Ayala Center
Ayala Center
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The Ayala Center is a 50-hectare commercial development operated by Ayala Land located in the Makati Central Business District in Metro Manila, Philippines. It is comprised of the Greenbelt and Glorietta malls, each with its own shopping and restaurant arcades and cinemas; three department stores, a number of hotels; and the Ayala Museum, showcasing exhibits on Philippine history and art. It is bounded by Ayala Avenue on the east, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) on the south, Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay road) on the west, and Legazpi Street and Paseo de Roxas to the north. The Ayala MRT Station of the MRT Line 3 serves the area.
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Micah C
Chicago, IL10 contributions
Jul 2022
Honestly just had to run in here to use the bathroom during a run. The security was so nice and led me there even though I was a sweaty mess. Looked super modern and clean in there. The bathroom was the best I've used in the philippines, hahahaha.
Written July 28, 2022
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Michael_Spencer_12
General Santos City89 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
This is to review the attractions of the facilities in the Ayala Center, which include the Greenbelt, Glorietta, and SM Malls, the Landmark Department Store and the Ayala Museum, which are all interconnected into one complex. I consider the most appealing of these to be the Greenbelt mall, which includes 5 huge buildings, with a huge central area filled with greenery. In the evening, many people sit in the inner courtyard in café-like settings provided by its first floor restaurants. Mall staff clearly have wiped out the mosquitos and almost all the other insects which could have thrived on the waters of this inner area. My wife and myself have spent pleasant hours each day exploring this mall as we stayed at a hotel near this mall, when I had business in Makiti.
The Greenbelt Mall, like the Glorietta Mall, is filled with hundreds of restaurants, some with great food, some with not-so-good food. Building 1 even has a Jollibee and a Wendy's restaurant for those more budget conscious, and there is also a large supermarket across from Wendy's for those, perhaps, who would like to take food and drinks to their hotel room.
After searching the web I found a helpful guide that recommends some few restaurants in the Greenbelt and Gloreitta mall and on adjoining streets, which I put to good use. (If you would like to see this, google to: Makati Travel Guide Wikitravel, and go to the section on restaurants.)
The Landmark is a huge department store where you can find a great variety of items, ones too that will not empty your wallet. It is connected with the Greenbelt and Glorietta malls with second-floor walkways. The crowds of people there show how popular this department store is. There is a food court an escalator ride down into the basement level, which I found amazing for its restaurants, which include Greenwich, Classic Savory, KFC and Max's Restaurants (though I did not try out the food in this food court.)
The Glorietta Mall like the Greenbelt Mall is itself a huge complex. This mall's buildings are interconnected with inside corridors. But it lacks the inner courtyard that is a great appeal of the Greenbelt Mall. However, my wife and I enjoyed exploring this mall as well.
Some people do not go to the Ayala Center, calling its stores expensive. However, my wife and I much enjoyed simply walking and looking, You also could shop at the Landmark Department Store if the prices of mall stores seem a problem.
I found the SM Mall, which is connected with the Glorietta Mall, a disappointment, with not a good deal to offer.
The Ayala Museum, which you can enter via its approach at the Greenbelt 4 building, is worth seeing for those who would like to see its 4th floor rich gold collection from ancient pre-Spanish Philippines, and the 2nd floor dioramas of Philippine history, going from 20,000 B.C. to the EDSA revolution which overthrew Marcos.
Those Catholics who would like to go to a morning, afternoon or evening mass at the Greenbelt chapel will find masses whose participants like being there, and in an attractive setting. This chapel, set in the middle of the greenery of the Greenbelt courtyard is surrounded with pools with swarms of golden fish. I much enjoyed watching my wife and others feeding these fish.
Written March 24, 2014
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia17,111 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
Ayala Center is extensive as it does not just include Greenbelt but also the various Glorietta malls shopping centres).

It is almost a city by itself within Metro Manila.

What I like most is the commitment to quality. One observes it in the two or three year old Holiday Inn at Glorietta II.

One sees it in how an attractively sited Catholic chapel is smack bang in the middle of Greenbelt.

It can be observed in how much more airy the most recent mall built, Greenbelt 5 is compared with 'the original' Greenbelt 1 that now looks very dated with its low ceilings and excessive use of marble.

The use of greenery in Greenbelt is great.

I still cannot think of any Australian shopping centre that matches Greenbelt. The latter has atmosphere, particularly when happy (and sometimes very noisy) Filipino family groups are walking around, shopping or dining.

Every visitor to Metro Manila should see Ayala Center.
Written July 28, 2014
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bob2bkk
Bangkok, Thailand5,972 contributions
Jan 2014 • Friends
Ayala Center makes up a huge area in Makati City. It is easily accessible from MRT by getting off at the Ayala stop. This huge complex consists of 2 huge Shopping/restaurant/entertainment areas. The first is Glorietta, which consists of 5 buildings. SM Mall with super market. Greenbelt, also consists of 5 buildings. It is an insult to call these areas malls, because they do not resemble a traditional mall, rather than buildings scattered throughout landscaped gardens. There is an abundant amount of shopping, hundreds of restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries. Also in Greenbelt is a cinema, the Ayala Museum, and of course the Greenbelt outdoor chapel in the round, with masses taking place throughout the day. It truly is a place where you can spend days walking and enjoying the trees, flowers, water falls, and relaxing, or shopping or eating and drinking. Lots of coffee shops for that, and most have outside seating when weather is good. Ayala Center also houses some of the top hotels in Manila, Intercontinental, Peninsula, Dusit Thani, Mandarin Oriental, Shangri-la, and newly opened Holiday Inn Suites and the Fairmont Raffles. See my reviews of the restaurants in the restaurant listings.
Written February 3, 2014
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d h
San Francisco, CA213 contributions
Nov 2012 • Family
To call this a mall would be a misnomer... Ayala Center is more like a shopping area comprised of many department stores, individual stores, high end boutiques as well local branches of foreign stores like Gap, Muji, Zara, Banana Republic etc. There is also a museum (Ayala Museum) and a church where you can attend mass before undertaking a day of shopping. Many restaurants/eateries to choose from at all price points. Clean, safe - I highly recommend if you enjoy shopping and you are in the area.
Written October 29, 2013
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TravellingWild
Darwin, Australia38 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
You could spend all day here! There are soooo many shops its just never-ending and it all somehow flows seamlessly into Greenbelt for a nice drink and dinner after all the shopping!
Written July 10, 2012
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CraigF84
Mukilteo, WA382 contributions
Mar 2014 • Business
It is a mall. A massive interconnected web of several malls and department stores but the only indication you move from one to the other is a fresh set of security guards so it is functionally a single space. There mall has your usual mall features, stores, cinemas and a ton of western and local fast food joints.
Written March 29, 2014
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SJW
Manila, Philippines111 contributions
Dec 2019
Ayala Centre is basically a merger by a series of walkways and re-building of a variety of what were separate Malls going back many years. There would be no need to go outside or cross a road if you were to walk from Glorieta to the other end Greenbelt. Now that is a distance of about a mile! You would have to go to Milton Keynes in the UK to walk that sort of distance in one Mall. They have also created some common areas where they host special events and presentations. The Malls have every type of outlet and activities for all ages. The usual play areas for children and rocking chairs for use by the elderly. One point there though is that there is not a lot of seating for people just wanting to sit down and have a rest. There are also many food outlets from Food Courts to specific and specialised restaurants.At peak times the whole place gets very busy ( every weekend and public holidays). Opening time is usually 11.00 ( sometimes 10.00) with late closing to 21.00 to 22.00. The whole ambiance is bright and welcoming but now pay attention to a few warnings applicable in any area accommodating so many people. Security on entry is achieved by limiting entry to only one or two doors. If there was an emergency like a fire we can only hope that exit doors would all open to allow escape.Smoke would accumulate rapidly as all areas are open. Be aware of your surroundings and make a note of the nearest exits and if the worse did happen head for the street on the ground. The other issue to note is that a Mall can suddenly be a terrifying place to a lost child. In addition having to find them would not be easy. Don't loose your children. Thankfully Filipinos go out in large family groups and lost children are rare. The Philippines has some of the largest Malls anywhere in the world. This must be one of them and most days they are full with both local and overseas visitors. Prices in the Philippines are very competitive and selection of well known brands outstanding in one place.
Written December 15, 2019
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MaricorDG
Makati, Philippines72 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
When you visit Ayala Center, you always feel safe and relaxed. There are two (2) parts of this Center: Greenbelt & Glorietta. Each has 5 sides: Greenbelt 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 and Glorietta 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. There are 3 department/supermarket stores in this area: Rustan's, SM, & Landmark and a lot of restaurants, from fast foods to fine dining. Almost everything is there: Signature boutiques, movies, entertainment areas, parlors/salon/spa to name a few. Two hotels are connected in the mall: The Ascott and the Holiday Inn while a lot of hotels are just outside the mall i.e.: Fairmont/Raffles, Makati Shangri-La, New World, Dusit Thani, and a lot more.
Written July 23, 2018
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Teddyboy T
Makati 112 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
This was once a beautiful oasis in the middle of Glorietta fronting the Makati Shangri La Hotel and has a UCC coffee shop occupying one corner of of the center which still somehow does not disturb the esthetics of this wonderful park. However sometime early this year, about a third of this used to be lovely little park was cordoned off as the Ayalas planned to construct another high rise condominium. The same thing they did to the last oasis here in Makati which is the Ayala Triangle......Any city that has of value or respect for that open green space ratio to constructed areas, the ayalas lately seemed to have disregarded this ratio. Sur there are other Ayala projects with green open spaces. Howver for this particular.space I dont see any value in putting up a high rise here as the size of the original cut of the park was just right. In my opinion this has serioulsy diminished the value of Glorietta which is one of my favorite malls here in Makati, along with Greenbelt. This is a total disappointment and i smell greed in this decision to squeeze in a high rise in this higly aerial polluted space which is makati.
Written October 2, 2017
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