district of Manila in Metro Manila, the Philippines

Malate is an interesting but gritty and dirty area in Manila.

Get in

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By taxi

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The best way to get to Malate with luggage, regardless of what part of the city you come from, is by taxi. You can walk a few hundred meters left till the Circulo De Mundo Rotunda, and negotiate a ride with a white taxi (₱200 to ₱300 depending on traffic, time and your bargaining skills). The meter is optional, but if you insist on having it plugged, make sure that it starts at ₱40. Give the taxi driver not only the name of your hotel, but also the street and the street corner to insure a precise drop-off.

The LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board) has instituted hotline numbers to report errant drivers: take note of the cab name and number. Mall operators also closely monitor the operations of taxis that use their taxi ranks by ensuring that cab drivers do not choose only those passengers bound for nearby destinations.

By train

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Malate is also on the LRT Line 1, with three stations (United Nations, Pedro Gil and Vito Cruz) all being about 1 km from most places in Malate.

  • 1 Malate Church (Nuestra Señora de Remedios), 2000 M.H. Del Pilar St., corner Remedios St., +63 2400-5876, . Baroque-style church founded in 1594 and rebuilt in 1864.
  • 2 Rajah Sulayman Park, Roxas Boulevard (just across of Malate Church and The Aristocrat). Open 24 hours. Events place, Fountain with colorful lights.
  • 3 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, M. Adriatico Street. Major sports events place.
  • 4 De La Salle University Manila, 2401 Taft Avenue (Vito Cruz LRT Station), +63285244611. 6am to 10pm.
  • 5 Paraiso ng Batang Maynila, Quirino Avenue corner Adriatico Street (just across of Manila Zoo). 7AM-10PM. Free.
  • 6 Manila Zoo, M. Adriatico Street corner Quirino Avenue, +639098366911. 9AM-6PM. PHP300.  
  • 7 Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, +63632505271. 10AM-5:30PM.
  • 8 Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas, A. Mabini Street, corner P. Ocampo Street, +63287087494.
  • 9 Fuerte de San Antonio Abad, Roxas Boulevard and A. Mabini Street (at the back of Metropolitan Museum of Manila).  
  • 10 De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Design and Arts Campus (D+A Campus), 950 Pablo Ocampo Street, +63282305100. 8AM-10PM.
  • 11 ASEAN Garden, Roxas Boulevard corner Pablo Ocampo Street (in front of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas). 24 hours. Park dedicated for ASEAN countries members. Free.
  • 12 Yacht Club Historical Marker, 1004 Roxas Boulevard (in Manila Yacht Club). Open 24 hours. Historical landmark. Free.
  • 13 Manila Yacht Club, 2351 Roxas Boulevard, +63285214459. 7AM-10PM. Membership.
  • 1 Aristocrat, 423 San Andres St, +63 2524-7671, . Now a chain, it has been one of the most famous and longest-lasting restaurants in Manila. Serves Filipino food at decent prices. It has been closed down due to concerns about wastewater disposal.
  • 2 Tambayan Express Cafe, 1622 Jorge Bocobo St, Malate (Located in Birch Tower), +639055254163. 10AM-9PM.
  • 3 Al-Sham Middle East Cuisine, 1004 M. Adriatico Street (near Robinson's Place Manila Pedro Gil entrance), +63271181633. 9AM-3AM.
  • 4 Becky's Kitchen, 1061 Pablo Ocampo Street corner Bautista Street, +63285234245. 7AM-7PM.

Splurge

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  • 5 Cafe Adriatico, 1790 Adriatico St. corner Remedios Circle, +63 2523 7924. The flagship of LJC Restaurant Group. Open from 7AM to 6AM the following day (4AM on Sundays). A popular hang-out place for locals and tourists. Among the café’s specialties are Chicken Kiev, Spareribs Adobo, Salpicao Rice, Callos, Lengua Estofada, Classic Café Adriatico Burger, Pancit Palabok, and an authentic spanish hot chocolate beverage called “Chocolate Eh’.
  • 6 Casa Armas, 573 J. Nakpil St, +63 2 8536 1839. Specialties: paella, cuchinillo (must be ordered 6 hours in advance) and garlic crab Thanh Long style (admittedly not very Spanish but great nonetheless).
  • 7 Korean Village Restaurant, 566 Nakpil St, +63 2 8524 4958. From kimchi to its beef stew, japchae, and bulgogi to Korean ice cream bars. Order à-la-carte or yakiniku style.
  • 8 Tanabe Japanese Restaurant, 553 Remedios St, +63 2 8405 0288. Superb Unagi (eel), must-try Usuyaki beef with enoki mushrooms, quality sushi & sashimi and value for money bento boxes.
  • 9 Market Café, 588 Pedro Gil St. corner M.H. del Pilar St (5th floor of New Coast Hotel Manila.), +63 2 8252 6888 (reservations). US Angus Rib Eye grilled to perfection. Butterfly Prawns with Risotto. New York Cheesecake that kind of stuff.
  • 10 Umimatsu Japanese Restaurant, 1st Floor, Chungdam Building, 560 Remedios Street, +63 9957862319. 11AM-4PM.

Drink

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There are loads of bars and clubs in Malate, catering to many different tastes. Some can be a bit sleazy, but many are not.

  • Bedrock, 1782 M. Adriatico St, +63 2 8256 5586. Flintstones-themed bar/eatery. Wonderfully weird and often a bit camp. They have live music nights.

Sleep

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Budget under ₱1000

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  • 1 Leesons Residences, 944 Remedios Street (corner San Pascual), +63 2 8775 4982, . It provides furnished units for as low as ₱10000 a month and unfurnished units for as low as ₱9000 a month.
  • 2 Malate Pensionne, 1771 Adriatico St, +63 25238304, . Economy air shared bathroom now cost 1100. economy room from ₱1100.
  • 3 Pension Natividad, 1690 MH del Pilar St, +63 2 8521 0524, fax: +63 2-5223759, . Check-out: noon. Clean, secure and friendly staff. fan room ₱1400,.
  • 4 Pink Manila hostel, 2551 Don Pedro street cor. Bautista street (near Vito Cruz LRT station), +63 2-4843145. Fan dorm beds. Has a swimming pool. Fan dorm ₱450.
  • 5 Victoria Mansions, 600 J. Nakpil (Corner J. Bocobo), +63 2 8525 3089. Fan double rooms with own bathroom. ₱1200.
  • 6 Stay Malate Hostel (Stay Malate Hostel (formerly Friendly’s Guest House)), Adriatico street, +63 918 404 7654. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: noon. One of the cheapest places in town, it offers clean 12-bed fan dorms and 8-bed A/C dorms. It's on the 3/4th floor overlooking Malate. Bar and snack restaurant on the terrace lodge with cheap beer and cocktails. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. Free WI-FI. A/C dorm from ₱450.
  • 7 Bahay Kubo Hostel (Humble Hut Hostel), 1717 Maria Orosa Street, +63 915 887 7414. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: noon. 6-, 10-, 14 bed a/c dorms. Free Wi-Fi. from ₱377 per person.

Mid-range

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  • 8 New Solanie Hotel, 1811 Leon Guinto St, +63 2 5248641. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. All rooms equipped with air-conditioning, Wireless/LAN Internet access and TV with cable/satellite channels. Some of its facilities and services are Business center, Meeting facilities, function rooms, Transportation service, tour assistance, Wi-Fi Internet access and 24-hour room service. Rates start at ₱2180.
  • 9 Bay Area Suites-Manila, 1820 Maria Orosa Street, +63 2 8524 9888. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 10 Hop Inn Hotel Ermita Manila, 1850 M. H. Del Pilar Street, +63 2 8528 3988. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. ₱₱.
  • 11 Orchid Garden Suites - Manila, 620 P. Ocampo Street, +63 2 8516 0888. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 12 Pearl Lane Hotel Manila, 1700 Maria Orosa St, Malate, +63 285232000. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 13 lyf Malate Manila, Malvar, corner Vasquez Streets, +63 277939593. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 14 Aloha Hotel, 2150 Roxas Boulevard, +63 285268088. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
  • 15 Hotel Benilde, Arellano Avenue Corner Estrada Streets (Vito Cruz LRT Station), +63 282305230. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.

Splurge

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Connect

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Cope

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  • Greater Grace Church, 2640 Dian St. Services Su 10:30AM, W 6:30PM. Non-denominational evangelical church.
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