Manila Baywalk, sunsets, restaurants what more do you want!
Manila Baywalk has done wonders to the city of Manila. What was once an area to be missed because of pickpockets and other little nasties, has been transformed into a thriving, cosmopolitan, cool to be seen area.
With crowds in excess of 200,000 on the weekends, Manila Baywalk has captured the Philippine capital's imagination with outdoor restaurants, open air bars, chic cafes and live bands.
Where is Manila Baywalk?
The Manila Baywalk is a two kilometre stretch between the US Embassy and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) just past the Manila Yacht Club. The Manila Boardwalk or Baywalk follows the Roxas Boulevard and as the name implies is right on Manila Bay.
This area use to only attract the less fortunates in life and on weekends the odd fitness fanatic on their early morning jog, mind you the jog over unkept concrete paths could have been suicidal!
The Manila Bay Baywalk has been transformed, you would not recognise the area now. It was been treated to a well earned facelift, the crumbling footpaths have been repaved with tiles and smashed lamp posts have been up graded with brightly coloured lamp balls, as you can see in the photo, they run down the Roxas Boulevard side of the baywalk and are in a multitude of different colours, a nice touch.
When is the best time to go to Manila Baywalk?
Without a doubt the best time to go to Manila Baywalk is just on sunset.
Start your walk at the CCP end, wonder past the Manila Yacht Club and see the most spectacular sunset you will ever see. The flickering of the suns last rays shooting between the moored yachts is a sight to behold.
From here it is a matter of where should I stop and eat or drink or listen to a live band or do all three. If you feel it is too early to eat sit and eat, then grab a cold drink and watch the world go by, trust me you will not be on your own!
The entertainment available will suit everyone from the young to the old and if you are not that happy with what you are hearing, then you can please yourself by thumping out your own song with the help of your local karaoke machine.
The restaurants and cafes are extremely well priced with any variety of food up for the offering, you can have the choice of Thai, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, International Western or simple takeaway via the many fastfood franchises.
It is not surprising that romancing a loved one is very popular along the Manila Baywalk, young and old lovers alike enjoy the sunsets revealing in each others company.
Another busy time on Manila Baywalk is on a Sunday morning. The place is just teeming with activity and if are feeling a bit energetic you can easily join in the many aerobic classes or Tai Chi classes that are scattered from one end of the baywalk, along Roxas Boulevard, to the other.