Binondo is a district in Manila and is referred to as the city’s Chinatown and is the world’s oldest Chinatown. Its influence extends beyond to the places of Quiapo, Santa Cruz, San Nicolas. It is the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in the 1594 by the Spaniards. Binondo is the center of commerce and trade of Manila, where all types of business run by Filipino-Chinese thrive. ❤
We decided to try 3 must-visit restaurants in Binondo:
First stop: Quick Snack
Quik Snack, located along a tiny alley called Carvajal Street, is somewhat easy to miss in the busy streets of Binondo. It is actually one of the oldest restaurant in Binondo but has already been renovated.
Best Dish: Indonesia Tauhu (tofu sitting on top of a sweet sauce and drizzled with herbs.)
What we ordered: Fresh Lumpia, Ma Chang (it has pork, chicken and Chinese longganisa inside) and Iced Coffee with Coffee Jelly (the ice cream serves as the sugar for the coffee). We’re not able to try Indonesia Tauhu since it’s no longer available when we arrived. You need to go there early to make sure that all dishes are still available.
Budget: 300php good for 2
Open Hours: 9:30am to 6:00pm
Contact Number/s: 242-9572
Address: 637-639 Carvajal St. Binondo, Manila
Second stop: Ying Ying Tea House
This place is solid, if it looks dirty don’t worry. The food is worth it. They have second and third floor since the place is always packed with people dining and some are drinking since they offer alcoholic beverages.
Best Dish: Fried Oysters
What we ordered: Fried Oysters and Hakao; they definitely served the food hot and while waiting you’ll be given some tea.
Budget: 300php good for 2
Open Hours: 7:00am to 2:00am
Contact Number/s: 310-9031 / 387-2797
Address: 233-235 Dasmarinas Corner Yuchengco Street, Binondo, Manila
Third stop: Lord Stow’s Bakery
Lord stow is a bakery located few steps from the friendship arch in Binondo. The place is well ventilated and clean.
Best Dish: Egg Tarts!!!! ❤
What we ordered: Egg Tarts, of course. We bought the box of 12 for 460php. Egg Tarts can be bought per piece for only 42php (if I’m not mistaken), they also offer box of 4 and box of 6. Aside from egg tarts, they also sell other delicacies which I plan on trying next time.
Open Hours: 7:30am to 7:30pm
Contact Number/s: 247-3305
Address: Imperial Sky Garden, 707 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila
Our last stop had been Eng Bee Tin and did some hopia shopping. Lol
We walked around Binondo in-search for these restaurants and with the help of google map we didn’t have a hard time finding them. It’s also a good thing that we walked around since we’re able to check out other restaurants that we can try next time. I may suggest as well that it’s better to go there without a car since it’ll be hard to find a parking space or you can simply park in Lucky Chinatown Mall than just going to walk on the busy streets of Binondo. ❤