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Makati City and Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig are two of the most popular places to live and work remotely in  in Metro Manila, also known as the National Capital Region. These neighborhoods offer a great mix of everything that digital nomads need: accessibility to amenities, fast internet, plenty of coworking spaces and cafes, modern conveniences, and bustling city life.


Makati is the finance center of the Philippines which plays host to various multinational corporations and a large expat community. It is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the country, as well as luxury hotels, countless restaurants, bars, and posh shopping malls—and you won’t have trouble finding a place to work either. Some of the many coworking spaces in Makati City include Clock In, Weremote, Booth & Partners Coworking Spaces, Acceler8, Penbrothers, The Wrkspce, Cerebro Labs, and Work Folk. These places offer everything you need to be productive, including fast WiFi, meeting rooms, and event spaces.

When you need a break from work, there are plenty of options for food and drink in Makati City. For coffee, some great choices are Commune Café which sources 100% Philippine coffee directly from farmers, The Coffee Academics which specializes in premium quality coffees, and Bad Café, if you're looking for a quaint coffee shop. For lunch or dinner, dine at Sentro 1771 for classic Filipino flavors or The Wholesome Table for organic, healthy fare. And when it's time to unwind with drinks, go Run Rabbit Run or Polilya in Poblacion, The Curator in Legazpi Village, or sip cocktails while taking in the cityscape from The Penthouse 8747 rooftop bar.

If you love art, then you should visit Ayala Museum which exhibits Filipino culture, art, and history. Another great option is Yuchengco Museum which features rotating exhibitions of art, design, and history. One of the primary attractions in Makati is shopping. The city is home to several enormous malls, such as Greenbelt, Glorietta, and Rockwell Center. You'll find everything from luxurious designer stores to affordable brands. And when you need a breath of fresh air, take a stroll and enjoy the outdoors at Ayala Triangle Gardens.


Located just outside Makati is BGC, another popular destination for digital nomads and remote workers in the metropolis. This modern district is known for its high-end shopping, stylish restaurants, and vibrant nightlife scene. Some great coworking spaces in BGC include Compass Offices, Spaces World Plaza, Regus, Clock In, and Weremote. If you want to get some work done while enjoying a cup of coffee or light meal, try Happy Garden Café for a garden-inspired setting, Frank & Dean for some comfort fare and fresh brews, or Single Origin for great coffee and all-day breakfast.

For some happy hour drinks or for a night out, BGC has a wide array of bars to choose from, such as Elbert’s Upstairs Bar, O2 Rooftop Bar, and XYLO at The Palace. And when you need a break from all the shopping and revelry, BGC also has its fair share of parks and open spaces perfect for getting some fresh air and exercise. Or you can visit The Mind Museum, an interactive science museum perfect for curious minds of all ages.

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Rhea Vitto Tabora
May 19, 2023
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Rhea Vitto Tabora is a professional travel writer with over 14 years of experience working in the hospitality industry. Her work has been published in Travel Asia Now, Arrivedo, Daily Tribune, Mise En Place Asia magazine, and various hotel websites.

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