Six reasons why Manila is one of Asia’s coolest cities

Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide publication has cited Manila as one of fast becoming Asia’s coolest cities.

On its website, Lonely Planet enumerated six reasons why the Philippine’s premier metropolis is emerging as one of “Asia’s most happening capital”, noting its “craft beer, street food and speakeasy bars, to live music and a contemporary art scene.”

The article listed first the Cubao X in Quezon City and The Collective in Makati City as two of the must-visit precincts. The former was noted for its “dive bars; stores selling vinyl records, vintage clothing and collectibles; and a bunch of vibrant cheap eateries”, while the latter for its “large warehouse-like centre hosting live-music venues, art spaces, boutique shopping, street-style food and an energetic crowd of locals and expats out for a good time.”

Second reason is due to “Cocktails, craft beer and third-wave coffee”, describing Metro Manila as an excellent city of drinks.

For quality drinks and refined sounds, it mentioned speakeasy bars like Finders Keepers, The Curator and Blind Pig as the best place to go. For the craft beer enthusiasts, the Big Bad Wolf, Perfect Pint and Global Beer Exchange were highly-recommended.

The coffee addicts, meanwhile, are advised to try Craft Coffee Revolution, Coffee Empire and Edsa beverage Design.

Next reason is the “flourishing food scene” noting several vibrant and innovative restaurants in the capital Manila, Quezon City and Makati which caters to all kinds of visitors, local and foreign, with authentic and cosmopolitan dishes.

It also noted the rise of street food and food trucks which can be tracked through Facebook.

Fourth reason given is because of “Live Music”.

“Manila’s thriving music scene is nothing new. Pinoy rock is a well-respected genre that’s always pulled in the punters with underground bands and bigger acts such as the Eraserheads,” the article read. (Click here to read more)

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