Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things To Do in Makati, Philippines

What are the top tourist attractions in Makati?

Ayala Triangle Gardens by RioHondo via Wikipedia CC

Makati Bucket List: Best Activities and Amazing Places to Visit in Makati City

Makati is one of the most crowded cities in the Philippines. While Makati is usually filled with daily working locals, it also has much to offer for tourists, such as malls, parks, and museums. Here are some of the things you should definitely do during your visit:

Chill in Greenbelt

Greenbelt Park in Makati City
Greenbelt Park in Makati City

Greenbelt is an urban development masterpiece because of the perfect blend of modernization and environment conservation. The mall has five shopping areas, which are from Greenbelt 1-5.

The malls are filled with restaurants, bars, and international retail brands such as Lacoste, Hermes, Marks, and Spencer. If you’re tired of shopping, you can breathe fresh air in Greenbelt Park, consisting of trees, water fountains, and a pond.

Join the crowd in Glorietta 

Glorietta Mall by George Parilla via Flickr CC
Glorietta Mall by George Parilla via Flickr CC

Glorietta contains more affordable and familiar brands, so many locals go to this mall. This mall is easy to find, given that such is connected to Greenbelt.

Some of the familiar brands you’ll find are Nike, Adidas, and the first-ever Uniqlo branch in the Philippines. There is also an open space where various events are held, such as concerts and exhibits.

Shop for luxury items in the Power Plant Mall 

Power Plant Mall in Makati by Elmer B Domingo via Wikipedia CC
Power Plant Mall in Makati By Elmer B. Domingo – commons:File: Power Plant Mall, Rockwell.JPG, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

Powerplant Mall is arguably the most high-end shopping marketplace in Makati. Luxurious items in this mall range from clothes, sneakers, and jewelry.

The mall also has restaurants and a food court, which are pricier unlike other eateries you’ll see in Makati. This mall is so luxurious to the point that you’ll frequently spot Philippine celebrities.

Enjoy Circuit Makati 

Ayala Malls Circuit by Judgefloro via Wikipedia CC
Ayala Malls Circuit By Judgefloro – Own work, CC0, CC

Unlike the previously mentioned malls, Circuit Makati doesn’t only specialize in shopping. There are plenty of activities to do, such as skating in the Mountain Dew Skate Park and racing in the City Kart Racing track.

If you’re more of an indoor gamer, there is a video game lounge and a board game café as well. Occasionally, you can experience concerts and festivals as well in the Globe Circuit Events Ground.

Admire artworks in the Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum by Glenn G via Wikipedia CC
Ayala Museum By Glenn G from San Francisco, USA – Ayala Museum, CC BY-SA 2.0, CC

As you explore Makati, you can also get a glimpse of Philippine history in the Ayala Museum. This museum narrates multiple aspects of its history, such as the milestones, artists, and music.

One of the museum’s top attractions is The Philippine Diorama Experience, which consists of 60 handcrafted dioramas, highlighting its milestones.

Learn in Yuchengco Museum

The Yuchengco Museum pays tribute to the artworks of legendary artists. The collection consists of Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco’s paintings, considering he was an art collector. Some of the artworks you’ll see were the likes of Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna, and Yang Ding Xian.

There is also a collection of Jose Rizal’s diplomas and photographs, considering that he was greatly admired by Ambassador Yuchengco.

Spend some time in Ayala Triangle Gardens

Ayala Triangle Gardens by RioHondo via Wikipedia CC
Ayala Triangle Gardens By RioHondo – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

The Ayala Triangle Gardens is a refreshing green space in a city filled with buildings. The park is a great place for people to jog, walk around, and absorb the atmosphere of mother nature. Given that the park is large, multiple events are held in this location.

This park is a great place to visit during Christmas since the trees are filled with Christmas lights and every first Sunday of the month, where the venue is jam-packed with food bazaars and live music.

Walk around Legazpi Active Park 

Legazpi Active Park in San Lorenzo Village, Makati CBD, Metro Manila by Riohondo via Wikipedia cc
Legazpi Active Park in San Lorenzo Village, Makati CBD, Metro Manila By RioHondo – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

Given that Makati tends to be noisy because of vehicles’ large presence, people tend to look for a refreshing and quiet area, Legazpi Active Park. This park is located inside Legazpi village, where there is barely traffic.

As you take a walk in Legazpi Active Park, you get to see people working out, practicing routines, and children playing with their guardians.

Enjoy in Puyat Sports

Billiards
Billiards

Puyat Sports is a great place to enjoy yourself with your friends. This facility is filled with multiple group games, such as billiards and bowling. As the games get more competitive, there is plenty of beer and food to go around.

If you’re lucky, Puyat Sports offers packages that include unlimited bowling and billiard games.

Play Indoor Games in Gaming Soft 

Gaming Soft is a paradise for adults who want to feel young again. The place is filled with board games complemented by cozy chairs and coffee for your relaxation.

Also, there are plenty of console games such as Guitar Hero and computers where you can play the likes of League of Legends.

Challenge Yourself in Mystery Manila 

Mystery Manila is part of the growing trend of Escape Room games. Mystery Manila offers multiple group games that require a lot of collaboration and critical thinking skills to solve tricky puzzles.

Some of the notable games are Rebecca’s Room and Sinister Sensorium. If you’re good enough, you can get your name and picture placed in the chalkboard hall of fame.

Party in Poblacion 

Vintage Cafe at Poblacion Makati by Dale de Vera via Unsplash
Vintage Cafe at Poblacion Makati by Dale de Vera via Unsplash

Nightlife in Makati is something that all tourists should experience, especially in Poblacion. Poblacion serves as Makati’s red-light district, which is filled with pubs, bars, and restaurants.

You can also expect to encounter many tourists, given that this village’s noise is enticing for partygoers. The bars are so jam-packed that getting a seat is impossible during evenings.

Eat at Kanin Club 

The Kanin Club is the home of some rare dishes that people won’t find anywhere else. The restaurant is known for incorporating another Asian style cuisine with Filipino dishes. Some of the must-try dishes are Aligue Fried Rice and Crispy Tadyang.

This is definitely one of the best places to experience the elevation of common Filipino dishes.

Get a quick grub in Jolly Jeeps.

Jolly Jeeps are a staple in Makati culture, especially for workers who crave for homemade food. Since going and staying in Makati tend to be expensive, there is a necessity to save money by lessening expenses, including buying cheaper food.

Jolly Jeeps are everywhere in the central business district of Makati. One of the jolly jeeps you should try is the one in Rada street, which offers tasty pork sisig.

Explore the Salcedo Saturday Market

Kakanin at Salcedo Saturday Market by chotda via Flickr CC
Kakanin at Salcedo Saturday Market by chotda via Flickr CC

The Salcedo Saturday Market is a great place for people who want to experiment with their taste buds with unique street food.

Street food doesn’t come around often in Makati on weekdays except for jolly jeeps. Some of the food you can try out are barbecues, lobster rolls, and cream cheese with garlic.

Makati Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to Makati City, we listed places to visit and other amazing Makati City, Philippines. We also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages and excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Makati hotels and resorts via Agoda, Booking, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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  1. Katie Askegaard says

    Looks like a cool city! I’ve only ever been to Manilla, and would love to here your thoughts on how the two cities compare!

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