Binondo is truly a historic district of Old Manila, serving as the Chinese community since the earliest days of the city.Â This area near the Spanish settlement of Intramuros was a major financial center until Makati took over the role (it was even referred to as â€œThe Wall Street of the Philippinesâ€ at one time).
Since then, members of the Chinese community who made it big have established new residences in the suburbs, but often still maintain stores and offices in Binondo. Today, the world’s first Chinatown retains much of its heritage, and visitors can enjoy a quick immersion of Chinoy culture by walking along these crowded urban streets, a combination of high-end stores, vintage establishments and iconic institutions.
Here are some recommended Binondo activities:
Shop for Sweets in Eng Bee Tin. Eng Bee Tin is a famous Chinese pastry shop that sells red bean paste pastries, glutinous rice cakes, moon cakes and other tempting delights. There are several branches in Binondo and throughout Metro Manila. The owners of Eng Bee Tin paid homage to their Binondo roots by donating a purple fire truck to the local fire department, in reference to their popular purple yam (ube) pastry.
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