh fruit, dried herbs, and traditional Chinese candies. Get an up-close-and-personal look at the neighborhood with the excellent guide Ivan Man Dy, co-founder of Old Manila Walks, who’ll lead you on an engrossing, three-hour, architecture-and-food-themed stroll. Ivan knows the way to fantastic hole-in-wall eateries with zero signage—this is where you’ll find burst-in-your-mouth pork-and-chive dumplings and luscious, juicy, Chinese-style fried chicken. You absolutely must try fresh lumpia, a thin crepe filled with minced chicken and vegetables and a sweet peanut sauce, with a garlicky vinaigrette for dipping. There’s no finer way to explore the delights and delicacies of Tsinoy (Chinese-Filipino) culture.  

From the Conrad it’s a 20-minute drive (twice that in traffic) via Roxas Boulevard to the heart of Chinatown. Old Manila Walks also has tours in other historic quarters of Manila such as Intramuros, San Miguel-Malacanang Palace and the Chinese Cemetery.