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7 Reasons to Live in Poblacion, Makati

There's more to this favorite hangout than restaurants and bars.

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In 2016, I moved from my tita’s bungalow home in Fairview to a high-rise condo in Poblacion, Makati. At first, the move made me nervous—after all, I spent all my growing-up years in Fairview and I thought it was a great place despite all my friends complaining about how far it is from, well, everything. But all my fears vanished once I moved to Poblacion—and I quickly fell in love with the place.

Here’s seven reasons why:

1.) You’ll never run out of restos to visit.    

Much has been said about Poblacion’s burgeoning food scene, which is bursting with local and international cuisine. Hit up Century Mall for IG-worthy venues Le Petit Souffle and Hole in The Wall, or hit up P. Burgos and the surrounding streets for time-tested faves from Kanto Freestyle Breakfast and the many Korean BBQ restaurants in the area.

There’s also Ebro St., home to The Social and Señor Pollo; and the jumping off point to crowd favorites Tambai, LOBO Filipino Tavern, and El Chupacabra. And that’s not even a fourth of them. I’ve lived here for two years and there are still so many restos on my to-go list!

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2.) There’s plenty of ways to relax on the weekend.  

Titas will be glad to know that there are two weekend markets near Poblacion—the Salcedo Saturday Market and the Legazpi Sunday Market. You can get fresh flowers and organic produce, or treat yourself to international dishes like pad thai and paella, among others. Salcedo Market is also close to Ayala Triangle Gardens, so you can always pop by for lunch after a morning run.

If spas are more your idea of fun, there’s also the Japanese-inspired I’M Onsen Spa along Makati Avenue. And while you’re at it, why not throw in an overnight staycation at one of the hotels in the area?

3.) You can shop to your heart’s content.

For quick stops, head to Century Mall and A. Venue, both of which have a great selection of restaurants and a fully-stocked supermarket for your weekly grocery needs. The Power Plant Mall in Rockwell is just ten minutes away, as is the glitzy Greenbelt shopping complex along Ayala Avenue.

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4.) There are great museums in the area.

Although it’s currently closed to the public, Museo ng Makati is still one of the most recognizable landmarks in Poblacion. The structure that houses the museum was built in 1918 and served as the Makati Town Hall until 1961. Nearby museums include art-leaning Ayala Museum in the Greenbelt complex, and science-themed Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City—so you’re never too far from learning something new.  

5.) The place is teeming with nightlife.

Sports bars, dance clubs, rooftop hangouts—you’ll find them all in Poblacion. Why, there’s even a place where you can watch midget boxing in the area! The other side of P. Burgos is home to the red light district, where neon signage cheekily invites patrons to have a pint or two. For a more laidback vibe, cross Kalayaan Ave. to find Fyre Rooftop Lounge, Manille Pub, Pura Vida, and Dulo MNL—just a few of the many great bars in the area. 

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6.) You can find solace in beautiful churches.  

The 400-year-old parish of Sts. Peter and Paul harkens back to the 1600s, when Capitan Pedro de Brito donated a portion of his land to Jesuit priests. The church is home to the revered image of the Virgen de la Rosa, an ivory statue that once held a lock of Virgin Mary’s hair. There’s also the nearby St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, built by National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin in 1968. These historic churches serve as a place for quiet contemplation right in the middle of busy Makati.

7.) You’ll have access to everything you need.

Transportation to the CBDs of Makati and BGC won’t be an issue when you live in Poblacion, as they are easily reached by jeepneys or a short car ride. You can also take a jeep ride to Taft, or even a boat ride to Escolta, a springboard for heritage tours in the country’s capital city. Within these nearby places are hospitals, schools, and parks for your every need.

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Poblacion is also home to Heim Interiors, the design firm behind the lifestyle store Heima. Just like the restos and bars in the neighborhood, you’ll have to look for it—as it’s located along a seemingly quiet street. That’s just part of the charm of Poblacion. Just when you think you know it by heart, it will still find ways to surprise you.

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Sources: Vigattin, Wikipedia

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