Binondo Tours
Explore the oldest Chinatown in the world, Binondo, with these tours. Go on a food trip or learn about the rich history of this destination in the heart of Manila City.

Binondo Tours

Explore the oldest Chinatown in the world, Binondo, with these tours. Go on a food trip or learn about the rich history of this destination in the heart of Manila City.
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Binondo Chinatown & Divisoria Shopping with Lunch and Snacks

Explore the sights and tastes of the oldest Chinatown with this walking tour around Binondo. You will learn about the history of the commercial center while exciting your taste buds with the various Chinese delicacies you will encounter on this tour! Bargain hunters will also enjoy this tour as you will be taken to Divisoria where various goods can be found at rock-bottom prices. A designated driver and tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the downtown district of Binondo, where you will continue on foot to better experience the numerous vendors and attractions. Founded in 1594 by a Spanish governor named Luis Perez Dasmarinas, Binondo is the oldest Chinatown in the world and was the center of China’s trade in the city due to its strategic location. You will get to visit the new Binondo Chinatown Arch which marks the entrance to this historical area. Other famous landmarks in the area include the El Hogar Filipino Building, which is an early skyscraper in Manila, and Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz. You will also pass by Ongpin, which is a street lined with gold vendors and is one of the best places to get jewelry in the metro. Of course, visiting Binondo isn’t complete without trying out the local Chinese food such as soup and dumplings. After lunch, you will continue on to Divisoria, which is a shopper’s paradise. This district is divided into many malls named by number, the most famous being 168. Many trendy and unique items can be found in this mall and it is sold at wholesale prices. After you’ve done your shopping, your driver will take you back to your hotel, maybe with a lot of shopping bags in tow. Get your stomachs and legs geared up and join us now to embark on this food and shopping trip around Binondo. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
7 hours
Available:
All year
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Manila Binondo Highlights & Food Tour with Chinese Cemetery

Witness both the oldest Chinatown in the world and oldest Chinese Temple in Manila in this full-day walking tour around the historical district of Binondo. Food lovers will love this tour as you will get to try various Chinese delicacies in the streets. You will also feel like being transported to China as you visit the Chinese cemetery which houses architecture similar to those found in Fujian province. To start your tour, you will be picked up in your accommodation by your tour guide and taken to downtown Binondo, which you will explore on foot. Binondo is the oldest Chinatown in the world and was founded in 1594 by Luis Perez Dasmarinas, a Spanish governor, and was the main hub of the Chinese back in the day thanks to its advantageous location. Binondo is home to the Binondo Chinatown Arch, which serves as the entry point to the district. Notable attractions in the area include the Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz and Binondo Church which is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in the Philippines. Jewelry lovers will definitely enjoy visiting Ongpin, which is home to a lot of gold vendors. You will also get to try various Chinese delicacies such as dumplings and soup. Once you’ve had your fill, your tour guide will drive you to the 5.4 hectare Manila Chinese Cemetery in Santa Cruz, Manila. This is the second oldest cemetery in Manila and is the resting place of the Chinese who were denied burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial times. It is home to the Chong Hock Tong Temple, which is the oldest Chinese temple in Manila and was demolished back in 2015, but has since been rebuilt. As the day ends, your driver will bring you back to your hotel, full of new knowledge about Manila.  Put on your walking shoes and join us on this adventure to discover the sights, sounds, and tastes of Chinatown. This will surely be an experience you’ll want to share with your friends and family. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
7 hours
Available:
All year
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Intramuros, Binondo & Quiapo | Old Manila Guided Tour

Come along and discover the heritage of Intramuros, Binondo, and Quiapo. Combining Manila’s three famous attractions and cultural hotspots, this tour is ideal for those who want to learn about the city’s rich history and traditions. You driver will pick you up from your hotel in Metro Manila. Your first stop for this tour is the walled city of Intramuros. Here you get a glimpse of how the city looked during the Spanish colonial period with its architecture. Pay attention as your tour guide narrates the historical events that took place within the walls.  Your guide will also bring you to a couple of historical landmarks, such as Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, Casa Manila, San Agustin Church and Baluarte de San Diego. You'll learn about each of the place's historical significance and how they shaped Manila. From Intramuros, you will have a quick stopover in Binondo, the oldest Chinatown in the world. You can clearly feel the different vibes these places give off, signifying the cultural difference between the two enclaves. After a short visit to Binondo, you will see the culture of the locals when you go on a rolling tour of Quiapo. Marvel at the sights when you pass by Quiapo Church, which is the home of the image of the Black Nazarene. It is revered by a lot of devout Catholic Filipinos, especially during the procession called Traslacion where millions of devotees flock the capital for the replica which is believed to be miraculous. You'll also pass by the Quinta Market, a public market and fishport located on Carlos Palanca Street, a few blocks away from Quiapo. On your way back to your hotel, you will also see San Sebastian Church, which is best known for its all-steel architecture. Experience the charm of the old city when you book this tour that will take you to three of its most famous tourist spots. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
4 hours
Available:
All year
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Binondo Chinatown Manila Walking and Food Guided Tour

Join this half-day tour and savor in a melange of vibrant colors, aromas, rich culture and history of Binondo. Dubbed as the oldest Chinatown in the world, it was built in 1594 and became the center of commerce and trade in the Philippines. Now, the district is considered one of the most popular food hubs in the metro. Whether you’re a foodie or a history enthusiast, this tour is a fusion of food tasting and storytelling perfect for every traveler. Head to Binondo Church for the start of the tour. This iconic church, also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz was built in 1596 for Chinese settlers who converted to Christianity. With a Spanish or European Baroque architectural style, the church features a five-tier Chinese style bell tower, an original 16th-century structure. Go inside and appreciate the interior of the church adorned with huge paintings in the ceilings and the altar modeled after the St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Next stop, delve into the streets of Binondo and have a taste of different Chinese cuisine from dumplings, hopia, noodles, and lumpia. While learning about the district's history and rich culture. Witness how these foods became an essential part of the history of Binondo. Explore the main streets of Binondo like Ongpin Street, Chinatown’s main street and the Queen of Manila’s street – Escolta. Discover the best way to travel by having a taste of Binondo. Check availability by choosing a date above.

Duration:
4 hours
Available:
All year
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Frequently Asked Questions

About Binondo Tours

Explore the oldest Chinatown in the world, Binondo. Go on a food trip or visit various historical landmarks to see why it’s one of the must-visit places in Manila. 

1. When was Binondo established?

Binondo was built in 1594 by the Spanish governor, Luis Pérez Dasmariñas. It was established mainly for Chinese immigrants who wanted to settle permanently in the Philippines. 

2. Where is Binondo located?

Binondo is a district in Manila. It’s 13 kilometers away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which is about 40 minutes away.

3. How do I get to Binondo?

You can either ride an MRT, LRT, take a taxi, or ride a jeepney from selected areas in Metro Manila. You can also join a guided tour for a hassle-free experience.

4. What are the best things to do while in Binondo?

Some activities you can do in Binondo includes visiting its various tourist spots such as Binondo Church, Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz, Ongpin, and many more. It’s also great to have a food trip here, tasting various Chinese-Filipino delicacies.

5. What should I wear during a Binondo tour?

Wear light and comfortable clothes as you’ll be walking around a lot, especially if you’re doing a food crawl.

6. What should I wear during a Binondo tour?

Wear light and comfortable clothes as you’ll be walking around a lot, especially if you’re doing a food crawl.

7. How long does a Binondo tour last?

It depends on the tour package you availed of. A Binondo walking or food tour usually lasts for 2 to 4 hours.

8. Are Binondo tours kid-friendly?

Yes, as long as they’re accompanied by adults. Make sure to check the description of your chosen tour for the minimum age requirement.