#WheninManila: Binondo Walking Tour

Binondo Manila Philippines

A food and walking tour around Binondo, Manila. The oldest Chinatown in the world established in 1594 where ethnic Chinese lived. This district is a center of commerce and trade for all types of business run by Filipino-Chinese community.

Binondo Walking TourOn a fine and sunny Sunday morning, we walked our way to the Chinatown from Carriedo LRT station. Our first stop was the Ongpin Street where you can see various jewelry stores, medicine shops, and sidewalk vendors selling lucky charms.

Started our food trip by dropping some hole-in-the-wall eateries and tried some Chinese delicacies. Tried the famous vegetarian wheat siopao from Masuki Chinese Restaurant.

On our way to Intramuros, we passed by the Café Mezzanine. Another must visit restaurant in Binondo according to CNN Travel Update. It is located above the Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli (famous for hopia ube pastries) in Ongpin Street. Part of the café’s income goes to Binondo’s fire department who’s iconic purple truck is parked beside the Binondo Church.

Tips

1. Binondo Tour is best during Sunday. – My walking buddy said that Sunday is best for walking tour in Binondo and should start early in the morning.

2. I used my SLR in taking photos. Though the place is notorious, but I guess its okay as long as you’re vigilant.

3. I suggest that you continue your walking tour all the way to Intramuros and visit Escolta Street. Calle de Escolta is the place of the many first: first ice cream parlor, first elevator, and the first business address of today’s some well-known brand.

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