Amidst the rapid growth of its neighboring cities, Makati remains the heart of major businesses, and is likened to New York City for its culture. Whether you're transversing Ayala Avenue, or wandering around the streets of Legaspi Village, Makati's dynamic atmosphere, be it in off-beat locations or quaint joints, is enough to attract both workers and visitors in exploring this concrete jungle.
For the Makati edition of our "Best Instagrammable Places" series we have selected a mini-Tokyo town of sorts, an aviation-themed restaurant, and and out-of-the ordinary food hall, among others. Here are our picks:
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1. Blackbird Restaurant
This former airport control tower located along Ayala Triangle Gardens is a must-see, considering it is one of the oldest buildings in Makati. You will be awed with its aviation-themed ambiance and art deco interior that will transport you back to Manila’s golden years. This place is perfect for those who want to showcase their suit-and-tie OOTDs.
2. Little Tokyo
If you are in love with Tokyo, you need not to look far, thanks to this haven along Chino Roces Avenue. Everything in this place is a spot-on interpretation of what you'll find on the streets of Tokyo. The sight of tiled clay roofs, red hanging lanterns of different shapes and sizes, and walls with painted Japanese characters will definitely fuel your wanderlust for anything Japanese.
3. Grace Park
If you are looking for a place that feels more rustic and country-like, restaurateur Margarita Fores’ organic restaurant offering in Rockwell is something worth considering. The minute details of this restaurant, which include wood-adorned stairs and chairs, decorative mirrors, and stonewashed walls make you feel like you are not in a mall, away from Makati's busy atmosphere.
4. Hole in the Wall
If you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary food hall, this food court located at Century Mall is a place to relax after office. Hole in the Wall has a dynamic layout, with designs ranging from industrial, steampunk, to rustic, which will be liked by hipsters and those who simply love retro designs. Photos you take in this dynamic food hall could be your next design peg for your home.
5. The Curator
For the inner hipster in everyone, this cafe at Legaspi street fits the bill. From the wooden shelves decorated with various alcohol drinks to the random doodles found on its washed stone walls, The Curator emits homey experience at this café. Aside from the way it is designed, the abundance of books on coffee and cocktails also helps in knowing more behind that bespoke drink of yours.
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Photos from Instagram.com/jetteconcepcion, Instagram.com/Korinvitug, Instagram.com/Ryanconcepcion, Grace Park Facebook page, and The Curator Facebook page