Great date spots: Romantic restaurants, rooftop bars and al fresco hangouts in (and around) Metro Manila

Dating in Manila is difficult, especially with the traffic that keeps people from leaving their houses. Of course, some special occasions still call for a proper meal in a romantic setting — something that might be difficult to find for couples who prefer to stay in and binge-watch the latest hit TV show. That won’t ...

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Filipino Food 101: A cheat sheet to understanding the cuisine of the Philippines

Filipino Food 101: A cheat sheet to understanding the cuisine of the Philippines

Filipino food is often the underdog as far as the international food scene is concerned. Just last month, an Australian writer based in Jakarta drew the ire of Pinoys online when...

Where to find the best, most bangin’ cookies in Manila

Where to find the best, most bangin’ cookies in Manila

We wish we lived in a world in which all cookies were made equal, but alas, readers — we know that world does not exist. If there’s anything more maddening than biting...

Restaurants in Metro Manila serving modern Filipino food that won’t break the bank

Restaurants in Metro Manila serving modern Filipino food that won’t break the bank

Despite a recent survey which showed that Filipino fare is the fourth least-liked cuisine by other nationalities, the truth remains that our country’s food is awesome...

Palm Grill brings Southern Mindanao’s hard-to-find comfort food to the heart of Quezon City

Palm Grill brings Southern Mindanao’s hard-to-find comfort food to the heart of Quezon City

When most Filipinos think of Jolo, Sulu, they often imagine a town wracked by violence and bloodshed. For restaurateur Jose Miguel Moreno however, Jolo was once a beautiful,...

Coconuts’ guide to finding great fried chicken joints around Metro Manila

Coconuts’ guide to finding great fried chicken joints around Metro Manila

There’s no denying that Filipinos are obsessed with fried chicken. Here, we’ve got the dish in all forms — with or without breading, Asian-style and...

The Coconuts Manila guide to Poblacion: Restaurants, bars, cafes, and clubs in Makati’s hippest hood

The Coconuts Manila guide to Poblacion: Restaurants, bars, cafes, and clubs in Makati’s hippest hood

Most of us grew up knowing Makati’s Poblacion neighborhood as Manila’s red light district. Throughout the aughts, however, it began its transformation into hipster...

The Coconuts Taste Test: Here’s the lowdown on Christmas hams worthy of your noche buena feast

The Coconuts Taste Test: Here’s the lowdown on Christmas hams worthy of your noche buena feast

One of the best things about a Filipino Christmas is the noche buena tradition, an opportunity for the whole family to gorge on delicious food on the midnight of Dec. 25. Local...

Review: Grand Cafe 1919, the restaurant that resurrected an abandoned colonial-era building in Manila’s Chinatown

Review: Grand Cafe 1919, the restaurant that resurrected an abandoned colonial-era building in Manila’s Chinatown

Walking around Manila, you don’t get a sense of the city’s rich and layered history from the street level. Destruction from World War II and the severe lack of...

Modern Merienda: Manam Cafe recreates classic Filipino snacks

Modern Merienda: Manam Cafe recreates classic Filipino snacks

In the Philippines, merienda is a light snack that’s just as important as any other meal.  Usually consumed once in the morning and another in the afternoon,...


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Coconuts Manila Food & Drink

Restaurants are opening left and right; the best chefs have reached rock star status; and diners are willing to empty their wallets just to try the latest food trends —without a doubt, Manila’s F&B industry is thriving! Coconuts Manila is here to report on the most gastronomical destinations you’ve got to check out (or avoid). From craft beer bars to the cutest cafes, we’ll let you in on some of Manila’s best kept secret spots. Where to take your balikbayan guests for dinner? Where to get the best homemade dessert? Where to enjoy the crispiest lechon skin? Coconuts Manila regularly publishes food guides that can help you eat your way around the Metro. We’ve also traveled in different parts of the Philippines in search of the best culinary gems that the country has to offer (Bulalo from Iloilo, anyone?). Coconuts Manila writers are always interested in eating and learning about good grub. There’s always space in our tummies for sinigang and adobo, for cinnamon rolls and ice cream cakes. We try to keep up with the latest food trends, from the most affordable street food vendors to the finest 5-star dining restaurants. Over the years, Coconuts Manila has become known for a series of videos called Carinderia Crawl, where we visit the most interesting eateries in the Metro. We also have regular food columns like the Coconuts Hot Spot and the Critic’s Table. Watch this space, and we’ll serve you all the food and drink stories you can handle.