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A quick coffee history lesson for you: back in the 1960s, coffee consumption began to grow exponentially. For the first time, coffee became widely accessible. This marked The First Wave.
The Second Wave came with an increase in the quality of coffee readily accessible. Big companies – such as Starbucks – started running coffee shops as money-making businesses. Coffee started to turn into a luxury product rather than a necessity.
The Third Wave is about giving special focus to specialty coffees and giving importance to their quality, origin, and unique characteristics. They focus on using a scientific approach in farming, roasting, and brewing to bring out the very best in coffee.
- Embrace Manila’s brewing café scene as you get to know more about the country’s Third Wave Coffee Industry
- Discover Manila’s obscure cafés in unlikely corners, known to serve the best well-crafted coffees in town
- Learn from your guide about the vast coffee culture per café, from beans to roasting techniques
- Klook exclusive: Participate in a coffee crawl tastefully curated by Fat Girls Day Out!
Experience a different kind of Manila tour and dive into the exciting Third Wave Coffee Industry happening in the metropolis. The Manila Coffee Crawl is dedicated to all caffeine junkies and tourists who want to dig deeper into the hip and trendy scene brewing at the moment. Led by the Fat Girls Day Out team, this tour will take you to Manila’s lesser-known destinations, where only the best-handcrafted coffees are made. Get to know five obscure coffee shops all across the metro and embrace each of their cultures as you learn more about them. From beans, roasting techniques, to experience the handcrafted coffee per shop, every visit is worth the money if you’re looking to blend more into Manila’s local scene.
- Philippine exclusive one of a kind Third Wave Coffee Crawl Series
- 2 English speaking tour guides
- Transportation (Pick up, transfers, and final drop off)
- Photo coverage
Visual Snippets from our tour
For inquiries e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us +63998 5448140
This experience crawl is a mixture of old and new. Come with us! as we re-introduce Manila to you from a different angle.
Manila may be both chaotic and crammed but never dull. New shopping malls are rising next to the slum areas, the poverty and the luxury coexist in some weird alignment just next to each other. This city may not be famous for its beauty, but its magnetic energy gives you a special feel. dissimilar and lively in so many ways, it’s a great city to explore even if you only have one day of time.
Although we’re presented with the BGC’s, Makati CBDs and new uprisen hip spots. We always go back to the core of the city. It is where we find its soul, the old funky vibe of what Manila should be.
This experience guide is a mixture of old and new. Come with us! as we re-introduce Manila to you on a different angle .
Come away with us as we show you Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO in Manila!
This beautiful sanctuary has also served as burial sites of heroes, specifically the three Filipino martyr priests, namely Fathers Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora collectively known as GOMBURZA, who were executed by garrote on February 17, 1872. They were interred in unmarked graves near the outer wall of the cemetery.(photo from the right side).
The exact place where Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero was secretly buried after his execution on December 30, 1896 at Bagumbayan. When Rizal’s sisters discovered the site, they bribed a guardia civil veteran to mark the spot with the initials “RPJ” and was guarded for 15 days. His remains was exhumed on August 17, 1898, placed in an urn made by Teodoro Romualdo de Jesus, deposited in the house of his mother in Estraude Street, Bonondo. and on December 30, 1912 laid beneath his monument at Luneta.
Old Swiss Inn-Paco: A Culinary Landmark in the Heart of Manila
When asking those in the older generation about the Old Swiss Inn, they instantly say “in Paco?” Most of their seasoned patrons are more familiar with the Paco branch since it opened in the ’70s when it was moved from the Roxas Blvd. branch.
The Paco branch of the Old Swiss Inn is quite different from its younger brother in Makati that’s open 24/7. While similar in theme, the Paco branch still makes use of the old wooden doors, walls and stone interiors from the old Garden plaza hotel building.
EMBEDDED IN MANILA’S DINING SCENE SINCE 1946
Founded by Swiss national Emil Landert and now celebrating its 70th anniversary. This is their first branch was on Dewey Boulevard, now known as Roxas Boulevard. Many people were captivated by its authentic Swiss cuisine, quaint wood interiors, and service.
In the 1970s the restaurant was transferred to a larger location in Paco to accommodate more patrons. In the 1980s the Paco branch was destroyed in a fire but was eventually rebuilt and re-opened by Mr.Felix Limcaoco in 1990.
Through its history and consistency, the Old Swiss Inn Restaurant is able to continue being relevant from 1946 up to this very day while you are reading this content. Why? because it doesn’t follow and jump quickly to the latest fad. They stick to their vision and values: unapologetically serving comfort food that is neither haute or fusion. A culinary landmark in the heart of Manila.
The National Museum has a three-dimensional goal covering diverse fields of knowledge through various educational, scientific and cultural activities. The personal favorite will always be the preserved cultural significance art in history.
Aside from collections from different known National Artist like Juan Luna, they also showcase contemporary art and installs per time seasons. Making Art today as an open forum for visual statements available for aesthetic consumption.
- Location: The National Museum of Fine Arts
- Opens: 10:00am-5:00 pm
- Entrance: Free
- Address: P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila
Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Along the gritty district of Ermita is a hidden forest park, The Arroceros Forest. A 2.2- hectare of urban forest on the south bank of the Pasig River footing the Quezon Bridge. Having 61 different tree varieties, 8000 ornamental plants, and 10 unique bird species.
This forest park is “Manila’s Last Lung” and it needs our help as private citizens to raise awareness on how important landmarks like this should be preserved.
The park is located in the center of Manila, just north of the Manila City Hall adjacent to the walled district of Intramuros. It is within walking distance from the Central Terminal station and is right across from the Manila Metropolitan Theater.
Located in Intramuros, the museum is housed in a Bahay na Bato that then-CEO Julius Limpe acquired back in 1979. We initially had the impression that it was one of the original official sites where they actually conduct their business, but not to that extent. Former CEO envisioned building a company museum 40 years ago.
Over 166 years company, a good backstory, and having the Bahay the Bato as its showroom. Why not. We absolutely love the Manille Liqueur de Calamansi—a local take on Italian limoncello. Years back you’d see a woman riding gallantly a white horse on her red bikini on primetime local TV commercials and your friendly neighborhood sari-sari store’s calendars. White Castle Whisky stroke every man’s ego desires.
The Bahay the Bato exudes charm and is already inviting. There you will find young Gen Z’s explaining each part of the tour. The museum’s first floor exhibits show the actual process of making rum and whiskey, from fermentation and aging to bottling.
The guide will show you the process of making rum their mini tank of fermenting molasses and a distillation. You will be asked to open a jar and sniff to found out what fermented molasses smells like.
To culminate the tour, a fitting liquor tasting flight experience is a must! We personally would recommend sampling The Philippine Craft Spirit Collection- fine local fruit extracts that are infused with their blended liquors.
The Glory Days
Escolta in her glory years was known to be grand in its architecture and as a centralized location that houses malls, drugstores, stores, and stand-alone theaters. She was roaring lioness that commands respect and adoration in her time.
It was the commercial hub of Manila during the early 1900s and was a witness to many pioneering establishments in the country: first ice cream parlor, first movie house, first electric tram among others.
Commerce in the area was booming, large financial institutions, high-end boutiques, restaurants, and production houses. Neoclassical and Beaux artistry in its buildings built thru various visionaries of the world-renowned local and international architects.
First United Building
For the last three years, 98B COLLABoratory (98B) in partnership with the First United Building (FUB) have been organizing the Saturday X Future Market at Escolta a few years back and now they’re open during weekdays as well. Here you will find HUB: Make Lab is an incubation space for artists, craftspeople, and entrepreneurs. A project started by a collective community of artists, 98B the market aims to bring back the glory days of the former premier shopping district. Every weekend, most predominantly Saturdays. Where local artist makers of multidisciplinary design disciplines gather and sell their own products. Entrepreneurs gather here and set up shops to interact with the community and sell artist-made merchandise, crafts, and quirky vintage items.
Entrepreneurs gather here and set up shops to interact with the community and sell local artist-made merchandise, crafts, and quirky vintage items.
Cap off with a cup of joe or perhaps an ice cold beer
Aside from the maker’s market, here you can find a nifty specialty coffee shop; The Den. A nondescript space at the back of a classic Art Deco building hailing from the Queen- Escolta. The Den is your gracious host inviting you to come ins and enjoy a cup or two of their specialty coffee.
Fred’s Revolucion the Cubao Expo famous has its second branch opened in First United Building having the same operating hours as the Cubao Expo branch—Tuesdays to Sundays, 5 pm – 1 am.
Read more about Escolta Proj. Here: Escolta Resurrection
We Choose Manila, Always.
Most myriad attractions may look obscure and flawed by the people and lack of government support before, but we can now see that we are picking up slowly and both national gov’t and even private groups are making an effort to resurrect the spirit of the past that influences us now. We are a cultural gumbo of Spanish, American, and Chinese influences are heady and rich.
What we inherited from our ancestors is their resiliency, adaptability and the capacity to rebuild ourselves and our nation after centuries of being handed over from one colony to another.
For convenient and worry-free transportation visit Hertz Philippines to book your own car for your next Manila road trip!
Update: Would you like to experience this day with us? We’ve recently partnered up with Klook to provide Out of the Box activity tours like this. You may book your own tour here A Day in Manila with the Fat Girls Day Out.
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Delight in your favourite Japanese dishes at the Spectrum at Fairmont where they serve various culinary favourites every Wednesday night.
[U Hotels, Poblacion Makati] In recent years, there has been a Poblacion revival with many new restaurant and bar concepts opening up in the neighborhood. Due to this vast increase of interest in the area, there has been an uprising of several properties to accommodate the scene whether they are staying here for business or after a night out. Come this new player, U Hotels who made their debut exactly a year ago, and today they are actually toted as the no.1 hotel in Metro Manila on TripAdvisor customer feedbacks
We wanted to explore the Poblacion neighborhood last weekend and staying at this hotel would be perfect as a kick-off point.
In the corner of P.Burgos and San Mateo street lies the countries very first Art hotel, U Hotels. Upon entering the property the modern, young, and hip interior will definitely catch your attention. Dark wooden panels, leather accent chairs. and lush greenery is heavily used to give that needed counterbalance against the busy and humid Burgos neighborhood.
Pleasantly Comfortable and Large Rooms
The moment you enter your room, the first thing you notice is the mural behind your bed. Each of their rooms features a local artist and an artwork that’s designed to showcase their designs.
“What’s on your Wall? “
They also have modern fixtures and an industrial finish that maximizes the space in the room.
They have 62 rooms in total. There are five types of room for you to choose from, but each one includes a 5-star quality mattress with premium linen, LED TV, a mini refrigerator, a work desk and a chair, an electric kettle, towels and toiletries, a spacious bathroom, and ultra-fast internet!
Enough of the usual chatter on WHAT this hotel is all about, let us tell you the WHY factor.
5 Reason Why U Hotel is the place when in Poblacion
1. Prime Location
Just walking distance from interesting restaurants, and cafes. It’s also very near two malls A.Venue and Century City mall. And If you are looking to go out at night, U Hotels is also near to various bars and bistros that have various events all thru out the week.
Check out some of our recommended places to eat when in the Poblacion Neighborhood:
- LONG TIME AGO (POBLACION): YOUR NOT SO ORDINARY SZECHUAN RESTAURANT
2. Curated Little Touches
Unlimited Snacks and Coffee 24/7
When checked in as a guest, you get access to their unlimited coffee and their treats such as their animal crackers and Biscocho from the famous Insular Bakery who has been around since 1926. Just head over to the lobby and help yourself to a cup of their signature Barako blend, pair this with their Biscocho which comes from Insular Bakery.
Stong Complimentary Breakfast
Your overnight stay also comes with complimentary breakfast that has an assortment of Filipino favorites like Tocino, Arroz Caldo, and the crowd favorite, the bacon.
3. Art Everywhere and an advocacy
The only local run hotel championing the Philippine Art Scene. Each floor features the works of Local Filipino painters and can act as a site for sore eyes and an instant conversation starter.
Curated amenities such as fine mattresses complimented by 300 thread count linens, good bathroom fixtures, daily traveler essentials, and so much more. You’d be surprised getting those for the price that you’d be paying. Check out their updated rates here.
Overall FGDO Take
We had a superb weekend in Poblacion and U Hotels was a big part of that. We delve and explore other parts of the neighborhood where there’s one to none parking space and we’re pretty happy that every spot is just walking distance and our Hotel was the starting point.
The beds are comfortable, everything was on point, our room was spacious and had all the basic amenities, the bathroom is also good. The hallways are thoughtfully and artistically designed.
More than just another boutique hotel, U Hotels’ advocacy and mission to engage travelers to immerse themselves to the Poblacion neighborhood. They are collaborating with several establishments that share the same passion an goals, so do watch out for that on their social pages.
U Hotels Makati
- Book here
- Location: 5091 P. Burgos Street Corner
San Mateo Street, Poblacion,
Makati City, Philippines
- Contact Number: (02) 820 1000
- Official Facebook Page
- Official Instagram Page
- Official YouTube Page
- Official Spotify Page- Curated MixTapes/Playlist
- Zomato Reviewer Profile
- TripAdvisor Top 2% Contributor
A Luxent Hotel experience review and why you should be booking your next staycation with them. A Fat Girls Day Out Hotel Series 2019