Metro Manila · Food & Dining

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Whether you want to get to know the Philippine cuisine or crave for some food from your home country, in Metro Manila you have all the options. Here we let you know where to go for fine dining, vegetarian food, fresh bread, and 'merienda', and which Pinoy delicacies you have to try out.

For further articles on Philippine food culture, go to Cuisine, Food & Beverages. For information on where to buy groceries, click here.

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Manila is a Megacity, therefore you will find all kinds of different restaurants and bars spread over the metro area. Whether international cuisine, hard rock cafè or local bar - the Megacity has it all. There are also some specialities that you might not find in every Megacity and that is what we would like to point out here.

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Vegetarians often have a hard time in the restaurants and cantinas of the Megacity. But they don't have to starve, as there are actually quite a number of places that serve delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes in Metro Manila.

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Want to prepare some of the delicious Filipino dishes in your own kitchen? Here we will collect some simple but great recipes. We concentrate on the most popular and typical ones, such as adobo, pancit, and sinigang. You will find most ingredients in other countries as well, so you can surprise family and friends with some pinoy cuisine the next time you go back home. 

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Filipinos love to grab a bite on the go. A street scene in Manila is not complete without a street food vendor. Here we present to you some of the craziest and/or most delicious of these uniquely Filipino snacks, from Adidas (chicken feed) to Walkman (pig's ears).

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Desserts and pastries are among the most sinful words in the food business. Want to try some of the best sweet delicacies in the Philippines? Take a look at this list of Pinoy desserts and pastries – and just cross them off one by one.

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Rice is the Philippines' all-day basic food, even for breakfast making it difficult to find fresh bread right at the next street corner. This can make it hard for Megacitizens from countries like Germany, Switzerland, and France to get up in the morning. But don't fret because there are actually several bakery chains that provide Metro Manila with delicious whole grain breads, baguettes, and other baked goods.

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Looking for a caffeine boost? Whether you just want that extra kick of energy while working on an important deadline or just want to spend some time with a few friends, going to a coffee shop is always a great option. Take a look at the major coffee shops available in the metro here. 

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Among Manila's hungry Megacitizens, fast food restaurants have become just as popular as street food vendors and carinderias, the local eateries. Here we present the top fast food chains in the Philippines.

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Manila’s skyline is at its most stunning at sunset and by nighttime, the flickering lights around the Megacity can be quite beautiful too. This makes dining in sky bars and restaurants one of the best things to do while you are in Manila.