Top Picks: Eat, See, Explore, Shop, and Stay in Pasay City

Heavy traffic in the Metro seems to be getting worse each and everyday, but despite this fact, people still choose to explore several Pasay City attractions. Being one of the oldest cities in Metro Manila, there’s no denying the fact that people still find comfort in leisurely exploring this city.

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Take a look at our list of top picks on what to see and explore, and where to eat, shop, and stay in the bustling city of Pasay.


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Most seafood lover would probably agree that some of the cheapest and freshest catch are prepared in restaurants in Dampa at Macapagal Blvd in Pasay City. While there have been existing “Dampa” restaurants before, that of Paranaque’s is just too far for Manila folks while the one in Libis can get too crowded sometimes. Situated right inside the wet market, this one in Macapagal offers a securely sanitized area with a unique al fresco vibe, making it perfect for seafood lovers out there.


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Back in the day, Boom na Boom and Star City were the highlights of fun-filled family sites in Pasay. And while Boom na Boom has closed down, Star City continues to operate with its original thrills and rides. But along with the progress of time, so did the attractions in the area. Now, you don’t only have the mind-boggling Upside Down Museum, you also have the option to indulge your eyes on the sweetest sight with the Dessert Museum.


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Despite being one of the most urbanized areas in Metro Manila, Pasay remains to be a nook of culture and history. One of the rather popular places for such culture tripping is the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). From classical ballet performances to musicals, and even modern straight plays, CCP has a lot of entertaining shows to offer any tourist, both locals and foreigners alike.


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The SM Mall of Asia may be the biggest shopping mall not only in Pasay, but in Asia, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will automatically be the crowd favorite when it comes to go-to places for shopping. Baclaran Shopping mall is still undisputed when it comes to getting a bang for your buck. Not only does it have a wide variety of products to offer, it’s also a place where people practice their haggling skills to score pretty good deals for their purchases.


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If you are from a nearby province and would like a place to stay after busying yourself exploring the city, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be able to find affordable accomodations in Pasay. And while many think that staying at affordable city hotels won’t give you as much comfort as those pricier ones, this is proven wrong by Urban Travellers Hotel (formerly Shogun Suite Hotel) where comfort and affordability go together. Featuring homey room options and extensive travel essentials in a central location, it lives up to its tagline of being “truly affordable, simply excellent.”

So the next time you’re around the metro, make sure to try the items in our top picks and you will surely experience the best of Pasay City attractions.