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Top Vegan Restaurants in Manila

Green Bar Looking for a vegan twist on classic comfort food that’ll blow your mind? Green Bar is your new best friend. Their Chickpea Omelette is a total game-changer, and the Buffalo Cauliflower will have you hooked from the first bite. Need a breakfast burrito that packs a punch? They’ve got that too. Plus, the whole place has a super chill vibe and friendly staff. You’ll definitely be back for more in no time! Location: 106 Aguirre, Legazpi Village, Makati – VIEW MAP Contact:  +63 917 808 2506 | Facebook Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM Cosmic Cosmic is an artsy, cool joint where they whip up creative vegan versions of Filipino classics. Think vegan bagnet and flavorful sinigang, all served in a vibrant setting. The colorful interiors add to the fun dining experience. Their desserts are a must-try too. If you’re in the mood for something unique, Cosmic has got you covered. Location: G/F, 4980 P. Guanzon, Poblacion, Makati – VIEW MAP Contact: +63 915 365 8758 | Facebook  Opening Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM  The Wholesome Table For those who love healthy and organic options, The Wholesome Table is heaven. Everything here is fresh and good for you. Try their Greek Breakfast Toast (has a Vegan option); its Mediterranean-inspired flavors provide a refreshing and satisfying breakfast or brunch. And if you want a sweet treat, make sure to try their Banoffee Cake—it’s known for its rich, moist texture that’s sure to hit the spot. The rustic chic interiors make it a cozy spot to unwind and enjoy a wholesome meal. Location: 30th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig – VIEW MAP Contact: +63 2 8867 0000 | Website Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM WILD Plant Based Café Bar Craving a killer night out with delicious vegan food and drinks that won’t drain your wallet? WILD Plant Based Café Bar is your spot! Their burgers, pastas, and salads are seriously good – we’re talking flavor explosions in every bite! They also have a whole cocktail list with creative vegan options and yummy mocktails, so everyone can enjoy themselves. It’s the perfect place for a fun night out with friends – order a bunch of stuff to share and have a tastebud party! Location: Net One Center, 26th St. cor. 3rd Ave, BGC, Taguig – VIEW MAP  Contact: +63 945 650 9178 | Facebook   Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 2:00 AM Wabi-Sabi Noodle House and Vegetarian Grocery Wabi-Sabi is a lifesaver when that ramen craving hits and you want vegan options! Their Tantanmen is seriously bomb – so flavorful and rich. And the crispy Curry Katsu is perfect for dipping in that amazing broth. The whole place has this chill, zen atmosphere that makes you want to stay all day. Plus, they have a bunch of other awesome vegan Japanese dishes like gyoza and tempura. Whether you’re grabbing a quick lunch or having a relaxed dinner with friends, Wabi-Sabi is the spot. It’s cozy, delicious, and guaranteed to leave you happy! Location: UG-4 MCS Fernando, Makati Cinema Square, Fernando St, cor Chino Roces Ave, Makati – VIEW MAP Contact: +63 2 475 2392 | Facebook   Opening Hours: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM Greenery Kitchen Craving some Filipino comfort food but have to keep it vegan? Greenery Kitchen might be a hidden gem, but it’s definitely worth the search. They whip up fantastic vegan versions of classics like Pancit Guisado and Kare-Kare. The place has a super relaxed feel, perfect for hanging out with friends or family. Their portions are massive, and…

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Budget Travel

Best Budget-Friendly Restaurants in Manila for Foodie Travelers

Welcome to Manila, a bustling hub that promises an adventure for your palate without straining your wallet! Known for its vibrant street life and colorful history, Manila also boasts a culinary scene that’s as diverse as its culture. Here, food isn’t just sustenance; it’s a journey through flavors that span both traditional Filipino fare and global cuisine. This guide is dedicated to all you thrifty foodie travelers out there—whether you’re a curious backpacker or a savvy digital nomad looking for your next great meal. We’re diving into the city’s best budget-friendly restaurants where the vibes are laid-back, the food is top-notch, and the prices are just right. Get ready to eat your way through Manila without breaking the bank! Top Budget-Friendly Restaurants in Manila, Philippines Manila’s food scene is a kaleidoscope of flavors, a vibrant tapestry woven from generations of tradition and global influences. From the smoky char of grilled meats to the tangy zing of citrus-infused soups, every bite is an adventure for the senses. But for young travelers like us, navigating this culinary landscape can sometimes feel daunting, especially when budget is a factor. Get ready for a mouthwatering food adventure with these top 6 budget-friendly restaurants in Manila: 1. Locavore and Manam: A Taste of Authentic Filipino Cuisine When comparing Locavore and Manam for a taste of authentic Filipino cuisine, both restaurants offer unique experiences. Locavore stands out for its progressive take on traditional Filipino dishes, presenting elevated versions of familiar favorites with a modern twist. Known for dishes like the sizzling Sinigang and Oyster Sisig, Locavore provides a sophisticated dining experience that appeals to those seeking a more refined palate. On the other hand, Manam impresses with its innovative approach to Filipino comfort food, showcasing classics like its signature Sinigang soup memorably and deliciously. Whether you choose Locavore for its upscale interpretation or Manam for its creative flair, both restaurants promise a delightful journey through the rich flavors of Filipino cuisine. Location: Locavore, H269+282, Three Central, Valero, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines – VIEW MAP Contact: | Instagram Hours: 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM 2. Local Restaurants: Exploring Authentic Street Food in Poblacion Area In the vibrant Poblacion area, a culinary adventure awaits as authentic Filipino street food delights are easily accessible and readily available. From the iconic fishballs and flavorful qwek-qwek to the adventurous balut and mouth-watering BBQ skewers, the streets around the hostel offer a diverse array of local treats. Indulge in the classic combination of green mangoes with bagoong or savor the comforting sweetness of taho as you wander through the bustling streets of Poblacion. This immersive experience provides a taste of traditional Filipino street food culture, allowing visitors to engage with the heart and soul of Filipino gastronomy right at their doorstep. Location: Poblacion Street food local Restaurants– VIEW MAP 3. Makati Avenue: Fusion Flavors on a Budget Along the bustling Makati Avenue, foodies can indulge in a diverse array of budget-friendly restaurants that offer a fusion of flavors. One standout option is Next Door Noodles by North Park, known for its delectable Chinese-inspired noodle dishes at affordable prices. Just a stone’s throw away, Mendokoro Ramenba Makati serves up authentic Japanese ramen that satisfies the craving for slurp-worthy noodles without breaking the bank. For those seeking a taste of Little Tokyo, Menya Ippondo provides a convenient noodle fix close to the hostel. These Makati Avenue establishments cater to the diverse palates of budget-conscious travelers, delivering a flavorful culinary experience that won’t strain the wallet. For a convenient and budget-friendly stay, consider booking with Mad Monkey Hostels, located just a short distance from these…

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Sustainable Travel

World Ocean Day 2024: Sustainable Travel Tips for Backpackers

World Ocean Day, celebrated every June 8th, is a global event that unites people in protecting and preserving our beautiful oceans. As backpackers, we often get the chance to explore the world’s most stunning coastlines and pristine beaches. But with great adventure comes great responsibility. This World Ocean Day, let’s dive into sustainable travel practices and discover how Mad Monkey Hostels are making a splash with their weekly beach clean-up activities. Sustainable Travel: Why It Matters Traveling sustainably is about making choices that benefit the environment, local communities, and future travelers. It’s about leaving the places we visit better than we found them. When we backpack across coastal regions, our actions can have a profound impact on marine ecosystems. Here’s how you can contribute to the cause: Tips for Sustainable Travel Reduce your carbon footprint by packing only what you need. Lightweight backpacks mean lighter loads for transportation, which translates to lower emissions. Opt for biodegradable toiletries, reef-safe sunscreen, and reusable items like water bottles and shopping bags. This minimizes plastic waste that often ends up in the oceans. Whenever possible, use public transport, cycle, or walk. These options are not only eco-friendly but also provide a richer travel experience. Eat, shop, and stay local. Supporting local businesses helps reduce the carbon footprint associated with imported goods and contributes to the local economy. Mad Monkey Hostels are a great example of eco-conscious accommodations. They implement sustainable practices such as reducing water usage, minimizing waste, and supporting local conservation efforts. Beach Clean-Up: A Hands-On Approach to Conservation One of the most direct ways backpackers can contribute to marine conservation is by participating in beach clean-ups. These activities help remove harmful debris from coastal areas, protect marine life, and raise awareness about ocean pollution. Weekly beach clean-up at Long Set Beach. Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey Koh Rong. Mad Monkey’s Weekly Beach Clean-Ups Mad Monkey Hostels are not just about providing a place to stay—they’re about creating a community that cares for the environment. Every week, Mad Monkey organizes beach clean-up activities at various beach locations. Here’s why you should join: Each piece of trash you pick up is one less hazard for marine life. Beach clean-ups have immediate, tangible results that contribute to healthier oceans. These events are a fantastic way to meet fellow backpackers who share your passion for sustainability and marine conservation. Who knows, you might find a new travel buddy! Beach clean-ups often include educational sessions about the impact of pollution and how to reduce it. This knowledge is invaluable and can be shared with others to amplify the impact. Spending time on the beach, doing something positive, and enjoying the natural beauty is a rewarding experience. It’s a perfect blend of leisure and activism. Swimming with a turtle from a safe distance in Apo Island. Photo courtesy of Mad Monkey Dumaguete. Marine Conservation Tips and Etiquette Being a sustainable traveler means respecting the places you visit. When it comes to marine conservation, here are some tips and etiquette to keep in mind: Observe marine animals from a distance and avoid touching or disturbing them. Remember, we are guests in their home. Plastics are a major pollutant in our oceans. Reduce your use of single-use plastics by carrying reusable alternatives. Whatever you bring to the beach, take it back with you. This simple rule ensures that you leave the beach as pristine as you found it. Share your knowledge about marine conservation with fellow travelers. The more people are aware, the bigger the impact we can make. Join local initiatives like those organized by Mad Monkey Hostels. Your…

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