Binondo is the main business center of Manila and also the location of Chinatown. Chinese immigrants largely populate the district and there is a host of Chinese influenced restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.
Located in the west of Manila, San Miguel is a middle class residential area that has a host shops and restaurants available. There are numerous historical attractions and tourist sights in the district.
Founded in the 16th century, Ermita is a popular area of Manila offering cultural attractions as well as entertainment venues and shopping centers. Ermita is also home to the red light district of the city, which has been largely cleaned up in the past decade.
Situated along the Pasig River in the north of Manila, Santa Cruz is a Spanish colonial area with numerous attractions including churches dating back to the 1600s. Santa Cruz also has an array of restaurants, shops and bars.
Paco is positioned south of the Pasig River and is a popular tourist district with various attractions including the Gates of Paco, Paco Park and numerous churches and temples. There is a large Japanese community in Paco and countless Japanese restaurants, bars and eateries.
One of the oldest parts of the city, Tondo existed before colonial times. The large district is the poorest area of Manila and the most underdeveloped, being home to many of the city's slums. Visitors can find a number of tourist attractions in Tondo however, including Smokey Mountain and Plaza Morga.
Found in the south of Manila, Malate was originally a fishing village during Spanish colonial times. There are countless hotels, restaurants and shops in Malate, making it popular with tourists. The nightlife scene in Malate is lively, with a plethora of bars, clubs and discotheques available.
Port of Manila
The Port of Manila is the largest seaport in the country, with both shipping and passenger ferries. The area dates back to the 9th century, before the Spanish rule of the Philippines. Although the area is mainly industrial and commercial there are numerous restaurants and hotels located near the ferry port catering to tourists.