When you hear “Makati,” you usually think of suits, barongs, finance, and the traffic going to and fro. However, Makati doesn’t always have to be – or look – business-y all the time. It does have its pretty places, and boy, do they look great on Instagram!
The Ayala Museum is located on the corner of Makati Avenue and De La Rosa Street and it certainly is a looker. From permanent displays such as the “Gold of Ancestors” where they feature over a thousand gold relics to “The Diorama Experience,” there’s definitely art everywhere. Did we mention they have several contemporary art pieces on display, as well?
Loitering around craving for some ramen or maybe something to dip in Japanese mayonnaise? Then step into Little Tokyo. Walk past the brown arch and feel like you’ve been transported to Japan, with obscure signboards, zen-themed traditional Japanese structures and a lot of restaurants owned by Japanese restaurateurs.
There are a lot of beautiful crafted traditional-looking restaurants in the area that serve carefully and beautifully plated food. First off, make sure you take a couple of snaps at Sekitori, where the servers are dressed in the garb of the Land of the Rising Sun.
Also, take drool worthy snaps of sushi and sashimi at Seryna Japanese Restaurant. If you’re looking at a juxtaposition of cool Japanese culinary skills on the traditional backdrop, you should check out Dojo Dairy.
Your Instagram gallery won’t be complete without a fusion of food, nature and of course, some shopping. Which brings us to our next IG-worthy location in Makati, Salcedo Market..
Located at the parking lot of Jaime C. Velasquez park, it is perfect for families and friends who enjoy eating different delicacies, and who love going through a multitude of unique products.
Apart from the drinks, food, and contemporary music, you really need to see B-side’s collection of street art and interesting wall murals.
They have reggae music on Sunday nights, so grab a drink, enjoy the music and let your eyes feast on the wonders of this quirky yet beautiful place.
Ayala Triangle Garden boasts of a collection of contemporary art amidst lush greenery. The park caters to joggers, families and everyone else who needs to take a breather from the concrete jungle that is Makati.
During Christmas, the park really comes to life with its colorful light shows – something which would definitely give a pop of color to your IG feed.
While the park itself is instagrammable, just a short walk away is the Blackbird Restaurant at the Nielson Tower. The aviation themed restaurant has a clean black and white aesthetic, that serves as the perfect backdrop for Blackbird’s mouthwatering dishes.
P. Burgos, known as the Red Light District in Makati, has its fair share of “night clubs.” At night, the street comes to life with neon signs leading to different bars and clubs – despite this, there’s more to P. Burgos than most people give it credit for.
If you’re hungry, the Filling Station Bar Cafe is a great place to grab a bite. Its interiors throw you back to the 1950’s – complete with a menu that has a good ‘ol milkshake, burger and fries. The red and white booths, black and white tiles and collection of knick knacks makes for an interesting photo on your IG feed.
If you’re looking for a different view of Makati then you should really get yourself to the Roofdeck at the Z Hostel. They don’t only serve beers and a great party scene, but they also offer magnificent views of Makati.
Z Hostel is the first luxury hostel in the country and it’s certainly generating quite a buzz from the millennials in the city.
If you’re looking for an unobstructed view of the city and you want to snap a couple of pictures of the party scene in Makati, this place offers both.
The Nielson Tower houses the Blackbird Restaurant and The Filipinas Heritage Library.
Grab some shots in and around the tower, as you marvel at the former airport traffic control. Although, the airport might have transformed in the Ayala Triangle Gardens, the tower has been untouched, except for what it’s home to.
Get shots inside the Blackbird Restaurant, where the interiors are chic, sophisticated and uber-modern. If you want to have a look at some history and take a couple of snapshots, then you should head to The Filipinas Heritage Library.
A lot of people are usually surprised to find that a 400 year old church is located in such a modern city as Makati but what’s better than learning more about a place you thought you already knew right?
Also known as Guadalupe Church, this old baroque style Roman Catholic church is a must see not only for church-goers but also for those who are curious to learn more about the hidden heritage of Makati. The place is also a go-to venue for couples looking for a church wedding venue.
Habitual Coffee is quaint coffee shop tucked along Chino Roces Avenue in Makati. The shop’s industrial beam and concrete design gives the place a bare bones vibe that is perfect for people looking to update their instagram feed.
Not only do they serve great coffee, but their spot is perfect for those who want to catch up on work or hang out with friends.
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