Poblacion has everything for every gourmand and drinker out there, and it continues to be the best place to be when in Makati City. Its popularity seemingly perpetual, its many bars, cafes and restaurants have customers popping in round-the-clock. From Japanese food, to American, to Mexican, to Filipino and everything in between, you’re sure to find cuisine that will appease your appetite.
Here are some places in the old downtown of the Financial District for your soon-to-be food crawl — featuring an option for breakfast, lunch, merienda, dinner and after dinner drinks — all worthy of your time and of course, money!
Location: 36 Polaris St., corner Durban St., Poblacion
Store Hours: Mon – Thurs, 8am – 12mn
Fri – Sat, 8am – 1am
Sun, 9am – 10pm
Facebook Page: CommunePH
Photo credits: @wheresmonickee via IG
Have your intimate conversations over a cup of good joe in Poblacion’s swanky coffee shop, Commune. Everything Commune serves are all fresh from an organic farm in Cavite. You will surely have a relaxing time eating good comfort food and sipping quality coffee, which are all sourced from local farmers in Sagada, Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Matutum – so every sip sure means full patronage to our local coffee growers. Paired it with the tasty Commune Club and you’re ready for a busy day ahead.
Location: Ground Flr., 5666 Don Pedro St., Poblacion
Store Hours: 12 Noon to 12 MN (Tuesday to Sunday)
Facebook Page: The Smokeyard
Photo credits: @whilethemusiclasts via IG
Are you a meat lover? Then, the Smokeyard is the best place for you to satisfy your mid-day hunger! The Smokeyard offers barbecued eats which are weighed by the gram, any of which you can pair with sides that you like (oh yes, rice is one of the options for the side dishes). The top choice is the U.S. beef brisket, which is so tender and flavorful. Don’t forget to try the baby back ribs, chicken wings, mac & four cheese and French fries as well. Al worth the calories!
Filling Station Bar Cafe
Location: 5012 P. Burgos St., Poblacion
Store Hours: Open 24 hours
Facebook Page: Filling Station Bar Cafe
Photo credits: @kb_snaaaps via IG
Care for some milkshake to sweeten up the day? Filling Station Bar & Cafe, with its vintage-themed decors, instagram-worthy interiors and servers dressed in old American diner garb, is a good spot to dine in and chill while snapping colorful pictures to share with your friends.
Wantusawa Oyster Bar
Location: Tambai Alley, 5779 Felipe St., Poblacion
Store Hours: 6PM to 12AM
Facebook Page: Wantusawa Oyster Bar
Photo credits: @fnbmanila via IG
A 16-seater oyster bar, Wantusawa Oyster Bar serves fresh oyster delivered daily from the province of Aklan. You can have these sea goodies grilled, baked or fresh for only P50.00 per piece. Other guest favorites are the sriracha fried chicken, grilled prawn laksa and cold tofu salad. Since the space is compact, be sure to drop by early to get seats and enjoy the Philippine oysters in all its glory.
Location: 5658 Jacobo St., corner Don Pedro, Makati
Store Hours: 5:30 PM to 2AM
Facebook Page: Polilya.MNL
Photo credits: @ninameilyn via IG
One of Poblacion’s hippest hangouts, Polilya has a great selection of draft beer on tap and beer-based cocktails that you and your drinking buddies will surely enjoy. The whole place exudes a homey, comfortable vibe, which is perfect for a night out. Good to try are the Blonde Ale, Cool Bird Spritz, Tigrita and Blame it on the Heat, to name a few.
Withe these 5 cool spots to try, a day in Poblacion will certainly be something to look forward to! Enjoy the food and booze that defines the district’s charm and attraction.
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