Metro Manila · Legazpi Village (Makati)
Legazpi Village is the other HotSpot that is situated in the heart of Megacity Manila. There is a lot to write about this HotSpot but it definitely stands for shopping, shopping, shopping. The following malls are located within Legazpi and are just a stone-throw away from each other: Greenbelt, Glorietta, Landmark, and SM Makati. All of them are easily reachable either by the connecting pedestrian-bridges or by well-regulated pedestrian crossings.
The different characteristics of the Malls allow for a holistic shopping experience. You can find everything from cheap clothes to laptops and state-of-the-art European designer elements. All you need is a lot of time the the right amount of pocket money. Check out our section on Malls to get further information. An insider tip: the Legazpi Village Night Market.
The Malls are not only good for shopping though. Greenbelt offers a space to breath and relax in the midst of the busy downtown district. For coffee, or for dinner and drinks, Greenbelt is the prime location for Megacitizens to hang out. It features various international and local restaurants of the highest quality and pairs them with a green and cozy atmosphere. No matter if you look for a place to relax and sip a coffee or if you are planning a business meeting over dinner, Greenbelt in the Legazpi HotSpot is definitely you go-to place.
Unfortunately, similar to the traffic in the Salcedo Hotspot, but not as bad, you should take precautions while planning to travel during rush hour. If you can avoid it, it is better to leave earlier or stay a bit longer in the office or where-ever you are to avoid being stuck in traffic.
A Typical Day in Legazpi Village
If I go to Legazpi Village it is usually for dinner or shopping, or both. We'll meet at Greenbelt and gather some energy for the shopping experience that lies ahead. A quickly sipped coffee in the heart of Greenbelt gives our body enough caffeine to sustain hours of shopping experience. We leave alone the nice shops in Greenbelt and start at Landmark. Landmark offers the best prices of all the malls there and is always worth to discover. After that, straight to SM Makati and then Glorietta. Glorietta allows us to take a breath and sit down for another coffee or some food. Most food chains are represented inside Glorietta so it is no problem to find something to satisfy our cravings! After Glorietta has been explored, the shopping-expedition ends where it started: in Greenbelt. Not for shopping but for good Spanish tapas and wine at one of our favorite restaurants – in the cozy atmosphere of a typical Megacitizens location.
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Getting from A to B during the Philippine rainy season is no fun. As a little remedy for pedestrians, Makati City has developed a network of elevated and roofed walkways, connecting the shopping and entertainment area Ayala Center and the Central Business District (CBD).
Washington Sycip Park near Greenbelt mall is a quiet patch of green in Legaspi Village, Makati.
Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant serves authentic Bavarian cuisine, meaning heaps of sausages, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and other savory delicacies. Dine like the Teutons and combine a heavy meal with several half-liters of freshly tapped wheat beer. The resto has three branches in Metro Manila, namely in the business and shopping districts of Ortigas, Makati and, since recently, BGC.
Greenbelt is not only a conglomeration of five upscale malls with fashion boutiques and designer stores. The malls frame a lush green park with a chapel, koi pond, little pathways, and a high number of exquisite bars and restaurants. The garden setting makes Greenbelt the prime option for dining away from the traffic of Makati City.
Originally a park, Glorietta today forms the heart of Ayala Center, the giant shopping district of Makati City with its interconnected malls and department stores. Glorietta offer a wide variety of retail products, dining options and entertainment, making it a popular venue for family shopping sprees as well as night outs with friends.
Makati Medical Center (Makati Med) is a leading tertiary healthcare facility in the country that prides itself on its sophisticated facilities. The very principle of the hospital’s legacy is to provide quality healthcare for everyone – regardless of creed, economic status, or race. This said principle is what drove its founder Dr. Constantino P. Manahan along with other prominent Philippine doctors to build the hospital in the 1960s. Emergency Number (MakatiMed On Call) Tel: (632) 8888 999
Strictly speaking, The Landmark it is not a mall but a large department store, selling you clothing, household goods and other every day items for a very reasonable price. Affordable products and the location in the very middle of Makati's shopping district make this department store the top choice for many of Manila's shoppers.
For those who like their Sunday shopping tours more laid-back, Legazpi's open-air market is a welcome alternative to the nearby Greenbelt and Glorietta malls with their flashiness, noise, and crowds.
InterContinental Manila closed its doors in December 2015 to make way for a mixed use development.
The Peninsula is not only one of Manila's top accommodations but also a distinctive landmark, thanks to its spectacular grand hotel architecture and its location in the very heart of Makati.
Stuck in Makati for business? If you want to stay at a luxurious place, you can go to Makati Shangri-La.
The award-winning hotel Dusit Thani is yet another luxury hotel in the shopping district of Makati - offering comparatively affordable accommodation. The hotel is well-known for its Sunday buffet and its five specialty restaurants serving authentic Thai, Japanese, Italian, Filipino, Asian and International cuisine.
The cuisine of the Balkan peninsula combines the best of Eastern European and Mediterranean Food. "Balkan Yugoslavian Home Cooking" brings these culinary traditions to Manila.
Hotel Celeste takes diners into the heart of Italy with Lucia Ristorante.
Located in the busy central business district, Fairmont Hotel Makati offers luxury and comfort to its guests. The place, conceived by leading interior designers and architects, features cultural characteristics merged with sophisticated designs.
Do not mistake this location for some place where you only have a quick coffee after enjoying an hour of art or historic artifacts in the Ayala Museum. The Museum Café – better known just as M Café – is a stylish Asian restaurant and one of Makati´s hottest nightlife spots.
Café Havana is a famous Cuba-inspired bar in the heart of Greenbelt, frequented mostly by foreigners.
This seafood restaurant has become an institution in Manila since its first branch opened in 1975.
Myron´s Place is a gourmet restaurant that specializes on continental food.
Barcino is an authentic Spanish wine and tapas bar with a great selection and an interior in proper style.
Cyma is a Greek restaurant where you will find the best of the Mediterranean delicacies that were invented in Hellas over the last 3000 years.
Lusso stands for luxury, and that is what you get in this classy, amber-colored place.
UPDATE: BAND SCHEDULE 15-31 NOW AVAILABLE: Hard Rock Cafe is world famous for its live music on stage, rock n' roll memorabilia on the wall and of course, good ol' American food. It's one of the few famous bars in the world that Filipinos are most familiar being a country that is very much into American pop culture. It came to Manila in 1995, becoming one of the most popular hangouts of the young and the young-at-heart.
Ritual Organic Grocery sells a range of Filipino products coming from all over the country - from coffee produced in the Mountain Province to fish sauce from the southern parts of the Philippines. The shop recently moved from The Collective to Arnaiz Avenue, just a few minutes walk from Greenbelt.
Pinkberry offers you a dessert places where you can satisfy your sweet cravings while getting some work done. Aside from offering a variety of yogurt flavors, the Greenbelt 5 branch has plugs for charging your laptop and phone. An Internet card worth P60 good for one hour will soon be available to customers who would like to have Wi-Fi access.