Travel Mini Map: Binondo Edition

by | Jun 16, 2017

Do not underestimate the size of the oldest Chinatown in the world! If you ever get the chance to view Binondo from a roof deck, you will surely be too mesmerized for words! Explore the beauty of this “little” city by visiting the restaurants and uncovering age-old heritage sites!

1. Delicious Restaurant


The name of this restaurant is an understatement to describe its food menu! Chami, Spicy Fried Spareribs, Calamares and Spring Chicken are what you should definitely order for a tasty merienda. This place is cheap too! Medium servings for The Pancit Bihon Special good for 2-3 persons usually go for about Php120. Be warned though that its location is not the most pleasant in Binondo.


Location: 580 F. Torres Street, corner Gonzalo Puyat Street

Telephone: (02) 733 0401

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 10:30am to 12:00mn



2. Kim Hiong Food Garden

Delight in the Teochew style cuisine dishes such as Hot and Sour Soup, Pork Spareribs with Taro, Kangkong with Chinese Bagoong! The Stir Fried Beef Noodles is their bestseller, and a win-win for only Php175 yet with generous serving portions. You will notice that the meals have a similarity to Cantonese and Fujian cooking.


Location: 946 Ongpin Street

Telephone: (02) 735 3633

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 10:30am to 4:30am


3. Mañosa


If you’ve got no budget for good food, then you will like this resto! For only Php100, you can have a taste of the brown glutinous rice stuffed with pork and shiitake mushroom wrapped in bamboo leaves called Machang. Pair it with ketchup and hot sauce for that sweet yet salty taste. Another must-try in Mañosa is their maki, which is a thick savory broth with chunks of pork kasim.


Location: 926 Ongpin Street

Telephone: (02) 733 3179

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 9:00am to 10:00pm



4. La Zhou La Mien

La Zhou La Mien is home to the La Mien noodles, also known as hand pulled noodles. Order a bowl of the classic Beef La Mien for only Php80 and attempt to finish it or share it with a friend — it’s a huge bowl. We assure you that no meal here is priced over Php1000, but you just have to withstand the ambiance which is not for people who are used to eating at the cleanest restos in the metro. The food makes up for the place!


Location: 818 Benavidez Street

Telephone: (02) 244 5365

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 8:00am to 9:00pm



5. Diao Eng Chay

People refer to Diao Eng Chay as the “Santis Deli” of the Chinese delicatessens. Although their best seller has got to be their hopia, DEC isn’t just exclusive for pastries! Dine here one day and don’t miss out the perfect take-out foods like dumplings, chicken pie, siomai, chicken pies and lumpia made out shrimp, carrots, and other surprise ingredients.


Location: 845 Salazar Street

Telephone: (02) 244 8816

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 8:00am to 10:00pm



6. Quan Yin Chay Vegetarian Food Garden


Orginally just Quan Yin Chay, an iconic place that shouldn’t be missed by vegetarians and vegans alike. The cafeteria style gives a comforting vibe of your old school days, eating hot meals on plastic tables for lunch in the canteen, only this time, healthier. Owned by Taoists, the restaurant uses no garlic or onion. A la carte menu features many mock meat dishes that are already cooked, such as the Shabu-shabu noodles, Pai ye (flavored tofu), and fresh lumpia. Feeling hungry yet? Maybe even try bringing your carnivorous friends!


Location: 739 Ongpin Street

Telephone: (02) 243 3357

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 7:00am to 9:00pm



7. Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant

Bento boxes in a Chinese restaurant, for only Php80? Yes, this exists in Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant! Round up the barkada because meals here are dirt cheap. Take the Sincerity Whole Fried Chicken, for example, which is Php300. Split it among your barkada! Caution yourselves with the unsatisfactory service and be prepared to wait a while for your food. To make up for that, Sincerity Cafe has one of the cleaner atmospheres among restaurants in Binondo. You should totally put this on your Binondo Food Crawl list. Sincerely.


Location: 497 Yuchengco Street

Telephone: (02) 241 9991

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 10:00am to 10:00pm



8. New Po Heng

Your Binondo food trip is not complete without visiting this stop! If you have Php60 to spare, go ahead and splurge on this restaurant’s specialty, the ultimate Chinese fresh lumpia, served burrito-style. It has everything you would look for in lumpia — veggies, lettuce, thai grass crisp, garlic, finished off with their sweet garlicky sauce. The peanut brittle inside the lumpia just makes this the BOMB! They even offer free delivery around Binondo!


Location: Uy Su Bin Building, 531 Quintin Paredes Street, Barangay 289

Telephone: (02) 241 8789

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 7:00am to 7:00pm



9. Ying Ying Tea House

Go ahead and pig out with the cuisine from this Hong Kong style resto! Taste their popular Peking Duck and their huge Special Pao. It is overloaded with bola bola meat. To think it is only Php70! The place is usually always full since there is a limited number of seats, but it will be worth the wait.


Location: 234 Dasmariñas Street

Telephone: (02) 387 2797

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 7:00am to 2:00am




10. The Original SaLido Restaurant

A very hungry tummy calls for a feast at The Orginal SaLido Restaurant! The place offers the typical Chinese comfort food you could think of, like Chicken Feet, Hakaw, Sharksfin Dumplings, and Pork Siomai. Here’s a tip: bring all your friends to help you try all their specialties!


Location: 2/F 839 Ongpin Street

Telephone: (02) 736 4569

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 6:00am to 9:00pm


11. Wai Ying Fastfood

Ready for the “most satisfying dimsum”? Or how about some teahouse specialties such as Roast Duck noodles, Siomai, Hakaw, Congee, and Curry Siomai? Since this is a fastfood chain, the food will reach you fast, the prices are crazily affordable, the seats may be full most of the time, but one thing is for sure — you will keep coming back!

Location: 810 Benavidez St

Telephone:  (02) 242 0310

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 7:00am to 9:00pm

12. Binondo Church

The Catholic religion still prevails against all odds, as seen in the Binondo Church, also known as Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish. Although the Chinese are known for being predominantly Buddhists, it is amazing how this Catholic Church is centered in the very heart of Chinatown. Upon arrival here, you will notice a park outside the church, where a statue in honor of Don Roman Ongpin, the Chinese businessman who contributed to the success of the Filipino uprising against Spain in 1896, stands.


Location: Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz

Telephone: (02) 242 4850

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 9:30am to 9:30pm


13. Chuan Kee Fast Food

After a hungry day visiting the Binondo Church, stop by for some energy at Chuan Kee Fast Food, since it is right across! We highly recommend the lechon kawali, as it is a house favorite. The Kiampong, or the Chinese Paella, is only Php40 per order! Just be willing to dine with ventilation from the electric fans, since you won’t be having the comfort of aircondition.

Location: 650 Ongpin Street corner Yuchengco Street

Telephone: (02) 288 8888

Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays from 6:00am to 10:00pm

                              Sundays from 6:00am to 1:00pm


14. Ling Nam

Since 1950, Ling Nam has been operating and going strong. Picky eaters will relish the Sweet and Sour Fish and the Garlic Spinach. Savor the flavors of the original recipes of Chicken Noodle Soup and Hakaw, the steamed shrimp dumpling. Fast fact: Ling Nam’s first branch is one of the only branches left in the Philippines, which is located in Binondo.


Location: 616 T. Alonzo Street

Telephone: (02) 733 5231

Operating Hours: Open Everyday from 10:00am to 10:00pm




Sources:, Our Awesome Planet, More Like Twins, Out of Town Blog, Zomato, Trip Advisor, Tara Lets, Munchpunch, Click The City, Looloo, Open Rice, The Closet Glutton, Happy Cow, A Not So Popular Kid, Tet Adventurer, Azrael Merry Land, Philippine Primer, Boy Plakwatsa, Kain Manila, Lette’s Haven, Foodie Station


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