Binondo
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The "Chinatown" of Manila, the Binondo area offers everything from Buddhist temples to pawn shops and Chinese restaurants.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Neighbourhood: Quiapo
How to get there
  • Carriedo - Quiapo • 7 min walk
  • Central Terminal - Ermita • 9 min walk

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Ron
Taguig City, Philippines4,416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Went here for the Chinese Newyear Tour
The place is always colorful, lots of chinese tradition going on, watched parade, did a food trip experience, stayed in a hotel nearby, had a walk at night, watched people, stroll around.
Basically i enjoyed the food trip more than the tour hahaha.. But binondo is really beautiful place to explore and satisfy ur hunger.
I suggest to go there in a regular day to avoid crowd and enjoy eating in the "must try" restos
Written 27 April 2020
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Delle
346 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Wanted to explore and boy did it not disappoint. All the beautiful colors and mixture of old and new. Those gold shops are going to drive you crazy. You have to try Yong Ying restaurant well known by the locals, ask for Beth. Best Dim sum ever.
Written 14 May 2023
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tuffy0706
Luzon, Philippines688 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
If you are looking for quality jewelry made of white gold, Binondo or Ongpin is the best place to go especially if you're in a tight budget. However, you have to be very careful (not just from snatchers or pickpockets) because some may sell you fake ones.
Written 12 December 2012
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia17,460 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
There will be divergent views about Binondo.

On the one hand, it is 'authentic Philippines' - including people everywhere one looks.

On the other, the place gave me a feeling like I was sharing a shower cubicle with two or three others. Very, very crowded.

If you go, I would leave any jewellery in your hotel room. Take a camera, some water, toilet paper (a must in the Philippines), a hat and sunscreen - and jealously guard your money. The crowding encourages pickpockets, but this occurs in some Western countries too.
Written 30 May 2009
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travelholic17
Manila, Philippines388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great place to find Chinese stuff especially food. I can recommend Eng Bee Tin and Salazar Bakeshop's Hopia (a Chinese puff pastry) in Ongpin. For dimsum, you can try Wan Chai in Masangkay St.
Written 25 April 2010
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misskate21
manila3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are in Manila be sure not to miss eating in one of Chinatown restaurants. If you like really ood food without the hefty price tag Binondo is the place for you. You can try El Mondo Reaturant is a must if it is your first time to eat in Chinatown, it's the oldest restaurant in the area and serves Spanish fusion cuisines. If you want delicious chinese cooking then Wah Sun Restaurant is the place to go to, great for families especially kids since their restaurant has a mini zoo (actually the restaurant is filled with animals- yes! live crocodiles) and everyone would surely enjoy the good food without burning a hole in the pocket. Delicious Restaurant and ToHO Restaurants are just among others that you must try when you are visting the district. Also, be sure to try the exotic foods such as Soup No.5 (bulls' testicles), bayawak, ahas (snake) and other creatures turned into delicious dishes. And before you go don't forget to bring home hopia and tikoy from Eng Bee Tin (I am yet to taste hopia and tikoy that could beat theirs).

Have a great food trip.
Written 19 June 2009
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anaklakay
Gresham, OR567 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Family
Some spanish architecture is still prevalent to some building around this area...The renovated small bridges still contours the past about 500 years ago...Horse drawn 'caleza' used to travel on the streets to where modern vehicles are passing by these days...Before the electricity and the days of oil lamps, romantic stories was created by local poets...The small river flows through the once clean but still mighty Pasig River...Like any other place in Manila, it is safer to visit this place during the day...
Written 17 November 2012
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Alexandra G
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012
You knw you are in Binondo when you see the church and the purple fire engine parked outside. This is te heart of an older Manila. A huge contrast to the clean, modern, international car filled Makati, it is bustling with people on foot. Street stalls and food carts block the pavements,and you know you are in an Asian city. Electricity wires hang in thick knotted loops like crazed washing lines. Buildings are older, grubbier and shorter, but also dripping with character. Sights and smells can be confronting: a rubbish strewn tributary or a bucket full of skinned frogs, but so much more exciting in the telling than a neat and soulless CBD. And the food is exciting and challenging and fun!
Written 19 November 2012
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GlobalCitizen01
Cairns, Australia37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Every major city around the world, it would seem has a China Town, and Manila's China Town (aka Binondo) is a great one.

I spend at least a day every time I vist Manila just wandering around Binondo.

Every shop is worth looking into, the pet markets are an eye opener, the restaurants and food outlets are awesome and the steet vendors here and there are great too

A must see is the volunteer fire brigade's purple coloured fire engines

A visit to Manila is nothing without a day in China Town!
Written 20 November 2009
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TipsOfConcierge
Manila, Philippines849 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
This place is very crowded and populated with Chinese community. It's quite dirty BUT this is the place where you can savour really good and authentic Chinese food. When you are in Manila, you have to visit this place at least once.
Written 20 September 2016
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