Things You Can Do To Spice Up Your Binondo Chinatown Trip
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, January 24, 2020 11:46am
Art by Dani Elevazo
Manila is all things cultural and historical. A tour within Manila wouldn’t be complete without a trip in Intramuros, and of course, in Binondo, where we can find the world’s oldest Chinatown. Binondo is where you can fill your tummies with different Chinese and Filipino dishes, or a fusion of both.
But we want you to see Binondo in a different light, one that goes beyond the delicious smell and savory tastes of Filipino-Chinese cuisine. This is a guide to make the most out of your trip in Binondo.
Purchase House Plants
Since you’re in Chinatown, you can expect to find plants that are believed to bring good luck to your home. There are Chinese Bamboos, Jade Plants, and Welcome Plants. You will be glad to carry some of these at home. If they won’t make you lucky, they can definitely make your space a little more vibrant than before.
Buy Affordable Jewelry
Restaurants are not the only ones that dominate Chinatown. Anywhere you look, you can find jewelry shops that sell gold jewelry at a cheaper price than malls and other stores. Find necklaces, bracelets, pendants, and even engagement and wedding rings in Binondo!
Visit Binondo Church
One of the most historical places in Binondo is the Binondo Church or the Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz. This Catholic church holds its masses in Filipino, Mandarin, Hokkien, and English. You’ll see a fusion of cultures in just a single building.
Check Out Lucky Charms
Even if it’s not Chinese New Year, lucky charms still attract those who are in search of good fortune. Binondo has tons of them—from crystals, gold trinkets, necklaces, bracelets, and miniature figurines of cats, dragons, and turtles.
Explore Chinese Drugstores
Chinatown also has drugstores that sell Chinese medicine. But of course, make sure to consult your doctor first before buying and taking any medicine or supplements.
Buy Something Vegan
We know food trips are inevitable in Binondo, so why not spice up your foodie adventures a little? Binondo has Quan Yin Chay Restaurant and groceries where they only sell cruelty-free dishes and products.
Take a Tour at Chinatown Museum
Yes, there’s a Chinatown Museum in Binondo. So if you want to know more about our Chinese-Filipino heritage, the Chinatown Museums will take you on an exploration about our history.
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Binondo is a great spot for food trips—that’s not a question. But we can often overlook the other things and activities it has to offer. Just take a look around and look beyond the restaurants and you’ll find something that’s worth your time.