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10 Best Restaurants For Chinatown Binondo Food Tour Package

It was during the celebration of the Chinese New Year on January 31, 2014 when I and Lawrence Chan – one the most dedicated tour guides in Manila I have ever known personally held our pilot walking food trip in Binondo and the nearby Sta Cruz. Our goal is very simple - to bring more people to get a glimpse of Binondo’s history which was established in 15th century making it the oldest if not one of Chinatown outside China in the world.

As a matter of fact the mark up price we included in the rate, is little compared to our other “rakets” or other sources of income.  We just love to eat authentic Chinese dishes and we want more people to experience the same. Binondo is a haven of hundreds of Chinese restaurants most of them established centuries if not decades ago. Eating there is like tasting  a recipe that stood the test of time.

I have long been planning to collaborate with him by organizing a Binondo Chinatown food tour package for a cheaper price compared to another leading tour operator in this area. I cannot think of anyone else better than him knowing the fact that he is half – Chinese, can speak Mandarin language and the most important is he used to live in the streets of Binondo. And my decision was right all along, when he started conducting tours, he talks very spontaneous like he is just sharing his childhood memories to the rest of the participants.
Now on our 6th month, our enthusiasm and appetite for eating to different old restaurants has not dwindled, not a bit I tell you. We have brought a lot of people from different walks of life from as small as a group of 2 mostly a couple to a family reunion of 16 to a company outing of 40 plus. We don’t want to sound hypocrite since out of that small markup price, profit is also our main driving force behind this, we really would love to bring a bigger crowd as much as possible because that would mean a bigger pay. But we realized the more participants outside the attention capacity that can be carried out by a tour guide, the less they get to appreciate what the food tour is.  Eating in Binondo is not just filling the participants’ stomach but it is appreciating the rich heritage of the Chinese community.

With that I would love to share 10 best restaurants that I think are the gems of Binondo Chinatown. Please be reminded that none of them have not sponsored  this post nor they give us special discounted rates whenever we bring people to eat in their restaurants. We pay the same rate like the rest of the customers that dine to them.

UPDATE: Made a blog post of 2018 Binondo DIY Food Trip: Where to Eat. Click HERE to read it. Hint: we found a restaurant in Binondo that's with free wifi, Instagrammable and with aircon. A rare find in this part of Manila!


1. New Eastern Garden Restaurant
Address: Ongpin Street, Sta Cruz

New Eastern Garden Restaurant was established in 1950 so this is already 64 years old. They are known for their very affordable lumpia. You can even see how they prepare it – a guarantee that what you will eat is fresh.  The small regular is only P38 and the jumbo special is only P55.

2. Ling Nam Wanton Parlor and Noodle Factory
Address: Alonzo St, Santa Cruz

Wanton beef, lugaw and congee are their must – trys. The prices are very affordable.   Wanton soup is P135  and wanton asado for P155. 

3. Sincerity Café
Address: Yuchengco St. Binondo

Sincerity Café  is about 60+ years old as well. We love their halo – halo special there for only P80 and the serving size is quite bigger compared to the rest I see elsewhere.  Cha Misua and oyster cake are the other must- trys here. Their wintermelon tea is the best, from the kundol fruit.  

4. Maki Place
Address:  Benavidez St. Binondo 

Raddish cake and pork maki are the must try here.  Of all the old – restaurants here in Binondo that I featured this is the only one that has a FREE wifi connection. I don’t know with the rest but getting online for even just a few minutes in between breaks is already a big help to me as I work online. 

5. Ambus Mundos
Address: Florentino St. Recto Avenue

Ambus Mundos was founded in 1888 so that means it is 126 years old. One very interesting sight that will greet everyone in the entrance door is a black chubby pig.  Don’t worry it does not stink and it is groomed well. It is believed to bring good luck by the owners. Must try is their pork asado, yang chow rice and nido soup.  

6. Antigua Toho / New Toho Antigua Center
Address: T. Pinpin St, Sta Cruz

We used to hear a lot that Jose Rizal used to dine in here and also Fernando Poe Sr! We’ll let you do the math of how old is this! Must try are their lechon kawali, fried kikiam and pancit canton. 

7. Dong Bei
Address: 642 Yuchengco St, Manila

I can eat dumplings and chao long baos all day! That’s how I love this place – my personal favorite. Though the place is relatively small, I have seen this place lined up by people for hours on different occasions and it is proud to be reviewed by Tripadvisor, the proof is its badge posted in the main door. 

8. Bee Tin Grocery
Address: 733-735 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila, 1006

If you want to see a lot  of exotic and never – heard of medications, remedies and a lot more about Chinese products get inside here. 

9.  La Resurreccion Chocolate
Address: Ongpin St. Binondo

La Resurreccion Chocolate is the oldest chocolate factory in the Philippines so you know what I mean. You are buying a product from a national – title holder. I love cocoa products because back in my home we have a few cacao trees in our backyard. 

10. Holand hopia
Address: 551 Nueva Street Binondo

There’s a lot of bakeries and breadshops in Binondo. If you want to buy hopia, my personal favorite is at Chinese Holand delicacies or more known as Holand bakery. Their hopias come in different flavors like everybody else but the flavor does not give you that feeling of after a few bites you don’t want to have more.  The flavor is not too sweet and not too plain.  

I also want to add three more to the list that will make a meaningful Binondo walking tour: the Sta Cruz / Binondo Church, Santo Cristo de Longos shrine and temples within the place. Please never join a trip to Binondo without a camera. You will regret not capturing a single moment as the place is full of picture perfect shots from a wide array of fruits in the streets, to people walking by and of course the food for Instagram.

There are a few challenges though that we need to brave. Most of these restaurants are small in capacity so a larger group is not really advisable. The participants should expect that the walking tour is good for 4 hours and it can extend to 5 or 6 hours. We don’t however charge any extra for that. They should be prepared walking and wear light clothes plus flat footwear.

So there you go I hope I have given you an idea of the best places to dine in Binondo and I hope you join our weekend walking Binondo food tour. You are very much welcome. Just send me an email for your questions.

Bangon Tour: Department of Tourism's Project Aid to Typhoon Victims

If you are looking for a tour package and the same time aiming to help victims of the recent typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda, check out Bangon Tour. This is one of the many initiative courtesy of the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions Board to boast our domestic tourism industry. Of course the Bangon Tour project will assist the government's eforts to typhoon survivors. 

Accredited travel agencies and other private sectors that are part of this are encouraged to voluntarily share a percentage of their net income to help fund local foundations and charitable institutions. 

Sixteen tourist spots are featured: Ilocos, Tuguegarao, Baguio, Batangas-Puerto Galera, Manila-Tagaytay, Puerto Princesa, Baler, Bicol, Cebu, Davao, Bohol, Iloilo, Boracay, Siargao, CDO-Camiguin, and Batanes.

So next time you plan a trip, I suggest you avail any of the Bangon tour packages. Not only you had fun when you get home but you became a part in rebuilding lives and businesses. 

For more information, you may click here to view the official website of Tourism Promotions Board Philippines.

Puerto Princesa Tour Package

We Offer a Puerto Princesa Palawan Tour Package
please see the list below:

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour = p1, 500
Honda Bay Island 
Hopping = P1, 300 
City Tour = P600
Firefly Watching at Iwahig Prison Farm
with dinner = P1, 200
without dinner = P900
Firefly Watching at Puerto Princesa City Bay = P1, 100
Dolphin Watching = P1, 000

Bacolod, Iloilo, Guimaras Island Tour Package

 Join us for an exotic, gastronomic and culture-rich tour to Iloilo, Bacolod and Guimaras Island! 

Bacolod, Iloilo and Guimaras Island are three places in the Western Visayas that any traveler should visit when exploring Philippines. Bacolod and its nearby cities Silay and Talisay in Negros Occidental are truly a threshold of our country's heritage and culture because of so many ancestral homes showcasing Filipino, Spanish and American architecture.  

For Bacolod tour, Iloilo and Guimaras tour inquiries, please email or thru mobile 0998-989-3921

1. Let us know how many people are joining
2. Your complete flight details: TIME and DATE of arrival and departure 

Of Choosing Tour Packages Over Off the Beaten Path

Truth is I haven’t even booked a place to stay for my trip abroad next week. Why? I have been busy arranging trips of others que no tengo tiempo para ocuparme de mis propios!! When I went to Palawan last February I started finding an accommodation only when I arrived in the airport via brochures handed to me  and asking the locals on the road. Unfortunately this one is not going to work this time nor I advise anyone to do the same. 

Observe how walking tours are done abroad

My two friends will arrive a day ahead and me a day behind then the other one is 4 hours later.  Good thing, Lyn one of my buddies for this trip has been to Singapore previously  so I am entrusting her my life and everything. Since I am into heritage slash culture slash tourism advocacy, I want to join this award-winning Old Singapore Walking tour or any city tour in Malaysia but I don’t have time at all to know how I can be part of. I want to observe how a walking tour in other parts of the world is done so I can compare it to ours because I am also soon to be formally organizing an Intramuros, Binondo, Quiapo and Sta Cruz walking tour.

How to Start a Home or Office-based Travel Agency

It was in February of 2012 when I took my very first whole-day seminar and paid a thousand peso on how to set up a travel agency. That time everything was new to me so I never really digested the information at all but it was not a waste because it challenged me to keep learning along the way. I had no one to turn to even up to now when it comes to help and advices so I learn from my mistakes and experiences alone. It is never easy I tell you.   

Before I finally closed my first ever major sale of a tour package, I remembered a few dozen that I lost previously because I literally don’t know the ropes of this business. I work with 2 freelance tour guides, 1 tour operator and I deal with 6 accredited travel agencies so far: 5 of them I have active engagement until now and 3 seasonal. I am still looking and hoping to collaborate to a lot more also.  Out of these 8 travel agencies, only 2 of them I have met in person. I  talk to them over the phone, send emails, exchange text messages and close thousand bucks thru online transactions. 

El Nido, Palawan Tour Package

Php 5,800/person minimum of 10-12 persons
9pax: Php 5,950/person
8pax: Php 6,200/person
7pax: Php 6,650/person
6pax: Php 7,200/person
5pax: Php 7,950/person
4pax: Php 8,825/person
***Different rate will apply during during holidays and peak season
For more information please contact 0919-893-7236 or email 

Baguio Tour Package

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BAGUIO Day Tour 
Php 999/person
***Different rate will apply during during holidays and peak season
Target Slots: 12 clients
Van Capacity: 12 - 16 Seater Nissan Urvan/Toyota Commuter/Toyota Hi-Ace
Travel Date: Every Saturday of the month

For more information please contact 0919-893-7236 or email 

Affordable Local Tour Packages and Summer Escapades

Don't know where to go this Holy Week? I’ve got a list of local tour packages and summer escapades you might wanna try. However if you can’t make it at these dates let me know, we can fix an itinerary for you.

Highly recommended! Check our blog post about Laoag, Vigan and Pagudpud  

Day 0 Apr 4 Wed 10pm Manila to Vigan            
Day 1  Apr 5 Thur St. Augustine Parish Church of Bantay & Bell Tower
                               Calle Crisologo Walking Tour,   St. Paul's Cathedral & St. Paul's Bell Tower & Plaza Salcedo, Paburnayan Pottery Making, Paoayan Loom Weaving
                               Burgos Museum, Vigan Public Market, Baluarte ni Chavit
                               Check in Laoag
  Day 2 Apr 6 Fri  7am Wake up, Breakfast, Check Out
                               Wind mills, Bagui View Deck, Kapurpuran Rock For Burgos Light House, Kabigan      ________________Waterfalls                    
                               Check in Pagudpud
                               Timangtan rock formation, Bantay Abot Cave,   Patapat bridge, Aqua Grande Paraiso ni Anton
                               Beach bumming

Day 3 Apr 7 Sat 7am Wake up, breakfast and Check out
                       11 am Singking bell tower, Marcos Museum in Batac, Fort Ilocandia (if u r checked in Fort ilocandia)  Malacanang of the North, Sand Dunes (Temptation Island Shoot) ,   Paoay Church
                       8 pm Board the bus back to Manila

Day 4 Apr 8 Sun 5 am ETA Manila

Package Rate
P 5,249/pax (Quad Sharing)
P 5,499/pax (triple Sharing)

Inclusive of
• Round Trip Aircon Bus
• 3days/2night Accommodation
• 3 Breakfast
• Vigan Museum Entrances
• Giant Empanada Snack
• Malacanan of the North Entrance
• Beach Entrance
• Pinakbet Pizza
• Service of Tour Shepherds
Not included are the lunch and dinners so you can do food trip adventure and eat at your own budget, take more photos while waiting for the food to be cooked and served.

FOR Inquiry or Temporary Reservation
• 50% First Come First Serve Reservation
• 50% Confirmation on March 27 Tuesday 6pm

Visita Iglesia 2012

Laguna Visita Iglesia
April 5, 2012 Thursday

St. Gregory Church (Majayjay Catholic Church) Reputedly one of the oldest churches in the Philippines built in 1575 using forced labor. Antique relief statues of saints, which were brought by the Spaniards, are preserved in this church. Its belfry houses four small bells and one big bell – which are probably the oldest in the country.

St. James The Apostle Church (Paete Church) Like many of the churches in the province, the Paete Church was built during the early Spanish period. But the novelty of this church lies in the fact that all the religious images found here were carved and/or painted by the residents of Paete long ago.
San Pedro De Alcantara Church (Pakil Church) Completed in 1767 after 35 years of construction, the architectural design of the Pedro de Alcantara Parish Church is reminiscent of the Corinthian and Ionic styles. In 1788, the Virgin of Turumba was enshrined in this church. Through the years, the church has survived great calamities. Along with the rectory, it was burned in 1851 but was repaired the same year; it survived two earthquakes, one in 1881 and the other in 1937.

5 AM Point of Pick 5AM Quezon Ave, 5:15AM StarMall, Pasig
5:30AM Buendia, Makati 5: 45AM Alabang
6am Pick Up Light Breakfast at SLEX (pax Account)
1. San Antonio de Padua Church in Pila
2. St. Mary Magdalene Church; Magdalena
3. St. James Parish Apostle; Paete
4. St. Gregory The Great Parish; Majayjay
5. St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church; Pakil;
6. St. John The Baptist Parish Church; Liliw;
7. St. Bartholomew Parish; Nagcarlan;
8 pm Estimated Time of Arrival Back to Manila
PROMO Package Rate P 888 if paid in January
P 999/pax if paid in February
P 1,199/pax if paid in March
P 1,399/pax if paid in April
More Promo: 7pax plus one FREE
• Round Trip Aircon Vehicle
• Healthy Buffet Lunch
• Bottled Water
• Afternoon Halo Halo in Liliw
• Service of Tour Coordinator
• Religious Souvenir to reflect on
Not included : Breakfast, am snack, tip to the local coordinator/

Bulacan Visita Iglesia
Friday, April 6, 2012
5:00am until 6:00pm
Bulacan Visita Iglesia
April 6, 2012 Bulacan
1. San Pascual Baylon Church in Obando is one of the oldest and most historic churches in the Philippines. St. Pascual Baylon, St. Claire of Assisi and the Our Lady of Salambao, a celebration that was mentioned by Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero, in the pages of his Spanish-language novel, the Noli Me Tangere
2. Divine Mercy National Shrine in Marilao
3. Basilica Minore de Immaculada Concepcion in Malolos City
This historic church was in 1896 the seat of power of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo—the first president of the Republic of the Philippines. Located in front of the Basilica Minore is a century-old tree known as the Kalayaan Tree (Tree of Freedom) which was planted by Pres. Aguinaldo during a lull in the historic Malolos Convention. It is presently the seat of the Diocese of Malolos, and has been the bastion of faith for the past centuries.
4. Barasoain Church in Malolos City
A national shrine, the historic Barasoain Church is the site of the Constitutional Convention of the first Philippine Republic, making the Philippines the very first Asian Government to promulgate a Constitution. It was the Seat of the First Philippine Republic on Sept. 15, 1898 to the last week of Feb. 1899 under the presidency of Pedro Paterno. In its convent the Universidad Literaria Cientifica de Filipinas was first housed.
5. Plaridel Catholic Church in Plaridel A 400-year old Parish Church
6. St. Martin of Tours Church in Bocaue
7. Assumption of Our Lady of Bulacan, Bulacan
5:00 am Alabang
5:15 am Makati
5:30 am Pasig
6:00 am Quezon City
Chruch Tour
12:00 nn Healthy Lunch
Finish the Church Tour
6:00 pm Estimated Time of Arrival in Manila
PROMO Package Rate
P 1,199/pax if paid in February
P 1,399/pax if paid in March
P 1,599/pax if paid in April
More Promo: 7pax plus one FREE
• Round Trip Aircon Vehicle
• Healthy Buffet Lunch
• Bottled Water
• Afternoon Halo Halo in Barasoin
• Service of Tour Coordinator
• Religious Souvenir to reflect on
Not included : Breakfast, am snack, tip to the local coordinator/

We also have one for Banawe, Batad and Bontoc and Best of Bicol Holy Week Tour Package. Send me email at or contact me 09198835984. Again if you guys not available on these dates just tell us the dates and we'll create another itinerary for you.

Tours courtesy of Nature Awareness & Conservation Club, Inc. (NonStock, NonProfit NGO)