Reasons to Visit Makati - Philippines

Makati City is a place awash with life, with hundred of things that could be done for your familys pleasure and enjoyment in any given day. Makati is the countrys business capital, and it follows that the perks that come along with this is available for everyone who swings by for a visit. Here are the top five reasons why you and your family should stop by Makati City.

Visit the Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum, located on Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street nestled on the corner of posh Greenbelt 4, one of the most modern and sophisticated museums in the country. Ayala Museum houses both artworks as well as historic artifacts. It was established in 1967 and the current building that houses the items on display was designed by Leandro V. Locsin, a national artist for architecture. There are seasonal art exhibits, but there are many permanent collections as well such as dioramas, 19th century paintings, a boat gallery, an ethnographic collection and works of a number of great Filipino artists. Right on the ground floor of the café is a premier restaurant serving great Filipino food by a renowned international chef, the Museum Café.

Stroll around Greenbelt Park

Greenbelt Park is adjacent to the Ayala Museum and is a logical next destination after having had your fill of Philippine art and history. Walk along the well-cultivated landscape, with a latte from one of the nearby coffee shops such as Starbucks or Seattles Best, and soak in the sun. For those who would like to have a quiet time of reflection, Sto. Nino de Paz is an open airy chapel that sits right at the heart of the park.

Go on a Gastronomic Treat

In Makati City, you will never run out of places to dine in, whether you would like Asian, Mediterranean, American or any other kind of fare. You dont even need to go beyond the boundaries of Ayala Center to find the food that will satisfy. For instance, if you would like Thai, there is Oodys in Greenbelt, or if you would like Indian, there is Bollywood, also in Greenbelt. If steaks are your thing, Tony Romas in Glorietta 4 serves a mean steak. Mediterranean food is served at Cyma in Greenbelt, and great affordable Italian can be found in Italiannis right along this strip as well.

Go Shopping!

The choices of shops are virtually endless. Cheap quality retail items can be found at Shoemart or SM for short, just stroll around this four level complex and you will find everything you need from hardware items to make-up and clothes to souvenir items. Glorietta is connected to SM via a bridgeway and the mall houses many attractions such as cinemas, restaurants, gyms, an activity area and hundreds of shops. Another department store is likewise connected to Glorietta. Landmark is the cheapest alternative if you are shopping on a budget. Across from Landmark are the high-end shops of Greenbelt which house shops such as Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton.

Sit Back, have a Coffee and Watch the World go by.

After having had your fill of shopping and other fun activities, kick back and rest your tired body in one of the many cafes in Greenbelt and watch the world by you.