MalateIs an interesting but gritty and dirty area in Manila.
The best way to get to Malate with luggage, ie. from the airport, regardless of what part of the city you come from, is by a cab/ taxi which is about P200 to P400 depending on traffic. Make sure to check for the meter before you get in and and that the meter has been activated prior to proceeding as some would try to make you pay more than what you should be paying for. Taxis are affordable and almost all are now air-conditioned and use a meter for the fare. Some drivers may take advantage of tourists but closer regulation by authorities and even the mall operators is curbing this practice slowly. Many taxis are in a poor state of repair and the driving erratic. When hiring a taxi, make sure the the meter starts at 40 Pesos. The LTFRB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board) has now instituted hotline numbers to report errant drivers, just take note of the cab name and number. Mall operators also closely monitor the operations of taxis that utilise their taxi ranks by ensuring that cab drivers do not choose only those passengers bound for nearby destinations.
Malate is also on the LRT-1 line, with three stations (U.N., Pedro Gil and Vita Cruz) all being about 1km from most places in Malate. The fare from the airport is P15.
Malate Church Remedios and M. H. del Pilar Streets, Malate, Manila, Philippines Tel: +63 2 400 5877
Pharmacies in Malate are abundant, but be wary as a foreigner as many of them will overcharge you a great deal for basic OTC medication. You should expect to spend 2-10 PHP per pill, but smaller pharmacies may try to charge as much as 10 times that amount. If you find yourself in need of medicine it is probably best to stick with "The Generics Pharmacy." They are a large chain and will provide you with same price for medication as the locals.
- Casa Armas, 573 J. Nakpil St., Malate, +632-523-5763. Specialties: paella, cuchinillo (must be ordered 6 hours in advance) and garlic crab Thanh Long style (admittedly not very Spanish but great nonetheless).
- Lolo Dad's Cafe, 899 Pres. Quirino Ave., +632-526-7151. Gourmet Filipino cuisine. Try their lamb specialties such as the roasted lamb cutlet and lamb shoulder ragout.
- Tanabe Japanese Restaurant, Remedios Cricle, Malate (+63 2) 528-4688, (+63 2) 528-4689. Superb Unagi (eel), must-try Usuyaki beef with enoki mushrooms, quality sushi & sashimi and value for money bento boxes.
- Ryu-En Yakiniku Restaurant, Ma. Orosa corner Nakpil St. Malate. (Part of the Gyumon group of restaurants). Make sure to order the Jo Karubi beef
- Cafe Adriatico, Adriatico St. Remedios Circle, Malate. The flagship of LJC Restaurant Group. Open from 7AM to 6AM the following day (4:00 AM on Sundays). A popular hang-out place for locals and tourists. Among the Café’s specialties are Chicken ala Kiev, Spareribs Adobo, Salpicao Rice, Callos, Lengua Estofada, Classic Café Adriatico Burger, Pancit Palabok, and Authentic Spanish Hot Chocolate Beverage called “Chocolate Eh’.
- Korean Village Restaurant. Nakpil St. Malate. From kimchi to its beef stew, japchae, and bulgogi to Korean ice cream bars. Order ala carte or yakiniku style.
- The Fireplace at the 5/f of Hyatt Hotel and Casino. 588 Pedro Gil coner M.H. del Pilar, Malate, Manila...