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Food Lover's Guide to Manila

By Viator, March 2018

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For a town that just years ago had little appeal in the way of good eats, metro Manila has taken a positive turn and is well on its way to becoming a dining mecca with plentiful options. Read on for some of the best bites and food experiences in the Philippines.

Must-Try Dishes
In the Philippine capital, grilled meats are a street-food favorite, with marinated fish, chicken, and pork cooked to a variety of specifications. Dishes like sinigang na hipon, a slightly sour shrimp soup, and fried lumpia, a type of spring roll, can be found on restaurant menus throughout the city. Those craving noodles should sample palabok, a simple dish made from noodles and egg. Seafood lovers will appreciate kinilaw, Manila’s answer to ceviche or poke, made with fresh fish, onions, garlic, ginger, spicy chilies, tomato, and coconut vinegar. You also can’t go wrong with arguably the most famous Filipino dish, chicken adobo.

The huge variety of tropical fruits that grow in the archipelago, including mangoes, jackfruit, and coconut, inspire many of Manila’s sweet treat. Buko salad mixes them all together with a sweet cream. In the heat of summer, locals cool off with halo-halo, a pile of shaved ice topped with evaporated milk, diced fruits, sweet red beans, purple yam, and coconut gel.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Sample some of Manila’s best Filipino street food on a walking tour of Bonifacio Global City night market.
  • Learn to transform typical Filipino ingredients into delicious and popular dishes at a hands-on cooking class within a local Manila home.
  • Feast on the flavors of the world’s oldest Chinatown, historic Binondo, during a guided food tour of the neighborhood.
  • Dive into the history and heritage of Filipino cuisine during a hosted dinner in a private home in Quezon City, showcasing lesser-known Filipino dishes.
  • Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Philippines by combining a barrio fiesta feast with a traditional dance performance.

Tours & Tickets

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Cultural Dance Show with Dinner in Manila, Manila, null
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Cultural Dance Show with Dinner in Manila

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Enjoy an evening of dance and musical entertainment in Manila, giving you a firsthand look at the interesting traditions and folk culture of the Philippines. ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.94
Private Binondo Chinatown Food Tour, Manila, Cultural Tours
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Private Binondo Chinatown Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Join this private tour and make your way around the historic Binondo area in Manila known as the world's oldest Chinatown. Enjoy a day of eating a wide array ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.50
Hands-on Cooking Lesson in Manila: Learn to Cook in a Local Home, Manila, Food Tours
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Hands-on Cooking Lesson in Manila: Learn to Cook in a Local Home

Learn to prepare home-style Filipino dishes with your hosts Greg and Jorge. During your hands-on cooking lesson you will prepare some of their favorite dishes ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00
Private Half-Day Manila Wet Market and Food Tour, Manila, Cooking Classes
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Private Half-Day Manila Wet Market and Food Tour

Join this private tour and make your way to one of the largest wet markets in the whole of Metro Manila, located in Quezon City. The Farmer's Market in Cubao ...  Read more

Location: Quezon City, Philippines
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.65
Private Filipino cooking class in a local Manila Home, Manila, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Filipino cooking class in a local Manila Home

Explore Isi's vegetable garden where you will discover lemongrass and calamansi, a distinctive Filipino citrus fruit that she uses to flavor her food. Pick a ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.00
MANILA TOUR C (MANILA FOOD TOUR), Manila, Cooking Classes
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MANILA TOUR C (MANILA FOOD TOUR)

Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz "Binondo Church" New Po Heng Lumpia House Carvajal Street James Grocery Masuki Mami House Diao ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.50
Filipino Food Tour: Comprehensive Introduction to Filipino Cuisine, Manila, Food Tours
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Filipino Food Tour: Comprehensive Introduction to Filipino Cuisine

Discover the rich flavors of Philippine Cuisine in this comprehensive introduction to Filipino food with some of the most beloved of dishes in the archipelago. ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 8 to 10 hrs

From USD $73.84
Filipino Food Tour: Malabon City, Manila, Food Tours
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Filipino Food Tour: Malabon City

Taste the specialties of the City of Malabon, one of the 16 cities that make up Metro Manila. Dive into the rich and colorful culinary food of the Philippines ...  Read more

Location: Malabon, Philippines
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.61
Manila PubCrawl, Manila, Food Tours
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Manila PubCrawl

Experience nightlife in the Philippines Filipino style. Go around Manila City in an air-conditioned Jeepeney (Google it ;)) while singing karaoke with your new ...  Read more

Location: Makati, Philippines
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.00
Manila Mercato Night Market Street Food Tour, Manila, Bar, Club & Pub Tours
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Manila Mercato Night Market Street Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Dive into the world of Philippine Cuisine by joining this Night Market Tour that focuses on some of the most iconic of Filipino Street Food. Together we ...  Read more

Location: Manila, Philippines
Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hrs

From USD $69.44

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