When tourists visit the Philippines, locals often tell them, "Skip Manila, there's nothing to see there." But this sprawling metropolis has tons to offer — including potential backdrops for your OOTDs. Check out these Instagrammable places in Manila and snap away!
1. The University of the Philippines Diliman
UP Diliman is known for educating some of the country's best and brightest, but the campus is open to everyone. Drop by on a weekend and go jogging around the Acad Oval, and watch out for the sunflowers come graduation season.
2. The National Museum Complex
History and science buffs will love paying a visit to The National Museum Complex, which includes three museums (Fine Arts, Anthropology, Natural History), as well as a planetarium.
3. The Dessert Museum
The Dessert Museum was definitely made for Instagram, which is what makes each OOTD there shine.
4. Ball Pit Manila
Unleash your inner child in this aesthetic AF ball pit for grownups!
5. Venice Grand Canal
If riding a gondola in Venice, Italy seems like a far-fetched dream for you, you can settle for the gondolas at the Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill, at just PHP350/head!
6. The murals at BGC
Bonifacio Global City (or BGC) is home to some of the city's biggest and coolest murals. The murals change up frequently, so mural-hunting in BGC is always a worthwhile endeavour.
The walled city of Intramuros offers some of the most Instagrammable places in Manila, from cathedrals to gardens to ancestral homes.
8. Yuchengco Museum
Manila has no shortage of art galleries and museums, and the Yuchengco Museum, located in the heart of the Makati Central Business District, is one of the most accessible. It's got a wide collection ranging from Filipino masters to contemporary artists.
9. Manila Bay
The Manila Bay sunset is world-famous, and there's plenty of things to do in the area as well!
10. Resorts World Manila
Resorts World Manila has a mall, theatre, casino, and plenty of IG-worthy decor.
Manila's Chinatown, Binondo is chaotic but full of character, making it a great place for OOTDs.
12. Star City
Star City might not be the hippest place in town, but this old theme park does have its own charm. Plus, it's got plenty of colour — perfect for an interesting IG backdrop.
13. Rizal Park
Luneta Park or Rizal Park is located in Old Manila, and boasts sprawling greenery, fountains, and of course, statues of historical figures.
14. Makati's street art
Like BGC, Makati boasts plenty of street art, especially around the central business district. Check out the underpasses and walkways for kooky, colourful art.
An iconic street in Old Manila, Escolta is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. It's now home to some of the hippest parties in the metro, as well as some beautiful historic architecture.
16. Manila Central Post Office
Not a lot of tourists go to the Manila Central Post Office, but it's a well-known landmark with colonial architecture that harkens back to Manila's glory days. The gorgeous pillars and marble interiors just spell drama.
17. The American Cemetery
We know what you're thinking — visiting a cemetery for an OOTD may seem a bit macabre, but the American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio is also one of the most serene places in the metro. People visit the cemetery not just to pay respects to the dead, but also to get a bit of peace and quiet from the city's chaos.
18. Upside Down Museum
Another made-for-Instagram attraction, the Upside Down Museum in Pasay lets you take photos that'll blow your followers' minds.
19. Jump Yard
Trampoline parks aren't just great places to work out — they're also good for the 'gram.
20. La Mesa Ecopark
When you've had enough of the urban jungle, you only need to drive a few kilometres north of the city to reach the actual jungle.
21. Paco Park
One of the most historic parks of Manila, Paco Park offers plenty of old, romantic vistas, which is why it's a popular choice for bridal photographers.
22. University of Santo Tomas
The oldest university in Manila's got some really pretty architecture. Getting inside the campus in your best outfit might be a little difficult due to the university's strict dress codes, but you could always snap a picture of yourself at the Arch of the Centuries, UST's original entrance.
Manila's got a great restaurant and cafe scene, and a lot of them boast gorgeous interiors, which is why these are some of the most Instagrammable places in Manila. You'll be spoiled for choice.
When Manila's unpredictable weather has forced you indoors, you'd be all set if you're staying at a hip hotel with lush views.