Here are the top 33 tourist attractions to see in Manila:

1. Intramuros

4.5 /5

2 km
from city center
1 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

A 64 hectare stone citadel, established by the Spanish in 1571. It has survived wars, natural disasters, and waves of colonial invaders.

2. Rizal Park

4.3 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Popularly known as Luneta Park or simply Luneta, Rizal Park is Manila’s most iconic urban central park situated in Roxas Blvd in Malate. Especially dedicated to Jose Rizal- the Filipino nationalist and freedom fighter, the highlight of the park is the central Rizal Monument that houses the mortal remains of Jose Rizal. The monument is guarded by a pantheon of sentries and has a flagpole in the middle. Sprawling over 60 acres of land, the urban park is one of the largest green spaces in all of Asia which boasts of ornamental lawns, shining fountains, well groomed flower beds and paved walkways etc.

3. Casa Manila

4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
3 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Situated on the General Luna Street on the grand Barrio San Luis area, within the walled city of Intramuros, Casa Manila is a stately museum in Manila, Philippines. Constructed in 1980 by Imelda Marcos, the regal building boasts of Spanish colonial architecture and is bordered by the Calle Real, General Luna, Cabildo and Urdaneta streets. The stone and wood museum is designed to replicate the 1850s San Nicolas House that was once existed in Calle Jaboneros and depicts colonial lifestyle of the Filipinos during the Spanish colonization of the state.

4. Divisoria Market

3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
4 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Considered to be the “Mother of all Markets” in Manila, Divisoria is a popular flea market located right in the heart of the city in Chinatown. Chaotic and crowded, the dizzying lanes of Divisoria are a cacophony of street vendors, local eateries and the several ambient sounds, which bustle with frenzied shoppers hustling to buy goods being offered at dirt cheap prices as the items are being sold at bulk or wholesale prices. Strewn about with colourful fabric stores, local food stalls and counters for flashy gadgets, the market has shops that sell almost everything under the sun, from clothes, bags, garments, footwear, textiles, accessories, food items, electronic equipment, crafts, home decor items, kitchenware and the like.

5. National Museum

3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
5 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located in the neighborhood of Rizal Park, National Museum successfully documents the ethnographic, anthropological, archaeological, natural history and visual arts of the Philippines ever since. The museum is an umbrella organization that oversees several other departments- National Museum of Fine Arts, National Museum of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, and National Planetarium, all of which are housed within the same complex in Manila. Known to be one of the most popular attractions in town, the museum has an extra impressive fine arts section that sprawls over two floors. It showcases art from the local Filipino artists belonging to the 17th and the 20th century. The museum also conducts regular exhibitions and workshops that are especially popular among the students and history buffs.

6. Manila Bay

3.7 /5

3 km
from city center
6 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Sprawling over an area of 769 sq. metres, Manila Bay is one of the busiest and the top commercial spots in the capital city of the Philippines. Extending into the southwestern Luzon Island, the bay is completely landlocked and is known for a host of activities from shipping to aquaculture, industrial and tourism. It is one of the hot leisure spots in the city which is also known for its fabulous sunsets.

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7. Robinsons Place Mall

3.7 /5

3 km
from city center
7 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Situated in the heart of the city, just behind the Philippine General Hospital and the campus of the University of the Philippines Manila and St. Paul University Manila, Robinsons Place is currently the largest serving mall in Manila which became open to the public in 1997. Sprawling over a wide 240,000 sq. metres, the seven storeyed mall has a plethora of stores with premium merchandise, apparels, shoes and cosmetics etc. There is also a multi-storey parking and an enormous food court to cater to your hunger pangs after you are done shopping.

8. San Agustin Church

3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
8 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located inside the walled city of Intramuros in Metro Manila, San Agustin Church is known to be the oldest church in the Philippines. Boasting of a Baroque style of architecture, the church has lately been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in between 1587 and 1606, the Roman Catholic church also houses the San Agustin Museum and tombs of several historical figures, including conquistadors, statesmen, and artists etc. The massive facade is done up in most beautiful ornate interiors. After bearing seven major earthquakes, the current building is the third to be built on the same spot.

9. Jeepney Rides

9 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Popularly known as the ‘Filipino Jeepney’, the graffiti splashed jeepneys are the highlight of the metro town of Manila in the Philippines. Known to be the most common mode of public transport in Manila, the long lengthed jeepneys are stretched versions of military jeeps which were used by the Americans in World War II. Aside from the driver and a passenger or two in the front seat, the rest of the people are made to sit on the longitudinal cushioned seats installed across each other behind the front. The seats can accommodate up to 10 passengers per side (some of the longer ones can also accommodate 20 passengers per side) and can be stopped by the wave of a hand anywhere on the streets.

10. San Agustin Museum

2 km
from city center
10 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located adjacent to San Agustin Church on the General Luna St. in Intramuros in Manila, San Agustin Museum is a stunning museum which is a treasure trove of religious art pieces showcasing the rich history of Catholicism in the Philippines. Known to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it boasts of stunning Baroque architecture. The gallery and the hallways are adorned with paintings of the saints. The rooms which were occupied by the friars as their sleeping quarters, now showcase sculptures and other art pieces and antiques collected from around the world. The most popular relics include ceramics, liturgical goods, botanical drawings, and antique furniture etc. The first floor has a room from where you can see the interior of the church. These enticing interiors have ceilings which look like they have been carved in great details. However, it is actually Trompe-l’œil that is a visual delight and is amazing to look at.

11. Manila Baywalk

3 km
from city center
11 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Known to be a perfect leisure spot and a popular site to witness splendid sunsets, Baywalk is a beautiful seaside esplanade overlooking Manila Bay in the city of Manila, Philippines. Peppered with open air cafes and sprinkled with local buskers, the place remains thick with crowds till the wee hours of the morning. The pedestrian promenade runs for a good length of 2 km along Roxas Boulevard from the US Embassy located near Rizal Park up till the Cultural Center of the Philippines past the famous Manila Yacht Club.

12. Bahay Tsinoy

1 km
from city center
12 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located on the Cabildo Streets in the city of Intramuros in metro Manila, Philippines, Bahay Tsinoy is an age old museum housed within the premises of the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center building, which documents the history and contributions of the Chinese in the past life and development of the Philippines. The repository houses several dioramas, sculptures, porcelain collections, pictures and old coins that help depict the contribution of the sangleys (Chinese as called by the Spanish) in the growth of the city of Manila.

13. Chinese Cemetery

4 km
from city center
13 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Popularly called as “Millionaires' Row” and “Little Beverley Hills”, Chinese Cemetery is a luxuriant resting place which was built to bury the wealthy Chinese citizens who were refused burial in the traditional Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial period. Flanked by posh villas and gorgeous houses on a two way lined street, the place gives the look and feel of a residential suburb. These two or even three storeyed villas and houses are actually mausoleums but they are also fully functional households adorned with stunning chandeliers, air cons, running water, kitchens and flushing toilets. These houses are occupied by the relatives of the deceased who visit the tombs occasionally to offer prayers. A tour to the place is historically, architecturally and culturally enlightening.

14. Greenbelt Chapel

7 km
from city center
14 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located within the Ayala Center, Greenbelt Park in the Makati district of Metro Manila, Greenbelt Chapel, also known as Chapel of Santo Niño de Paz, is a green oasis in the heart of the concrete jungle and chaos of the city. Enveloped in lush greenery, the church was completed in 1983 and is one amongst the most impressive and outstanding buildings of the city. Unlike the traditional Catholic churches, this one is open air, with a concrete dome and it resembles mostly a pavilion than a traditional church with thick enclosed walls. It has a roof built in the shape of a soldier’s cap and a covered walkway leading to the centre of the church from the entrance. Surrounded by a tranquil pond, green plants and spectacular sculptures, the park is an idyllic escape from the cacophony of the city.

15. Money Museum

15 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Housed within the premises of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex in the city of Manila in the Philippines, Money Museum is a literal treasure trove of ancient coins, bills, banknotes and Barter exchanges etc. Owned and operated by the Central Bank of the Philippines, or Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the museum was founded on the 3rd of January, 1999 as part of the celebration of 50 years of central banking in the Philippines; it has remained a favourite tourist hotspot of the city ever since. It basically traces the history of the Philippine’s economy especially in terms of the literal currency bills from the primitive means to the contemporary banknotes.

16. National Museum of Fine Arts

1 km
from city center
16 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Formerly known as the National Art Gallery, National Museum of Fine Arts is a popular art museum situated across the National Museum of Anthropology on Padre Burgos Avenue in the neighborhood of Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Owned and operated by the National Museum of the Philippines, the museum was recently established in 1998. It houses stunning paintings and colossal artworks from contemporary and classical Filipino artists in the likes of Juan Luna, Félix Resurrección Hidalgo and Guillermo Tolentino etc.

17. Paco Park

2 km
from city center
17 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located on the General Luna Street in Paco in the city of Manila, Philippines, Paco Park is a green oasis and a recreational park that is based on the ground which was once the municipal cemetery of Manila. Initially called as the Cementerio General de Dilao, the cemetery was built by the Dominicians in the Spanish colonial period to bury the Spanish elites. However, later it also accommodated the Asiatic casualties, in the 18th century that resulted from the outbreak of the epidemic cholera. Today, the park is turning to be a hotbed for weddings, events and private parties, owing to the beautiful surroundings, lush green grassy carpet and the perfect ambiance for garden gatherings.

18. Arroceros Forest Park

18 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Situated on the Antonio Villegas Street (formerly known as Calle Arroceros) in the central district of Ermita in the city of Manila, Philippines, Arroceros Forest Park is a hidden secret and a verdant oasis in the heart of the concrete jungle of the metro city. Abound with shady dense green trees, coupled with the eerie yet tranquil silence and peppered with beautiful brooks, the forest is considered to be the green lung amidst the chaos and cacophony of the hustling city.

19. Dampa Seaside

6 km
from city center
19 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Situated between Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila and the Manila Film Center at the CCP Complex, Dampa Seaside, also known as the Pasay Seafood Market is a seafood market in Manila, Philippines with a host of dine-in restaurants. These restaurants are called ‘dampa’ which is a Filipino word meaning traditional huts that are sheltered with coconut leaves and supported by bamboo sticks. Originally the restaurants were just huts where customers used to bring self-purchased fresh and raw seafood in order to be cooked in whatever way they wanted. The tradition continues even today, although the conditions of the restaurants have improved over the years making the place a ‘modern’ dampa.

20. Star City

20 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located in the city of Pasay in Metro Manila, Star City is one of the biggest, most popular and all weather, air-conditioned amusement park in all of Philippines.Sprawling over a whopping 380,000 sq. ft., the park is thronged by 1.5 million people annually owing its gorgeous theme decor and over 30 thrilling rides and attractions. Established in 1991, the park caters to both the young and the old with its invigorating plethora of indoor and outdoor fun games and activities. In addition to that, there are coin operated machine games, Snow Land, Lazer Blaster and Walk on Water etc. The park is a wonderful escapade from the monotonous routine of life and it is visited by tourists and locals alike.

21. Binondo

1 km
from city center
21 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Known to be the world’s oldest Chinatown, Binondo is a district in Manila that was established in 1594. The spinal street of the district known as the Ongpin Street bustles with market place fervour and is flanked with cosy shops of goldsmiths, tea houses, herbalists, bakeries, incense sticks and the like. Originally established by the Spaniards as a settlement for the Catholic Chinese near Intramuros, the place was a hub for the Chinese trade and commerce run by the Filipino-Chinese in the olden days.

22. Ayala Museum

7 km
from city center
22 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Situated next to the Greenbelt Mall within the Ayala Complex in Makati, Ayala Museum is a popular museum in Metro Manila, Philippines. Exhibiting over four floors of ancient and contemporary relics of Filipino culture, art and history, the majestic museum is thronged by tourists and locals alike. The highlight of the repository is the exhibition of the 60 magnificent dioramas, efficiently and picturesquely tracing the country’s history. Among the popular displays are the pre- Hispanic gold jewellery, rotating art exhibits and the stunning textile collection etc. Besides, the museum holds frequent discussions, workshops, lectures and exhibitions on art, photography and writing etc.

23. Greenbelt Mall

7 km
from city center
23 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located in the Ayala Centre in Makati, Greenbelt is a magnanimous mall in Metro Manila, Philippines. Sprawling over vast acres of land, the complex comprises of five separate buildings with their own unique architecture and features. Opened in 1988, two of the buildings provide open air shopping facilities while two others are enclosed and the latest one opened just recently in 2007. The mall boasts of high end brand outlets, hundreds of retail stores of apparel, footwear, cosmetics, home decor, home appliances and the like, in addition to leisure and entertainment centres. To top the overall ambiance, the complex is surrounded by lush greenery, koi ponds and towering trees where you can get a breath of fresh air or relax.

24. Quiapo Church

0 km
from city center
24 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Canonically known as Parish of Saint John the Baptist, Quiapo Church, also known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene is a prominent Catholic Church situated on the Quezon Blvd in the district of Quiapo in Metro Manila, Philippines. The church houses the famous Black Nazarene- the black life sized statue of Jesus Christ kneeling and carrying the cross. The statue is supposed to be miraculous and is the reason why the church is equally visited by tourists and believers. The statue is believed to be first bought here in 1767, however, the church was reconstructed in 1933 after it was destroyed by the fire once.

25. Malacañang Palace

1 km
from city center
25 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Situated in the heart of the city, on the banks of the river Pasig in San Miguel in Manila, Malacanang Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the Philippines. Sprawling over vast acres of land area, the beautiful complex was built in the mid- eighteenth century and is built in Bahay na bato and neoclassical architectural styles. The building was originally constructed as a summer residence for the Spanish aristocrats but later it was turned into an Spanish office and then it was occupied by the Americans. Currently, it is used by the Filipino government as their principal workplace.

26. Manila Cathedral

1 km
from city center
26 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Situated in the Plaza Roma in the walled city of Intramuros, Manila Cathedral is the main Roman Catholic church and Basilica in Metro Manila, Philippines. Officially known as the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila, who is regarded as the Roman Catholic Primate of the Philippines. There have been seven previous churches that have been rebuilt on the site which were earlier destroyed by earthquakes, fires and war etc. The present church which was completed in 1958, is the eighth church to have been built at the same spot.

27. Bonifacio Global City

10 km
from city center
27 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Situated in Taguig in Metro Manila, Philippines, Bonifacio Global City, also known as the Global City or The Fort or simply BGC, is a thriving business, lifestyle and financial district. Considered to be one of the major shopping, tourism, entertainment and dining destination in all of the city, Bonifacio Global City was formerly a military base that was later converted into a planned neighborhood. It boasts of rocketing skyscrapers, classy hotels and condominiums, performing arts centre, and world class museums etc. Following a strict code of planned districts, the city flaunts pedestrian friendly roads, modern use of urbanism, mixed use buildings and the like. Besides it follows rigorous codes of cleanliness, safety and traffic regularity.

28. Manila Zoo

4 km
from city center
28 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located in Malate in Manila, Philippines, Manila Zoo (formerly known as Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden) is the 14 acre zoo which was opened on July 25, 1959. Sprawling over a huge area, the zoo boasts of a rich wildlife and is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals and reptiles etc. The zoo also houses the Wildlife Rescue Centre which helps in rescuing the injured, sick and abandoned animals. In addition to that, it also has two aviaries. However, the star attraction or the highlight of the Manila Zoo is the Asian Elephant named Mali. Besides, it has several crocodiles, a separate goose section, peafowl, herons, an African veldt section, Bengal tiger, monitor lizard, Malayan civet, and hippopotamus etc.

29. Fort Santiago

2 km
from city center
29 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Situated within the walled city of Intramuros in Metro Manila, Philippines, Fort Santiago is a magnificent citadel constructed on the banks of the River Pasig just off Manila Bay. Originally built by Spanish navigator and governor Miguel López de Legazpi as a defense fortress, the complex has now transformed into one of the most popular tourist attractions of the city boasting of well manicured gardens, lily ponds, glittering fountains, sturdy plazas and the like.

30. Mall of Asia

7 km
from city center
30 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located in the Pasay district of Metro Manila in the Philippines, SM Mall of Asia of Mall of Asia is known to be the fourth largest mall in all of the Philippines. Sprawling over a humongous 4659600 sq. ft., the mall is divided into four sections- the Main Mall, Entertainment Mall, and the South and North Parking Buildings which are connected via walkways that cater to several options for shopping, entertainment, and leisure activities etc.

31. SM Megamall

8 km
from city center
31 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located in the Ortigas Business District in Mandaluyong City in Metro Manila, SM Megamall is the second largest shopping mall in all of the Philippines. Developed and managed by SM Prime Holdings, the mall originally had two buildings- Mega Building A and Mega Building B but overtime the mall expanded and currently it has five buildings. Boasting of hundreds of local and global brands ranging from apparel to cosmetics, footwear, home decor and appliances, you can find anything and everything here. In addition to that, it has a magnanimous food court, game zone, world class movie theatre and several gourmet fine dining options.

32. Intramuros

2 km
from city center
32 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Intramuros, colloquially known as the ‘walled city’ of Metro is a bustling district developed around the south bank of River Pasig. Built in 1571 by the Spaniards- particularly Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, the city is surrounded by moats and sturdy high walls, some of which are as high as 6 metres. Besides a relevant historical significance, the city has also bore and withstood several earthquakes and natural calamities. Replete with classic churches, ancient monuments and several gorgeous gardens. Once the seat of the Spanish power, the city has regained and re-attained its position as one of the top tourist destinations in the state.

33. Manila Ocean Park

3 km
from city center
33 out of 33
places to visit in Manila

Located behind Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park area of Metro Manila, Manila Ocean Park is one of the premiere marine themed parks in the Philippines. Known to be the first of its kind in all of the archipelago, the park is more precisely an oceanarium and/or a sea museum that sprawls over a humongous area. The park was opened in 2008 and has been a common favourite of the locals and tourists ever since owing to its seven vast sections that house more than 13000 sea creatures from 277 species. The prime highlight of the park is its 25 metre glass tunnel that lets you have a first hand experience of the marine life. Besides the sharks, eels and stingrays floating above, beside and in front of you, you can also slip on a mermaid suit and go watch the penguins in a freezing cold temperature.

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