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Christmas is just around the corner, and around this time of the year, Makati is a myriad of attractions for holiday shoppers and merrymakers. It's the busiest business center in the metro by day, but at night, the CBD turns into a holiday spectacle of its own. Colorful lights and holiday decorations are on display everywhere. And just like Christmas jingles played on repeat, Christmas sales pop up every left and right. Makati transforms into a shopper and foodie paradise and is one of the best places to complete your Christmas shopping list and hunt for the best gifts while enjoying some of the best dining treats.
Holiday shopping in Makati
Here at Makati, you're presented with a wide spectrum of gift ideas, from the cheapest to the most expensive. During the holiday season, bazaars are set up in the different activity areas and shopping centers around the CBD. The city turns into a cornucopia of the coolest gift items and the best holiday treats. With Christmas bazaars and holiday sales, shoppers can find something to fit their budget. Bargain hunters can find great gifts under P500, from key toppers and craft kits to other mini collectibles that can also be found in specialty gift shops. If you're going for the high end, you won't run out of options for signature apparel, bags, and shoes (Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Hermes, Zara, Liz Claiborne, Balenciaga, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, and Hugo Boss), branded watches and jewelry (Rolex, Victoria Marin, Omega, Philippe Charriol, Chopard, Bvlgari, Bijou by Ana Rocha, and Jewelmer), and other rare and amazing finds including collectible artwork and specialty gift items. With a wide array of concept stores on the block (Furla, The Body Shop, Origins, Specialized concept store, Ipanema, Canon, The Little White Box, and John Lewis), you can have a unique shopping experience in Makati as well.
Dining in the city
As you explore the strips of restaurants and the coolest dining joints, you can easily say that Makati is a haven for foodies. After a day of shopping, you can satisfy your cravings for good food at one of the bistros in this district. You can sample some foreign cuisines and enjoy local treats. If Truffle Macheroni, Fritto Misto, or Pork Trotter sounds great to you, then come dine at Chef du Partie. If you're in the mood for something wholesome and healthy, Kitchen 1B may have the right menu for you. For steaks and other fine treats, some of the cool dining places to try in Makati include Carmelo's Wagyu Steaks, 22 Jupiter, and La Cabrera Grillado and Bar. Other best-list restaurants and cafes that may want to check out include 71 Gramercy, Bistro Pamana, Blackbird, Wild Flour Bakery and Café Makati, Hole in the Wall, Your Local, and 12/10 Izakaya Japanese Restaurant. Here in the city, you won't only find some of the best entrees and interesting menus, coupled with some well-curated wine list and tasty cocktails beverages, but also great places to dine because of the ambience, mood, and design.
Lights and sounds show at the Ayala Triangle Gardens
One of the best treats from the city is the famous lights and sounds show happening at the Ayala Triangle Gardens from mid-November till the end of December. Adorned with string lights, inflatable stars, gobo lights, and other color-bursting decorations, the Ayala Gardens becomes a true spectacle, a main attraction and crowd-drawer along Paseo de Roxas, Makati Avenue, and Ayala Avenue. With lasers and fog machines, specially designed lights dance to the rhythm of Christmas medleys. This awe-inspiring show, which started last November 9, happens every 30 minutes, from 6 pm until 9pm. Every year, the spectacle of lights and sounds only becomes bigger and brighter with fun activities and cool effects.
Through the years, Makati has transformed not only into the most significant business center but also into one of the hippest dining and shopping hub in the metropolis.
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