(SPOT.ph) Weekends are sacred. Saturday and Sunday afternoons are when people get their much-needed opportunity to relax after a hectic week of studying or working. Now, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a bit of cocooning at home, but if you’re looking for a fun but stress-free day out, Salcedo Village in Makati may just be the neighborhood you’re looking for.
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Here are 10 of the locals' favorite things to do in Salcedo Village:
Go on a food trip at Salcedo Market
What Salcedo Market lacks in size, it makes up for in variety. The market, which has been around since 2005, has a good selection of international street food and a wide range of stalls selling fresh produce to choose from. Best of all, most suppliers are local, so not only are you having a good day at a park, you’re supporting small enterprises as well.
The Salcedo Community Market is at Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. It is open every Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Get your caffeine fix at Starbucks Reserve
If you’re a fan of their frappucino or simply in need of coffee, it could be a good idea to visit Starbucks Reserve along Valero Street. It’s got a sleek, modern look and a ton of space. Pro tip: Those who want to catch up on work can opt to hang out on the second floor, where there are plush couches and long tables for people who need a place to focus.
Starbucks Reserve is at G/F Stratosphere Building, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. It is open from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Calm your body and mind with a yoga session
There are moments when you just need something to calm your nerves, and yoga might help you relax. The thousand-year-old practice has numerous health benefits such as improved breathing and posture. If you’re a beginner, you may want to try an introductory Vinyasa class at Yoga Plus or a Yoga Fundamentals class at Yoga Hive to wet your feet. For aspiring yogis, you can check out more challenging classes like Bikram or hot yoga classes at Bikram Yoga.
Bikram Yoga is at 5/F 88 Corporate Center, 141 Valero Street corner Sedeno Street, Salcedo Village, Makati. Yoga Hive is at 101 Three Salcedo Place,
123 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Yoga Plus is at 3/F Cambridge Centre, Tordesillas Street corner Gallardo Street, Salcedo Vilage, Makati.
Browse through a collection of vinyl at The Grey Market Records
We live in the era of music-streaming, where albums and records can easily be accessed with a few swipes of your fingertips. There are purists, however, who still prefer the sound quality that vinyl offers. The Grey Market Records is known as one of the few places in Manila where you can find old-school records, and they conveniently have a branch right in Salcedo. Collectors rejoice!
The Grey Market Records is at UG38 Alfaro Place, 146 L. P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. It is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
View some experimental art at Altro Mondo Gallery
Altro Mondo's partnership with The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences couldn't be more apt—the nine-storey hotel, after all, is named after one of the greatest impressionist painters. The 80-square-meter space on the third floor serves as a venue for up-and-coming artists who wish to go beyond traditional media and into experimentations with their craft. If you're lucky, you might witness a rare piece of performance art when you drop by.
Altro Mondo Gallery is at 3/F The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Express your creativity at the Jollijam Arts Center
There’s an artist in everyone, and sometimes, all we need is a little inspiration to get us going. At the Jollijam Arts Center along Tordesillas Street, there are a dozen classes to choose from to help ignite one’s creativity—from acrylic painting to ukulele lessons. These sessions are open to children as well, so if you’ve got a niece or a nephew with the makings of being the next Picasso, then help them along with their dream by giving them a couple of classes.
Jollijam Arts Center is at 2/F Three Salcedo Place, 123 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Get active at Makati Sports Club
Located along L.P. Leviste Street, Makati Sports Club offers a plethora of facilities like a swimming pool, a bowling alley, and a badminton court! They also offer a wide range of dining outlets including Bistro Lounge, Le Patisserie, and Log Cabin. This members-only club believes in the power of sports and healthy living to make life a bit brighter. What’s not to love about that?
Makati Sports Club is at L.P. Leviste Street corner Gallardo Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Facilities are exclusive to members.
Stock up on some eco-friendly goodies
Established in 2008, Echostore’s vision is to provide natural and environmentally friendly products for people interested in sustainable living. Their Salcedo store carries a wide selection of goodies from snacks to food supplements. There’s even a café you can relax in while chilling out during the weekends. So not only are you enjoying your afternoon, you’re doing some good for the planet as well!
Echostore is at G/F NDC Building, 116 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. It is open from Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and every Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Get a cut and shave at Felipe and Sons
Felipe and Sons' branch in Salcedo Village is a one-stop shop for everything that a guy needs—from a nice, clean haircut with a massage to a specially customized dapper suit. The barberdashery complements its Old-World charm and vintage interiors by employing second- and third-generation barbers who know what kind of cut best suits you.
Felipe and Sons is at San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. It is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Challenge yourself at CrossFit Salcedo
CrossFit continues to be one of the most popular workouts around. It could be the adrenaline one gets after completing the challenging exercises or the comradery that develops between people. Whatever the reason, it’s always a good option to sweat out all the stress. There are several boxes around the city, but for those in the Salcedo area, CrossFit Salcedo is the logical choice. Don’t forget to bring extra clothes and a bottle of water.
CrossFit Salcedo is at Finman Center, 131 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.