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Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, is the perfect destination for you if you like summer all year. With its average temperatures being between 26-30 Celsius degree all year, Manila is a heaven for us, summer addicts.

Wonderer Alyssa will be your local guide today to make the best out of your visit to her hometown, Manila!

Get around

The fastest way to get around is through the MRT/LRT (which is, unfortunately, also most jam-packed during rush hours). There are single-journey tickets and stored value tickets. It’s usually better to get the stored value tickets because you can use it on the three trains and a few point-to-point buses. Buses and jeeps have routes. Buses display them at the front, hanging on the window. Sometimes, buses are only allowed to pick up/drop off passengers in certain areas. Jeep routes are displayed on the sides of the jeep. You can usually get off anywhere. Taxis are available but slightly more expensive. Grab and Uber are available here too. And tricycles can go where buses and jeeps can’t.

Quiapo market by Wonderer Gheselle

Eat & Drink

Best Chinese restaurants:

  • Mann Hann
  • King Chef
  • Ling Nam

Best Filipino restaurants:

  • Kuya J
  • Sentro 1771
  • Mesa Buffets – Yakimix
  • Vikings
  • Dad’s

Best cafés:

  • Chocolate Kiss Cafe
  • Narrative Coffee
  • Ludo Cafe

(To get more info about these places, check out zomato.com!)

Halo-halo /from Pinterest

Food you must try: Desserts:

Savoury dishes (for meat-lovers):

 

Intramuros by Wonderer Gheselle

Enjoy Day & Night

If you love history, try out the National Museum (Manila) and Ayala Museum (Makati). If you like art, there’s the Pinto Art Gallery (Antipolo).

There are lots of shopping places and malls. For bargains, it is best to look in Divisoria (Manila) or Greenhills (Ortigas).

Alyssa’s recommends visiting La Mesa Eco Park (Fairview/Quezon City) and Intramuros (Manila), the walled city. For good places to eat, check out Maginhawa Street and don’t miss walking through Binondo, Chinatown (Manila)!

Before you dive into the nightlife of Manila, watch the sunset at Manila Bay.

For a night of safe partying to end your day, check out Ortigas, Makati, or BG.

Top Female Traveler Safety Tips

Always carry your bag close to your body!

People are generally in awe of foreigners, especially Caucasians, so you can ask them questions if you lose your way, but you still have to be careful!

If you have in trouble, the Police hotline is 117!

Extra tips

Alyssa recommends going out of the city to see the beaches and the mountains/hills if you have enough time. There isn’t really that much to see in the city as there is to see in the provinces. But the city has its own charm too.

Accommodation

Quezon City, Makati, or BGC are good places to stay, according to Alyssa.     Thank you, Alyssa for the tips and Gheselle for the photos! You can read more from Alyssa on her blog lyzontopoftheworld.com.

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, is the perfect destination for you if you like summer all year. With its average temperatures being between 26-30 Celsius degree all year, Manila is a heaven for us, summer addicts.

Wonderer Alyssa will be your local guide today to make the best out of your visit to her hometown, Manila!

From Wonderers to Wonderers, with love and care.


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