Makati City 101: Fifteen (15) Things You Can Do In Makati City

Last time, we talked about the fun facts and trivia about Makati, Philippines. This time, let’s explore the top fifteen (15) things that you can do in the area.

  1. Shopping. Makati is the premiere shopping district in the country with a large number of modern malls to choose from – SM Department Store Makati, the Landmark, Rustans, the Link in Glorietta to Greenbelt, and Powerplant Mall. Hop from one mall to another using the pedestrian walkways located in the heart of city – operating hours is from 6am to 10pm.


  1. Food trip at the top restos. Makati offers some of the best restaurants in the Philippines. Food ranges from native Pampanga dishes in Cabalens to excellent shrimp meals in Bubba Gump. Have a sample of the different cuisine – Spanish at Dulcinea’s, Italian at Amici’s and Japanese at Yakimix’s.

makati-city Bar hopping with Manila PubCrawl. Have fun, make new friends and go clubbing all in one night. Show up in the pickup points and allow the air-conditioned party jeepneys drive you around the metro. Pay no entrance to five bars plus avail up to 80% discounts on your drinks. Wear the PubCrawl shirt and be one of the crowd.

pub crawl

  1. Reserve a suite in a luxurious Makati hotel. Indulge yourself in a first-class treatment by staying in the one of the top hotels in Asia – Makati Shangri-la Manila. Enjoy the amenities such as fine dining and health clubs in The Peninsula, Intercontinental or Mandarin Oriental Manila.


  1. Try different sports and recreational activities. From fitness centers, to shooting range, to playing badminton and golf. Do yoga and belly dancing. Get sporty and fit with a wide variety of healthy activities.

makati golf club

  1. Visit art galleries and architecturally significant structures. Revive your artistic and creative juices by appreciating the works of Filipino artists. From artworks to modern fine arts, digital arts and contemporary visual arts, there are over two dozens of art exhibits to see.

ayala museum

  1. Feel the adrenaline by investing in the PSE. With Makati City as the financial capital of PH, this place is perfect for business aficionados. Drop by the Philippine Stock Exchange halls and experience money trading. Or better yet, consider working in the city for career challenge and advancement.

the adrenaline by investing in the PSE

  1. Walk along the Central Business District and appreciate the skyscrapers. Makati is said to be like the Wall Street of the Philippines. Observe people as they rush from one building to another. Enjoy the organized and clean surroundings.

Wall Street of the Philippines

  1. Pamper yourself with spa and massage. Let well-trained and friendly masseurs and attendants sooth your aching muscles and tired body. Have a relaxing and soothing treat at the Island Spa in Rustans’ or The Spa in Greenbelt. Island Spa in Rustans
  1. Get Married! The Makati government holds free wedding ceremonies and reception for its dearly beloved residents. With the mayor as the principal sponsor, take your vows during the Kasalan sa Makati which is held in June.

Kasalan sa Makati

  1. Take a break, have a cup of coffee. Leave your Makati office for a quick coffee break. Starbucks, Figaro, Seattle’s Best, Coffee Bean, Tea Leaf – you name it. Stop by your favorite coffee shop and get a breather.


  1. Meditate and say a little prayer. With several historical churches around the city, take this chance to renew your faith and communicate with the Lord. A couple of options are Saints Peter and Paul Church and Guadalupe Ruins.

Saints Peter

  1. Enrich your cultural knowledge. Take a tour at the city museums such as Ayala and Makati museum. Watch stage plays and concert at Onstage Greenbelt.

 Enrich your cultural knowledge

  1. Sing your hearts out at karaoke joints. Release your singing prowess at the Red Box. They also have an eat-all-you-can buffet during lunch hour.

Sing your hearts out at karaoke joints

  1. Join the city events. From the Caracol Festival to its Foundation Day, participate in the Makati events and help promote the city heritage. Caracol Fest, Makati’s version of Mardi Gras, is held every last Sunday of January. It focuses on the bounty of Mother Earth and the need to protect her wealth. Araw ng Makati on the other hand, is during the week leading to June 1. On this day, the local neighborhood usually takes pleasure in the free concerts and street parties.


Learn more about the Philippines, its culture and scenic places in the region by tuning it to the next post: Top Historical and Tourist Attractions in Makati City.


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