Christmas Holidays in Manila
We've got an inordinately long holiday season in Manila. It's not yet mid-October and the malls are playing Christmas carols. By mid-December, nothing but shopping, eating, and sitting in traffic is going to happen here. It starts to calm down on Christmas Day. There should be 5 working days in the 2 weeks between 21December and 3 January, but we'll be lucky (or not) to see 4.
Fret not, the malls and restaurants will be open even on Christmas Day, and--more importantly to people like me--the Salcedo Saturday Market and the Legaspi Sunday Market will be open over the December weekends! klyeoh and prasantrin, and anyone else visiting friends and family in Manila over the holidays should bring loose clothing. Very loose clothing. Any hounds interested in meeting up to chow down at any of the markets can e-mail me. (I go to both when I'm in town, but I try to get out before 11am when I have to compete with ravenous crowds.)
Hi, artbycynthia, I'm glad you're coming during one of the better months, weatherwise. Manila has improved a lot in the past decade as far as Filipino restaurants are concerned and there are new ones coming up in Manila often enough that I can't keep up with them. Below are some of my favorites:
1. Milky Way - my clan's go-to restaurant for Filipino food, specifically Pamapangueno, Tagalog, and Ilonggo dishes: fried catfish with mustasa salad, crispy pata, Lechon kawali, adobong pusit, crab in aligue sauce, lumpiang ubod, ginataang vegetables. . . (skip the kare-kare). For dessert, the homemade avocado ice cream, halo-halo, and guinomis are wonderful. Comfortable, clean, nothing fancy, but it sets the standard for many dishes. 2/F Milky Way, Pasay Road corner Paseo de Roxas.
2. Via Mare--one of the best places to have pancit palabok, crab shells stuffed with fresh coconut and crabmeat, bibingka galapong, puto bungbong, and many other dishes. They also have good, safe-to-eat local oysters. Several locations in Manila.
That's just for starters, Will add more later.