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Unique Things to do in Makati - Try Something Different

If you want to take a break from traditional tourist activities while you are visiting Makati, here is a list of unique things to do during your stay.


Visit the Ayala Museum

Located within a short distance of hotels such as the Berjaya Makati Hotel, you should pay a visit to the Ayala Museum during your stay in Makati. The museum's permanent exhibits include displays of pre-colonial gold treasures in the Philippines and indigenous Philippine textiles. Their changing exhibitions are also very interesting and past exhibitions have included ceramics from the Philippine Song-Yuan period.


Solve a Mystery

If you are tired of lounging by the pool of your Manila hotel in Makati, Mystery Manila offers a rather unusual way to spend an hour. If you grew up picturing yourself as Sherlock Holmes, one of the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew; you are bound to enjoy a visit to Mystery Manila. You have to pick from one of the mysteries they have on offer and then make your way through the realistic simulation while trying to solve the mystery.


Hunt for the Exit Bar

The Exit Bar is located along Jupiter Street. To be precise, it is located within a building in Jupiter Street. Enter through the charmingly named Lazy Bastard and push some panels to gain access to this little hideaway. The bar has a speakeasy vibe and is a great place to relax and unwind with a drink during the weekdays. Visit on a weekend if you want a livelier and significantly louder experience.


Attend a Reggae Party

Side B at the Collective on Malugay Street is famous for its weekend reggae parties. The walls of the building blend well with the music as they are covered with artistic graffiti and murals. B Side serves a variety of street food so you are always within reach of some barbeque and other grilled food. Needless to say, the drinks are quite good too!


Visit the Ayala Triangle Gardens

The Ayala Triangle Gardens are located in the central business district of Makati. The landscaping for the park was inspired by London's Hyde Park and the park is interspersed with palms, acacia trees, and many other tropical trees. The Triangle Gardens are a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of Makati during your stay. If you visit during Christmas, you will be privileged to see the extravagant light display which takes place every year. It is also within walking distance of the old Nielson Tower which is home to the Filipinas Heritage Library.


Try Some Japanese Food

Little Tokyo in Makati truly lives up to its name and a visit to Little Tokyo gives you a great chance to savour authentic Japanese flavours. Whether you are looking for fresh salmon sashimi, a mouthwatering okonomiyaki or an indulgent yakiniku buffet; Little Tokyo has it all! For dessert, do not forget to hunt down some Japanese ice cream and try out the many unusual flavours such as miso sake and blue cheese.