What the Weekend is Like in Makati City
Makati is not only a place to work on the weekdays. On the weekends, the games and fun activity hubs in Makati City provide venues for bonding among family and friends.
This new mall is situated on the former site of the Santa Ana Racetrack near the border of Makati and Manila. Circuit Makati combines modern design and open spaces to create an activity hub that is both fun to visit and pleasing to the eye. All throughout the grounds are installations and structures that are perfect for a photo trip with family and friends. The mall also features a cinema and a wide variety of shops to please the casual mallgoer. A unique attraction of this mall is the City Kart racing track, an excellent place for thrill seeking newbies as well as veterans to race go-karts with family and friends. Circuit Makati is also a favoured place for open air events such as music gigs and shows.
Kodanda Archery Range
Using a bow and arrow is definitely not passé when there are places such as the Kodanda Archery Range. This place provides coaching, archery gear, as well as use of the target range for an hour, for a very reasonable fee. Kodanda is a great place for teambuilding sessions, or even to spend an afternoon with that special someone. Don’t miss the annual Valentine’s day promo made for two! It is also a good location for solo target practice, or to at least pretend for a day to be Robin Hood.
Glorietta Activity Center
Located right in Glorietta 2, near the Palm Drive entrance, the Glorietta Activity Center is a favorite place for fairs, expos, fashion shows, exhibitions, and even fandom meet-ups. Advocacy themed events such as the Good Trade Fair which advocates sustainability, or HABI which showcases Philippine textiles are regularly held in this spot. It is the place to go to meet sellers in niche markets, network within causes, or see what is up and coming in the market. The Glorietta Activity Center is surrounded by many restaurants that cater to a wide variety of tastes and palates, as well as boutiques for those still eager to shop. The Glorietta mall is also connected to Landmark and Greenbelt, both of which are also worthy of a visit on weekends.
Ayala Triangle Garden
This park just behind the Makati Stock Exchange building is one of the more well-known green spaces in the city. Its winding paths are great for jogging or for leisurely walks. The wide swaths of grass make the park ideal for outdoor activities such as ball games or Frisbee. Visitors who prefer to stay indoors can head to the small restaurant strip that features several cafes as well as casual dining establishments. The celebrated restaurant Blackbird, which has its own little courtyard, is a favoured fine dining option in the Makati CBD.
Ayala Triangle is known for its lively Christmas decorations and light shows, which regularly draw crowds during the ‘ber’ months. It is also a preferred site for cultural exhibitions such as the Dia de Libro, which is held by the Spanish language and culture institute Instituto de Cervantes.
Night owls will find no shortage of things to do in Poblacion, which is known for its lively nightlife scene. Bars and cafes, many of which feature cuisines from all around the world, are great spots to eat, dine, and of course to see and be seen. There are many ways to do a ‘bar crawl’ in this neighbourhood; some would start at Dulo near JP Rizal Avenue, while others would begin closer to Jupiter Street. Poblacion is also a great place to catch indie gigs and concerts ensconced in various establishments, especially during the weekends.
A great way to enjoy these attractions is to reside near them, such as in a place like Garden Towers. Situated in San Lorenzo, Makati, this high-end development brings the best of style and comfort to Makati residents.
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