(SPOT.ph) Makati City is full of enviable addresses, but none trigger the green-eyed monster as much as Salcedo Village does. This area is what those condo brochures wish they could mean when they say "a veritable oasis in the midst of Metro Manila." And who can blame them? With those curving and quiet tree-lined avenues, solid decades-old condominiums that have kept their charm (and more), a treasure trove of shops, restaurants, and much-too-rare parks, Salcedo Village has a warm, welcoming, and almost clean spirit that can't be found elsewhere in the Metro.
Salcedo Village is one of those few places where walking isn't a chore—it's actually quite pleasant to do so. Sure, on weekdays it's an urban business capital with people going through their daily grind, but on weekends? On weekends the area becomes a place where you can stop and breathe a bit. There is, of course, the famous Saturday-morning Salcedo Market, but the village has so much more. Check out our picks for budget eats, where to shop, or what to do in Salcedo Village.
The area is chock full of great food finds you can’t find anywhere else. From specialty cuisine to familiar comfort food, there’s just about anything you can imagine, all within walking distance of each other. And because we believe great meals don’t have to come with hefty price tags, we’ve scoured Salcedo for these 10 budget-friendly eats worth P150 or less.
Liloan's Pride Liempo's Cebu Liempo Meal (P135)
If you're craving something crispy and pork-y, this Cebu Liempo Meal from Liloan’s Pride Liempo should do the trick. Just imagine biting into that crunchy skin, followed by fork-tender succulent goodness. Plus, the meal already has your rice and drink covered, so plus points for value.
Liloan’s Pride Liempo is at 3/F RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Red Table's Hangover Ramyun (P145)
If ramyun sounds familiar, you might know it as a popular Korean noodle soup dish. And when you’re itching to get a hearty serving that is not of the instant cup-noodle variety, Red Table is happy to provide. This special ramyun called the Hangover Ramyun—named as such because it’s claimed to be one of the best cures for a hangover—is full of tasty veggies that accompany the savory noodles. Hungover or not, you’d still love the way that hot broth touches your soul.
Red Table is at 3/F RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Berde Bowls' MongGo Green (P150)
Berde Bowls has dishes so tasty, you almost won’t believe they're good for you. One of their best wallet-friendly options is the MongGo Green bowl, which comes with monggo-mushroom kare kare, gising gising, a calamansi-red onion pickle, and crispy shallots on top of white rice and a Berde salad mix.
Berde Bowls is at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
DiCofi's Fresh Spring Rolls (P130)
For Vietnamese street food on a budget, head over to DiCofi and get an order of their fresh spring rolls. Their version comes stuffed with grilled pork sausage and vegetables, plus a special fish sauce for dipping. The dish might be light, but you’ll leave with a little extra spring in your step.
DiCofi is at Valero Plaza Condominium, San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Tsoko.Nut Batirol's Creamy Pesto Malunggay with Shrimps (P145)
Tsoko.Nut Batirol is a crowd favorite for their chocolate-y desserts and drinks (especially their signature tsokolate) but they also have a pretty solid line-up of savory dishes. You can even get one of their best-selling signature pasta dishes, the Creamy Pesto Malunggay with Shrimp, for less than P150. It’s made with a mouthwatering mix of pesto, pine nuts, malunggay leaves, and shrimp.
Tsoko.Nut Batirol is at 3/F RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
North Park's Pork Rib & Wanton Noodles in Soup (P136)
Sometimes all you need after a long day at work is some noodle soup, and a budget-friendly option you can get in Salcedo is the Pork Rib & Wanton Noodles from North Park. The steaming soup is served with a generous portion of wanton noodles mixed in with a special pork rib. Even the regular-sized version promises to be a filling meal on its own.
North Park is at G/F Vernida 4 Building, San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Hungry Hippo's Cheeseburger (P150)
While you could always get a burger from your usual go-to, you could also treat yourself to a heftier version without breaking the bank with this cheeseburger from Hungry Hippo. Don’t let the price tag fool you—their cheeseburger comes packed with a huge slice of cheese melting over a juicy beef patty that sits on top of a bed of lettuce, pickles, and tomatoes.
Hungry Hippo is at 3/F RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
The Gourmet Republic's Tempura Cheese Sticks (P120)
Lover of all things tempura? The Gourmet Republic’s Tempura Cheese Sticks are light and fluffy cheese deep-fried with a rich tempura batter. Have it as a mid-afternoon snack or appetizer before a big night out; either way, you’ll probably want to keep coming back for more.
The Gourmet Republic is at G/F LPL Manor Building, 116 L. P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Noodles Everyday's Shanghai Dumplings Ramen (P148)
Noodles Everyday is a little Chinese joint that serves a variety of Chinese noodle dishes. We recommend the Shanghai Dumplings Ramen for ramen lovers—its warm broth and noodles will taste familiar, but the Shanghai dumplings accompanying the dish will be a welcome addition.
Noodles Everyday has branches in 3/F RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati City, and 7/F Food Patio, PBCom Tower, 6795 Ayala Avenue corner V. A. Rufino Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Xanh Quan's Braised Lemon Grass Chicken Rice (P140)
When you want a filling meal that’s also packed with flavor to get you through the rest of the day, put Xanh Quan’s Braised Lemon Grass Chicken Rice meal on your list. It’s got flavorful braised chicken with an unmistakable lemongrass seasoning as your protein and a side of rice and veggies. Simple—but really, aren’t all the best meals?
Xanh Quan is at 12/F Food Court, GT Tower, H.V. Dela Costa Street corner Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Despite the fact that the business district of Makati is a few steps away from Salacedo, its busy streets transform into a quiet neighborhood on weekends. Here's where you can take a walk, grab a bite, shop a little, get a quick workout, and even treat yourself to some pampering.
POSH Pocket Shoes
This local footwear brand is known for their comfortable flats that you can fold and toss into your everyday bag. They’ve got various styles like ballet flats, strappy sandals, slides, and more. Every POSH Pocket Shoes pair is locally made in their Marikina workshop, and are made with man-made leather while their sandals are made with genuine leather. They’re available in a variety of colors for your everyday looks!
POSH Pocket Shoes is at LG9 Alfaro Place, San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Before sustainable living became prevalent and zero-waste trends came about, ECHOstore was already promoting all things eco-friendly way back in 2008. Their store in Salcedo Village carries all the essentials to kick-start a sustainable lifestyle, from something as simple as reusable straws to home essentials like liquid detergent and other natural products.
ECHOstore is at G/F NDC Building, 116 Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
The Grey Market Records
Audiophiles who are into vinyl records and turntables will want to check out The Grey Market. The shop carries a wide range of vinyl records from different eras and genres. Some of the records you can find there include Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, U2, Oasis, Green Day, Panic! At The Disco, and more.
The Grey Market Records is at UG38 Alfaro Place, 146 L. P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Back Alley Barber Shop
Need a fresh cut or a clean shave? Back Alley Barber Shop is a great place for getting dapper in a jiffy. You can even enjoy a cup of hand-brewed coffee or a bottle of craft beer while you’re getting groomed. Busy dudes can sit back, relax, and take a quick break in the middle of the day.
Back Alley Barber Shop is at G/F Alpha Salcedo Condominium, Bautista Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Felipe & Sons
A barbershop and haberdashery, Felipe & Sons is a one-stop shop for getting a cut or a shave, or picking up a custom-made suit or shirt. They have vintage-inspired interiors that give the barbershop a classic, Old-World charm. They take pride in being a place that pays careful attention to detail, with haircuts meticulously perfected, so it's easy to see why they're considered a local favorite.
Felipe and Sons is at San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Spinning is a great way to burn some calories and get your heart racing while having fun, and at Electric Studio, you can work up a good sweat in 45 minutes. One class will cost you P1,000 but if it's your first time, you can avail of five rides for just P1,500. Not bad, huh? If you're ready for a bit of commitment, you can get the five-class package at P4,750 and the 10-class package at P8,500. They have more packages available for those who end up loving the workout.
Electric Studio is at G/F Two Central 107 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Aramesh Wellness specializes in Persian-inspired R&R. They offer treatments like aromatherapy and physical massage that make use of organic essential oils. If you’re pressed for time but want to squeeze in a quick massage, they have an express service that’ll only take 30 minutes. Apart from massages, you can also avail of their other services like facials, scrubs, and laser treatments.
Aramesh Wellness is at Unit 601, 6/F Heart Tower Building, 108 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Yup, you don’t have to drive all the way to Tagaytay to get a spa treatment from QiWellness. QiWellness, one of the best spas in Manila, can be found in the heart of Salcedo Village inside Picasso Boutique Hotel. They have Chinese-style interiors that will instantly put you in a relaxed mood. They offer a variety of treatments like Qitranquility, Swedish Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, and more.
QiWellness is at 4/F Picasso Boutique Hotel, L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Dear Alice is where you can go to freshen up your mani-pedi. We recommend trying The Alice—a 90-minute treatment which includes cleaning, clipping, shaping, cuticle care, exfoliation, mask, and a 30-minute hot stone reflexology massage.
Dear Alice is at 2/F Three Central Mall, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Bangs Prime Salon
The easiest way to update your look is by getting a haircut—your hair is your crowning glory, after all. Here’s where you can cop your K-Pop idols’ trendy hairstyles: Bangs Prime Salon is home to Korean hair technicians with years of training. The salon is known for their hair perming services as well as their wallet-friendly haircuts.
Bangs Prime Salon is at 2/F Three Central Tower, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
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, check out these local favorites.
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.