Makati City Tourist Information
When talking of touring Makati, it’s always about areas in the Ayala Avenue and Gil Puyat vicinities, as well as those in Greenbelt. Makati is where posh and tall buildings form the city skyline and where financial decisions national in scope take place daily. Here are some places to see when touring Makati.
Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas
Visit the intersection of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas. A Ninoy Aquino monument stands there depicting the final moments of the late senator going down a stairway to the airport tarmac before being shot dead by an assassin. This intersection has witnessed numerous political rallies and mass assemblies in the past, some of which were quite decisive in changing the course of the nation’s political history. Touring Makati will likely pass by this section where major business establishments are housed in towering buildings.
Makati is also among cities in Metro Manila to check out when looking for 5-star hotels. Makati is ideal for booking in posh hotels near southern Luzon Provinces like Laguna and Cavite where travel is merely 2 to 3 hours away by land. Quality hotels like Makati Shangri-La Hotel on Makati Avenue, The Peninsula Manila on Ayala Avenue, Mandarin Hotel along Paseo de Roxas, and Dusit Hotel Nikko and Renaissance Hotel both in Greenbelt, among others, afford world-class hotel facilities and amenities. Touring Makati should always take these hotels into consideration when planning accommodations.
Greenbelt is where quality restaurants are located. This area is in the vicinity of A. Arnaiz, Paseo de Roxas, and Makati Avenues. Within Greenbelt buildings 1, 2, 3 and 4 are elegant restaurants suited for fine dining with high-class dining ambience. Around the area are also scores of classy restaurants both foreign and local, hotels, and shopping centers. Greenbelt is no doubt a world-class commercial area beautiful to behold both at day and night time. Touring Makati should include a considerable period for shopping and dining here.
World-Class Shopping Centers
Touring Makati, or any place for that matter, always includes shopping sprees. This city has numerous super classy shopping centers where foreign and local items are available—even souvenirs supposedly available only in rural localities—like printed shirts, native accessories, and other handcrafted souvenir items. Just visit the Filipiniana sections of shopping centers like Glorietta at the Ayala Center, SM Makati also at the Ayala Center, Power Plant Mall at the Rockwell Center, Louis Vuitton at Greenbelt 4, Nike Rufino at the Rufino Pacific Tower at the corner of Rufino Street and Ayala Avenue, Bonifacio High Street in Fort Bonifacio Global City, and Land Mark on Makati Avenue, among many others - there there is no excuse not to enjoy the famous Makati Malls.
Makati also features historic sites even many locals are still unaware of. Touring Makati should include the Guadalupe Ruins, for instance, located along Bernardino Street in Guadalupe Viejo. Here are remains of the Nuestra Senora de Gracia Church constructed in 1629 in classical Doric Architecture. In Fort Bonifacio, the American Cemetery and Memorial keeps war records and wall artworks depicting scenes from World War II. This is a favorite tourist spot among war veterans visiting or touring Makati. Also in Fort Bonifacio is the “Libingan ng mga Bayani” or Memorial for Heroes.
Makati also has superb thrift shops where good items are sold. For tourists thinking of buying real Makati stuff like printed shirts but which are not so expensive, the flea market or thrift shops on Hizon Street in Bangkal, Makati, just before the Malibay area, are perfect. After a shopping spree here tourists might as well try the mouth-watering pastas and pizzas at Fat Micahel’s near the thrift shops.
Touring Makati includes so much fun of varying degrees from world-class quality to simple thrift shops.