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Beginner’s Guide to Manila: 9 places to Feast & Save all at the same time

When you think of food in the Philippines, first few that comes to mind is adobo, lechón and balut or duck embryo for the adventurous! But for folks who veer away from such food, we got you! So, here’s a beginner’s guide to navigating with your tummies, all in Manila! Let’s go~


1. Habitual Coffee

Kickstart your day at Habitual Coffee with a delicious cup of coffee in the morning! With 3 locations in the heart of Manila, it’s the perfect place to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The unique point - They use the Aeropress Coffee Maker to brew their coffee, resulting in rich & smooth coffee without that bitterness. And they're so good with it that Kaye Ong, one of the founders, received 2nd runner up in the 2015 World Aeropress Championships!

Well, now I know where to go for my coffee fix when I'm in Manila!

2. Moshi Koshi

Uh, hold on. Yummy Japanese food in Manila? Freshly made Ramen, Udon & Soba daily? And it's value-for-money too??? Gimme some of that! 😋

From bento to ramen, yakisoba & gyoza, Moshi Koshi will definitely satisfy your Jap food cravings when you're here!

p/s: Moshi Koshi has been perfecting the craft of noodle-making for OVER 40 years! I think we can trust them on this. 😉

3. Falafel Yo!

Looking for a healthy alternative to snacks? Introducing authentic Isareli Falafel, the first of its kind in Manila! Usually served in a pita bread with a choice of vegetables, hummus, and tahini sauce, falafel is perfect for holding and snacking on the move.

With the quick access to yummy, healthy and affordable food, it's not a surprise that Falafel Yo is SO popular in Manila. I heard their service is top notch too!

4. Black Canyon

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Originating from Thailand, Black Canyon is famous for their coffee - Black Canyon Iced Coffee. Using quality coffee beans and espresso machines imported from Italy, Black Canyon can retain the standards & taste of their coffee. Treat yourself to a cuppa for a quick coffee fix under the sweltering Manila heat!

Not only are their drinks well-known, their food is also noteworthy! Black Canyon's Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai and Spicy Papaya Salad ranked 4th, 5th and 6th place in CNN's World's Best Food for 2017.

5. Palm Grill

How can one not try authentic local food when you're overseas? Palm Grill is a family restaurant aiming to bring authentic Southern Philippines dishes to Metro Manila.

From chicken to seafood, burger, pastas and more, a homemade touch is added via their recipes. And we all love home-cooked food, don't we? 😉 Their BEST-SELLER (& must-try!), Green Chicken, is slow cooked in coconut milk and 7 asian spices, then grilled to perfection!

6. Burst Food Services

If you're looking for a family-friendly restaurant specializing in Filipino, Spanish, and Seafood dishes, give Burst Food Services a try!

Expect delicious, hearty meals, burst of flavours with every bite and a wonderful dining experience! Coupled with exceptional service, you'll be missing out if you don't dine here when in Manila!

p/s: I heard their Seafood Paella is soooo good! 😋

7. Earth Kitchen

Yet another healthy option for anyone looking to make a good, clean & healthy choice!

The best thing about Earth Kitchen? They only partner with farmers whose produce is FREE from GMOs, chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. AND none of their dishes contain MSG or other synthetic flavorings!

All you healthy or vegetarian people, you know where to go now when you're in Manila! 😉

8. Illy Caffe

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O-M-G look at that! 😍 Illy Caffe is famous for its tiramisu, and let's just say I will never say no to that! Pair their signature tiramisu with a cup of latte - Perfection.

Satisfy that dessert craving of yours after meals with a chill ambience! Illy Caffe offers Italian cuisine like different kinds of pasta as well, if you're seeking something that will fill your tummy.

9. Pure Nectar

It's always difficult to control your diet when you go overseas so... Here's the solution: Pure Nectar's delicious, all natural, no additives cold-pressed juices! Now we won't need to feel guilty for eating anything & everything 😆

With more than 10 flavours available, you're sure to find one that suits your palate. Now, go forth and eat to your heart's content!


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