Makati: Where to Go for Fun Saturdays

Beyond the towering buildings and shopping malls, the premier city of Makati beckons with fun things to do for the leisure-seeker. By Felice Tusi

There’s more to Makati beyond its skyscrapers, shopping malls, and busy streets. Don’t know where to go, though? We can show you where you can spend a leisurely weekend in the city and the fun things you can do, aside from retail therapy, in the middle of the bustle. Pursuit of Passion gives you five best ways to enjoy Saturdays in Metro Manila’s financial center.

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1. Work up a sweat in Ayala Triangle Gardens

One of the much-loved green open spaces in the heart of Makati CBD is the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Join the league of sports-minded visitors who frequent the park for jogging, playing Frisbee, yoga and other physical activities. A mere stroll around the lush gardens is enough to invigorate your urban-weary senses. Whether it’s for an early morning walk or a late afternoon jog, visiting the gardens is a must for a relaxing activity on your free time.

Ayala Triangle Gardens is at the heart of major Makati thoroughfares, Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas St. and Makati Ave. Operating hours are from 6 am-10 pm every day.

Macarons, pecan tart, eclairs! (Photo from Flickr)

2. Grab brunch at Salcedo Community Market

For the early-risers, Salcedo Community Market serves up tempting treats, fresh produce, and local artisanal products. This Saturday market in Makati has made a name for itself since it opened in 2005 with its unique food finds and laidback atmosphere. Be there as early as 7 am to get first dibs on fresh seafood, meats, organic vegetables, and seasonal fruits.

If you’re health-conscious, the market features stalls selling grass-fed beef, multi-grain breads, vegan snacks and other pantry fillers. Hungry from restocking your kitchen with the essentials? You’ll have a wide variety of cuisines to perk you up, from Italian to Turkish and from Moroccan to Indonesian. Local regional favorites from Ilocos, Laguna, Pampanga and other culinary-centric provinces are likewise on offer.

Salcedo Community Market is in Jaime C. Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati City and is open on Saturdays from 7 am to 2 pm.

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3. Be a detective for a day in Mystery Manila

Test your sleuthing skills with your friends and sign up for an escape room experience. Escape rooms provide an exciting gaming challenge for groups of workmates, friends and family members as they try to find their way out of the room by solving clues. Mystery Manila takes pride as the first live role-playing game in the country.

In its Jupiter Street branch, be ready to get spooked in Rebecca’s Room, investigate a mafia’s lord’s death in Murder in the Mafia or concoct magic potions and cast spells to fight evil in World of Wizardry. You have to think and act fast, though, because you are only given 60 minutes to solve a mystery!

Mystery Manila is at 2nd floor GA Yupangco Building, Jupiter Street in Makati City. Weekend operating hours are from 9am to 9:30 pm. Check its website to see other branches in Metro Manila.

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4. Enrich your art and history appreciation in Ayala Museum

Be amazed at contemporary art exhibitions in the Ayala Museum by both local and international artists. You’ll definitely not want to miss the museum’s most prominent permanent attraction, The Philippine Diorama Experience. In this exhibit, you’ll go through significant events in local history that has shaped the country through the years. The dioramas feature painstakingly carved miniature figures and sceneries made by artisans in Paete, Laguna.

Another must-see permanent exhibit is Gold of Ancestors, a spectacular collection of gold accessories and other objects found around the country, some of which date back before the 16th century. For book lovers, Filipinas Heritage Library is housed in the museum for your reading pleasure.

Ayala Museum is at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 am to 6 pm.

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5. Unleash your creativity with workshops in CraftMNL

Having a creative outlet to vent out your frustrations over a stress-filled week may be the key to surviving in the urban jungle. CraftMNL provides a venue for designers, artisans, crafters and budding creative entrepreneurs to learn and share anything and everything that’s handmade. Sign up to participate in lessons on different crafts like soap-making, paper-cutting, crochet and woodworking. Luckily for those who are working on weekdays, CraftMNL has Saturday workshops lined up for the entire month.

CraftMNL is found in Unit 302 Pasay Road Condominium (Pamana-Languages Building), 926 Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City. Visit their Facebook page for schedule of workshops.

All of these leisure activities are within a few minutes from Avida Towers Asten, the high-rise residential condominium property of Avida Land set in West Makati. The location is most favorable for access to Makati CBD and the glitzy malls of Ayala Center. Various creative hubs are also within your reach. More importantly, living in West Makati lets you reach nearby areas like Malate and Paco for more leisure options in Metro Manila.

To know more about its amenities and features, contact a representative from the Avida website for assistance.