Tourist Spots in the Philippines

10 Instagram-worthy Places to Visit in Makati

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!

1. Ayala Museum

ayala_museum_gallery

(photo via Ayala Museum Facebook)

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?

  • Location: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park (View Map)
  • Fee(s): Depends on the type of access you’re getting. Click here for complete Admission Fees.
  • Operation hours: 9am-6pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)
  • Best for: History buffs, museum lovers, arts & culture enthusiasts
  • Highlight(s): Exploring the collection of archeological artifacts and checking “The Philippine Diorama Experience” exhibition.
  • Contact details:
    Phone number: (02) 759-8288
    Email/Website: www.ayalamuseum.org
    Facebook: @theayalamuseum

2. Little Tokyo

little_tokyo

(photo via Flickr, Roberto Verzo)

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.

  • Location: Chino Roces Ave, Pasong Tamo corner Amorsolo Street (View Map)
  • Operation hours: Most restaurants open at round 11am and close at 1am
  • Best for: Japanese food lover
  • Highlight(s): Eating your favorite Japanese food. Okawari o kudasai!

3. Salcedo Saturday Market

salcedo_saturday_market

(photo via Salcedo Market Instagram)

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.

  • Location: Jaime C. Velasquez Park (Salcedo Park) (View Map)
  • Fee(s): FREE
  • Operation hours: 7am-2pm (Saturdays)
  • Adventure level: Mild
  • Highlight(s): The diverse cuisines and artisanal goods.
  • Contact details:
    Facebook: @SalcedoCommunityMarket

4. B – SIDE at Collective

b_side-makati

(photo via B-Side Facebook)

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.

  • Location: 7274 Malugay Street (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 9pm-4am (Wednesdays to Sundays)
  • Best for: Partying with friends, Reggae fans
  • Highlight(s): Irie Sundays
  • Contact details:
    Phone number: 0917-3063579
    Facebook: @B-SIDE
  • Activity tips:
    – Keep an eye on your valuables since this is an open space.

5. Ayala Triangle Gardens

ayala_triangle

(“Make it Happen, Make it Makati”)

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.

  • Location: Paseo De Roxas St. corner Makati Avenue corner Ayala Avenue (View Map)
  • Fee(s): FREE
  • Operation hours: 6am-10pm (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Best for: Family picnics, hangout with friends
  • Adventure level: Chill
  • Highlight(s): Festival of Lights every December
  • Contact details:
    Email/Website: www.ayalatriangle.com/gardens
    Facebook: @ayalaATG

6. The Red Light District

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.

  • Location: P. Burgos Street, Brgy. Poblacion (View Map)
  • Best for: Bar hopping, nightlife lovers
  • Adventure level: Wild
  • Activity tips:
    – Keep your wits about you, and make sure to watch your valuables.

7. Z Hostel Roofdeck

z_hostel_philippines

(photo via Z Hostel Philippines Facebook)

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.

  • Location: Don Pedro Street, Brgy. Poblacion (View Map)
  • Fee(s): Rooms available for as low as P699 via Traveloka. Book here!
  • Best for: Backpackers, yuppies
  • Adventure level: Chill
  • Highlight(s): A hip view of Makati from the Roof deck.
  • Contact details:
    Phone number: (02) 856-0851 or 0917-8898531
    Website: zhostel.com
    Facebook: @ZHostelph
  • Activity tips:
    – Get your chill ready as you hangout with you friends at the Roof deck.

8. Nielson Tower

blackbird_at_nielson

(photo via Blackbird at the Nielson Tower Facebook)

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.

  • Location: Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati Avenue (View Map)
  • Fee(s): Budget for one
  • Operation hours: 11am-11pm (Sundays to Thursdays), 11am-midnight (Fridays to Saturdays)
  • Best for: Romantic dates, Special occasions
  • Highlight(s): Being inside one of the most historical places in the city.
  • Contact details:
    Phone number: (02) 828-4888
    Website: blackbird.com.ph/
    Facebook: @BlackbirdAtTheNielsonTower
  • Activity tips:
    – Reserve desserts in advance before they run out!

9. Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church

Nuestra Señora de Gracia

(photo via Instagram, @jaspercalimag)

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.

  • Location: 7440 Bernardino, Guadalupe (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 6am-6pm (Mondays to Saturdays) 6am-9pm (Sundays)
  • Best for: Couples looking for a Baroque style church as wedding venue
  • Contact details:
    Phone number: (02) 896-8444
    Fax: (02) 895-9141

10. Habitual Coffee

Habitual Coffee

(photo via Instagram, @habitualcoffee)

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.

  • Location: 2135 Chino Roces Ave, Legazpi Village (View Map)
  • Operation hours: 8am-9pm
  • Best for: Groups of friends, Freelancers looking for a work spot
  • Highlights: Try their delicious cold brew!
  • Contact details:
    Phone number: (02) 833 9556
    Website: habitualcoffee.co

Time to explore Makati. Discover cheap hotel deals and cheap flights from carriers like Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, and more with Traveloka!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *