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Makati travel guide

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You're Going to Love Makati

Makati on the Filipino island of Luzon is a bustling gem where commerce, culture, and entertainment meet. Huge shopping malls, award-winning eateries, and world-class art can all be found in Makati, and with a population made up of both locals and expats, the nightlife is always lively.

Founded on swampland in the late 17th century by Franciscan monks, Makati City went on to have a huge impact on both Manila's and the Philippine's economic, cultural, and social history. Two churches from this early period can still be seen nestling among the futuristic architecture of the city. The modern world firmly arrived in Makati in the 1930s with the building of Nielson Airport.

With its cultural attractions and shopping malls interspersed with green parks and luxurious hotels, Makati is a safe city oasis that has much to attract and offer its visitors.

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Makati has a tropical monsoon climate with an annual temperature range between 68 °F and 100 °F. January to March sees cooler temperatures and less rainfall, while May and June are the hottest months. The monsoon period peaks from August to October. Makati has a full calendar of festivals and celebrations. One of the most important is Caracol. Held towards the start of the year, it celebrates Mother Earth's bounty. Another big event is the Flores de Mayo Procession held in May.

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Where to Stay in Makati

As a business and expat hub, accommodation in Makati tends to focus on the more luxurious, although budget hostels can be found. The Makati Shangri-La has a stunning lobby where the atrium soars upwards and is supported by columns as tall as redwoods. For real luxury, however, the Raffles Makati has everything visitors could want, including baths with views and butlers. Offering a more laid-back vibe is the Z Hostel, famous for its rooftop partying and panorama of the Manila skyline. Nicknamed the 'flashpacker district', Poblacion is home to trendy bars, hip restaurants, and several upmarket hostels, many with a boutique appeal, and is a good spot to stay in.

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In Makati, you're never far from a shopping opportunity. The Greenbelt Mall is a one-stop shop for international names ranging from Adidas to Zara and Balenciaga to Top Shop. There is also a dining court built around a park area. As well as its shops and food courts, the Glorietta Mall also features a children's playground and concert hall.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

The Salcedo Market is held every Saturday in the center and is a great place for stocking up on both groceries and souvenirs. Look out for organically grown vegetables and artisan crafts. Rustan's and SM Supermarket also have an extensive range of groceries and toiletries. Expect to pay PHP30 for a pound of tomatoes and PHP95 for a dozen eggs.

Where to Eat in Makati

Many of Makati's best restaurants are clustered in Poblacion or the center, while the Greenbelt Shopping Mall is a good venue for al fresco dining. Start the day with some breakfast 'tapsilog' at Rufo's Famous Tapa. This Filipino delicacy features cured beef, fried garlic rice, and a sunny-side-up egg. The Hole in the Wall in Century City Mall is a gastronomic if quirky gem with an eclectic range of dining experiences. For award-winning Dim Sum, visit Tim Ho Wan in the Glorietta Shopping Mall. Be prepared to queue, however, for the experience. In Makati, prices start at around PHP250 for basic local dishes and a beer, while dinner and drinks at a high-end restaurant can cost up to PHP4,000.

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