Manila Neighborhood Guide

  • Enjoy the familial comforts of a home-cooked meal at 2nd's.

    Enjoy the familial comforts of a home-cooked meal at 2nd's.

  • Enjoy the familial comforts of a home-cooked meal at 2nd's.

    Enjoy the familial comforts of a home-cooked meal at 2nd's.

  • Local liquors rule behind the bar at 2nd's.

    Local liquors rule behind the bar at 2nd's.

  • Spend a morning wandering the Ayala Museum for a primer on Filipino history.

    Spend a morning wandering the Ayala Museum for a primer on Filipino history.

  • Street art in Manila's The Collective.

    Street art in Manila's The Collective.

  • Passion projects fill The Collective, including this longboard shop.

    Passion projects fill The Collective, including this longboard shop.

  • Make some music at Ukulele Philippines.

    Make some music at Ukulele Philippines.

  • The Curator is a quiet coffee shop by day, and  a buzzing bar by night.

    The Curator is a quiet coffee shop by day, and a buzzing bar by night.

  • Pour over coffee at The Curator.

    Pour over coffee at The Curator.

  • The doors of EDSA Beverage Design Group.

    The doors of EDSA Beverage Design Group.

  • The Kawaii cocktail.

    The Kawaii cocktail.

  • Chef Mikko Reyes and Erwan Heussaff.

    Chef Mikko Reyes and Erwan Heussaff.

  • Spend a morning wandering the dioramas of the Ayala Museum for a primer on Filipino history.

    Spend a morning wandering the dioramas of the Ayala Museum for a primer on Filipino history.

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The Collective

Passion projects fill The Collective, including this longboard shop.

Passion projects fill The Collective, including this longboard shop.

With central Manila’s high rents and upmarket shopping complexes, independent retail has struggled to find its place in the city. The Collective offers a haven for up-and-coming entrepreneurs and shop owners. Housed in a former mechanic’s garage, the industrial warehouse space is bedecked in the work of local street artists like Dee Jae Paeste and Egg Fiasco. On Sunday nights, wild reggae themed parties at indie bar B-Side draws crowds to the open-air atrium. On weekdays, shoppers mill about the stores, from Ritual, an organic general store, to Skitzo, complex-owner Cheska Yupangco’s costume store. For Manila’s latest trends, be sure to stop by Longboards Manila to demo the store’s custom skateboards or get a free strumming lesson at Ukulele Philippines. When post-shopping hunger strikes, order up a plate of buffalo chicken wings at casual diner Wingman.

Make some music at Ukulele Philippines.

Make some music at Ukulele Philippines.

7274 Malugay; 63-917/850-2025; The Collective

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