When its streets aren’t made busy by employees clocking in their nine to five, Salcedo Village in Makati doubles up as a quaint neighborhood whose enticements include auction houses, fitness studios, and a dining scene that can answer to any craving.

Hit the ground running

Get an early start to your day with a morning class at Electric Studio, the first indoor cycling boutique in the Philippines. An hour of high energy and full body movements, our best advice is not to scoff at the thought of a collective stationary bike party.

G/F Two Central, 107 Valero St. 

Come hungry

When you’ve finished your workout, walk over to the Salcedo Saturday Market to recharge for lunch. Make your way through its many stalls to take your pick of anything from paella to pizza, freshly-brewed ginger ale to fresh seafood.

Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila

A fine display

Take the afternoon slow with a visit to Salcedo’s art pockets. You could begin at Blanc Art Space, a branch of the Blanc group of galleries that bills itself as a “small yet significant space”, having captured the attention of the art scene with its tightly curated shows. If your wallet’s feeling heavy, you could also pop into Salcedo Auctions, the country’s premiere auction house specializing in fine art and collectible accessories by leading artists and artisans from both here and abroad. Finally, if you happen to be around for it, you may also get the chance to look through various art mediums and cotton candy sculptures at Art in the Park. An “affordable art fair,” it’s strongest draw is its price points of PhP 50,000 and below.

Blanc Art Space: 2E Crown Tower, 107 HV Dela Costa St.

Salcedo Auctions: Unit 104-B, Ground Level, Three Salcedo Place, 121 Tordesillas Street

Art in the Park: Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila

Uncommon goods

Neighborhood shopping often succeeds where mall shopping fails. Salcedo’s varied specialty stores all but guarantee that you won’t leave with an item only to later find it in the ownership of just about everyone else. Step into The Grey Market for vinyl records, or Craftsmith Living for furniture and homeware that keeps it simple but smart.

The Grey Market: UG38 Alfaro Place, 146 LP Leviste St.

Craftsmith Living: Crown Tower, 107 H.V. Dela Costa

Take a breath

To start the long day’s cool down, head to the Picasso Suites for a massage at Qiwellness Spa. Men looking for a quick but quality grooming session can also head to Back Alley Barbershop, which prides itself in leveling up the traditional cut and shave experience.

Qiwellness Spa: 4/F Picasso Suites, 119 L.P. Leviste St.

Back Alley Barbershop: G/F Alpha Salcedo Condominium, Bautista Street

Grab dinner and dessert

For dinner, take your pick from the village’s varied dining options, which can get you anywhere from kebabs to rib-eye steak. Check out our guide to the dining scene here.

Pick your poison

Finally, end the night with handcrafted cocktails at The Curator, which ranked 16th in the first Asia’s 50 Best Bars list earlier this this year. Though not within Salcedo Village per se, it’s a quick drive away—or even a long walk, if you and the weather permit.

134 Legazpi cor. C. Palanca streets, Legazpi Village.

 

Illustrations by Earvin Padua

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