Attractions in Manila

Take a peek of the rich history of Manila and the Philippines without reading a bunch of books rather through the local attractions you can see. By simply traveling to Manila, you can get a glimpse of its past as well as present time. All these attractions reflect the wealthy history and culture of the Filipinos.

The name Manila was based on the plant called "nila" which is a flowering mangrove that vastly grows on the shores of Manila Bay. The earliest History of Manila was recorded back to the year of 900 AD. It was first called Ancient Tondo during the 1st millennium to 1589. However, it was then renamed Kingdom of Manila from 1500 - 1571 and Metropolitan Manila from 1975 - present.

Guests will surely be amazed with those still-existing old buildings, dated monasteries, old streets, medieval monuments and other ancient artifacts which contain valuable story about Manila. All of these are greatly preserved to be able to share the story of the city to the next generation. However, Manila is never behind when it comes to modern advancements. It possesses highly modernized facilities, buildings, parks, recreational areas, etc. From a very simple town to a very progressive city, Manila indeed has undergone significant changes. Some of the attractions you can find include parks, malls, galleries, museums and state of the art buildings. The best part is that most of these attractions are just walking distance. Thus, you wouldn't have to take a cab to get to the next attraction.

Check out our huge list of attractions in Manila. Surely, you can collect tons of good memories during your visit in the city.

 

Resorts World Manila

“Know where to relish different luxurious activities in one place….. “

Location: Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Cybertourism Zone, Pasay City
Resorts World Manila map. How to get to Resorts World Manila in Manila
 

Manila Ocean Park’s

“Discover the secrets of the sea in this world-renowned park”

Location: 66, Behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila, Metro Manila 1000
Manila Ocean Park’s map. How to get to Manila Ocean Park’s in Manila
 

The Rizal Monument

“Learn a bit about the National Hero of the Philippines… “

Location: Padre Burgos Avenue, Maria Y. Orosa Street, Roxas Blvd, Manila 1000
The Rizal Monument map. How to get to The Rizal Monument in Manila
 

Philippine Underwater Hockey Confederation

“If you are on the hunt of exciting and super thrilling adventure, this kind of sport game is perfect for you….”

Location: 133 F. Scout Rallos Street, Kamuning, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippine Underwater Hockey Confederation map. How to get to Philippine Underwater Hockey Confederation in Manila
 

Forever 21

“Shop ’til you drop in this world class shopping center…”

Location: 2/F of SM Megamall A, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City.
Forever 21 map. How to get to Forever 21 in Manila
 

Museo Pambata

“Enjoy while learning at Museo Pambata…”

Location: Roxas Boulevard cor. South Drive Manila, Philippines
Museo Pambata map. How to get to Museo Pambata in Manila
 

San Sebastián Church

“Discover the rich history of San Sebastian Church… “

Location: Plaza del Carmen, Quiapo, Manila
San Sebastián Church map. How to get to San Sebastián Church in Manila
 

Bayanihan Dance Company

“..the group researches and preserves the indigenous art forms of music, dance, folklore and costumes of the Philippines.”

Location: (PWU) 1743 Taft Avenue, 2004 Manila, Philippines
Bayanihan Dance Company map. How to get to Bayanihan Dance Company in Manila
 

Papertrail

“Are you looking for a gift shop with amazing items? This might be it!…”

Location: Unit 201 La'O Bldg., 1000 Arnaiz Ave., Makati City
Papertrail map. How to get to Papertrail in Manila
 

Adarna Food and Culture

“Satisfy your craving for sumptuous food….”

Location: 119 Kalayaan Avenue, Diliman District, Quezon City.
Adarna Food and Culture map. How to get to Adarna Food and Culture in Manila
 

Blue Water Day Spa

One of the activities individuals, couples or groups could enjoy is getting a relaxing spa treatment. Blue Water Day Spa is one spa chain that individuals seeking for a retreat from the busy and stressful life could come to. Blue … Continued

Location: 903 Atlanta Center, Annapolis Street, Greenhills San Juan, Metro Manila
Blue Water Day Spa map. How to get to Blue Water Day Spa in Manila
 

PenPen Restaurant

“Go ahead and satisfy your craving for Filipino dishes…”

Location: 05-C Scout Castor, Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City
PenPen Restaurant map. How to get to PenPen Restaurant in Manila
 

Ayala Museum

“Golden treasures from Filipino ancestors are also found on display at the Ayala Museum.”

Location: Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, San Lorenzo, Makati
Ayala Museum map. How to get to Ayala Museum in Manila
 

Ateneo Art Gallery

“..the first gallery of contemporary art in the Philippines.”

Location: Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights,Quezon City
Ateneo Art Gallery map. How to get to Ateneo Art Gallery in Manila
 

The Armed forces of the Philippines Museum

The museum showcases various episodes of the Army’s evolution, photos of revolutionary heroes, medals and weapons used.

Location: General Arturo Enrile Building of Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City
The Armed forces of the Philippines Museum map. How to get to The Armed forces of the Philippines Museum in Manila
 

Archdiocesan Museum of Manila

“The ecclesiastical museum showcases of ecclesiastical, liturgical and other antique items of the church……”

Location: 121 Arzobispo Street, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila, 1000, 
Archdiocesan Museum of Manila map. How to get to Archdiocesan Museum of Manila in Manila
 

Manila Philippines Temple

“….temple serves half a million members of the LDS church in the Philippines, Singapore, Micronesia, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma and India..”

Location: 13 Temple Drive Greenmeadows Subdivision 1110 Quezon City, National Capital Region
Manila Philippines Temple map. How to get to Manila Philippines Temple in Manila
 

Pan de Amerikana

“…..a restaurant where one can chill and just let time pass while munching on that pandesal..”

Location: #92 General Ordoñez Corner Maroon St. Marikina Heights, 1800 Marikina City
Pan de Amerikana map. How to get to Pan de Amerikana in Manila
 

The Living Room

“…random film showings at the Living Room will showcase different movies in Philippine cinema especially those which shows cultural significance….”

Location: #24 North Syquia Apartment, 1991 M.H. del Pilar, Malate
The Living Room map. How to get to The Living Room in Manila
 

The Production Design Center 

“…. a contributor and provider of innovative designs for these to become globally competitive.”

Location: Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Manila
The Production Design Center  map. How to get to The Production Design Center  in Manila
 

Arts in the City

“Philippines is known for arts especially the performance arts. Here is one proof…”

Location: 26th Street corner 7th Avenue and  Federacion Dr, Taguig City
Arts in the City map. How to get to Arts in the City in Manila
 

The Maya Kitchen

“Whether you aspire to start a career in culinary or just want to learn your way around in the kitchen, Maya Kitchen might be the perfect place for you…”

Location: 8/F Liberty Bldg., 835 A. Arnaiz Ave., Legaspi Village, Makati City
The Maya Kitchen map. How to get to The Maya Kitchen in Manila
 

The Wine Museum

“Smell and taste the goodness of wine in a place where different variety of wine flooded…”

Location: 2253 Aurora Boulevard, Pasay City
The Wine Museum map. How to get to The Wine Museum in Manila
 

Heavenly Chocolate

“Welcome to Heaven! Go on, indulge in heavenly sweets in a very comfortable place…”

Location: 127 Roces Ave. Quezon City, Metro Manila
Heavenly Chocolate map. How to get to Heavenly Chocolate in Manila
 

City Kart Racing

“Do you want to be entertained? Try this fast paced recreation where you can control your own speed.. “

Location: 3/F Structured Car Park, Market! Market!, C5 corner 32nd Street , Taguig City
City Kart Racing map. How to get to City Kart Racing in Manila

A number of tour operators and travel agencies offer trips to some of the best and most interesting sights in the Philippines. Most of these agencies likewise offer guided city tours around Manila. If privacy is your main concern, you may choose to hire private guides who can give you a personal Manila tour. Tour packages usually include orientation, shopping, visiting galleries and museums and checking out local attractions.