Local Flavours: Manila's Street Eats
Manila has plenty to reward hungry stomachs -- you just need to wander the streets and you'll find ice-cream carts, banana-ques (deep-fried caramelized bananas), kwekkwek (hard-boiled quail eggs) and buko (drinking coconuts).
Seafood lovers won't go hungry in Manila! The go-to spot for satisfying your cravings for the fruits of the ocean is a dampa -- a market packed with stalls selling fresh fish, lobsters, oysters, mussels, shrimps, clams, scallops, crabs and more. Simply buy the raw ingredients of your meal, then head to a neighbouring restaurant to have them cooked. Only a few minutes' from my hotel, Seaside Macapagal offers a great dampa-and-restaurants combo.
Also within walking distance from my front doors is a great spot offering loads of dining choices, Harbor Square in Malate. Overlooking Manila Bay, it has restaurants, bars and cafes aplenty featuring cuisines from around the world.
A full Filipino cultural experience accompanies your meal at the nearby Zamboanga Restaurant in Malate. Every evening between 8pm-9pm, traditional Filipino folk dances delight dinner guests as part of the restaurant's nightly cultural show. You'll see dances such as tinikling and singkil from expert performers. And let's not forget the food -- local cuisine and plenty of fresh seafood, of course!
Ask my team for their favorite street eats – they'll be happy to share the spots to find seafood, banana-que, buko and more.