Manic-paced Manila rarely slows down—except for the stop-you-in-your-tracks sunset over Manila Bay. Join city residents in their collective pause along Roxas Boulevard as they drink in the pastel sky-show before their evening commute home. This Instagram-worthy moment is made even sweeter with some so-called “dirty” ice cream—an affectionate term for this cheap and much-beloved treat sold by street vendors along the shore. Also known as sorbetes, it's a creamy blend of coconut milk and cassava flour, and comes in flavors both classic (mango, chocolate, coconut) and curious (corn, cheese, ube or purple yam). Believe us when we tell you that mango-and-cheese is an absolutely stellar combo—seriously! Alternatively, upgrade your sunset stroll with a gourmet picnic. The hotel can send you off with a hamper packed with finger sandwiches, cheese, a charcuterie platter, and sangria cleverly disguised in a to-go jug for the ultimate sundowner.
Have your driver drop you off near the Manila Yacht Club (by the intersection of Quirino Avenue and Roxas Boulevard), then stroll toward the U.S. Embassy. Stop when you find your perfect spot to perch on the sea wall. Travel time from the hotel will be 10 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic; Fridays are the most congested.
MANILA BAY WALK: Roxas Boulevard between Manila Yacht Club and the U.S. Embassy.