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Food Lover's Guide to Manila - page 2

Food Lover's Guide to Manila

For a town that just years ago had little appeal in the way of good eats, metro Manila has taken a positive turn and is well on its way to becoming a dining mecca with plentiful options. Read on for some of the best bites and food experiences in the Philippines.

Must-Try Dishes

In the Philippine capital, grilled meats are a street-food favorite, with marinated fish, chicken, and pork cooked to a variety of specifications. Dishes like sinigang na hipon, a slightly sour shrimp soup, and fried lumpia, a type of spring roll, can be found on restaurant menus throughout the city. Those craving noodles should sample palabok, a simple dish made from noodles and egg. Seafood lovers will appreciate kinilaw, Manila’s answer to ceviche or poke, made with fresh fish, onions, garlic, ginger, spicy chilies, tomato, and coconut vinegar. You also can’t go wrong with arguably the most famous Filipino dish, chicken adobo.

The huge variety of tropical fruits that grow in the archipelago, including mangoes, jackfruit, and coconut, inspire many of Manila’s sweet treat. Buko salad mixes them all together with a sweet cream. In the heat of summer, locals cool off with halo-halo, a pile of shaved ice topped with evaporated milk, diced fruits, sweet red beans, purple yam, and coconut gel.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Sample some of Manila’s best Filipino street food on a walking tour of Bonifacio Global City night market.

  • Learn to transform typical Filipino ingredients into delicious and popular dishes at a hands-on cooking class within a local Manila home.

  • Feast on the flavors of the world’s oldest Chinatown, historic Binondo, during a guided food tour of the neighborhood.

  • Dive into the history and heritage of Filipino cuisine during a hosted dinner in a private home in Quezon City, showcasing lesser-known Filipino dishes.

  • Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Philippines by combining a barrio fiesta feast with a traditional dance performance.

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Hands-on Cooking Lesson in Manila: Learn to Cook in a Local Home

Hands-on Cooking Lesson in Manila: Learn to Cook in a Local Home

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Learn how to make authentic Filipino food from the experts—a local home chef. Join Greg in his beautiful colonial-style home, and enjoy a private cooking lesson in the kitchen. He will tell you all about Filipino cuisine and the history and influences that have gone into it. After the lesson, eat the traditional dishes you’ve prepared with your host.
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  • 3 hours
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$67.70
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$67.70
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Private Departure Transfer: Manila Hotel to Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Private Departure Transfer: Manila Hotel to Ninoy Aquino International Airport

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Enjoy a stress-free finish to your time in Manila on this private departure transfer from your Manila hotel to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Meet your driver at the prearranged time at your hotel in Manila and take a seat in your private air-conditioned vehicle. Relax in comfort on route to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and arrive feeling relaxed and ready for your onward travel. This transfer service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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  • 25 minutes
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$24.00
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$24.00
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Private Full-Day Tagaytay Tour from Manila

Private Full-Day Tagaytay Tour from Manila

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This tour to the cooler highlands of Tagaytay are an ideal break from the heat and busy-ness of Manila. Enjoy views of the Taal Volcano and Lake, as well as visits to orchards. Get a chance to taste the huge variety of fruit that grows in the region. An easy overview of this nature-filled region for visitors staying in Manila.
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  • 5 hours
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$167.95
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$167.95
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Shared Half-Day Shore Excursion in Manila

Shared Half-Day Shore Excursion in Manila

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When your cruise ship drops anchor in Manila, make the most of even limited time in the capital of the Philippines on a half-day shore excursion. Designed specifically for first-time visitors on a time budget, this tour transports you between landmarks such as San Agustin Church and Museum, and the walled city of Intramuros in air-conditioned comfort.
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  • 4 hours
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$97.44
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Private Departure Airport Transfer in Manila Bay and Makati Area

Private Departure Airport Transfer in Manila Bay and Makati Area

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Enjoy your private departure transfer within Manila Bay and Makati area to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) or Manila International Airport (MIA).
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  • 1 hour
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$17.34
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$17.34
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Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour from Manila

Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour from Manila

Get out of the city and head to Pagsanjan Falls on this day tour from Manila with private transportation. Accompanied by a guide, you'll take a boat ride through river rapids and past the waterfall, admiring the lush scenery. A lunch of Filipino dishes is included.
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  • 7 hours
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$272.76
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Private Arrival Transfer: Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Manila

Private Arrival Transfer: Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Manila

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Avoid the hassle of queuing for airport taxi services and ride comfortably on a 10-seater fully air-conditioned Toyota HI-ACE GL Grandia van. An English-speaking driver will meet you at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals. Service commences as soon as all guests are on-board.
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  • 1 hour
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$68.27
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MANILA AIRPORT TRANSFER TO HOTELS in PASAY, MAKATI, BGC, MANILA (1-2 PEOPLE)

MANILA AIRPORT TRANSFER TO HOTELS in PASAY, MAKATI, BGC, MANILA (1-2 PEOPLE)

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Exclusive ride for you Door to door service 1 item of hand baggage allowed per person 1 piece of baggage allowed per person ( max.dimensions 158cm) length+width+height=158cm Remember to bring a printed copy of this voucher and a valid photo ID with you. Child car seats and boosters are not available. Maximum supplier waiting time: 60 minutes (Domestic) 90 minutes (International)
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  • 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$37.34
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Private Half-Day Shore Excursion by Foot

Private Half-Day Shore Excursion by Foot

Avoid getting stuck in the infamous traffic jams of Manila on a half-day shore excursion that allows you to tick off more attractions in less time. Rather than traveling by coach or car, you’ll get a more intimate glimpse into the Philippines’ capital as you explore the historic walled city of Intramuros on foot. Exploring the area with a guide means that you’ll be party to insider information that you may otherwise have missed.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Manila Food Tour: Introduction to Philippine Street Food

Manila Food Tour: Introduction to Philippine Street Food

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When you find yourself in the cities of Metro Manila for a night or two. Going out to explore this vibrant city might be a daunting and scary thought for many a traveler. For those looking for a great night out but with the confidence of being accompanied by a local, this experience is right up your alley. Join us for a crash course in Philippine street food as we explore the vibrant area known as Bonifacio Global city located in Taguig. Revel at the lights, sounds and smells wafting in the air as you make your way through the many stalls at the Mercato Night Market while sampling a plethora of iconic Philippine street food. Bring an open mind and an empty stomach as you experience a true culinary adventure!
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  • 3 hours
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$76.93
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Cultural Dinner and Show in Manila

Cultural Dinner and Show in Manila

Taste the flavors of the Philippines with this dinner and show combo in Manila. Arrive at a typical Filipino restaurant for a multi-course dinner, which allows you to learn about the country's culinary culture through firsthand experience. Then sit back and enjoy a cultural show that features creativity and artistry focused on Filipino culture and national identity. Round-trip transportation from your Manila hotel makes this a convenient evening out.
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  • 3 hours
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Introduction to Philippine History

Introduction to Philippine History

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Intramuros was the heart of the archipelago for hundreds of years, here we begin a crash course in Philippine history. A glimpse at the Philippines' colonial past and how the events of history has shaped the current Philippines. Join us on this adventure through the old city of Manila as we take routes less traveled and discover wonderful corners and side streets very few get to see.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.00
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Manila Layover Tour A

Manila Layover Tour A

Have a few hours in Manila? Trek Taal Volcano, the smallest active volcano in the world. One of the most visited tourist spots in the philippines, this geological wonder is actually a volcano within a lake within a volcano. this geological wonder is the smallest active volcano in the world. Our driver will pick you up at the airport and off you go to Talisay Batangas to see the TAAL LAKE. Boats set out from Talisay on the shores of Taal Lake, and once on the island, it's about a 40-minute hike or horse ride (optional) to the rim of the crater, where you'll have a spectacular view over the crater lake and island. hike.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$250.77
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Private Half-Day Shore Excursion Old Manila

Private Half-Day Shore Excursion Old Manila

This private half-day tour is an ideal way to see the highlights of Old Manila in a short time. Make the best of your time in the city by zeroing in on one area, thus avoiding getting stuck in the notorious traffic. You’ll learn all about the history of the city, from the Spanish colonial era until the present, with your knowledgeable local guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$134.62
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MANILA AIRPORT TRANSFER TO HOTELS in PASAY, MAKATI, BGC, MANILA (3-4 PEOPLE)

MANILA AIRPORT TRANSFER TO HOTELS in PASAY, MAKATI, BGC, MANILA (3-4 PEOPLE)

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Exclusive ride for you Door to door service Meet & Greet service 1 item of hand baggage allowed per person 1 piece of baggage allowed per person ( max.dimensions 158cm) length+width+height=158cm Remember to bring a printed copy of this voucher and a valid photo ID with you. Maximum waiting time: 60 minutes (Domestic) 90 minutes (International)
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  • 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.67
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Bataan Death March memorial tour

Bataan Death March memorial tour

This is a specialized tour that showcases the heroism and valor of those who fought in World War 2 here in the Philippines. Besides visiting the main attractions listed, we will also visit the diffetent battle markers and get to know the stories of tge Death March as told to me by my grandfather who survived the ordeal.
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  • 8 hours
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$348.72
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Half-Day Manila City Tour

Half-Day Manila City Tour

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Manila is a big city, but on this guided tour you can see the must-visit sites without the hassle. From the Spanish colonial-era walled city of Intramuros to sprawling Rizal Park, your local guide will explain the fascinating history behind what you’re looking at, so you come away with a greater understanding of Manila and the Philippines.
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  • 4 hours
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$84.62
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Manila Food Tour: Chinatown Dimsum Experience

Manila Food Tour: Chinatown Dimsum Experience

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Dim sum is a southern Chinese term that can be translated to mean snack. In this experience we will be trying out iconic dim sum as well as some other snacks beloved by the locals. A generous selection of sweet and savory dishes with both Chinese and Filipino flavors. For those who love food, this experience will be right up your alley! We will be visiting what CNN Travel has called the oldest Chinatown in the world, Manila City's Binondo Chinatown. Here, we will be exploring the side streets and alleyways to find hidden gems and hole-in-the-wall restaurants and beloved local food.
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  • 3 hours
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$76.93
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Historical Manila with Chinatown

Historical Manila with Chinatown

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Get a chance to learn Philippine history, culture and can be flexible in arranging special requests (slum visits, walking at local markets)
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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$196.16
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Full-Day Tagaytay City Tour from Manila

Full-Day Tagaytay City Tour from Manila

Visit the city of Tagaytay on this full-day tour from Manila. After the scenic drive, you'll arrive in Tagaytay, which sits on a ridge 2,200 feet (670 meters) above sea level, providing views of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano.
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  • 8 hours
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$262.62
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Private Arrival Airport Transfer: All Hotels in Ortigas

Private Arrival Airport Transfer: All Hotels in Ortigas

Book a private one way arrival transfer to all hotels in Ortigas area from all terminals at Ninoy Aquino International Airport
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.67
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$26.67
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Private Departure Transfer from Manila City to Manila Airport

Private Departure Transfer from Manila City to Manila Airport

Don't go through all the hassle of waiting in a long taxi or shuttles queues and use our private, door to door airport transfer to Manila Airport. A professional driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you directly to the terminal you departing from. Choose from two comfortable vehicles to suit your group size: sedan up to 3 people and minivan 4-6 passengers. Thanks to the car size variety, it is an ideal choice for individuals, families and bigger groups. Hope you will enjoy your stay in Manila!
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.00
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Private Airport Transfer: Manila Ninoy Aquino Int. Airport (MNL) to Manila

Private Airport Transfer: Manila Ninoy Aquino Int. Airport (MNL) to Manila

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Book here your safe and reliable Private Airport Transfer from Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) to your hotel or destination within the Manila city area. Our service operates across 150+ countries and 1500+ airports with an excellent customer satisfaction rating of 9/10 based on 35k+ reviews. - Fixed price with no hidden costs after booking. - Modern cars only. - Certified professional drivers. - Meet&Greet Service: We welcome you at the airport arrivals hall holding a board with your name. - 24/7 Customer Support (English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Portuguese). - Your flight is delayed? We wait for you up to 90min with no extra charge!
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  • 30 minutes
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$15.41
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Manila by Night

Manila by Night

Experience the nightlife of Manila with a private guide at the helm. Start your evening with a delicious gourmet dinner while you watch a local performance. Afterward, you're accompanied to two bars for a different style of entertainment. Private transport is provided round-trip from your hotel, with the option of drop-off at a disco or casino.
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  • 5 hours
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$164.40
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$164.40