Meg Sanchez

Meg Sanchez

Hi! I'm Meg. Let me take you on trips around a city that will inspire you as well as teach you things about what it's like to live and thrive in our metropolis. My city has got some interesting stories to share. Those about its people and our evolution. Every city around the globe has something unique to offer and I'm here to show you what mine has.

Explore The Bohemian Streets of Manila

The cool culture of bohos and artists, the free-spirited, non-conformist beatniks of today offer some of the hippest hangouts and iconic attractions in old and modern Manila. I will take you to these best kept secrets that the bustling bohemian crowd frequent. You'll experience the unpretentious and friendly, creative and avante-garde side of the city.

Tour Information

Location
Duration
12 Hours
Departure
12:00
Price per Participant
118.00 USD
Languages
Group size
2 - 10 people
Transportation
Car
Walking
Includes
Driver and vehicle Meals and Drinks: Lunch, Snacks, Cocktails & Dinner Souvenirs
Excludes
Tips Extra food and drinks not included in the tour menu Any purchases not included in price i.e. shopping at flea market and Firma Transportation after 12 midnight
Cancellation
48-hour prior notice for cancellations is required. A 10% cancellation fee will be applied. Failure to cancel before 48 hours before the day/.date 12am local time is a "no show." No refund shall be given.

About the creator
Meg Sanchez

Meg Sanchez

The cool culture of bohos and artists, the free-spirited, non-conformist beatniks of today offer some of the hippest hangouts and iconic attractions in old and modern Manila. I will take you to these best kept secrets that the bustling bohemian crowd frequent. You'll experience the unpretentious and friendly, creative and avante-garde side of the city.

Lunch Inside A Real Jeepney!

Jeepneys are the most common mode of transportation in our country. Famous for its festive and colorful decorations, they've become an emblem of Filipino culture and art. This restaurant is a fun concept and a first of its kind to serve traditional local Filipino food inside a jeepney. It's a pretty popular place so reservations must be made in advance to book a jeepney for us. I can take you to other local restos but I think this would be the best way to kick-off our bohemian tour. The restaurant is located in one of the most popular boho districts with lots of uniquely themed coffeeshops, bars, small galleries, and restaurants all on one street called Maginhawa. We will be walking along that strip after our lunch at "Gerry's Jeepney."

Where To Shop For Objects of Art

I will take you to two places:

Bangkal Open Flea Market

This is our answer to flea markets in Paris but with a slight twist: it's by a few very busy public roadsides so be warned that it gets quite dusty. But as soon as you discover all the rare vintage, old, and antique finds in these thrift shops, I'm pretty sure you won't mind a little pollution for the afternoon.

This place is slowly gaining popularity in mainstream bohemian culture. It used to be the "best kept secret" among interior designers and art collectors in the city. It's been around for over 2 decades now but it still has not lost its charm. I guarantee you'll discover all kinds of treasures in these shops. If you want to purchase a few things, I will have to teach you how to haggle and get the best price for the items.

If you have asthma or allergies, please bring your medication just in case it gets too dusty. Wear comfortable shoes because there are a few streets to explore. Since Manila is a hot city, it would be good to bring an extra shirt for when you sweat.

Coffee & Snacks

We will have a quick stop for coffee and light snacks before heading to our next destination.

Firma Manila 'Objects of Art'

FIRMA is where you go to find luxury items designed and made locally by a German designer and his Filipino partner. The first shop was opened side-by-side with bars, cafes, clubs, and restaurants in the bohemian and contemporary capital of Manila back in its heyday known as "Nakpil and Orosa Streets." The items you'll find here are sourced from local materials and exported around the world. Some of their international clients include: L'oca Nera from Italy, Tradingpost in Portugal, Fink in Germany and many more from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia, French First Lady Madame Sarkozy (Carla Bruni), and the family of Giscard d'Estaing.

It's a luxury shop for unique objects of art but since they are made locally, you can get the best prices for these items at their showroom. The owners, Markus Schmidt and Richard Danao, are hands-on, so you will get to meet them when we go for a look-see. If you intend to purchase some items, please bring cash or checks because they do not accept credit cards.

"TAMBAI" Dinner: Let's Hangout Filipino Style

The place is called "Tambai" which in our local Tagalog language is spelled "tambay" meaning to hangout. So a local would say to you, "Tambay tayo!" which means "Let's hangout!"

Here is another bohemian-style roadside restaurant serving gourmet Filipino street food on sticks. Also famous for its Japanese Yakitori. It's in a popular area in Makati City, our city's central business and commercial district so expect a lot of locals, expatriates, and tourists to be here. The mood is casual and friendly so it doesn't matter if we're a bit tired from our excursion because this is a place to grab a few drinks, enjoy local  gourmet street food, meet and mingle, and relax.

There's No Better Boho Party Place Than This!

M Cafe (Museum Cafe) is a daytime cafe right outside the Ayala Museum that turns into a bar at sundown. An eclectic mix of the bohemian and corporate chic frequent the place. It's well-known for great music,good cocktails, and its hip and cool crowd.

Every Thursday night is Samba Night! Local and international DJs at the decks, guest Brazilian bands and percussionists, and lots of dancing all night long. The place is packed with locals, expats, and tourists. The mood is friendly and alive.

Drinks are pricey so the tour includes 1 cocktail drink or 2 beers each. You are allowed to wear anything except slippers and undershirts.

The Best Massage In Town!

Once you get to your hotel room, you can relax yourself with our country's signature traditional Filipino "Hilot" massage. You'll get a 1-hour full body massage or you can ask the therapist to focus on just the parts that are aching. Once you've tried this massage, you wouldn't have it any other way.

The difference between a regular massage and a Hilot massage is that traditional massages are for relaxation while Hilot is for healing. It is an ancient art of Filipino wellness using herbs, leaves, and bare hands. The masseuse is called a "manghihilot" and is regarded in ancient tradition as a miracle worker healing all kinds of ailments. The masseuse locates in your body the source of the pain and heals from there. The effects are almost immediate.

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