Sleepless in Manila:
8 Things to Do in Manila Past 2AM
By Mikhail Lecaros
Someone once said that nothing good ever happens after 2am. But given the prevalence of binge watching, call centers, and extended working hours, it’s no surprise that many Manileños have body clocks that could charitably be described as “messed up”. It’s a good thing, then, that the city has a number of activities and attractions to keep one busy, fed, and/or entertained when its residents find themselves awake at 2am and wondering what to do.
Here’s eight of them:
If you’re going to be up in the wee hours, you may as well make the most of ‘em! With 32 branches and counting, Anytime Fitness gyms have been popping up all over the metro, meaning there is literally no time of day when you can get away with putting off your exercise goals.
DO THE GROCERIES
Address: D & E, 1050 Quezon Ave Cor Don A Rocos Ave, Paligsahan, Diliman, Quezon City
For many people, grocery shopping is one of life’s joys, and being able to do it at 4am on your way home from a bender is a godsend. Check out this Quezon City mainstay the next time you’re up in the middle of the night with a sudden urge to restock your pantry.
GET YOUR GAME ON
COREON GATE INTERNET CAFÉ
Address: 2nd flr. Polaris Center Building 48th Polaris St. Brgy Bel Air, Makati City
Sure, you could stay in and play your online games, but playing alone in the dark can get old real fast without any human interaction, and you need to stop what you’re doing to get refreshments. Check out a branch of Coreon Gate, an internet café which boasts blistering speeds of 200 MBPS for gaming, streaming or just plain surfing, as well as a full menu of food and drink you can order from 24/7. We don’t know how they do it, but the fact that they do is enough to make our internet back home look like dial-up.
Address: 110 Legazpi Street, Makati
While the humble office cubicle has fallen from grace, sometimes working on your laptop in an all-night coffee shop just won’t cut it. Enter A Space, the largest coworking space in the country, with branches in Makati, BGC, and Cebu. With bean bag chairs, desks, snacks, free flowing coffee, charging stations, and dependable internet, you can collect your thoughts and catch up on work or begin that personal project you always meant to get started on.
Nothing clears the head like sweating out the stress of the week with some drills or sparring. At Empire Boxing, you can train on your own or under the watchful eye of instructors as you chase that eye of the tiger to your heart’s content and work on becoming a contender while the rest of the city snoozes.
Great food at affordable prices and plated and presented like they do at fancy gourmet restaurants? Count us in! We’ve been fans of Kanto since its early days in Mandaluyong, but with branches in Kapitolyo and Poblacion, there’s never been a better time to enjoy their delicious offerings. With their primarily breakfast offerings available at any time of day or night, this is comfort food we can get behind.
TREAT YO SELF
The CAFÉ BUFFET, HYATT, CITY OF DREAMS
While we did include a couple of gyms on this list, there will be days when you just want to let loose and indulge, and your cravings don’t necessarily follow regular restaurant hours. Check out the buffet at The Café, in Hyatt at the City of Dreams, which offers a veritable smorgasbord of culinary riches from around the world, with stations for Asian, Italian, Deli, Comfort Food, Grill. Best of all: a special midnight buffet specifically for night owls. We’re getting hungry just writing about it.
CATCH A MOVIE
NEWPORT CINEMA, RESORTS WORLD MANILA
It’s past midnight and you feel like catching a flick? Newport Cinema’s got your back with 24 hour cinemas from Fridays to Sundays. Revel in your La-Z boy seat in their state-of-the-art Ultra Cinema as you take in the latest big screen blockbusters and make full use of the included butler service. What a time to be alive.
Know of any more 24 hour joints for insomniacs? Share them with us below!