Makati is one of the busiest cities in Metro Manila. It is located about 15 minutes from the airport and is home to several corporate offices, malls, restaurants and bars.

 

The Ayala center is accessible by the MRT line 2 that traverses through EDSA by getting off at the Ayala station. There are also a lot of buses and jeepneys that passes through Ayala avenue whether coming from the north or the south. Getting in though cabs is not a problem as there are a number in the metro as well. You should note that travelling on public transport in Manila can be a little dangerous to say the least. Getting ona Bus or especially a Jeepney as a Foreigner means a target for a mugging to many locals. For instance by all means take a taxi but make sure its a metred cab...no metre don't get in, but more important ,make sure you lock your door because car jackings are rife.

Several 5-star hotels line this entire complex: Dusit Thani, The Shangri La Makati , The Renaissance, The Ascott, The Intercontinental, The Manila Peninsula and the Mandarin Oriental just nearby. The Fairmont Hotel  also just recently opened, conveniently located across from Greenbelt 3 and The Landmark.

Salon de Ning inside the Manila Peninsula is worth checking out, especially on Wednesday and Friday Nights for 80s nights. Get there before 9:30pm to catch the live band. DJs take over around 10:30pm and play until the room empties out. The crowd is extremely mixed, so don't be surprised to find lady boys escorting old foreigners on the dance floor.

There are also a number of malls and department stores that cater to all markets. There's Rustan's Supermarket inside Greenbelt 1, which features a nicely stocked wine section. You can also find some Pinoy delicacies in the snack aisle. The SM which connects to the MRT station and the Landmark has almost everything in their department stores. Both of these malls connect to Glorietta, a bigger 4-wing mall  with both high-end shops and bargain stalls, there's also a food court in the G4 wing apart from several restaurants and fast food chains and there are also cinemas. The G1 wing is right along along the Ayala Avenue; it is in the same building complex connecting to the Ascott at G4 wing and its G2 wing is right across the Makati Shangri La. Connecting to its G3 wing is the Landmark which also connects to Greenbelt, another complex of stores and restaurants, there is even a chapel and a park.

Greenbelt 3 is the most popular with its high-end shops and restaurants. Right across from the Landmark is Max Brenner, a restaurant that specializes in its chocolate desserts and beverages; remarkable for its bald staff and cups shaped like a bald head. Further to the right is the Ayala Museum is a 3-storey building which houses Philippine artworks and an interesting diorama collection of Philippine history. There is a souvenir shop of course. The M Cafe sits right across the Ayala Museum and is a perfect venue to sit back and relax. The Greenbelt park hosts several events and is at the heart of Greenbelt . Along this area there are more restaurants. The Ebun is a Filipino restaurant and a must-try especially for tourists. Always alive also is the Cafe Havana which is popularized by salsa dancing and mojitos, and is frequented by expatriates and tourists.There is a Starbucks right next to the Café Havana. On the second floor, there’s another array of good restaurants. One of which is the Nanbantei, a Japanese restaurant serving the best yakitori and seafood. There is also the RedBox on the 3rd floor, a KTV place with several private rooms for small groups. Right beside it are the Absinthe bar and the Merks with its own band. On the right area, there are several other restaurants like the Fish and Co, Cold Rock (ice cream house) National Sports Grill, a sports-themed restaurant which also shows several games. Greenbelt 2 is also famous for its night life with bars like the Temple and Nuvo.

Greenbelt 5  is lined with several high-end Filipino restaurants, including Mesa (Modern Filipino Food) and Lorenzo's Way (Filipino Comfort Food).

After a long day of shopping, stop by The Spa at Greenbelt 1 for head to toe pampering. For example, the "Refreshing Start" Package which includes full body massage, scalp & shoulder massage, and foot treatment is 2 hours and 45 minutes of pure bliss for about U.S.$40. They offer both shared and private spaces.