13 Must-Try Restaurants You Need to Visit in SM Manila!


There’s something about Manila.

The big MNL. There’s plenty to do in Manila, the center (not literally) of our culture: visit tourist attractions, walk along the preserved, old-time churches, forts, and bridges. But like any foodie, where to eat in Manila should be top priority.

SM Manila could be your little break of civilization, with some of the best restaurants to choose from and have a snack or a heavy meal. Check out these 13 restaurants in SM City Manila that are not only must-tries, but are affordable too.

UPDATE: Check out the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Manila!

Auntie Anne’s

Dubbed as “the world’s most loved pretzels” we all know and love, Auntie Anne’s features all-time favorites such as their signature pretzels, pretzel nuggets, choco chip cream cheese stix, and more.

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G/F SM City Manila
(0933) 599-6242

Bodhi

Bodhi Vegetarian Restaurant is a hidden gem for vegetarians and health conscious foodies alike. Serving affordable and delicious vegetarian dishes, their fan favorites are Asado, Chicken Curry, Sweet and Sour Pork, and other popular Chinese-Filipino dishes.

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L/G Foodcourt SM City Manila

Kenny Rogers Roasters

An all-time favorite, Kenny Rogers Roasters is a casual American quick service restaurant known for their roasted chicken and homemade corn muffins. Having been around since 1991, they’ve perfected rotisserie style chicken and expanded their menu to include burgers, steaks, pastas, and salads

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UG/F SM City Manila
(02) 524-8011

Ramen Kuroda

Ramen Kuroda serves authentic and affordable Japanese tonkotsu ramenusing home-made noodles and quality ingredients. Ramen comes in 3 kinds: Shio (salt-based), Kuro (milky base with garlic oil) and Aka (spicy).

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2/F SM Manila

Pub Express

Pub Express is a casual restaurant that serves all-day breakfasts and java rice meals that pack a flavorful punch. Try the Creamy Kawali, Spicy Sisig, or the Bourbon Chicken. They’ve got all the guilty pleasures in one plate!

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Macao Imperial Tea

Macao Imperial Tea serves memorable, beautifully presented tea, coffee, and sodas especially made for you, offered in reusable tumblers.

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G/F SM Manila
(0917) 169-9041

Blackbeard’s Seafood Island

With locations all over the metro, Blackbeard’s Seafood Island offers good food at an affordable price meant to be eaten with good company. You can eat their seafood dishes boodle style and even avail of their “paluto” for your fresh seafood catch of the day.

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4/F SM City Manila
(02) 405-0289

The Old Spaghetti House

A household name to Filipinos, The Old Spaghetti House has been known for offering different kinds of pasta – cream based or tomato based – as well as filling entrees that are kid-friendly but most of all, family friendly.

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4/F SM City Manila
(02) 353-8674

Costa Coffee

Costa Coffee is best known for their espresso-based beverages made from their signature Mocha Italia coffee blend. Apart from coffee and tea, they also serve a wide array of snacks and desserts. Best-sellers include their Signature Flat White, London Cheesecake and Beef Pastrami Sandwich.

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UG/F SM Manila, Concepcion cor Arroceros and San Marcelino St, Ermita, Manila
(0999) 223-1016

Amor Bakery

Amor is known for their bread and drinks but not many know that they offer cupcakes with fun flavors. They’re so good they provide you with a tiny shovel to eat with!

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2/F SM Manila

Gong Cha

With over 170 outlets in Asia, Gong Cha serves a variety of drinks from milk tea to chocolate beverages which you can choose from for when you want something other than coffee.

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G/F SM Manila
(0910) 781-2462

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is America’s favorite doughnut and coffee shopIt’s probably the only doughnut shop whose Original flavor is more popular and unbeatable by the rest of its menu. They just recently launched their Chocolate-Glazed flavor!

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UG/F SM City Manila
(0998) 960-3160

Lechon Haus

Lechon Haus is a Filipino quick-serve restaurant from Iloilo offering freshly roasted, juicy, mouth-watering and crunchy lechon belly and lechon manok.

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3/F SM City Manila
(02) 751-5671

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