Things to Do in Binondo

Things to Do in Binondo

I was only passing by Binondo—in all honesty, I was only there for an hour.

I don’t know why I’ve been going to and from Divisoria for years now but I never once went to the famous Chinatown. Fun fact: it’s the world’s oldest Chinatown. So when I finally had an hour to spare, I did some of the best things to do in Binondo.

Visit Binondo Church

Things to do in Binondo
Binondo Church

Also known as the Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, the Binondo Church is a century-old, iconic church that you shouldn’t miss out on. It stood the test of time but is still as beautiful as ever.

Binondo Church
Binondo Church

You may light candles inside, wish for something (if it’s your first time), or pray. Even non-Catholics will be amazed by its beauty.

Walk around the streets

Things to do in Binondo

One thing I learned so far when traveling is that there’s always a Chinatown around. You’ve probably been to a number of such places but it’s always nice to discover new things.

Try the famous Eng Bee Tin hopia

Eng Bee Tin
Eng Bee Tin

I knew about Eng Bee Tin’s famous hopia (mooncake-like pastry) even if I haven’t been to Binondo before. That’s how popular they are.

I particularly love the custard flavor but ube (purple yam) is sooooo yummy too. Not to mention it’s only PHP 56!

Eng Bee Tin
Eng Bee Tin

When my mom found out I was in town, she was literally bugging me to buy a few.

Eat Chinese food (of course!)

Things to do in Binondo Chuan Kee
Chuan Kee

It would be a waste to pass by and not add this to your things to do in Binondo. Honestly, I tried the first restaurant that I saw, so I don’t know for sure if it’s one of the bests. But, Chuan Kee is reportedly the oldest one there, not to mention it’s cheap.

What’s on your list of things to do in Binondo? I would love to try them the next time I visit.

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