Manila Travel: Your guide to Bonifacio Global City
Bonifacio Global City or more commonly known as BGC was once part of the Philippine Army Camp in Manila. With towering condominiums as well as office buildings, shopping malls and a few patches of land for parks and recreation, today, BGC is one of the famous Manila attractions where locals and tourists come to dine, shop and play. Get started with an exciting Manila travel experience and get to know Bonifacio Global City in today’s Manila travel guide!
Places to visit in BGC
What makes BGC an ideal destination for your Manila travel adventure is that it offers something for everyone. So, whether you’re travelling with friends or family, there are various things to do in BGC for your dining, shopping and entertainment options!
Photo Courtesy: KidZania Manila Facebook Page
Our first featured Manila attraction is best when travelling with kids!
Situated in an 8,000-square-metre land, KidZania lets kids with ages four to 14 experience what it’s like in the real world where they can try any profession they want from becoming a doctor, reporter, waiter, hotel receptionist and many more. The make-believe indoor play city offers a combination of entertainment and education for kids to understand the adult world in a kid-size environment made especially for them!
Address: Park Triangle North, 11th Avenue
Opening Hours:9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday)
The Mind Museum
Photo Courtesy: The Mind Museum
The Mind Museum is another educational spot for kids and kids at heart! This interactive museum with over 250 displays includes a gigantic dinosaur display and a metal ball that makes your hair rise when you touch it!
Address: J.Y Campos Park, 3rd Avenue
Opening Hours:9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
Flying Trapeze Philippines
Are you an adrenaline junkie? The Flying Trapeze Philippines is the Manila attraction you have to say yes to especially if you’ve ever wondered how the performers of Cirque de Soleil do their moves! Learn to do swings, jumps and other tricks when you sign up at the Flying Trapeze Philippines. It’s also a great way to stay fit as it tones your muscles!
Address: Federacion Drive corner 9th Avenue
Opening Hours:9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
What makes BGC stand out from the rest of Manila is that it’s a walkable city beautifully decorated with colourful art from each corner. It was in 2015 when the Bonifacio Art Foundation organized a mural festival and today, you can find masterpieces made by international artists Andrew Schoultz and Bunnie Reiss. There are also proudly made Filipino pieces by local artists such as Trip 63.
Where to eat
A Manila travel experience is never complete without a food trip, which brings us to introduce to you some great places to eat when you’re in BGC!
Botique Burger Kitchen
Photo Courtesy: Boutique Burger Kitchen Facebook Page
Botique Burger Kitchen is a ‘50’s diner-inspired complete with displayed movie posters, vinyl records and other displays that will transport you back in time. Along with its vintage-inspired theme is an expansive menu from irresistible burgers to homemade ice cream as well as craft soda and other delicious meals.
Address: G/F The Fort Strip, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Monday to Thursday) and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Friday to Saturday)
Le Jardin Café
Photo Courtesy: Le Jardine Café Facebook Page
If burgers are not your thing, no need to worry because there’s a lot more in store for you in BGC!
Situated right in the middle of BGC’s towering corporate centres and residential buildings comes Le Jardin Café. It’s a French-inspired café offering affordable dishes made with quality ingredients that satisfy anyone’s hunger for great food.
Address: G/F Bonifacio Stopover Corporate Center, 31st Street Corner 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Opening Hours: 7 a.m.to 10 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
Now, for travellers looking for a place to drink, dine and socialize, the Hotel Bar at Shangri-la at the Fort might just be the speakeasy you’re searching for.
Tucked behind a backdoor of hotdog joint Pink’s Hot Dogs is Hotel Bar, one of Manila’s best and most elusive speakeasies. It’s a great place to cap off a full day of exploring the rest of Manila while holding up a drink among the 11 classic cocktails this speakeasy offers.
Address: Hotel Bar is located at Pink’s Hot Dogs at Shangri-la at the Fort, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Opening Hours: 5 p.m. onwards from Wednesday to Sunday with varying closing times: 12 a.m. every Wednesday, 2 a.m. every Thursday and Sunday, 3 a.m. every Friday and Saturday
Where to shop
Photo Courtesy: Fully Booked Facebook Page
Heads up bookworms! We’ve found a haven just for you!
Fully Booked in BGC is a four-story level bookstore filled with shelves stacked with books from every genre. Step right into this Manila attraction and take your time going through hundreds to thousands of books displayed. It also has events place on the fifth floor when they hold workshops and book readings so check it out during your visit and you might just be right in time to attend one!
If you’re still wondering where to go in Manila, you can have a look at our Manila travel guides and let us take you to an adventure like no other!
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