Bambike Eco Tour Bicycles, Manila [via Condé Nast Traveller]
The city of Manila is featured in the January 2015 issue of Condé Nast Traveller as “Manila on the Rise,” an ode to its varied historical and cultural feasts offered to seasoned travellers.
Condé Nast Traveller writer Isobel Diamond refers to the Philippines’ capital as an “Asian megacity with a medieval Spanish walled town at its heart” “…steeped in old-world glamour” despite the less than desirable presence of seedy bars.
The trusted travel magazine notes Manila’s newly reopened Luneta Hotel in Ermita which was built in 1918 in the French renaissance style and fully restored to its old grandeur. The hotel has been officially cited as a national historical landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines owing to its surviving World War II.
The new Amelie Hotel Manila in Malate is cited for its fusion of modern and Art Deco-inspired interiors by Anton Barreto. The boutique hotel offers a boho vibe in keeping with its location in the old bohemian district of Manila.
The Four Strings Shop, Manila [via Condé Nast Traveller]
The article mentions the refreshing new way to tour the old walled city of Intramuros, via bamboo bikes offered by Bambike Eco Tour. The bike tour allows guests to cover more ground while riding bikes handmade by Gawad Kalinga villagers.
Tourists are advised to anticipate the Fringe Manila art festival this February to March.
Manila’s newest art space, 1335Mabini is noted for its restored colonial house venue and contemporary artists exhibition offerings.
The Filipino lechon kawali gets noted as offered by the Purple Yam sister restaurant in a Malate ancestral home.
The article also topbills Makati City’s unique and cosy bars Finders Keepers, The Curator and Red Rabbit.
Cubao Expo, Quezon City’s vintage arcade is also mentioned along with tourist shop havens Coast Thru Life, The Four Strings, and Heima.