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“Atmosphere plus food of course is what's on offer here” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Binondo

Binondo
Bounded by the river | Claro M. Recto Avenue and Avenida Rizal, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
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Ranked #22 of 81 attractions in Manila
Type: Historic Sites
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The "Chinatown" of Manila, the Binondo area offers everything from Buddhist temples to pawn shops and Chinese restaurants.
Adelaide, Australia
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“Atmosphere plus food of course is what's on offer here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

When in Rome...Binondo is the Old Chinatown which has played such an important part in the history of Manila. Not for the faint hearted, but if wandering and just looking is your thing its well worth visiting. Plenty of food on offer with lashings of atmosphere.
Seek out a local Chinese Lumpia (Lumpiang Amoy) eatery, you wont be disappointed.( why they cant make these oversized fresh spring rolls in Australia is beyond me). The local Siopao and of course the much loved Hopia in its myriad of flavours.
If in this area also consider visiting nearby Santa Cruz and Quaipo districts, the latter has some interesting local markets outside of the "Quaipo Church" home of the Black Nazarene.

Visited June 2014
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“Very nice district”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Binondo is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and characteristic district of the city, to get there for people like me staying in Malate need to cross the bridge along the Pasing river, walking along the crowded Chinatown. Binondo is nice but lactating best is undoubtedly the beautiful and old Binondo Church, an attraction not to be missed.

Visited April 2014
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“Like visiting another city.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This Chinatown area has a flavour all it's own. To call it interesting would be an understatement. Here you can find true ethnic Chinese food but you have to look carefully to find the hidden jewels. There are some really excellent walking tours that are absolutely worth taking. The food is great. The shopping is good but as with all Asian jewellery shopping areas care must be taken to get the best value for your money.

Visited April 2014
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Bacolod, Philippines
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“Food tripping”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Binondo boasts of so many authentic Chinese eateries -- not the type that are glamorous or luxurious, but these are the ones where you can even see the food prepared right in front of you. It is even livelier to do a food tour in Binondo during Chinese New Year, with all the festivities. But you have to contend with the long queue of restaurant patrons.

Visited February 2014
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Manila, Philippines
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“Crowded”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

A market place of stores and people trying to get the best deals but be careful. Try to visit this with a guide and its only a short trip from intramuros.

Visited November 2013
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