Binondo Food Trip Guide (2022 Edition)
MANILA, Philippines — You can never consider yourself a real foodie until you have scoured through Binondo. This district in Manila is regarded as the oldest Chinatown in the world, dating back to the early 1590s. Although it was established during the Spanish period, it had been an active place of commerce for Chinese traders even way before that. Today, this part of Manila is famous for Binondo Food Crawl, which everyone enjoys doing with their friends and loved ones.
This place has seen centuries pass in front of it. If you are truly a foodie, you will delve into this historical place of trade, business, and gastronomy.
Many changes have occurred over time, but the Philippines’ Little China food remains delicious as always. Planning for a DIY Binondo Food Tour? If you are looking for a Food Trip Itinerary in Binondo, here are some of the best shops to start off with:
Dong Bei Dumplings
Location: 642 Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 9 am to 8 pm
Telephone: (02) 82418912
Dumplings are a Binondo staple, and you can have some of the best ones here at Dong Bei Dumplings. If you are coming with a group of friends, their Pork Dumplings, sold at Php 200 for 14 pieces, is a must-try. Sample their Fried Pancakes, which they prepare and cook at a fantastic speed. Including this shop on your food trip itinerary is highly recommended if you are on a budget.
Tip: Like most restaurants in Binondo, Dong Bei Dumplings has not gone many renovations. The shop is pretty tiny, so do not expect to get a table during peak hours. This shop is also the best place to start your Binondo Food Tour 🙂
Ying Ying Tea House Restaurant
Location: 234 Dasmariñas St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 7 AM to 2 AM
Phone: (02) 53109031
Dim sum, congee, rice toppings, and noodles are just some of the food you can find in Ying Ying Tea House Restaurant’s affordable and wide range of Chinese cuisine menu. For example, you can get a Hakao for Php 80 and Minced Beef Congee for just Php 110.
Tip: This restaurant has more than just one floor, so it can accommodate many guests, even during peak hours. Just be careful when climbing and going down the narrow staircases.
Location: 650 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 6 am to 10 pm
Telephone: (02) 2419999
Is it seafood Lomi, kamto soup, beef wanton, or tofu that you are looking for? Come to Café Mezzanine. Like most food shops here in Binondo, Café Mezzanine offers really inexpensive dishes perfect for your barkada meryenda. Did I mention they have Soup No. 5 here as well?
Tip: Café Mezzanine is located on the second floor of another restaurant called Chuan Kee Fastfood. If you still have room in your tummy after indulging in the huge servings of Café Mezzanine, consider having some more on the first floor.
Sincerity Café and Restaurant
Location: 497 Yuchengco St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm
Contact Number: (02) 82419991
Fried chicken is another Chinese cuisine staple. Yeah, sure, Filipino cuisine has many fried chicken dishes, but you will miss a lot if you don’t try the Fried Chicken of Sincerity Café and Restaurant. It’s just priced at Php 180 for Half Fried Chicken.
Tip: The restaurant has two floors. If you want faster service, you should get a table on the ground floor or outside the resto.
Ho-land Hopia & Bakery
Location: 551 Yuchengco St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: MTWFSat from 7:30 am to 8 pm; Thursdays from 9 am to 8 pm; Sundays at 7:30 am to 5 pm
Telephone: (02) 82429709
This is your go-to for Chinese meryenda: tikoy, machang, and… you guessed it—hopia! Feel free to try the other delicacies on their menu. Don’t miss their mango hopia, their bestseller.
Tip: Ho-land is a bakery, not a café where you can eat at a table and hang out. It is best to buy from there and eat somewhere else, perhaps bring the delicacies home.
New Po Heng Lumpia House
Location: 627 Carvajal St, Binondo, Manila, 1006 Metro Manila
Opening days/hours: MTWThFS from 7 am to 9 pm; Sundays from 8 am to 5 pm
Telephone: 7-7531891 / 8-8719918
Known for its lumpia and misua guisado, this little shop, located in the pink Uysubin Building, is hard to miss. It’s a canteen of sorts, and their bestselling lumpia only costs Php95. Your Binondo Food Trip will not be complete without this resto in your list of restaurants to visit.
Tip: Do not be misled by the low price… one fresh lumpia can actually fill more than one tummy! See if you can finish one before ordering more than one serving.
Location: 929 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Sunday to Thursday from 7 am to 10:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 7 am to 11 pm
Contact number: (02) 244 0745
Masuki has a relatively smaller menu, but what makes it an advantage is that it’s easier to choose what to eat. Choose either dim sum or mami at an affordable price. This resto is the best place to eat beef or chicken mami (noodle soup).
Tip: Their mami starts at Php 130 and is their bestseller.
Location: 783 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 5 am to 10:30 pm
Contact info: 287331397 / 287331392
If you like starting your day with pan de sal and a tasa of coffee, then you will surely love starting your day with Salazar Bakery’s classic pastries, like Monay, Flower Shaped Bread, and Pan de Lemon.
Tip: When you choose to visit here, do not forget to buy their mooncakes… it’s a Chinese pastry staple!
Ongpin Mañosa Restaurant
Location: 926 Ongpin St., Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Open daily
Ongpin Mañosa is a small karinderya type restaurant that has been around for quite some time, so do not expect the fanciness of a restaurant or the waiter’s service. The good thing is that they have averagely priced—but delicious—food.
Tip: People love their maki here. Perhaps you will, too.
ZCT Delicious Restaurant
Location: 580 F. Torres Corner G. Puyat Street, Santa Cruz, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 10:30 am to 12 MN
Telephone: (02) 733 0394
Choose from Chinese cuisine like Machang, Beef of Maki, and Pancit Canton. Alternatively, hang out with your friends and get one of the dishes on their Pulutan menu (including Stuffed Shrimp for just Php 70, Goyong for Php 100, and our highly recommended Lechon Kawali).
Tip: Delicious Restaurant is frequently visited because of their excellent prices, so avoid the peak hours—or if you can’t, be prepared to wait for a table.
Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli
Location: 650 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 7:30 am to 8:30 pm
Remember Café Mezzanine from above? Eng Bee Tin is located just next to it, and they offer almost all the hopia variants you can imagine. They have Ube, Ube Langka, Custard, and even Mochaccino Hopia, starting at Php 60 above.
Tip: This is just a reasonably small bakery, so you might prefer to bring your hopia home instead.
Shanghai Fried Siopao
Location: Ongpin St., Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm
What makes siopao “Siopao” is that it’s a steamed bun stuffed with asado. But what if the bottom is fried for a crispy, yummy finish? Experience it for just Php 20 per piece.
Tip: Eat the fried siopao while it’s hot!
The Original Salido Restaurant
Location: 839 Ongipin St., Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 6 am to 9 pm
Another must-go-to restaurant is The Original Salido Restaurant. This has been in business for a while now, so you might notice while having your yang chow and pork asado for breakfast that most of the customers are mostly older Chinese folks.
Tip: Have a taste of their Buchi and brewed coffee—which has been a local favorite for years.
Wai Ying Fastfood
Location: 810 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 7 am to 2 am
Contact: 0917 188 1658
For just Php90, you can get your own serving of Curry Beef Siomai, one of the restaurant’s must-tries. Or, if you prefer heavier meals, try their Roasted Duck, which is just priced at Php240.
Tip: Dim sum is best eaten when they are hot. Do not order several meals at once and have the others cool down!
Lan Zhou La Mien
Location: 818 Benavidez Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 8 am to 9 pm
Mobile Phone: 0917 826 6888
Are you a fan of unli rice? Then you might be a fan of the idea of having refillable broth in your bowl of Lan Zhou La Mien noodles. This restaurant produces hand-stretched Lamien noodles, which you can have for just Php200.
Tip: Lamien is often called longevity noodles, which are very long. You may request scissors to have your noodles cut into shorter strands.
Location: 637-639 Carvajal Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 9 am to 6:30 pm
Quik Snack is one of those long-running restaurants that everyone loves. They offer classic lutong Bahay dishes like Misua Guisado and, of course, the quintessential Chinese lumpia.
Tip: This is located near Sincerity Café and Restaurant, the perfect resto to go to next if you are restaurant hopping.
Ang Tunay Beef House
Location: 825 Sabino Padilla Street, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Monday to Saturday from 7 am to 9:30 pm, Sundays from 7 am to 2 am
Telephone: 0917 629 9762
Despite the name of this restaurant, you can choose from a wide range of vegetable dishes like Spinach, Mustasa, and Bamboo Shoots, in addition to the meat dishes they serve.
Tip: Order their brewed coffee after a meal. It’s a hidden gem that is possibly better than most overrated coffee shops.
LGA Fast Food-Estero
Location: Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila
Opening days/hours: Daily from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm
If you are craving Chinese dishes with a Filipino touch, go to LGA Fast Food-Estero. There are plenty of soups to choose from and classic Chicken dishes like Buttered Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, and Garlic Chicken.
Tip: Make sure to locate this little restaurant before heading out. Many say it’s hard to find.
Location: Norberto Ty St, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila
Telephone: (02) 242 5195
Aside from their crispy Pork Chop Rice, try their Hongma and Silver Roll Bread. Hong Ma is their version of Fujian Chinese Soy Sauce Braised Pork. Hong Ma is also the origin of our Visayan Humba. This restaurant is now added to our favorite restaurant list whenever we do our bi-monthly Binondo Food Crawl.
Have you tried eating at any of the Binondo Restaurants listed above? Feel free to comment, share and subscribe for our future Binondo Food Tour Guide updates 🙂
Binondo Food Tour Package
The Big Binondo Food Wok
- Eat your way around Manila’s historic Chinatown.
- Try mouth-watering local neighborhood dishes like lumpia, siopao, pancit, champoy, and more!
- Get to know the people of the local Tsinoy community as you explore the area with your group.
- Bring home some souvenirs from a local store specializing in tasty Chinese delicacies.
Manila: Private Filipino Cooking Class with a Local
Join your local host to learn to cook Filipino dishes in her home kitchen, using family recipes passed down through generations. Learn from a passionate chef who has been in the food business for over 10 years.