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City Guide: Escapes within Makati’s Busy Streets

Posted on | May 15, 2010 | Comments Off on City Guide: Escapes within Makati’s Busy Streets

Article by KC Ochoa

Considered one of the largest cities in the Philippines, Makati City is widely known as the country’s financial capital. But despite the towering infrastructure dedicated to commerce and trade, the city is also home to a slew of first-class shopping centers, Makati hotels, and a lively nightlife scene that distinctly define its rich cosmopolitan culture.

Besides being home to the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Makati Business Club, the city also includes an impressive array of shopping malls primarily located in Ayala Center. Thousands of locals and tourists flock to Glorietta and Greenbelt Malls daily in order to experience the lavish but serene ambiance perfectly accented by stores of international labels such as Hermes, Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, Burberry, DKNY, and Bulgari. The world’s delectable flavors also mingle in this neighborhood with an impressive array of restaurants, bistros, and bars offering endless gastronomic treats like Barcino, Oody’s, Thousand Cranes Shabu-Shabu, and Heaven n’ Eggs Rockstar.

Another ideal location for a night out in town is Antel Lifestyle City in Makati Avenue. The area includes a combination of shopping and events venues such as A.Venue Mall and A.Venue Hall, often catering to a number of A-list events and parties all year round. Also found here is Antel Spa Hotel Suites. The hotel in Makati offers an escape from the metropolis’ bustling streets with posh accommodations. Promotions are also often offered like its complimentary 15-minute foot massage for online reservations made during a stay within November 3 to December 31, 2010.

Despite the city’s active weekday routine, Makati visitors will surely appreciate a calmer, serene environment at the Salcedo Weekend Market. The Saturday bazaar every 7am to 2pm transforms a picturesque park to a charming street market offering a variety of thrift and specialty items that will no doubt make for a memorable visit.