We all know it gets hot in this city, so take it up as a sign to show some skin and get some ice cream. Here, we let our two models—Danielle Gonzalez, a kite surfing instructor, and Yam Concepcion, a budding actress and skilled drummer—show where to play it cool on a hot summer day. Photographer: Noel Salazar/Imagine Nation Photography
Gelato addicts, this is your sweet spot. Bar Dolci offers over 30 choices of unique flavors like Thai Tea, Honey Praline, and Raspberry Black Tea. Don’t be afraid of the sun and sit out under their yummy orange parasols. Fort Bonifacio is a city that likes the outdoors. Here, you’ll commonly spot art installations, skaters, runners and people walking their dogs.
Bar Dolci is located at F133 Forbeswood Heights corner Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
Other spots to eat, drink and shop around Fort Bonifacio: Bonifacio High Street, Fort Entertainment Center, and Bonifacio Stopover
On Danielle: Bottom - Versace Jeans Couture Printed Short Pants. Top and shoes – model’s own. On Yam: Bottom – Everis Red Pants. Top and shoes – model’s own. Clothes are from the Linea Italia Group. Prices available upon request.
This bookstore is like the Barnes & Noble of the Philippines. Although it has more than 10 branches around the country, their flagship store at Fort Bonifacio is still the go-to place. Watch a movie in their basement theater, join one of their writing workshops or pick your summer read in their five story building. Reputable authors, illustrators and artists also come in for the store’s events.
Fully Booked is located at Fort Bonifacio, Global City, and has 15 other branches around the Philippines.
+ Reading reduces stress, increases your vocabulary, and improves your analytical thinking, memory, and writing skills. It also impacts one’s love life. In a research about frequent readers conducted by Prof. Louis Appleby of the University of Manchester, respondents claimed to have taken action in their relationships after reading an influential book.
New York Times Bestsellers available in Fully Booked:
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
On Danielle: Everis Printed Top from the Linea Italia Group. Price available upon request. Shoes and hat – model’s own.
Right beside Fully Booked is the W Building, which houses Manila’s newest roof deck lounge. Feel as if you own the city when you lie back on its cozy couches while the sun sets in the background. If you just bought a book, we highly doubt you’ll be reading—Skye turns its club-like vibe on when the people pour in at night.
Skye is located at the Roof Deck, W Building, 11th corner 28th Sts., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
Other hip hangouts in the area: Draft Gastropub, Privé, and Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge
On Danielle: Altra Moda St. Brown Dress. Shoes – model’s own. On Yam: Versace Jeans Couture Blue Dress. Shoes – model’s own. Clothes are from the Linea Italia Group. Prices available upon request.
M Café has been around for some time but you can’t ignore its popularity. Why have a drink in a boring old bar when you can toast in front of pocket gardens and nice, round lamps that light up at sundown? A Miele Guide-certified café, try their best-selling grilled roasted “tandoori” chicken before moving on to cocktails—smile, they don’t scrimp on the alcohol here. Right beside the café sits the swanky-looking Ayala Museum. Both are located in the Greenbelt Mall, which bagged the Gold Award for Design and Development from the International Council of Shopping Centers Asia Pacific in 2009.
M Café is located at G/F Greenbelt 4, Makati Ave. corner Dela Rosa St.
Other notable dining and drinking spots in the Greenbelt area: Café Havana, Izakaya, Ayala Triangle Gardens, and Salon de Ning at The Peninsula Manila
ON DANIELLE: Versace Jeans Couture Printed dress. Cris Tin black shoes. ON YAM: Sandro Ferrone Printed dress. Cris Tin maroon shoes. All clothes from the Linea Italia Group. Prices available upon request.