Eating and Drinking like home? At least if you are coming from Europe or Northern America, this promise can be fulfilled. As shown in our HotSpot section, there are a lot of good restaurants featuring international cuisine. Even if you don't like to go out, you can have a more Western lunch or dinner.
You get groceries from all over the world in Philippine supermarkets, but the country also has its own local brands of delicious food, drinks, and snacks. Here is what you should definitely try out.
You get snacks, drinks and other necessities 24/7 at literally every street corner in the Megacity, thanks to international chains of convenience stores and the typical Filipino Sari-Sari stores.
Doing the groceries in Manila means visiting either one of the supermarkets inside the shopping malls or going to a stand-alone one equally big. There are also smaller grocery stores in Metro Manila that serve villages and communities in the area. These grocery stores usually have basic items in their inventory. However, if you want to buy imported goods because you miss having them, going to one of the following supermarkets is probably the best idea.
There are a lot of places in the Megacity where you can have the perfect shopping experience - and in some you can even do the groceries and go shopping the latest clothes at once. For the latter category, have a look at our section on selected Malls in the Megacity. This section features stand-alone supermarkets, shopping centres, and stores which offer a wide range in goods as well as a great shopping experience.
You should definitely not drink tap water. Even though there are claims that the tap water is okay - at least during the dry season - it is definitely not worth the risk of getting infected with bacteria and other harmful organisms. The same goes for using tap water for boiling it e.g. for pasta or tea. Clean, drinkable water is inexpensive. We strongly suggest that tap water be used solely for washing and bathing purposes.
We haven't forgotten the locals because they are Megacitizens too! Most of the people living in Megacity Manila are locals from all over the country. You can easily identify those born in the Megacity and those from outside Manila by asking them which province they are from. If they come from the province it basically means that they were born somewhere else and moved to the capital. Locals living in Manila are in average more liberal, more open-minded and have a higher proficiency in English compared to those living in other parts of the country.
With average temperatures of more than 30 degrees, staying hydrated is vital in Metro Manila. Here is what the Megacity has in stores, from mango juice and below-zero beer to service water and 3-in-1 coffee.
The Philippine cuisine is not the typical Asian cuisine you might imagine. Here we tell you everything you need to know about Filipino food culture, from typical meals and beverages to street food, wet markets, and Jollibee.
The Megacity Manila Shopping Basket gives newcomers in the Philippines orientation on how much they will pay for local and imported food, beverages, and toiletries in Manila's stores. It also allows to track the price development in the country, as we update the list every month and provide the prices in pesos, US dollars, and euros.
Experience a Filipino-Spanish gastronomic journey with Madrid Fusión Manila. The gastronomy congress started in 2003 and is being held annually since then. Today, it is among the most important Spanish gastronomy gatherings that bring together chefs from different parts of the globe.
The Philippines has a lot to offer when it comes to alcoholic beverages, with nearly every region having its own type of wine or liquor. The country has been producing some local wines before the Spanish conquistadors docked on its shores. These exotic wines and liquor are often made from ingredients that are abundant in the tropical country. Here are seven specialty wines and spirits that you should definitely try.
The Philippine band scene is highly competitive, and the performance of a good band is a fantastic thing to experience! Live music is a very common thing in Manila's bars - here are some of our favorite venues in the Megacity.
Guests from a cultural institute, international chamber, top corporation and local media joined the September Stammtisch held at the cozy and relaxing Le Cafe Curieux in Makati City. The lively discussion ranged from international holidays to cooking and looking for healthier options to eat in Metro Manila.
Water stores are conveniently located in every barangay (village) and offer distilled and mineral water. These shops also deliver the water in 19 litres bottles including a dispenser at the cost of roughly 40 Pesos. You can also buy bottles without dispenser from these stores, if you have a dispenser at home or, buy a water purification system to always have drinkable water at home.
If you don't need large amounts of water or your local water store is closed already and you don't want to spend the night without water, the best option is to go to the nearest corner shop and buy some water there.
No matter if you look for a trusted Hard Rock Café, an authentic English Pub or a noble French Cuisine, the Megacity has it all.
If you see KTV in big letters, you might find yourself singing for the rest of the night. KTV refers to the boxes which are connected to the TV in order to enable you to sing karaoke all night long!
The Megacity is famous for its nightlife. Even though movies such as 'Hangover' were shot in Bangkok, stories like that can easily happen to you in Manila. Of course, Manila also offers more wholesome activities such as billiards, karaoke and going to the movies. Megacities would be nothing without featuring the best bars and restaurants to hang out in within our HotSpots.
On March 13 - 16, German cuisine was served in several places over the Metro. Those platters were carefully created by Chef Michael Kruger of Cologne (Germany) and matched with Katipunan Indio Pale Ale. The German Festival meets Manila Nightlife took place in Cravings (Katipunan Avenue branch), Fraser Place (Makati) or LaB Gastropub (San Miguel by the Bay) as well as in C2 Summit Circle Hotel (Cebu), on March 16 - 18.
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.
Hit the bars and clubs and find out what made Manila famous. Experience the night life one needs a day off after!
The Nightlife after work describes what it usually means to get out of your air-conditioned office and satisfy your craving for a vegetarian pizza and a sub-zero beer - having left a stressful day at work left behind you.