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Top 5 must-see attractions in Manila - For some architecture, culture, history and shopping!

Manila is well known all around the world for its glorious sunset views. But there is much more to it than that. Here is a list of the must-visit places.

1

Intramuros

This place is commonly referred to as the 'walled city' and is the iconic historic site of Manila. This is the only region here where people can still witness the Spanish architecture of the years gone by. If you are keen on learning the culture, history and architecture of Manila, this would be a good place to start. There are many places that deserve to be visited and seen, so make sure to keep a couple of hours aside. One a whole day will be better too!

2

Bonifacio Global City

This place is referred to as the BGC and it is the financial centre located in Metro Manila. This enclave has many retail outlets, restaurants and bars which give visitors a very good time. This is one of the best destinations to head to for an active and entertaining nightlife. There are incredible street art and other murals that have been included in by the locals as well as the international artists. Nature parks here also deserves a visit. If you're travelling with kids, then make sure to head to kidZania and the Mind Museum. Besides, if you're looking for kid-friendly accommodation, you can look into serviced apartments in Manila, Philippines the likes of Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila which is only 1.4 kilometres away from BGC.

3

Poblacion in Makati

So, what is this place? This is an old downtown region in Makati which is one of the primary business districts here. It is the centre for the government, history, culture and entertainment. There are many art galleries, museums and other hangout spots you can check out. If you're looking to head out in the night, then there are clubs and bars to keep you entertained.

4

Maginhawa Street, Quezon City

This is another location in Manila which is known for its art and food. That is an incredible combination, isn't it? There are many eateries out here, hubs for artists and indie bookstores too. If this is your kind of thing, make sure not to miss out on this place. This place also attracts many families and the student crowd. There are many budget-friendly food options and quirky caf├ęs that you can check out too. Find a comfy bean bag and settle in for a nice cup of freshly brewed coffee and a book!

5

Green Hills Shopping Centre

If you're looking for some retail therapy this vacation, then this spot is the one you need to head to. But the locals and tourists find themselves taken aback at the collection of pearls, shoes, shirts, bags and all other necessary items. These are good places to buy gifts for loved ones back home and grab yourself a souvenir. There are more than 2000 stores here so make sure to set aside ample time to explore.