5 Cool Places You Probably Haven’t Checked Out in Makati City

Makati City is the Philippines’ financial capital , and a 1st-class metropolis is known for its range of skyscrapers, various businesses, heavy traffic, and non-stop flow of pedestrians day or night.

Unknown to the casual traveler, there is more to this city than multinational companies, 5-star hotels, shopping malls, and parks. Here are 5 hidden gems that people probably haven’t visited in Makati:

1. SaGuijo Cafe + Bar

7612 Guijo Street, San Antonio Village | Tel: (02) 897-8629

Say what you want to say about Saguijo, but this place is a sort of holy place for the real lovers of music. During daytime, one may not give this old-style-house-turned-live-music-venue a second look because of its seemingly ordinary, dingy, and messy facade.

But come nightfall, when the kids turn their books and neckties and put on their telecasters and Chuck Taylors, this place is as good as the now-defunct, legendary establishments such as Mayric’s and Club Dredd.

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What separates Saguijo from the rest of Manila’s nightlife scene is its sense of community. People really go here to watch live bands and performers no matter the theme or genre.

On most nights, you can catch a handful of young indie acts like Autotelic, Tom’s Story, and Reese Lansangan. But there are nights where you can watch huge artists such as Sandwich, Up Dharma Down, and Ebe Dancel for more or less PHP 200.

Lastly, there’s also a small space upstairs where pro or novice musicians can test and purchase guitars, pedals, accessories, and other gear.

2. Slick Barbers Co.

3919 Yague St. corner South Avenue | Cel: 09357152488 | Tues-Thurs (walk-ins) Fri-Sat (reservation) 2pm onwards

There are a lot of places in Makati City where you can get a haircut. That is if you want the same boring haircut you had for the last decade. Slick Barbers Co. started as a past time for a bunch of twenty-somethings who were into punk rock, fixed gear bikes, and street wear.

From pop-up events at various points in the metro and other provinces, it slowly grew into a literal hole-in-the-wall operation to a legit barbershop where kids and adults can get that clean and classic cuts.

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Here, you can talk to the friendly barbers about almost anything. They also set-up barbecues, DJ booths, and slam poetry performances from time to time. In addition to the haircut that costs around PHP 200, patrons can also buy various artisanal pomade, facial hair care, and other merchandise celebrating street culture and local entrepreneurs.

3. Satinka Naturals

1137 Kamagong Street corner Chino Roces |Tel: +632 957 1881 or +632 957 2239 | Mon – Sat (10am to 10pm)

Vegan and all-natural cuisine shouldn’t look this good, but that’s what makes Satinka Naturals a must-try restaurant. From pancakes to omelets, salads to pasta, and even burgers, shakes, and cakes…you’re eyes aren’t fooling you.

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Aside from the delicious dishes, Satinka also makes and sells all-natural beauty products, perfume, bath oils, home remedies, and insecticide, too. The restaurant is also a great ambassador of the arts. Spoken word contests, art exhibits, and even acoustic open mic happen upstairs.

4. Suez & Zapote Gallery

Looking to spend some dough on cool shirts and other gizmos? Suez & Zapote sells the latest collection from Team Manila, Daily Grind, and other local clothing lines. There are also fixies as well as gears and accessories. Lomo cameras, skate decks, and watches are also on display and available.

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5. Guijo Suites

7644 Guijo St., between Kamagong St. and Pasong Tamo,San Antonio Village | Tel.: 63-2-5538998

Find comfort and relaxation in the hotel’s chic and private rooms, offering a sanctuary to all guests. Each comes with an elegant design and a calming ambience, which beautifully contrasts the energetic vibe of the city. Additionally, all of these accommodations come with plush bedding and are complete with amenities, such as air-conditioning, flat-screen LED TV with cable channels, mini-bar, coffee and tea maker, and safe.

Meanwhile, facilities that offer further convenience include the Lobby Restobar, daily housekeeping services, 24-hour security with CCTV, and PABX phone. The hotel also takes pride in eco-friendly practices like using fresheners with a smaller amount of chemicals for daily housekeeping, utilization of natural lighting, use of power-efficient lights, and employment of other energy-saving solutions.

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The hotel is located in a quiet alley along a suburban neighborhood, but at the same time provides easy access to major financial establishments, entertainment centers, and tourist attractions within the area. It is a mere 20-minute drive from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and 15 minutes from the commercial district of Fort Bonifacio in Taguig.