The Malate district in Manila is a bit tranquil at day but as soon as the darkness falls, this neighborhood becomes lively and entertaining. With lots of places to hang out in here, we’re sure you won’t get bored; in fact, once you have visited this place, you will forever feel the urge to come back.
To prove our point that Malate, indeed, has two faces, these are the most common places you will come across and enjoy in this distinct neigborhood.
Though Malate is famous for its lively nightlife, which the young adults are crazy about, this neighborhood is also filled with attractions catering to children. One of the places kids love to visit here is Manila Zoo and Botanical Garden. With an affordable entrance fee, children, along with their families, will surely enjoy their day here.
The six-hectare zoo and garden, which is home to more than 800 animals, was built in 1959 bordering F.B. Harrison Avenue and Adriatico Street. Inside the park, you can take a boat trip on the lagoon to have a clear view of the place, which has a playground, several food stalls, a souvenir shop, and a wildlife rescue center.
Nearby is the popular theme park Star City, which kids—and adults, too—will truly enjoy. For youngsters, the park has cool kiddie rides such as bumper cars, kiddie wheels, and other exciting rides. For adults, the park offers extreme rides such as log boat rides, inverted roller coasters, and other dizzying rides. Besides the entrance fee, you also need to buy unlimited access tickets to enjoy these fun activities.
District Church and War Memoirs
Just a block away from Remedios Circle, you will see Malate Church, one of the oldest churches in the country where childless devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary come to pray for fertility. When you visit this church, you surely won’t miss its ancient façade, which brings back memories of the Spanish Colonial Era.
Another must-see is Malate’s very own The Pieta located beside Malate Church. Built in 1945, it stands in memory of the people of Malate, together with five Columban priests, who were killed during the Second World War.
A Night in Malate
When the night time comes, Malate ascends with its roaring music, playful spotlights, and wound up party people on Orosa Street, where most street parties take place. Some of the best restaurants, bars, and pubs are found here. But drinking booze isn’t just the thing here; if you love to dance, you can go to the disco clubs, where various types of music from decades-old are being played. Meanwhile, if singing with your friends is your kind of fun, there are lots of KTV bars around the area.
Another popular establishment to visit in Malate is The Hobbit House, a bar whose staff resemble the Hobbits (little people) in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel “The Lord of The Rings.”