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Restaurants in Manila, Philippines

A megacity and the jump-off to the island destinations anywhere the Philippines, Manila offers a diverse culinary experience that showcases the best of the east and west. If you crave for Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Thai food, there is a perfect spot for you somewhere. If you hunger for American sandwich, you do not even have to go far. Despite the fusion of the oriental and the occidental here, Manila remains authentically Manila, authentically Filipino.

Food is the integral part of travelling and Filipino food is something that should not be skipped when traveling Manila. Filipino food is well-represented in the capital and you can tell a good Filipino restaurant with the number of diners it has. Filipinos love their food, especially finding the taste of homecooked meals in the restaurants and local cafes. Not only Filipinos adore local food, they also love exploring the tastes of other cuisines.

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Best places to eat in Manila, Philippines

  • Quite new and hip, try the tapas and anything Spanish at Rambla at Rockwell, Makati City.
  • For pad thai or tom yam goong or anything Thai cravings, Silk Road located at Bonifacio Global City is worth it.
  • Sandwiches, pasta, and delicious meat, 2nd’s at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, is the perfect place to be.
  • Try something adventurous and shady, Blind Pigs at Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City is a speakeasy to check.
  • For Al Fresco casual Filipino dining, 121 Grille has the right taste of must-eat local cuisines.
  • For your Japanese food fix, Little Tokyo at Pasong Tamo, Makati has quaint Japanese restaurants mostly run by Japanese, guaranteeing their authenticity.
  • Known for their sumptuous Hong Kong-style fresh dimsum, Tim Ho Wan finally opens a branch in Manila.
  • Gathered from Mediterranean and South American sources, Stella Wood-Fired Bistro fused Italian and South American savors.

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Traditional food Manila, Philippines

  • Considered the most exotic and challenging food for the foreigners and locals alike, balut—a boiled duck embryo—is a popular street food at night.
  • Luscious and tempting, lechon kawali is one of the favorites of the Filipinos
  • Cebu’s most popular food, the sinful and mouthwatering lechon remains an exquisite cuisine to dig in and is available in Manila.
  • For something light, gingery, and savory, arroz caldo—a kind of rice porridge—is good alternative for breakfast.
  • The sour and bold sinigang is the best lunch or dinner soup and it can be a good cure for a bad hangover.
  • Cooked with meat and bagoong (shrimp paste), pinakbet is a vegetable dish that is authentically Filipino.
  • Nothing beats the simple good old fish tinola for any meal of the day.