Exploring Manila’s amazing neighborhoods can be as exciting as cheap! Here are some of the many things you can do in the city without spending a dime!

Free Things to do in Manila

Explore Intramuros

Intramuros, translated “city within walls”, is the oldest district in Manila and the heart of Philippines history. Built in 1571 by Miguel López de Legazpi during the Spanish colonization era, Intramuros bears the Spanish architecture and vibes everywhere. Tour on foot aimlessly, jump on a motorized tricycle, ride a horse drawn carriage, or opt for a more organized tour.

Visit Chinatown

If Chinese culture has ever tickled your fancy, then the one located in Manila is definitely the place to be! Out of all the Chinatowns around the globe, this is by far the oldest and most authentic. It was built in 1584 by the Spaniards for Chinese merchants in an area known as Binondo. Exploring the streets of Chinatown is a truly extraordinary culinary expedition due to its abundance of restaurants serving affordable and mouth-watering dishes.

Sunset Watching at Manila Bay

Manila Bay, a natural harbor located in the Luzon area, is known for its stunning skyline dotted with skyscrapers and its beautiful view of the sunset. The majestic sunset at Manila Bay is the best spot in Manila to see how the sky changes its hues. Head there and appreciate the charm of the sunset over Manila Bay to soak in the rich vitamin D of the Manila sun!

Free Movie Watching

There are lots of places in Manila to catch a free movie. For French films you can troop over to Alliance Française de Manille. For award-winning indie films, Cinematheque Centre Manila in Ermita is the best place to go. And if you’re into more classic and lesser-known movies, then opt for University of Philippines’ Film institute to attend their frequent showings.

Museum Hopping

Enrich you experience visiting Manila’s best museums and discover the vast richness of Filipinos’ diverse history. Although there are a lot of them in the city, be sure to not miss these two:

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