Harper’s Bazaar recommends 8 Manila weekend stopovers


American women’s fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar has recommended Manila as a weekend stopover for travellers who visit the Philippines for its island destinations.

The U-S based publication chronicled a list of city offerings for Australian travellers to experience Manila “the right way” before proceeding with their island hopping.

In “The Bazaar Guide to a Weekend in Manila” writer Erin Cook lists how visitors could better spend their waiting time exploring what the country’s capital has to offer instead of staying at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

1Shangri-La at the Fort


The Bazaar suggests a weekend stay at the 5-star Shangri-La at the Fort for its luxurious and complete facilities such as restaurants, gym, pools, spa and shopping mall.

2The Bloc by Junie Sierra and Co

For hair pampering after flights try The Bloc by Junie Sierra and Co at Bonifacio Global City where can give your hair a great pick-me-upper after experiencing the elements on the road.

3Studio Fix By Alex Carbonell

If you want a manicure and pedicure, your next stop at Bonifacio Global City should be at the Studio Fix By Alex Carbonell which gives quality salon care

4Manam Comfort Filipino


Where to eat? The Bazaar wants you to sample the fusion of traditional and modern Filipino cuisine at Manam Comfort Filipino, also at Bonifacio Global City.

5Raging Bull Chophouse and Bar

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For steak lovers there is the Raging Bull Chophouse and Bar inside Shangri-la at the Fort.


Drinks after dining out at the Antidote located at the I’M Hotel in Makati is a unique experience with built-in aquariums filled with fluorescent jellyfish.


Mandalay offers whisky at its best inside the Legazpi Village restaurant named for the same street it’s on in Makati.



Exploring Manila wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the 16th century walled city of Intramuros which witnessed the Philippines’ many historical moments, and where cathedrals and museums abound.

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