Manila: Food and Drink

A bustling city with a laid-back, casual nature

Manila Food and Drink

Manila boasts a stunning variety of authentic cuisine from all parts of Asia as well as homegrown Philippine and surprisingly good continental European fare. American and international restaurant chains also abound, so if your tastes range from Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Italian, French, Mexican, or simply pizza and burgers, you won’t be disappointed in what Manila has to offer. Manila’s malls contain enormous food courts and family restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.

The bar scene is also very happening, with the bohemian district of Malate being the main area for bar-hopping. Makati City is also a popular destination for a variety of nice and exciting drinking establishments. The restaurants bars in these areas can be quite American in style, but the selection ranges from the bizarre (Street Life in Makati is an indoor Asian “village” replete with many options for food and drink) to the more familiar Hard Rock Café option. Expect beer prices to begin at around 0.50€ for local brews, but prices can very greatly depending on the hour and establishment. Many high-class hotel bars are also recommended for the whiskey connoisseur. Prices at less reputable establishments or “girlie bars” will of course be much higher. In general, food and drink prices in Manila range from the very inexpensive to very costly.