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Walk By The Bay

December 26, 2016

What better way to contemplate a tumultuous 2016 than with a sunset wander along Baywalk, the two-kilometre promenade overlooking Manila Bay? Enjoy a relaxing stroll on New Year’s Eve or work off that hangover on New Year’s Day with a jog, tai chi or aerobics class.

Recently revamped, the curving, palm-fringed esplanade runs from the US Embassy down to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), just past the Manila Yacht Club, following bayside Roxas Boulevard. The boardwalk is dotted with outdoor cafes, restaurants and open-air bars, with live bands, artists, performers and people-watching opportunities drawing weekend crowds. Colourful street lamps light the strip at night.

Foodwise, there are many multi-culti options, but we love local institution The Aristocrat best. Founded in 1936, this family-run affair serves up delicious, affordable Filipino classics and is arguably the home of the city’s best chicken barbecue (paired with java rice and java sauce). Started in matriarch Lola Asiang’s house, the eatery evolved into a mobile Ford food truck before settling at its main San Andres Street spot beside Roxas Boulevard.

House specialities include the Flying Saucer Adobo sandwich, packed with chicken adobo, with quality comfort foods including barbecued pork spareribs, Sino-influenced pancit canton (stir-fried noodles with meat, prawns and veg), and beef mechado stew. The hearty Filipino breakfast is perfect for a morning pick-me-up, or enjoy sweet treats from halo-halo to leche flan.

Baywalk / Roxas Blvd
The Aristocrat / 423 San Andres St / Malate / +63 2 524 7671 / 24 hrs / + branch /

Photos © Stefan Munder, Yujin /