Bucket Checklist: Prime 15 Finest Issues To Do in Makati, Philippines

Makati Bucket List: Best Activities and Amazing Places to Visit in Makati City

M.Akati is one of the busiest cities in the Philippines. While Makati is usually filled with daily working locals, it also has a lot going for tourists like shopping malls, parks, and museums. Here are some things you should definitely do during your visit:

Chill in Greenbelt

Greenbelt Park in Makati City

Greenbelt is a masterpiece of urban development due to the perfect mix of modernization and environmental protection. The mall has five shopping areas that originate from Greenbelt 1-5.

In the malls you will find restaurants, bars and international retail brands such as Lacoste, Hermes, Marks and Spencer. When you’re tired of shopping, you can breathe fresh air in Greenbelt Park, which consists of trees, fountains and a pond.

Join the crowd in Glorietta

Glorietta Mall by George Parilla via Flickr CCGlorietta Mall by George Parilla via Flickr CC

Glorietta has cheaper and better known brands in it, so many locals go to this mall. This mall is easy to find as it is connected to Greenbelt.

Some of the famous brands are Nike, Adidas and the first Uniqlo branch in the Philippines. There is also an open space where various events such as concerts and exhibitions are held.

Shop for luxury items at the Power Plant Mall

Power Plant Mall in Makati by Elmer B Domingo via Wikipedia CCPower Plant Mall in Makati By Elmer B. Domingo – Commons: File: Power Plant Mall, Rockwell.JPG, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

The Powerplant Mall is probably the highest quality shopping market in Makati. The luxury items in this mall range from clothes, sneakers, and jewelry.

The mall also has restaurants and a food court which are more expensive unlike other Makati restaurants. This mall is so luxurious that you will often spot Filipino celebrities.

Have fun with Circuit Makati

Ayala Malls Circuit by Judgefloro via Wikipedia CCAyala Malls Circuit By Judgefloro – Own work, CC0, CC

Unlike the aforementioned shopping centers, Circuit Makati doesn’t just specialize in shopping. There are many activities to do, such as skating at the Mountain Dew Skate Park and racing on the City Kart Racing track.

If you’re more of an indoor gamer there is a video game lounge and board game cafe. Occasionally, you can also experience concerts and festivals at the Globe Circuit Events Ground.

Admire works of art in the Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum by Glenn G via Wikipedia CCAyala Museum By Glenn G from San Francisco, USA – Ayala Museum, CC BY-SA 2.0, CC

While exploring Makati, you can also get a glimpse of Filipino history at the Ayala Museum. This museum tells different aspects of its history, such as milestones, artists and music.

One of the main attractions of the museum is The Philippine Diorama Experience, which consists of 60 handcrafted dioramas and highlights its milestones.

Learn at the Yuchengco Museum

The Yuchengco Museum pays homage to the works of art by legendary artists. The collection consists of paintings by Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco, as he was an art collector. Some of the works of art that you will see were Fernando Amorsolo, Juan Luna, and Yang Ding Xian.

There’s also a collection of Jose Rizal’s diplomas and photographs, considering he was greatly admired by Ambassador Yuchengco.

Spend some time in Ayala Triangle Gardens

Ayala Triangle Gardens by RioHondo via Wikipedia CCAyala Triangle Gardens By RioHondo – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

Ayala Triangle Gardens are a refreshing green space in a city full of buildings. The park is a great place to jog, run around and soak up the atmosphere of mother nature. Since the park is large, several events are held in this location.

This park is a great place to visit for Christmas as the trees are filled with Christmas lights and every first Sunday of the month where the venue is full of bazaars and live music.

Take a stroll through Legazpi Active Park

Legazpi Active Park in San Lorenzo Village, Makati CBD, Metro Manila by Riohondo via Wikipedia ccLegazpi active park in the village of San Lorenzo, Makati CBD, Metro Manila By RioHondo – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

Given that Makati is rather noisy due to the large presence of vehicles, people are looking for a refreshing and quiet area, Legazpi Active Park. This park is located in the village of Legazpi, where there is little traffic.

If you take a walk in Legazpi Active Park, you will see people exercising, practicing routines, and children playing with their guardians.

Enjoy in Puyat Sports


Puyat Sports is a great place to have fun with your friends. This facility is filled with several group games like billiards and bowling. When the games get more competitive there will be plenty of beer and food.

If you are lucky, Puyat Sports offers packages with unlimited bowling and pool games.

Play indoor games in Gaming Soft

Gaming Soft is a paradise for adults who want to feel young again. The place is filled with board games, complemented by comfy chairs and coffee for relaxation.

There are also plenty of console games that you can play League of Legends on such as Guitar Hero and Computers.

Challenge yourself in the Mystery Manila

Mystery Manila is part of the growing trend of escape room games. Mystery Manila features several group games that require a lot of collaboration and critical thinking to solve tricky puzzles.

Some of the notable games are Rebecca’s Room and Sinister Sensorium. If you’re good enough, your name and picture can be put in the chalkboard’s Hall of Fame.

Party in Poblacion

Vintage Cafe at Poblacion Makati by Dale de Vera via UnsplashVintage Cafe at Poblacion Makati by Dale de Vera via Unsplash

The nightlife in Makati is something that all tourists should experience, especially in Poblacion. Poblacion serves as Makati’s red light district with its pubs, bars and restaurants.

You can also expect to meet lots of tourists as the noise of this village is tempting to party-goers. The bars are so full that it is impossible to get a seat in the evening.

Eat at the Kanin Club

The Kanin Club is home to some rare dishes that cannot be found anywhere else. The restaurant is known for combining a different Asian cuisine with Filipino dishes. Some of the must-try dishes are Aligue Fried Rice and Crispy Tadyang.

This is definitely one of the best places to experience the elevation of the usual Filipino dishes.

Get a quick meal in jolly jeeps.

Jolly Jeeps are a staple in Makati culture, especially for workers who crave homemade food. Since Makati is typically expensive to stay, it is important to save money by lowering costs, including buying cheaper groceries.

Jolly Jeeps are everywhere in Makati Central Business District. One of the fun jeeps to try is the one on Rada Street which offers delicious pork sisig.

Discover the Salcedo Saturday Market

Kakanin at Chotda's Salcedo Saturday Market via Flickr CCKakanin at Chotda’s Salcedo Saturday Market via Flickr CC

Salcedo Saturday Market is a great place for people who want to experiment with unique street food with their taste buds.

Street food is rare in Makati on weekdays, except for fun jeeps. Some of the foods that you can try are grilled dishes, lobster rolls, and cream cheese with garlic.

Makati travel and tour packages

To help you plan your visit to Makati City, we have listed landmarks and other amazing places in Makati City, Philippines. We’ve also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages, along with excellent flight deals and accommodations.

Looking for the best hotels, resorts and cheap flights in nearby towns? Check out our list of affordable Makati hotels and resorts through Agoda, Booking, or check out Airbnb hotels available in the city as well.

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