Metro Manila · International & Alternative Makati
This HotDot combines things you expect to find in Makati and things you definitely do not expect to find in Makati. The western corner of Makati (San Antonio Village) hosts not only a selection of international restaurants, wine stores and shops selling delicacies such as fresh meat and cheese from all over the world – but also alternative music.
As our map shows, there are bars with good live music all over this area! Some nice bars and restaurants are grouped together in the 'Collective' building, which features live music at night. Walk through its small corridors and experience different restaurants and hip shops that give you a hint that this place is truly the alternative location in the business district!
On the back of the Collective, you will find two buildings which are hosting several international restaurants and shops which allow every Megacitizen to find a piece of home. Italian pasta, Spanish wine, Swiss cheese – no matter what you are looking for, you will surely find it here. Why not give it a try some time?
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For many of Saguijo's patrons, going to the bar has always been about the music and for providing a venue for Philippine bands who just want to rock out.
Isla is one of the old timers when it comes to Makati entertainment. The place, although far away from the main nightspots in the business district, is visited by many of its patrons to take a short holiday in a beach-like setting.
B-Side is Makati’s venue for those who love alternative and progressive music. The bar and restaurant is home to a number of the most enigmatic musicians one has ever seen in the country. Groups that perform at B-Side include local and international artists.
Ritual Organic Grocery sells a range of Filipino products coming from all over the country - from coffee produced in the Mountain Province to fish sauce from the southern parts of the Philippines. The shop recently moved from The Collective to Arnaiz Avenue, just a few minutes walk from Greenbelt.
In a time where everybody has a camera in his/her mobile phone, Lil' Whims brings back spontaneity and a moment of surprise to picture taking. The little store in The Collective specializes on instant film cameras and accessories.
The Wabi-Sabi inside of 7274 Malugay is a cozy little restaurant that offers vegan-friendly, Japanese cuisine.
One of Malugay’s go-to places to satisfy one’s cravings, Wingman at The Collective offers wings - buffalo wings and deep fried wings to be exact.
Central BBQ Boy Grill in Malugay features a relaxed ambiance for those who would like to have a bite to eat and a few drinks. Although not in a prime location, Central BBQ Boy Grill is highly frequented by locals, thanks to the Grill’s affordable meals. Whether you’re looking for a place where there’s cheap local beer or a place to have that Filipino picnic experience, this Malugay establishment is the right choice.
Werdenberg International’s Säntis Delicatessen is one of the go-to places for many Europeans in the Philippines. The high end shop sells great tasting food products usually not available in the country – at least not in one convenient venue.
Titania is known for its exquisite cooking thanks to its restaurant on Yakal Street, and the wine cellar is an established name among wine lovers.
Chesa Bianca is an authentic Swiss restaurant located in Yakal Street. Since it is tucked away from Makati’s busy streets, the establishment is the perfect place to go to if you want to get away from the hordes of people at the malls or any of the more crowded night spots in the area.
Modern yet classy and still distinctly Italian, Carpaccio Ristorante Italiano takes fine dining to a higher level. It opened its doors back in 2008, making the restaurant a relatively new establishment on Yakal Street.
Tucked away from the busy business district, I’m Angus Steakhouse is a frequent dining destination for those who love steak and those who do not like dining in crowded places.
Perhaps the best thing about Offshore Bar & Grill is its sub-zero cold beer but this isn’t the only thing that the Kamagong restaurant has to offer.
The Little Tokyo Complex offers everything Japan-lovers and Japanese Megacitizens need: restaurants serving ramen, okonomi-yaki and liters of tea and high-quality sake, a grocery, a karaoke bar, a spa, and the soothing atmosphere of a Japanese Zen garden.
Bamm is probably the only place in Metro Manila where you can wash down delicious German fast food with the traditional beer/lemonade mix speciality Radler.
The beauty of contrast can be seen in all Yadu bags. The lifestyle brand sells bags that are one-of-a-kind, which means you won’t have to share a design with another person – ever!
Located near Malugay’s B-Side bar, this little burger place was not exactly enjoying a lot of foot traffic, but when you had the time to explore the inner parts of 7274 Malugay, more popularly known as The Collective, you should have tried the food at Offbeat. Offbeat Cafe sat right beside noodle house Wabi Sabi.
Kaffir was a little Southeast Asian restaurant and deli, a hidden gem in The Collective. The menu combined some of the best Thai, Vietnamese, Philippine and Malay dishes, many of which were vegetarian.
A business district is always busy, especially during the rush hours roughly 7 am - 10 am and 4.30 pm to 8 pm. Except avoiding to drive during those times, there are some more details gathered by our Megacities team that might help you to stay sane when driving in Makati.