One of the sixteen cities that make up Metropolitan Manila, Makati is the financial center of the Philippines. It is one of the densely populated cities in the world.
The Salcedo Market is a weekend market and one of Metro Manila's most popular outdoor markets located in Salcedo Park in the heart of Makati. It is open every Saturday from 7am to 2pm. The market first opened in 2004 and was established by a group of expat residents from surrounding condominiums which patterned it after European village markets. Later the market grew to become the home of 150 merchants that offer different regional cuisines, as well as several international gourmet foods including French, Thai and Indonesian organic produce. The area is served by MRT Line 3 at Ayala Station.
Opened in 2009, the Ayala Triangle Gardens is a landscaped urban park in Makati, Metro Manila. It is a triangular public garden and courtyard in the center of the Makati Central Business District. Inspired by Hyde Park in London, the park, which is dotted with palms, acacia trees, and tropical foliage, is considered as one of the few "green" areas in Makati. The Triangle has become a focal point for social events in the business district, and is popular at Christmastime for its extravagant light-and-sound display.
Establishment in 1967, the Ayala Museum is a six-storey museum that includes ethnographic and archaeological exhibits on Filipino culture, art, and history. The museum is committed to showcasing overseas collections and situating contemporary Philippine art in the global arena. The complex also includes the Filipinas Heritage Library and Ceramics Study Center.
The Ayala Center is a recreational, shopping, dining, and entertainment development located in the heart of Makati. The complex includes the Greenbelt Park, several malls, each with its own shopping and restaurant arcades and cinemas; three department stores, and a number of hotels.