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Known as the Financial District, Makati is part of metro Manila. The towering buildings and bustling streets it boasts today are a far cry from its agrarian beginnings. Want to learn more about the history of the Philippines? Make your first stop a trip to the Ayala Museum. Close to Makati hotels, the museum features an impressive collection of contemporary art, as well as archaeological artifacts that tell the story of the country. If shopping is part of your plan, set aside significant time to explore the Greenbelt Mall. Rather than a single structure, it has five separate sections, each sporting unique architectural features, restaurants, and, of course, stores. Not just a retail hub, the Greenbelt Mall has become an entertainment and community hub as well, and it's easy to get to from cheap hotels in Makati. Need a spot to relax and reflect in the city? Wander through the public art of Ayala Triangle Gardens, or take to the footpaths along the fountains of Washington SyCip Park before heading to The Collective to enjoy the live music and artsy shops.
For cheap treats and traditional tastes, visit the Salcedo Saturday Market, or try the restaurants and karaoke bars on Jupiter Street. Sample fresh lumpia or seafood dampa while listening to local musicians. For a modern, urban scene, the eateries in the Greenbelt, close to hotels in Makati, offer up pork and banana simmers, beef mechado dishes, and leche flan that will make your mouth water.
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