In Manila, when it comes to picking a place for a meal, many factors come into play – the standard of food, the ambience, and the level of comfort, among others. Many would be tempted to hide in an air-conditioned room and enjoy their food while escaping the dusty roads and the heat of a summer’s day. However, al fresco (borrowed from Italian, “in the cool air”) dining is something different, usually away from the dirt roads and offering a stunning view of its surroundings. Try it during dinner, and you will be escaping the day’s heat, too!

The Philippines has some stunning food on offer, and there is no better way to enjoy it than taking in the sights and sounds of this beautiful country. Here are a few restaurants in Manila that offer an al fresco experience!

Ayala Triangle Gardens

Address: Paseo De Roxas St (Cor. Makati Ave, Cor. Ayala Ave), Makati, Metro Manila

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Smack right in the middle of Makati, Metro Manila, lie the Ayala Triangle Gardens, a much-needed patch of green amongst the skyscrapers. Here, a whole host of restaurants have taken hold, with Filipino, Japanese, Italian, and Singaporean food being but a few of the different cuisines available. Plus, there are bakeries and cafes here, making it a good place to catch up for breakfast or a quick lunch in between the work day.

During the day it might be smart to dine inside the air-conditioned restaurants, but once night falls, watch the triangle light up as dinner service begins and bars open their doors. The ambience is hard to beat, the location is phenomenal, and if there ever is a place to begin your al fresco experience, this is it.

Nobu Manila

Address: Aseana Ave, Parañaque, Metro Manila

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A complete 180o from the Triangle Gardens above, Nobu Manila is located inside the five-star establishment of Nobu Hotel in the ‘City of Dreams’ entertainment project within Metro Manila. The restaurant is the youngest brainchild of celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, who has been his craft since he graduated high school in Japan.

The restaurant offers a cabana-styled dining area outside, meaning there is just enough privacy to enjoy a quiet, gorgeous meal while taking in the sights of the Manila Bay area. If you want a top of the line, classy restaurant to end your perfect day in the Philippines, visit Nobu Manila for a gastronomic experience.

The Yard StreetFood Cinema

Address: 16 Timog Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila


The ever-increasing number of food outlets available in Quezon City has seen the quality in the area step up a notch, and one of the newest offerings, The Yard, is no exception. The Yard is al fresco at its best, serving up a whole array of food, from desserts for your sweet tooth, to big, juicy American-style burgers. Other than that, 6pm onwards, they show different kinds of films that everyone could view from 1st up to the 3rd floor. It really is something special.

Whatever it is you are after, whether it’s a high-class dining experience or a simple, quick meal to fill your belly, al fresco is the way to go. Leave the air-conditioning behind, and step outside to experience food and ambience at its best in the heart of Manila!