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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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Baguio City Sightseeing from Manila (Private Tour)

Baguio City Sightseeing from Manila (Private Tour)

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Escape to the city known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines for the day, on this full and convenient day trip. Visit parks, farms, viewpoints, churches, and other attractions of this scenic mountain town. This is an ideal day out for travelers who want to see what’s beyond Manila on Luzon island, but who don’t have time to travel independently.
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  • 13 hours
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Banaue & Batad UNESCO 3days 2 nights Tour ( Private Group Tour Max 6 Travelers)

Banaue & Batad UNESCO 3days 2 nights Tour ( Private Group Tour Max 6 Travelers)

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The Banaue Rice Terraces are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of the Cordilleras by the Ifugaos. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World”, and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The terraces, built by hand are located approximately 1500 meters (5000 ft) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometers (about 4000 square miles) of mountainside. Our Private Tour is limited to a maximum 6 persons Only. Our Company started bringing travellers up north for more than a decade and we specialised this route. our advocacy is to support the community by engaging our clients with the local people in the mountain region, by this your visit is more memorable and enjoyable.
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  • 3 days
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Banaue rice terraces and Sagada

Banaue rice terraces and Sagada

The rice terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras are a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their beauty and cultural impact. Skip the discomfort of the public bus and travel with your private guide direct from Manila on this 3-night adventure. See hanging coffins, waterfalls, caves, terraces, crafts, and more, and meet and mingle with indigenous people. Besides activities, your tour includes 2-way private door-to-door transfers and three nights’ accommodation with breakfast.
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  • 4 days
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$923.08
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Small-Group Weekend Hiking Tour to Banaue-Ifugao from Manila

Small-Group Weekend Hiking Tour to Banaue-Ifugao from Manila

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The 2000-year-old Banaue rice terraces are among the largest and most beautiful terraced fields in the world, and you’ll see them up close on this four-day trek. But, they are just one highlight of Ifugao region. Trek through mountains, forests, native communities, and past waterfalls. Stay overnight in a village, where you can chat with locals and learn about their life and culture. A challenging and memorable trip.
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  • 4 days
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$225.65
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Pico Beach Day Excursion

Pico Beach Day Excursion

Say goodbye to the chaos of metro Manila and hello to the golden beach of the Pico Sands Hotel without spoiling your zen in the city’s crazy traffic. Traveling from your door to your door in a group no larger than 15, try your hand at a wealth of water sports, lounge on the sands, swim in the ocean, or relax by the pool. Your package includes a set lunch.
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  • 10 hours
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$148.00
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Shared 4 Days 3 Nights Banaue and Sagada Tour Package

Shared 4 Days 3 Nights Banaue and Sagada Tour Package

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Get fascinated with the beauty of nature and get some fresh air to escape the increasing heat in the lowlands.
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  • 4 days
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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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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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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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Private Half-Day Manila with Rizal Park and Fort Santiago

Private Half-Day Manila with Rizal Park and Fort Santiago

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See the main highlights of Manila on a stress-free half-day tour, ideal for visitors with limited time in the capital city. With just your private guide and party, you’ll tick off top anila attractions such as Fort Santiago, the American Memorial Cemetery, and Rizal Park and Shrine. Travel between landmarks with ease in an air-conditioned vehicle and relish the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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$100.00
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A Wellness Day at The Farm

A Wellness Day at The Farm

Enjoy this full-day quest to live a balanced and healthier lifestyle through different medical services and practices with the help of the resort’s staff experts.
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  • 9 hours
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$250.00
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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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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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Private Tour: Villa Escudero with Lunch from Manila

Private Tour: Villa Escudero with Lunch from Manila

Find out what rural Filipino life is like on an easy day trip from Manila, on this day tour to Villa Escudero. You’ll receive personalized attention on a private tour, so you can ask your guide questions and get the most out of the experience. Tour the private museum at the villa, and learn all about the Spanish colonial days. Enjoy a delicious lunch of local food beside a man-made waterfall.
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  • 8 hours
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$233.34
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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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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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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 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
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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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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
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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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