Places in Manila

San Agustin Church, National Museum of Fine Arts, Casa Manila, Quiapo Church, Arroceros Forest Park, Divisoria Market, Manila Zoo, Manila City Hall, Ayala Museum and many more.

A treasure trove of historic insights and knowledge, places to visit in Manila are of great cultural significance allowing you to step back in time. Places in Manila depicts the sagas of the past, provide enticing scenic views and let us engage in activities involving fun and joy.

Places to see in Manila include Rizal Park which is a paragon of national spirit, National Museum which is a spectacle of the history of this stunning city or Fort Santiago where you can visit the Military Nerve Centre or the statuaries of historical significance.

From parks including the Manila Ocean Park offering views of the vibrant and beautiful marine life, Paco Park to Arroceros Forest Park which is a lush green place for relaxation and aesthetic surroundings and Star City Amusement Park providing  you with some thrill and excitement, Manila is abundant with places worth witnessing.

Places such as the Dessert Museum tantalizing your taste buds with varieties of desserts, Escape Rooms where you can challenge your skills, Art in Island - the largest 3d museum make for some of the most bewitching and entertaining places to go in Manila. Plan a trip to this enchanting and insightful city for a perfect getaway from the chaos of everyday life.
San Agustin Church
Known as one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, the colossal semblance enshrouds the embellished interiors replete with objects of historical and cultural importance. The embowed roof showcases the frescoes and you can also witness the tropical cloisters along with the gardens.

San Agustin Church is one of the buildings that was not completely destroyed in World War II and also has a San Agustin Museum which is worth a visit as you can catch a sight of illustrious valuables of Old Manila.

Location: General Luna St, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Objects of historical and cultural significance
- Frescoes
- Tropical Cloisters
- Gardens
- San agustin Museum.
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National Museum of Fine Arts
Possessing numerous beautiful paintings and sculptures of some of the famous classical artists of the Philippines including Juan Luna, Félix Resurrección Hidalgo and Guillermo Tolentino and more.

Every painting and every masterpiece in the National Museum of Fine Arts evokes emotion and depicts a story of the past. The four floors of the museum are worth seeing and makes for one of the most insightful places to visit in Manila.

Location: Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- The Sandigan Reception Hall
- Planting of the First Cross
- The Art of Claude Tayag
- Spolarium.
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Casa Manila
Witness the stories of the past and step into the history through Casa Manila, one of the best museums in the city. This colonial house has an incredible architecture and takes us back to the lifestyle of the people of the 19th century.

The interior is something to be witnessed here along with some other interesting things including the double-seated toilet. This vintage house is also adorned with authentic and aesthetic artwork and furniture.

Location: Plaza sans luis complex, General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Architecture
- Artworks
- Furniture.
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Quiapo Church
Quiapo Church is one of the most popular landmarks in Manila and is believed to be the home of Black Nazarene, a miraculous image of Christ.  There is a huge statue in the church and it makes for one of the most historical places to visit in Manila. Plaza Miranda is also a place for activity where people can have fun and be adventurous but also learn about its interesting history.

Location: 363 Quezon Blvd, Quiapo, Manila, 1001 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Statue
- Plaza Miranda.
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Arroceros Forest Park
Arroceros Forest Park is nothing less than a hidden gem in the beautiful city of Manila and is one of the most gorgeous places to visit in Manila. The forest park is surrounded by dense green trees providing an intimidating yet peaceful experience topped with stunning brooks and is one of the most clean and green places amidst the chaotic city. You can also witness the ornamental plants including avifauna which is a rare breed.

Location: 659 A Antonio Villegas St, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Brooks
- Sceneries
- Ornamental Plants.
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Divisoria Market
Located in the heart of Manila, Divisoria Market is always crowded and bustling with vendors, eateries and people on a shopping spree. With everything available at the market, you can buy gadgets, vivid fabrics, textiles, accessories, electronics, home decor and more at cheap prices. Do not miss out on the delicious local street food here along with paying a visit to the malls.

Location: 557 M. De Santos St, San Nicolas, Manila, 1010 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Malls
- Cheap Goods
- Eateries
- All Merchandise.
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Manila Zoo
Step into the nature’s abode surrounded by lush greenery and a variety of wildlife from Bengal Tiger, Malayan Civet, goose, Asian elephant, peafowl, storks etc. If you love the flora and fauna and like being close to nature, this is one of the best places to visit in Manila.

You can also witness the Wildlife Rescue Centre and Botanical Arboretum rich in diverse flora. You can explore the zoo at your own pace with boat rentals and also visit the souvenir shop to take memories back home.

Location: M. Adriatico St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Innumerable Wildlife
- Wildlife Rescue Centre
- Botanical Arboretum
- Boat Rentals
- Souvenir Shops.
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Manila City Hall
Manila City Hall is one of the must places to see in Manila and is shaped like a coffin to honour the brave who died during the Battle of Manila. The city hall narrates tales from the spanish settlement and is also one of the most significant landmarks in the city. The offices are held here by the Mayor and chambers of Manila city council. It also provides riveting views from the balcony of the city hall.

Location: Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Clock Tower Dome
- Architecture.
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Ayala Museum
Explore the culture, art and history of the Philippines through the Ayala Museum which is one of the best places to go in Manila. The four floors of the museum displays the dioramas depicting the history, captivating textile collection and graceful pieces of Pre-Hispanic gold jewelry.

The rotating arts are one of the highlights of the museum showing the Luna and Amorsolo and it is recommended to visit the museum with guides to ensure an insightful experience.

Location: Greenbelt Park, Makati Avenue, corner Dela Rosa Street, Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Luna
- Amorsolo
- Textile Collection
- Dioramas
- Pre-Hispanic Gold Jewelry.
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Malacañn Palace
Malacanang Palace is a beautiful tourist destination and was the residence of Philippine President and possesses the glorious colonial architecture which is one of the highlights of this palace. If you have a curious mind, you  will also get insights into the political history which is another important thing here. Witness the beautiful chandeliers and capiz windows along with the memorabilia in the museum.

Location: Malacañan Palace, JP, Kalayaan Hall, 2/F Jose Laurel St, San Miguel, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Old Manila Walks
- Pasig River
- Colonial Architecture
- Museum.
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Paco Park and Cemetery
Built for the colonial elite in 1807, this park was open for the burial of cholera victims and then later was the burial ground for the people who belonged to Spanish high society.

There is also a chapel at the centre of the park which is dedicated to St Pancratius and is visited by the people. Paco Park is also a popular venue for weddings, concerts, photo shoots and artists. It is a quiet and romantic place reminding us about the history of Manila.

Location: Belen, Paco, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Roman Catholic Chapel
- Repositories of Governor.
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Manila Baywalk
Manila Baywalk is nothing less than the heart of the city since it is the most lively and vibrant places with a plethora of famous cafes, live bands and open air bars. Witness the most beautiful sunsets along with the surreal golden skies, refreshing breezes and calm waters.

Manila baywalk offers pure bliss and relaxation and you can also witness the yachts anchored here. Explore a variety of cuisines or visit one of the largest malls in Asia, this is one of the best places to visit in Manila.

Location: Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Iconic Sunsets
- Manila Yacht Club
- Roxas Boulevard
- Cultural Centre
- Scenic Views
- Open Air Bars
- Live Bands
- SM Mall of Asia.
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Binondo Church
One of the oldest places of worship, Binondo has been constructed thrice and still retains remnants of its original structure and is one of the beautiful places to go in Manila. The church is usually bustling with people from different religions, nationalities and caste. The church was initially known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish.

Location: Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz, Binondo, 1006 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Octagonal Bell Tower
- Architecture
- Facade.
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Robinsons Place Mall
One of the finest malls in the Philippines, Robinsons Place has seven storeys with the most premium and luxury brands of apparels, cosmetics, merchandise and more.

With a plethora of entertainment options along with numerous retail stores and gaming zones, this place makes for a perfect day outing with family. You can also choose from a variety of meals from the dining outlets after you are tired and done with your shopping.

Location: Pedro Gil St, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Entertainment Facilities
- Gaming Zone
- Dining Outlets
- Premium Brands.
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Manila Ocean Park
One of the most famous marine parks in Manila, this ocean park is a remarkable and fascinating holiday destination. Offering enchanting views of the vivid marine life, this park is a spectacle of diverse attractions.

From various activities like the augmented reality encounter, sea lion show to the world of creepy crawlies, neon rides and super toy collection, the park is a treasure of joy and happiness and makes for one of the perfect places to see in Manila.

Location: Quirino Grandstand, 666 Behind, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- All Star Bird Show
- Jellies Exhibit
- Oceanarium
- Penguin Talk Show
- Trails to Antarctica.
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Rizal Park
Spread over 60 hectares, Rizal Park is a renowned national landmark and one of the best places to visit in Manila. Famous for around forty worth visiting places in the park from ornamental gardens, ponds, monuments and more.

It is one of the most visited tourist places. Visit the Rizal Monument which is an epitome of nationalism, or the drinking fountain known as the place where Rizal studied. You can also visit the Central Lagoon and Chess Plaza as it will leave an indelible imprint in your mind.

Location: Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Rizal Monument
- Drinking Fountain
- Central Lagoon
- Open Air Auditorium
- Chess Plaza.
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Fort Santiago
Dating back to the 1500s, Fort Santiago holds a significant history and is also known for the imprisonment of Philippines national hero Jose Rizal.

It is one of the most historical places to visit in Manila and is also home to Statuary Park which is a garden with massive statuaries and the Military Nerve Center that possesses a statue of Rizal and is a tribute to him. This fort also has some of the other major places worth visiting.

Location: Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Military Nerve Center
- Statuary Park
- Rizal Shrine
- Bateria de Santa Barbara.
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Star City Amusement Park
One of the best places to visit in Manila, Star city Amusement Park is bustling with people all year round and is one of the most popular amusement parks in Philippines. The theme decor is what allures the tourists here along with over 30 crazy rides and attractions.

The park is suitable for people of all age groups because of varied fun activities available and hence, makes for one of the best destinations for a family vacation. It is a wonderful break from the monotonous routine and you can enjoy the toy chest, snow world, tornado and spinning coaster here.

Location: CCP Complex, Sotto Corner Jalandoni Street, 1300 Roxas Blvd, Pasay, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Egyptian Spinning Coaster
- Toy Chest
- Art Alive Museum
- Adventure Zone
- Star Dome
- Snow World
- Tornado.
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Greenbelt Chapel
Also popular as the Chapel of Santo Niño de Paz, this church is one of the best places to see in Manila. Embraced by lush greenery, this church is well appreciated for its architecture and allures the tourists from around the world because of its beauty, open air and a beautiful walkway.

The roof resembles a soldier’s cap and the church is encapsulated by serene ponds and sculptures offering a peaceful experience away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Location: Makati Ave, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Architecture
- Walkway
- Roof in the shape of Soldier's Cap.
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Manila Cathedral
Dating back to 1581, Manila Cathedral is an epitome of robustness and has passed the test of time and fortitude. Destroyed and damaged multiple times by fire, earthquakes and World War II, the cathedral still stands tall and is one of the most important heritage highlights.

The Bronze Panel provides you insights into the history of this cathedral and the fascinating and intricate interiors possess one of the largest pipe organs and other intriguing features.

Location: Beaterio St, Cabildo St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines.

Highlights:
- Bronze Panels
- Pipe Organs.
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People Also Ask About Manila

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Manila?

    1. Manila Baywalk: Manila Baywalk is a popular promenade that overlooks the Manila Bay along Roxas Boulevard. It is a 2 km long stretch from the US Embassy to the Cultural Centre of Philippines.
    You can spend your leisure time at this place and enjoy the most scenic sunset. 

    2. Rizal Park: 
    Rizal Park is one of the biggest public parks in Manila that is spread over an area of 140 acres. It has some of the beautiful gardens, statues of historical figures, many musical fountains, and an orchidarium. This place is also known as Luneta Park  and the locals love to come over and stroll in the morning and evening hours. 

    3. National Museum Complex: 
    The National Museum Complex is surely one of the best places to visit in Manila if you wish to learn more about the rich history and heritage of this country. The complex is home to the National Art Gallery, Museum of the Filipino People, and the Planetarium.

    4. Greenbelt Mall: 
    Greenbelt mall happens to be one of the popular shopping destinations and Tourist places in Manila where you will get to shop till you drop. The mall has got interconnected walkways and has got about 300 shops in its premises. You will get all your favourite brands under one single roof. 
  2. Which are the places to visit in Manila at night?

    1. Bay Leaf Skydeck Dinner: This is one of the most beautiful things to do in Manila at night as you can enjoy the lip smackingly delicious dinner while taking in the scenic beauty of the surroundings.

    2. Sunset Cruise: Enjoy a sunset cruise at Manila Bay, one of the gorgeous places to see in Manila and feast your eyes on the multiple hues of the sky here. You can also have a delectable dinner while watching the sky.

    3. Visit Videoke Spots: With numerous videoke spots in Manila, you can sing all night and have tremendous fun enjoying the time of your life. This is one of the best places to go in Manila and things to do in the city at night.

    4. Walled City Walks: Visit Intramuros and enjoy a peaceful walk in the walled city while witnessing the glorious architecture and other significant attractions.
  3. Which are the best romantic places to visit in Manila?

    1. Shangri-La at the Fort: Shangri La at the Fort is located in Taguig City, which is one of the posh areas in Manila where you will be able to get a memorable romantic experience. With top class restaurants and tremendous viewpoints, you will be able to enjoy some wonderful time with your loved ones. 

    2. Intramuros, Old Manila: 
    Intramuros happens to be one of the popular places in Manila to escape the chaotic city environment to spend some time in an intimate environment with your partner. You will get a wholesome experience at this place and it will surely bring you closer to your partner. 

    3. Taal Volcano: 
    Taal Volcano is situated on the outskirts of Manila and is one of the active volcanoes in the nation. You can come over to this place for a number of hiking trails and wildlife encounters. 

    4. Manila Bay: Manila Bay happens to be one of the popular Places in Manila where you can enjoy with your partner taking sunset walks, cruise tours, and a romantic dinner in the midst of intimate setting and alluring view.
  4. Which are the historical places in Manila?

    1. Rizal Park: Known as Luneta initially, Rizal Park is one of the largest parks and one of the most historical places to visit in Manila as it preserves the history of a national hero - Rizal.

    2. Intramuros: Visit this historical place and travel back to the Spanish colonization and witness the churches, schools and other preserved attractions that are historically significant in Intramuros.

    3. Edsa Shrine: Built in 1989, Edsa Shrine is a symbol of revolution and is one of the most historical places in Manila. You can witness the Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace and more attractions worth seeing.

    4. San Juan Del Monte Bridge: This bridge was a battleground during the Filippino revolution against the Spanish and also at the time of a war with America. This bridge witnessed the first shot fired that gave birth to the Battle of Manila.
  5. What is the best time to visit Manila?

    The best time to visit Manila would be from the month of January to the month of April. During this phase of the year, you will be able enjoy outdoor activities and sightseeing tours as the temperature ranges from 27 to 22 degrees. 
  6. Where can I go in Manila with friends?

    1. Escape Rooms: Manila has plenty of escape rooms challenging you with different timed puzzles where you will have to escape. It will require you to use brains and communications skills making it a fun place to visit with friends in Manila.

    2. Sip and Gogh: You can visit this place and take a guided class to paint an artwork of your choice while sipping your favorite wine or beverage. It makes for a fun place that attracts a group of friends for a good time.

    3. Art in Island: Known as the largest 3D museum in Asia, this place is brimming with 3D art, optical illusions and themed zones letting your creative juices flow and providing you with a great time with your friends.

    4. Climb Central: An indoor wall climbing place that gets you thrilled and excited, Climb Central is filled with fun and you can visit it with your friends. It is perfect for both beginners and experienced climbers.
  7. Where can I go for free in Manila?

    1. Streets of Binondo: Explore the numerous stalls and stores located on these streets and enjoy the sounds and aroma absolutely free while having a great time.

    2. Mall of Asia: One of the biggest malls in Asia, you can spend your time at leisure here exploring various premium brands of apparels, shoes and other merchandise along with great eating options.

    3. National Library: With multiple libraries in the city, you can visit any of them if you love books and are an avid reader.

    4. National Museum: Visit this place without any cost and gain insights about the history of Manila and witness some historic items here.
  8. What is Manila famous for?

    Manila is famous for being the oldest Chinatown in the world, being a commercial destination that is home to some of the major historical monuments. It is also known as ‘The Pearl of the Orient’ along with many other sobriquets. Intramuros is another famous place here known as the walled city where you can witness the famous old-world landmarks.