Best Things To Do in Manila, Philippines

Manila is the capital and is one of the most populated and oldest cities of Philippines. The remarkable city looks out to the West over the sea and boasts historic attractions, parks, gardens, shopping districts, casinos, hotels, churches, museums, galleries and pristine beaches. Tourism is a thriving affair in Manila and is home to some of the best annual events and festivals that attract visitors not only from within the boundaries of the country but also internationally.

The best way to make the most of all the sights and activities in this exotic destination, consider indulging in some of the best tours in Manila which include World Heritage Site of San Agustin Church, Rizal Park, Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, Museum of the Filipino People, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila Ocean Park, Manila Zoo, San Sebastian Church and Manila's Chinatown. Manila is the main shopping hub of the Philippines and one of the top shopping destinations in the world offering numerous shopping centres like Bonifacio Global City, Ortigas Center, Ayala Center and SM Mall of Asia. A number of hotels and casinos can be found around the city, making Manila a major gaming and gambling destination in the world with venues like Entertainment City, Resorts World Manila and Solaire Resort & Casino. The city is also home to a wide variety of green areas, parks and gardens like Rizal Park, Paco Park, Mehan Garden and La Mesa Eco park. Manila is home to various golf clubs and hosts numerous annual festivals throughout the year including religious and cultural festivals like Feast of the Black Nazarene, Chinese New Year, Aliwan Fiesta and prestigious film festivals like Cinemanila International Film Festival, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival and Metro Manila Film Festival. Other top attractions in Manila include Tagaytay, Taal Volcano, Arroceros Forest Park, Lake Pinatubo, Fortune Island and Anawangin Beach. With such varying attractions and sights, Manila truly is a sprawling, bustling, and culturally complicated city, with a colourful multi-cultural heritage and varied nightlife.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manila

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    Intramuros

    Tags: Historical Site, Heritage Building

    Address: Bonifacio Dr & Padre Burgos St, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Intramuros or the ‘city within walls’ is the oldest district in Manila and by far the most fascinating one too. It is full of historic buildings and local heritage. There are defensive wal...Read more

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    Taal Volcano

    Tags: Geological Formation, View Point, Hiking Trail, Adventure

    Address: Taal Volcano, Batangas, Philippines

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Philippines’ second most active volcano, Taal Volcano is located at a distance of about 60 kilometres from Manila. A beautiful lake is nestled within the volcano giving it surreal beauty, offeri...Read more

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    Ocean Park

    Tags: Aquarium

    Address: 666, Behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila, Metro Manila 1000, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    The Manila Ocean Park is an Oceanarium cum Aquarium that hosts a number of fun and educative activities for people of all ages. There are thousands of varieties of fish that are fascinating to see and...Read more

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    Rizal Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Park, Monument, Tourist Center

    Address: Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Heart moving and incredibly beautiful, Rizal Park is Philippines’ dedication to its national hero Jose Rizal. The Park is great for atmospheric walks and a quality time with family and friends. ...Read more

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    Fort Santiago

    Tags: Historical Site, Fort

    Address: Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Built as a defensive fortress, Fort Santiago is walled Manila’s most important historical monument. Surrounded by manicured gardens and pretty ponds, the Fort is a testament to the Spanish rule ...Read more

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    San Agustin Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture , Unesco Site

    Address: Gen. Luna Street, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Located in Intramunos and designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the San Agustin church is a stunning piece of art that has survived all the ordeals that this historic district has seen over c...Read more

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    Manila Bay

    Tags: Beach, Waterfront, Cafe, Cruise

    Address: Manila Bay, Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Whether you take a cruise along the waters or stand against the glass walls of Mall of Asia, a sunset over the manila bay is probably the most romantic sights in the world. The bay area is often crowd...Read more

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    American Cemetery And Memorial

    Tags: Memorial, War Memorial, Cemetery

    Address: Taguig City, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Spread over 152 acres on a prominent plateau, The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines is visible at a distance from the east, south and west. It contains the largest number of gra...Read more

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    Manila Cathedral

    Tags: Religious Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    Address: Cabildo corner Beaterio, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila 1002, Philippines

    Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    The Manila cathedral is one of the prettiest sights in Intramunos. Officially established as the ‘Church of Manila’ in 1571, the church was raised to cathedral in 1579. It is by far the ol...Read more

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    Robinsons Place Mall

    Tags: Dine In, Entertainment, Play, Tourist Center

    Address: Pedro Gil cor. Adriatico Streets, Ermita, Manila,Metro Manila 1000,National Capital Region, Philippines

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    The answer to all your retail cravings in Manila; Robinsons mall is a shoppiong heaven. The mall has over 500 shops for the discerning shopper and a number of dining options too. It is by far one of t...Read more

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    Greenbelt Park

    Tags: Walking Area, Entertainment, Mall, Shopping Center

    Address: San Lorenzo, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 09:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    The Greenbelt Park is an expansive area full of shops and recreational spaces. There are a group of five malls and many open spaces that have been landscaped brilliantly. Together, these malls have al...Read more

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    Quiapo Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Quezon Boulevard, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The Minor Basilica of the The Black Nazarene is informally known as the Quiapo church. A popular pilgrimage for the devotees of the Black Nazarene which is said to be a miraculous black statue of Jesu...Read more

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    University Of Santo Tomas Museum

    Tags: Museum, Park, Landmark, Educational Site

    Address: Espana Blvd, Manila, 1008 Metro Manila, Philippines

    Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details

    The University of Santo Tomas is the oldest university in the Philippines and in Asia. The Main Building is an architectural feast. There is a museum inside the Main Building. The museum has noteworth...Read more

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    Rizal Shrine

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Santa Clara Street, Manila, Luzon 1002, Philippines

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    The Rizal Shrine is the shrine of Philippines’ most celebrated hero, Dr.Jose Rizal. A nationalist and perhaps Philippines’ most influential hero, Rizal stood up to the Spanish rule for the...Read more

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    Villa Escudero

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Leisure, Nature

    Address: 1059, Sagrada Pamilya Street, Malate, Metro Manila, Manila 1004,Philippines

    Timings: 08:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    Villa Escuredo is a coconut plantation turned into a resort that has evolved into one of Philippines’ premier vacation getaways. The plantation was originally built in 1929 by Don Arsenio, this ...Read more

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