By Taxi or Ridesharing Services
The easiest way to get to Parañaque would be to take a taxi, which is widely available all over Metro Manila. Another convenient option is to use Grab or Uber with just a few taps on your smartphone. Expect the fare to be a bit costly especially during rush hour.
The southern end point of the LRT-1 is the Baclaran Station, which is already near the border of Parañaque and Pasay. This is also the best option to take if you’re heading to the Baclaran Redemptorist Church.
The Philippine National Railway also has stations in Baclaran and Sucat.
By Bus or Jeep
There are Baclaran-bound buses found along the stretch of Ayala Avenue. There are also jeeps along Taft Avenue that are headed for Baclaran. Jeeps can also take you to Parañaque if you’re coming from Alabang.
How to Get Around
Once you have reached Parañaque, you can take a jeep to go around the city. Tricycles and pedicabs are also available for shorter commutes, usually within the barangays and the residential areas.
What to See
People usually head to Parañaque because of Baclaran. After all, the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is found in this district. Also known as the Baclaran Redemptorist Church, it is one of the most popular churches in Metro Manila. The church is often flocked by devotees, usually during Wednesdays, to attend the novena masses to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
The Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew, also known as the Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señore del Buen Suceso and the Parañaque Cathedral, is also another religious landmark in the city. The cathedral is said to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, having been established in 1580. The cathedral has survived natural and man-made calamities throughout the years. Today, it stands proudly and serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parañaque.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is also partially located in the city. The airport serves as the main gateway of the country and its surrounding areas to the rest world of the world. It is also the hub for major airlines such as AirAsia Philippines, Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific.
Another notable landmark in Parañaque is the Manila Memorial Park. It is the final resting place of former President Corazon Aquino and her husband Ninoy Aquino.
High rollers will surely have a grand time in Parañaque because of Entertainment City, a resort and entertainment complex which is being developed to be like a gaming hub like Las Vegas and Macau. World-class integrated resorts were opened in the past few years and many more will be unveiled in the near future.
Solaire Resort & Casino boasts an expansive gaming area consisting of 1,620 slot machines and 360 gaming tables. It also has The Theatre at Solaire, a state-of-the-art venue for entertainment that can accommodate about 1,700 guests. Big events such as the Manila run of the renowned musical Les Miserables have been held at The Theatre.
Meanwhile, City of Dreams Manila is sprawling with six hotel towers, a casino with about 1,680 slot machines and 365 gaming tables, and two international nightclubs. There is also a huge shopping mall called The Shops at The Boulevard and the theme park Dream Play, which was built in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation.
For art enthusiasts, a visit at Kulay Diwa will definitely be a treat. This art gallery, located in a quiet residential space in Sucat, feature pieces of contemporary art and serves as a venue where young artists can display their work. The gallery has been open to the public since 1987. Entrance is absolutely free.
Events and Festivals
There are quite a few festivals that are celebrated annually in the city, which gives locals and visitors a chance to live out and experience the culture and traditions of Parañaque. There is the Caracaol Festival, the Sunduan Festival every November, and the Sambalilo Hat Festival every February just to name a few.
Where to Eat
President’s Avenue and Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes Parañaque have become a haven for foodies in recent years as it features quite a number of homegrown restaurants that serve quality and artisanal dishes.
The Urban Farm, for example, features a menu of comfort food. The difference, however, lies in their use of fresh and organic ingredients that also promote healthy eating.
Not too far from the Urban Farm is Bread & Botany, which has a delightful selection of sandwiches. Their Korean fried chicken dish is also part of the menu, which guests can order either classic or spiced with their special kyuchimi flavor.
If you’re a seafood lover, then you should definitely try one of the dampa restaurants in Parañaque. Dining dampa style is where you buy fresh seafood from the onsite talipapa or market, choose among the many restaurants within the complex, and have them cooked however you like: with a soup base, grilled, broiled, or even fried.
Those who love tapsilog will surely find their cravings satisfied by visiting Maty’s at Don Galos. There are many tapsilog joints in Don Galos, but Maty’s Tapsilog is said to be the best. Maty’s is known for its generous serving of salty and sweet tapa, which is both tender and crispy, and goes perfectly well with egg and fried rice.
If you’re into fine dining, then you should definitely try the Manila branch of the world-famous Nobu in City of Dreams, which serve Japanese and Peruvian-inspired dishes. The black cod miso, sushi roll house special, and rock shrimp creamy spicy are signature dishes.
Magnum Opus Fine Coffee, a homey coffee shop that is one of the favorite hangout spots in the BF area. They serve great artisanal coffee that gives Starbucks and Coffee Bean a run for their money. Magnum Opus, which is Latin for “great work,” also offers a great selection of sandwiches and side dishes that perfectly complement the espresso brews that they serve.
Where to Shop
Parañaque has three SM malls: SM City Sucat, SM City Bicutan, and SM City BF Parañaque. All of these shopping centers have numerous stores, boutiques, and restaurants.
Parañaque is also one of the most visited places for shopping in Metro Manila because of the market district of Baclaran. It is one of the go-to places in the metro for affordable clothes, accessories, footwear, electronics, homeware, toys, and many more. It has numerous stalls and tiangge that become extremely crowded especially during the Christmas season.
Fare: PHP 30.00++
When taking a cab to Parañaque, the flag down rate is PHP 30.00. For every succeeding 500 meters of 90 seconds of waiting time, PHP 3.50 is added.
For commuters, the minimum fare for the jeepney is PHP 7.00, which covers the first four kilometers. For those taking the bus, the average bus fare is about PHP 30.00 for a one-way trip. The PNR fare to Bicutan or Sucat is from PHP 10.00 to PHP 20.00. If you’re taking the LRT-1 to Baclaran, on the other hand, the fare ranges from PHP 15.00 to PHP 30.00, depending on which station you’ll be coming from.
Food: PHP 100.00 to PHP 8,000.00
The restaurants in Parañaque City give you a wide range of dining options. Cheap yet filling meals can be found in the city, especially in Maty’s in Don Galos. The restaurants in BF Homes are also pocket friendly, offering dishes that range from PHP 200.00 to PHP 300.00. For luxurious dining, the restaurants at Solaire or City of Dreams will have you splurging: a meal at Yakumi in Solaire, for instance, can cost as much as PHP 8,000.00 for two persons. A dinner date for two at Nobu is from PHP 4,000.00 to PHP 6,000.00.
Shopping: PHP 300++
Bargain shoppers will surely have a grand time scouring the flea markets in Baclaran for the best deals and cheap finds. There are also some malls in the city where you can buy a shirt for PHP 300.00. A pair of jeans costs PHP 500.00 to PHP 800.00.
Activities: PHP 500.00++
The entrance fee to DreamPlay at City of Dreams costs about PHP 600.00 for a two-hour stay. If you wish to play at the casino, the minimum amount you can spend in a slot machine is PHP 100.00. On the other hand, a door charge of about PHP 900.00 is required for those who want to party at either Chaos or Pangea, the nightclubs of City of Dreams.
Accommodations: PHP 1,000.00 to PHP 12,000.00
For budget travelers, there are affordable rooms in Parañaque for as low as PHP 1,000.00 a night. Luxurious rooms can also be enjoyed for as much as PHP 12,000.00 for an overnight stay.
Other Fees and Taxes: PHP 20.00 to PHP 50.00
Most of the time, a service charge is already included in your bill when you dine in restaurants, so tipping isn’t actually required. But if you would like to leave something for your server, PHP 20.00 to PHP 50.00 is acceptable.