SILVERLENS Shares its Manila Favorites | Art Fair Philippines 2020

Every year, friends ask us for our go-to spots in the city. Art visitors are very specific, and don’t have much time to do the research or explore on their own. Make the most of the art fair by complementing it with some of our favorites around Makati and the rest of the Metro. This list is by no means a comprehensive one, but it is one we use to survive this crazy city we call home.



Peninsula Hotel




Art Fair Philippines – Stop by our Gallery Booth (Level 6, Booth 46), Photography Booth (Level 5, Booth 11), Special Exhibition (Level 4, Booth 1)

SILVERLENS – We’re opening three exhibitions on the 22nd of February!

Finale Art File, Vinyl on Vinyl, Archivo 1984 at La Fuerza


78-45-33 (in LPL Tower, San Agustin St.) - Cozy bar with really good music, for listening, not dancing

Rural Kitchen – Not so heavy Filipino fare in Legaspi Village and Poblacion

Milky Way - Filipino food

Pancake House - Diner type food

Smoking Joint - Smokehouse and bar in Chino Roces

Kazunori - Lunch/Dinner: Japanese food

Txanton – Dinner: Spanish tapas, jamon, and wine

M Dining + Bar M - Fine-dining and bar

Terry’s - Spanish food, various locations in Chino Roces, Salcedo Village, and Legaspi Village

Blackbird - Continental fare at the site of Manila’s old airport

People’s Palace - Thai food

Sala – Fine dining in Legaspi Village, closed on Sundays

Sala Bistro – Relaxed café restaurant serving European food in Ayala Center

Wildflour – Brunch food, various locations in Rockwell, Salcedo Village, Rada, BGC

Cirkulo - Spanish comfort food

Pablo – Spanish food in Salcedo Village

Rambla - Spanish food and tapas with locations in Rockwell and Salcedo Village

Bar Pintxos - Spanish tapas with locations in San Augustin, corner Sedeño, Makati and BGC

Habitual Coffee – Artisan café


Univers - Clothes and design

Kubo by PIOPIO - Filipino Resort Wear in Legaspi village


Poblacion - Area with tons of bars and restaurants!

The Alley at KARRIVIN – Compound with art galleries, restaurants, and design stores…

Artinformal, 1335Mabini, The Drawing Room, Bellas Artes Projects Outpost, Poison (donut shop), Toyo (dinner), Panaderya Toyo (bread house), Mess Hall (lunch), SIDECHICK (chicken shop), Lanai (home and interiors), Aphro Living (design store)



Calle Wright SILVERLENS's outpost opens Filipino artist Joe Bautista's latest exhibit on Sunday, 9 February

National Museum of the Filipino People – Must see Juan Luna’s “Spolarium”

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) – The go-to for contemporary art. Martha Atienza and Maria Taniguchi are part of their upcoming exhibit, “Constructions of Truth”, opening 6 February 2020

Metropolitan Museum – Opening group exhibition “Cue From Life Itself: Filipino Artists Transform the Everyday”, which includes one of Filipino artist Santiago Bose’s paintings, on 7 February 2020

Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) – This brutalist Locsin (the architect) building rocks



Shangri-La Hotel, at The Fort



MOs Design – Furniture and design store


Bank Bar — Speakeasy inside a 7-11

Raging Bull Steakhouse at Shangri-La Hotel, at The Fort

The Back Room – Speakeasy of Shangri-La Hotel, at The Fort

Gallery by Chele - New dining experience, sadly closed on Sundays

Elephant Grounds – Café and brunch place

Tomatito - Spanish tapas

Savage – Modern European food



Henry Hotel – old-school compound life


Apartment 1B - All day dining, with locations inside Henry Hotel and in Salcedo Village


Avellana Art Gallery


A-11: Artelano 11 – furniture and design shop beside the Henry Hotel (in the same compound)


  1. Traffic is bad, so plan activities around just one area per day
  2. Hire a car and driver OR Grab works, if you can wait.