Next to Greenbelt is Glorietta, a vast shopping mall divided into five departments named Glorietta 1 to 5. Like Greenbelt, Glorietta contains a variety of stores and attractions including designer shops, cinemas, a gym, restaurants, arcades, and an events and activity center at its heart. But unlike Greenbelt that mostly caters to high-end customers, Glorietta covers both low-end and up-market consumers. This makes it a friendly place for luxury travelers and backpackers alike.
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Glorietta might have fallen victim to bombings, explosions, and a military mutiny in the past, yet it continues to attract thousands of shoppers every day because it has shops and facilities that cater to almost every need.
First, it has cafés and buffet diners like Heaven n’ Eggs, Bizu, Go Greek!, BreadTalk, Hotshots, New Bombay, Outback Steakhouse, The Soup Kitchen, Saisaki, Mexicali, Pho Bac Vietnamese Specialties, Zen, Dulcinea, Hagen Dazs Café, and Chef d’Angelo that offer western and intercontinental delicacies that may remind you of home.
For Filipino regional specialties, the go-to places are Cabalen, Mangan, Cibo, Bacolod Chicken Inasal, Kamayan, Marina, and Reyes Barbecue. For late-night gimmicks and meet up with friends, Oak Room Bar and Restaurant, Guilly’s Island, Giligan’s Island Restaurant and Bar, T.G.I. Friday’s, Hardrock Café, and Dencio’s Bar and Grill are equipped with areas designated especially for drinking, smoking, or for listening to live band music.
Apart from having international clothing brands like Zara, Mango, Terranova and Nine West, Glorietta also has The Ramp, which showcases contemporary designs by Filipino designers. The mall is also connected to the shopping malls of Landmark Makati, Rustan’s Makati, Parksquare, SM Makati, and the appliance store, The Link/Anson’s. It is also bordered by the hotels Renaissance Hotel, Dusit Hotel, InterContinental Hotel, and Shangri-la Hotel.
Glorietta 1 to 5 is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and until 10 p.m. on weekends. The restaurants, cafes and bars are open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays. Some are also open until 1 to 2 a.m. on weekends.
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How to get there
A taxi from anywhere in Manila can get you to Glorietta. You may also prefer to ride the MRT, get off at Ayala Station, and walk from there going to Greenbelt, passing through SM Makati and InterContinental Hotel Manila.