Metro Manila · Bonifacio Global City (The Fort, BGC)
The Fort Bonifacio HotSpot is often referred to as just 'the Fort'. For our HotSpot area, we refer to the Market Market Mall area and the Serendra complex, the adjacent High Street, and the nearby Fort Strip and Fort Entertainment Complex.
There is another nice area in the Fort around Burgos Circle, you will find it in the HotDot section. Both of them are located in one of the rising business districts in the Megacity, in Taguig. While Makati is definitely THE business district, the Fort area is the clear runner-up.
The Market Market Mall offers all kinds of shopping and eating experiences as well as entertainment. Quick round of laser tag? Go there! The good thing about this area is that it features a nice market where you can buy flowers as well as fruits, vegetables, and local specialties from all over the Philippines for little money – definitely worth a visit!
Serendra is a residential complex with many high-class restaurants in the center. The best restos are featured below, for a description of the residences click here.
The Hight Street is a pedestrian area, adjacent to the Market Market Mall. It is a great place to stroll, have a coffee or get a Spa experience. It offers all kinds of shops, neatly set up down the street. In the middle of the two streets is a green strip with some water fountains. The whole place is very nicely kept and the shops guarantee a perfect outdoor shopping experience. No matter if you are looking for a place to do your Sunday stroll or if you would like to buy completely customized running shoes, the Fort HotSpot is the place to go to!
Near the western end of Bonifacio High Street you find the Fort Strip and the Fort Entertainment Complex, a cluster of international restaurants, cozy bars, and stylish clubs and lounges.
A Typical Day in the Fort Bonifacion HotSpot:
I pick Sunday as a perfect day to go to this HotSpot. I start with a nice breakfast at one of the local or international coffee shop chains while watching more and more people pour in from all over the Megacity. When I am reasonably caffeinated, I take a walk through the market area and find some of my favorite specialties which I´ve already tasted on my visits to other places in the Philippines. After the first bags are placed in my hands, I decide for a stroll down and then up the Hight Street with occasional stops to take some pictures or just relax on a bench and watch people passing by. The general slow pace of the High Street is my perfect Sunday panacea for all the stress accumulated during the week. After taking a nice lunch at one of the restaurants of Serendra, in the junction area between Mall and High Street, I decide for a movie. Market Market offers a great cinema experience and therefore a relaxing way of smoothly fading out my weekend.
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Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant serves authentic Bavarian cuisine, meaning heaps of sausages, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and other savory delicacies. Dine like the Teutons and combine a heavy meal with several half-liters of freshly tapped wheat beer. The resto has three branches in Metro Manila, namely in the business and shopping districts of Ortigas, Makati and, since recently, BGC.
Market! Market!’s name has exclamation points for a reason. Location and selection are the outdoor mall’s strengths making it a favorite shopping spot for those who like to shop in a clean and airy environment.
SM Aura Premier in Fort Bonifacio is the first SM Mall in Taguig City, the 13th in Metro Manila and the 47th in the Philippines. The architecture of this mall is a major highlight.
Bonifacio Global City still has the luxury of space and green areas. The parks Track 30th and Terra 28th is the place to go to in BGC if you would like to jog or go to the playground with the kids.
Emperador Stadium, with its wide, open space, artificial grass, and blinding flood lights, is the best spot to watch or play football in Manila. The stadium is always alive with balls, lights, music, and cheers.
The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial is the largest overseas American cemetery. Thousands of World War II soldiers are burried here, and many more commemorated, as their names are written in the stonewalls of the war memorial.
The Spa is one of the most luxurious wellness & beauty establishments in Metro Manila, with services that range from head massage to foot scrub.
You will hardly find a book lover in Manila who does not as well love the Fully Booked branch in Bonifacio High Street, the biggest book store in the country.
Awww yes, this is just what we need on a hot summer's day: customized Magnum ice cream! At the Magnum Manila Pleasure Store in Fort Bonifacio you first dunk your Magnum in one of four different dips and then sprinkle it with your choice from 18 different toppings.
Moving chairs, wind blowing in your face, additional light effects in the cinema hall, and all in 3D: the recently opened Bonifacio High Street Cinemas promise a whole new movie experience.
Earth Kitchen specializes in using fresh, organic, natural ingredients to create delicious meals for the health conscious Megacitizen in BGC. Through Got Heart Foundation, the restaurant supports local farmers and indigenous communities around the Philippines.
Sentro 1771 is “the first in Modern Filipino Cuisine”, as the restaurant immodestly declares.
Murray and D´Vine serves uniquely shaped burgers, ribs, and a range of international wines. Apparently, this uncommon mix appeals to foreigners in particular, as around 75 percent of the guests are non-Filipinos.
Chelsea is a New York-Style restaurant and deli at once.
Mbargo is the latest hip and happening place to hit Bonifacio Global City. It is the first ever luxury club of Strumms Holdings, one of Singapore’s leading nightlife and entertainment groups, in Manila.
ArAma Café provides its guests with a wide range of organic products, such as organic salads, chicken, beef, rice and a choice of teas.
At Clawdaddy’s, every table has an embedded bucket for fish remains and shells, because it is a family restaurant specialized on seafood.
Just want to have a good time with an international crowd, have some drinks at the bar, watch sports or listen to live music, and enjoy delicious Creole Cajun cooking? Come to Murray's New Orleans!
Agave invites you to a Mexican feast - with nachos, burritos and bottomless Margaritas.
Balducci is an upscale Italian restaurant that offers more than the traditional pizza and pasta selection.
Marta’s Cakes, a multicolored and child-friendly pastry shop, offers not only sweet cakes in original designs, but also exiting promos for special occasions.
Caffe Puccini is a lovingly designed Italian restaurant with a homey outdoor area, located on a quiet corner of the Fort Strip.
In a spacious, cool and tropical setting, Aracama serves finest Philippine cuisine while DJs play lounge and dance music.
Katsu Japanese Grill combines Japanese cuisine with lounge atmosphere. Since recently they also serve lunch.
Craft provides a stage for great young bands and serves American party food for its hungry customers.