Located in the northwestern part of Makati, the barangay is bounded by Osmeña (South Super) Highway, Gil Puyat (Buendia) Avenue, Ayala Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue and Pablo Ocampo Sr. (Vito Cruz) Extension. Since these are major roads, any vehicle that passes through them is bound to pass through San Antonio as well. But accessibility isn't the only reason to check this place out.
It's a Haven for Holes-in-the-Wall
No matter where you are in San Antonio, a restaurant will be just around the corner waiting to serve you delicious, affordable meals. If you like Japanese food, for example, you can head over to Tonkatsuya along Saint Paul Road, Suzu Kin along the corner of Kamagong and Sampaloc, and Urameshi-ya Yakiniku along Chino Roces. (Incidentally, Urameshi-ya has two other branches in Makati City: one a few blocks away from the MRT-Magallanes Station, the other in Little Tokyo.)
Likewise, coffee lovers can find a hidden gem or two in the area. There's the Metro9 Café at the ground floor of The Linear Makati; the 8065 Coffee place along St. Paul Street for book lovers; and Restock Curiosities for those who like to look at beautiful art while sipping their morning latte.
Other places in San Antonio that can satisfy your hunger include Satinka Naturals, where you can eat all-organic food; Bon Banhmi, where you can dig into authentic Vietnamese sandwiches; Charaptor for all-you-can-eat BBQ, soup and rice; and Cucina Rusticana for Italian dishes.
It's an Entertainment Hub
If you'd rather spend your nights jamming, San Antonio has at least a couple of places where you can watch live performances. You have Saguijo Café + Bar and The Collective, where local indie bands often perform their first gigs, and where you can "ooh" and "aah" at street art while having drinks and meeting new friends. Saguijo is located along Guijo Street (hence the name "sa Guijo," which literally means "at Guijo), while The Collective is located along Malugay Street beside The Linear Makati.
It's Strategically Located
Earlier, we mentioned how accessible San Antonio is. Well, it works the other way around too: Since the barangay is surrounded by major highways, it's a great starting point if you want to travel around the Metro.
For example, if you want to visit the City of Manila, you can drive along the Pablo Ocampo Extension along San Antonio's northern border. If you want to get to the southern part of Makati, you can ride the PNR train along the Osmeña Highway to the west. And if you want to get to the Central Business District, all you have to do is ride a bus passing Gil Puyat Avenue to the south, and you'll be at the CBD in no time.
It's Home to/Close to Important Establishments
Because San Antonio's location is so strategic, it's no surprise that important organizations have set up shop here, or are close to this place. Along the Ayala Avenue Extension, for example, you'll find the Makati Fire Station, Makati Central Police Headquarters and Meralco all lined up in one block. You can also shop at the Cash and Carry Mall to the west and the Alphaland Makati Place to the east; get treated at the Makati Medical Center to the south; and pay your respects at the Manila South Cemetery to the east.
If you have kids, you can send them off to the San Antonio Village Elementary School, or the San Antonio National High School. Nearby, there's the Palanan Elementary School, the San Isidro National High School and the St. Mary of the Woods School. It's a pretty kid-friendly place, if you know where to stay.
Aside from these, San Antonio also has all sorts of shops, sari-sari stores, shipping companies, training centers, condominiums and more. Is it any wonder, then, that professionals of all ages call this place home?
It's a Microcosm of Makati
If there's one barangay that sums up what Makati is all about, it's Barangay San Antonio. Yes, it has towering condominiums and hip restaurants, but it also has this gritty side that's hard to find in places like Legazpi Village, San Lorenzo Village and Bel-Air. You'll find people from all walks of life here, and they shape the barangay into the unique entity that it is, for better or worse.
At any rate, Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike can find something to love in San Antonio. If it's not your cup of tea, you can always check out other places like Barangay Poblacion to the north of Makati. Otherwise, we highly recommend that San Antonio be added to your "places to visit in Makati" list!