Manila Food + Travel Guide
What to Eat in Manila
How to Burn It Off in Manila
Don’t worry: Metro Manila is not short on options for burning off all the calories you consumed on your food trip.
WALK & RUN
Walk This Way, with actor, activist, and ex-New Yorker Carlos Celdran, is a signature guided tour that’s part stand-up routine, part history lesson, and part social commentary, all rolled into one. Truth be told, the actual cardiovascular exercise you might get from this tour is from a good belly laugh, but it provides a lot of enlightening opinions on Manila’s history and present state of affairs. Tours start from the gate of Fort Santiago (map) and will take you around points of interest within the walled city of Intramuros. Choose from the dates listed on the website—if Mr. Celdran isn’t available on your preferred date, his page lists other walking tour guides who can show you the ins and outs of Metro Manila. Tours cost Php 1,100 for adults; Php 600 for students.Read More
Where to Stay in Manila
For budget travelers, many hostels have popped up to cater to those who have started to discover Manila’s many hidden gems, culinary and otherwise. In pre- and postwar Metro Manila, the seaside districts between Pasay, Malate, and Ermita were the abodes of the genteel and well-heeled. Hidden behind high gates are period houses, some of which have been mercifully rescued and converted into lodging places and hotels. Try the clean, cheap, and cheerful Tambayan Capsule Hostel (1607 Bocobo St., Malate, map), located in a restored 1940s mansion, which has Japanese-inspired capsule bunk beds (from about Php 600) plus a cocktail bar and restaurant on the roof.Read More