Alek Café + Kitchen
Address: G/F Builders Centre, 170 Salcedo St., Legazpi Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 6:30 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. (Monday – Friday), 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (Saturday)
If hipster's your name, Alek Café is your game. Located where Lizzy Latte used to be, Alek Café is a quirky joint that offers craft coffee paired with comfort food. Some of their must-tries are the Soba Hotdog Wasabi (a combination of fried noodles, hotdog and wasabi), rosti (Swedish potato pancake) and Alek's Signature Mexican Chili.
Address: G/F Element Boutique Hotel, 4950 Guerrero St., Makati City
Opening Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 12:00 M.N. (Monday – Sunday)
Looking for gluten-free options in Makati City? Look no further than Element. Don't let its simple-yet-hard-to-Google resto fool you: Element is at its element when catering to lovers of European cuisine. It serves organic vegan-friendly food, has a fully-stocked wine and cocktail counter, and offers wine tasting services for connoisseurs. Like most hotel-based restaurants, Element requires you to book your table beforehand, so keep their number handy!
Address: 830 A. Arnaiz St., Makati City
Opening Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Monday – Friday), 9:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. (Saturday – Sunday)
At first glance, Hineleban Café looks just like any other "all-natural/organic" café. Actually, the café was founded by Hineleban Foundation, an organization that aims to reforest the mountain ranges of Mindanao, particularly the ones inhabited by indigenous tribes. Their Arabica coffee is made from beans grown and harvested by the aforementioned tribes, ensuring that every cup you order supports their livelihood.
Long Time Ago
Address: P. Burgos cor. Gen Luna St., Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: 5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Monday) 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Tuesday – Sunday)
Poblacion seems to be a favorite spot for holes-in-the-wall, doesn't it? Despite its name, Long Time Ago is unlike any bar you've seen before. It mostly serves Chinese food, but it also has a beer and cocktail bar where you can hang out after work. Since Long Time Ago is on the rooftop, you can enjoy great views of Makati City, and party the night away with fellow bar-hoppers.
Paper Moon Manila
Address: Unit KB RG01, Roof-deck Garden, The Knightsbridge Residences, 4392 B. Valdez St., Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., 6:00 P.M. – 11:30 P.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Not to be confused with the Japanese crepe café of the same name, Paper Moon Manila serves Italian dishes amidst a sweeping view of Makati City. Their food isn't for the budget-conscious, but if you can spare at least Php1,000 per person, every bite will make you sing "Hallelujah." Table reservations are required, so call them ahead of time before you drop by.
The Perfect Pint
Address: G/F Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati City
Opening Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Founded by the Tempongko brothers, The Perfect Pint was originally located at Bonifacio Global City, before being relocated to Molito Lifestyle Building and Greenbelt 2. Aside from craft beer chilled at an ambient temperature of 17.6˚C, the gastropub also serves burgers, chicken wings, sisig and other dishes that pair well with alcoholic drinks.
Soban K-Town Grill
Address: 3/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Monday – Thursday), 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 M.N. (Friday), 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 M.N. (Saturday), 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Sunday)
If you like the idea of Korean-Mexican cuisine, you'll love Soban K-Town Grill. Inspired by Koreatown dishes in the United States, Soban K-Town Grill serves fusion dishes like Korilog (Korean version of the Filipino tapsilog), K-Taco (taco with kimchi), Korrito (Korean burrito), kimchi fries and more. The restaurant also has branches in Eastwood Mall and ATC Corporate Center.
Address: G/F Atrium Bldg., Paseo de Roxas cor. Makati Ave., Makati City
Opening Hours: 5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Monday – Saturday)
Also known as the Pintxos Wine Bar and Grill, Tauro serves the Basque Country's famous pintxos — an assortment of rich, juicy ingredients held together by a skewer and a common Spanish heritage. Pair your pintxos with the French wine of your choice, and feel your taste buds dance like they've never danced before. Their food and drinks, combined with the cozy and authentic ambience, make Tauro a valuable addition to anyone's list of "New Spots to Hang Out."
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