Information about Makati
Makati City, also known as Makati, is one of the several metropolitan areas that comprise Metro Manila in the Philippines. Since the 1960s, it has served as the Philippines' financial hub.
The Makati Central Business District (CBD) is home to several embassies, international corporations, and important local institutions such as the Philippine Stock Exchange. Apart from its commercial importance, Makati is also recognized as a melting pot of international relations and is well-known for its multicultural lifestyle.
It is also well-known for its luxurious malls, the most of which can be located in Makati's prime shopping and entertainment district, the Ayala Center. Many foreign retail chains have established themselves in Makati department stores such as Glorietta Malls and Greenbelt Malls.
But Makati is more than mere industry and high-end shopping. It is both a foodie paradise and an entertainment center for those seeking both high-end and low-key cultural immersions. The city has almost everything you need for a work-life balance, particularly in terms of leisure.
Best time to visit
Makati is best visited during the -ber months of September, October, November, and December, when the city is decked out in festive lights and holiday decorations.
Weather in Makati
The weather in Makati is pleasant during the dry season. Keep in mind that the hottest months in Metro Manila are generally from March to mid-May. During these months, the temperature can reach 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. During the rainy season, there are about 15 rainy days per month, with the lowest temperature at 25°C at night.
Peak Season in Makati
During the Christmas season, traffic will become more congested than normal. This is also the time of year that many people flock to the stores to do their holiday shopping.
Main festival/events in Makati
The Caracol Festival, also known as "Caracol Sa Makati," is Makati's version of Mardi Gras, and features a tribal dance contest between public universities
How to get to Makati
Makati is located in the heart of Metro Manila and is easily accessible from nearby cities and airports. Buses from the north and south of Metro Manila run through Makati on a regular basis. If you want a bus that will take you via Ayala Avenue or one of the major roads in Makati, look for the Ayala LRT signage. You can also ride the Metro Rail Transit (MRT). Taking the train is by far the most cost-effective way to get to Makati from other major Metro Manila cities such as Quezon City, Pasig, Mandaluyong, and Pasay. Daily taxis or cabs ply Metro Manila's main thoroughfares, including Makati.
Safety in Makati
Makati is a safe city, but like other cities in Manila, it is better to keep precaution at all times.
Getting around Makati
Many establishments and tourist attractions in Makati can be reached on foot. However, it is wise to consult a Makati map first to determine the distance between the destinations you wish to reach. Within Makati, you can ride by jeepney, bus, taxicab, van, or private car rental or transfer.
Food and Drinks
Makati is also a food paradise. However, there is no single cuisine that best reflects Makati. Makati has a vibrant culture, so you can find cuisine ranging from Filipino, Korean, Japanese, Indian, and Italian.
Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Makati
Makati Central Business District (Makati CBD) is the main location for hotels and corporate offices. This is the safest place to stay if you want to stroll to the city's tourist attractions. It is the area around Ayala Avenue that is lined with skyscrapers.
Next to Salcedo Village is a revitalized chic neighborhood with a lively nightlife that draws Makati's and Metro Manila's millennial workers. It is also home to the majority of Makati's backpacker hostels.
Ayala Center, which includes the Greenbelt, Glorietta, Landmark, and SM Makati malls, is Makati's shopping haven. It's at the far end of Legaspi Village, near the Ayala MRT Station. This place also has a variety of lodging options, ranging from 3- to 5-star hotels.