Manila Baywalk may be getting overlooked but it should never be forgotten… See why…
Sunsets, restaurants what more do you want!
Baywalk is a bayside promenade overlooking Manila Bay that stretches along Roxas Boulevard. Manila Baywalk has done wonders to the city of Manila. What was once an area to be avoided because of pickpockets, Baywalk has been transformed into a thriving, cosmopolitan, cool to be seen area. With crowds in excess of 200,000 on the weekends. Busy during the day but this area comes to life at night. There are plenty of open-air cafes serving local cuisine while all at the same time allowing people the chance to fully appreciate the beauty of the Manila Bay Sunset.
Baywalk has captured the Philippine capital’s imagination with outdoor restaurants, open-air bars, chic cafes, and live bands. The Manila Baywalk is a two kilometer stretch between the US Embassy and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) just past the Manila Yacht Club.
Manila Baywalk Review
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 fortunate people and on weekends or early mornings, the odd fitness fanatic on their early morning jog, mind you the jog over unkept concrete paths could have been suicidal!
Manila Baywalk has been transformed, you would not recognize the area now. It was been treated to a well earned face lift, the crumbling footpaths have been repaved with tiles and smashed lamp posts have been up graded with brightly colored 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 colors, a nice touch.
While strolling Baywalk, you will come across various statues and monuments dedicated to dignitaries of Manila. This one is Arsenic H. Lacson, a Filipino journalist and politician who was Mayor of Manila from 1952 to 1962. Why not get a pic our yourself sitting next to him?
When is the best time to go?
Without a doubt the best time to go to 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.