Calling out all food lovers out there! We’re giving you 15 budget-friendly, drool-worthy, and super delicious menu items to try out in these best affordable restaurants in Manila! Get your camera phones ready, your tummies rumbling, and PHP200 ($4) worth of cash. We’ve got your cravings (and budget) covered!

1. The Burgery

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The Burgery is known for its juicy, medium-done patties and overflowing nachos. Considering their cheap prices, they offer more than what is expected from a budget-friendly meal, with each bite releasing a sweet amount of meat juice that’s perfect for meat lovers. We will not include this in the list of best affordable restaurants in Manila for nothing!

Bugsy Burger – PHP145 | Fat Tony Burger – PHP185
Location: Circuit Lane Makati, Riverfront Drive, AP Reyes St, Carmona, Makati

2. Chubs Chasers

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Formerly known as Chubs Steak at Manok, Chubs Chasers is the same casual Filipino-American diner serving their signature Divine Steak and Carvilicious Chicken. With the expansion of their menu, they have now included ribs, burgers, pasta, desserts, and other entrees into their menu.

Parmesan Flaming Wings – PHP 199
Location: 86 Visayas Avenue Extension, Tandang Sora, Quezon City

3. Lagrima

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Lagrima, located in Legazpi Village Makati, offers authentic tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. With a wide selection of fillings for both your burrito and taco, you are free to customize the flavors to your liking. Their amazing Horchata (Rice Milk) is loved by many too and it’s surely a must-try in their delicious menu. Get ready for an explosion of flavors when dining in this yummy taco and burrito joint.

Super Taco –  PHP 190 | Quesadillas – PHP 150 to PHP 200
Location: G/F BSA Mansion 108 Benavidez St, Legazpi Village, Makati

4. Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters

Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters is a fast food-type of restaurant that specializes in Pugon Roasted Chicken and other savory dishes, such as Kaldereta Mac n’ Cheese, Angus Beef Steak, and Sinampalukang Sopas. Guests are welcome to order unlimited rice for only Php 6.00, making their menu budget-meal worthy and perfect for unli-rice lovers. With a powerful distinct taste, you can easily tell from the flavor that it’s from Pugon’s. Even their Atsara is good. For anyone needing a hot meal served quickly, this dining spot is perfect for a quick dine out.

Pugon Roast Chicken  – PHP 99 to PHP 119
Location: Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City

5. Esquinita Kitchen & Pub

Esquinita Kitchen & Pub is a hole-in-the-wall, casual restaurant along Estrella in Makati offering affordable Filipino-Mexican cuisine, such as tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. Perfect for a group meal, this dining area will keep your tummies filled and satisfy your cravings.

Sisig Rice – PHP 99 | Crispy Sinigang PHP 169
Location: 78 A Estrella St. Bel Air, Bel-Air, Makati

6. The Wild Poppy

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The Wild Poppy is a hip garden rooftop inspired restaurant that serves modern Asian specialties like fried baos, other small bites, and signature cocktails. The ambiance of this bar & restaurant emits a cozy vibe that puts you in a relaxing mood while enjoying meals and cocktails. The interiors have a vibrant and warm contrast, giving guests a great time with great food.

Chicken Ren Damn  – PHP 120 | Hoi Belly – PHP 140
Location: 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila

7. Grape Escape

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Grape Escape is a wine lounge and kitchen and is the first of its kind in Maginhawa. It offers something far greater than the typical menu and is usually visited by students from nearby schools and institutions. They even have a wide selection of wines and a number of dishes to match the awesome food. If you’re seeking for a fancy but affordable place, Grape Escape if the spot for you.

Chicken Fritters – PHP 175
Location: 99 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Teachers Village, Quezon City 1101

8. Gata

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Gata offers flavors of Bicolano cuisine, especially since most would consider it a piece of Bicol right in the middle of Quezon City. They serve authentic Bicolano dishes like Laing, Bicol Express, Adobong Bicol, all with fresh gata or coconut milk. All of these can be customizable so you won’t worry too much about the spice levels.

Adobong Bicol Rice w Egg | Homemade Bicol Longganisa with Garlic Rice and Egg | Crispy Danggit Bicol with Garlic

Rice and Egg  – All for PHP190
Location: Unit 3 143 Mother Ignacia Ave. Brgy, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

9. BonBanhmi

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Known to be truly authentic when it comes to Banh mi sandwiches, this hold-in-the-wall dining destination is owned by a Vietnamese couple and is said to make the best Banh mi in Manila. Everything in their menu is under PHP250 that’s why it is one of the best affordable restaurants in Manila! So it’s perfect for a budget-friendly dine out.

All Banhmi  – PHP99 to PHP119
Location: Food Patio, 7th Floor, PBCom Tower, 6795 Ayala Ave cor V.A. Rufino St, Salcedo Village, Makati

10. Tittos Latin BBQ + Brew

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If you’re looking for the best affordable restaurants in Manila, visit Tittos. It is a taco place located along the foodie strip of Kapitolyo. It serves a menu of unique Filipino dishes with a Latin American twist. The ambiance is nice and it doesn’t get too crowded, so it’s just right for a simple, casual dine out with some friends. You might even want to try out their cocktails, which are a great compliment to their outstanding dishes.

All Tacos – PHP125 to PHP155
Location: 16 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

11. Bai Nian Tang Bao

Bai Nian Tang Bao is a soup dumpling specialty restaurant that serves a wide array of Chinese comfort food. You’ll find yourself enjoying their Soup Dumplings, Fish, Scallops, Rice Bowls and Pork Dumplings. Everything on their menu does not disappoint!

Chicken Soup Pork Wonton – PHP119 | Shanghai Scallion Oil Noodles – PHP179
Location: Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

12. Bento&Co.

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Bento & Co. is a neighborhood Japanese restaurant that thrives in their ‘make-your-own bento’ concept. You can modify your order based on your mood and hunger level. You can definitely feel the Japanese taste through their food and the ambience of the restaurant. If you’re down to customize your bento box to your liking, why not try out this awesome Japanese food spot.

Katsudon – PHP175 | Make-Your-Own Bento – PHP125 to PHP200
Location: No. 2 Scout Dr Lazcano, Paligsahan, Quezon City

13. Faburrito

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Faburrito is a healthy Mexican restaurant that serves freshly prepared wraps, burritos and other Mexican specials. Some of their menu items include Steak Salad, Nachos, Mango Salsa, Fish Salad, Chicken Quesadilla, Tacos and Lemongrass Tea.

Chicken Quesadillas – PHP 169 | Battered Fish Bowl – PHP 195
Location: G/F The Columns, Ayala cor Sen Gil Puyat Ave, Salcedo Village, Makati

14. Bowl Master

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Bowl Master lives up to its name by serving you fresh and flavorful bowls perfect for every meal! Their tipid meals are perfect for those who are always on a budget. Bowl Master is definitely one of the best affordable restaurants in Manila.

Rice bowls – PHP85 – 105
Location: Double Dragon Plaza The Meridian Pasay City

15. Kko Kko

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Kko Kko is a modern Korean chicken house that uses traditional and contemporary recipes that came from Grace Lee and her mother.  Their menu is divided into three main categories – Korean Fried Chicken, Korean Street Food, and Dosirak (Korean Lunch Cox), each narrating a story about the dining setting and customs of Korea. Find yourself enjoying authentic Korean cuisine in this sweet dining spot. Other food items include Onion Rings, Cheesy Chicken, Chicken Wings, Bibimbap, Bread Bowl, Beef Bulgogi, Soy Chicken.

2-pc Chicken with Rice – PHP118
Location: The Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas, Pasig City

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When it comes to traveling, some people like to splurge on everything in exchange for comfort and the best travel experience while others like to keep it simple and on a budget. As we keep on saying, traveling does not have to be expensive. We can still make a trip a memorable one even on a tight if we just know the right things to do. So to help you out, we’re giving you some budget travel hacks Southeast Asia that we think might be helpful to you!

Here are the best budget travel hack Southeast Asia that every traveler must know!

1. Book during seat sales

One of the most important budget travel hacks Southeast Asia you should remember is to watch out for seat sales! One of the most expensive parts of traveling is the airfare. Ideally, you should book your plane tickets 19 weeks before the flight at 12 midnight. That’s the perfect time to book a flight when fares are lowest. Also, make sure to keep on checking the airlines’ websites and social media accounts to be updated on the latest airfare sale. Usually, they do the sale in January and August. But now, most airline companies conduct the sale every month. You can score a plane ticket for as low as PHP 1.00!

2. Pack like a soldier

Paying for excess baggage costs a lot! Especially if we book it over the counter. So the best thing to do is to pack smart. Learn from the very efficient military practice: roll clothes into a ball instead of fold. This saves you tons of luggage space for souvenirs to bring home. This is among the helpful budget travel hacks Southeast Asia that most travelers already apply.

3. Put your socks and underwear in your shoes


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If you’re packing footwear for your trip, hide your rolled-up socks and underwear inside your shoes. This saves space inside your luggage and won’t mess up your clothes.

4. Bring your own tumbler

With all the walking and sightseeing you’re likely to do, water is a must. Don’t spend precious money on unnecessary things like bottled water. So the smartest and most sustainable thing to do is bring your own and refill it in your hotel, a restaurant, or a theme park. This way, you’ll be able to save up money and protect the environment. Trust us, this is one of the best budget travel hacks Southeast Asia that will help you save a lot.

5. Research about the place you’re visiting

Skip the cab rides and rely on maps instead. Research the area you’re apt to spend a lot of time in so you can walk around or use local transportation options like trains and buses. If you’ve got access to WiFi, learn to use Waze and/or Google Maps to navigate as well.

6. Share the costs

The best way to save on trips is to share your expenses. This is one of the perks of traveling with a group because you get to split your bills. And don’t worry if you’re traveling solo! You can join group tours with an open slot and share your costs with other people, plus gain new friends along the way!

7. Know the locals

Visiting tourist spots is all well and good, but access to hidden gems could potentially change your whole trip. Who better gives you these tips than the locals themselves?

8. Use the power of your passport

All nationalities have their own list of countries that they can access without a visa. A simple Google search ought to show you where these destinations are. Skip the high fees and waiting times for a visa and just travel visa-free instead.

9. Take photos of your IDs and other important documents

Your most important documents are your passport and visa. Remember to take photos of these and email them to yourself so you’ll have a backup. In cases where you lose your documents or your belongings are stolen, at least you still have the things you need the most.

10. Choose Southeast Asia’s top-rated budget hotel. Book direct for the BEST PRICE.

Save up on accommodation by choosing ZEN Rooms. We offer travelers quality room stays in Southeast Asia’s top destinations. Rooms with free fast WiFi, AC, hot shower, and the spotless bed starts at USD10/night!

Traveling is not just about the places you visit but more about the journey you go through. The best thing about traveling is not having a lot of souvenirs but bringing home good stories and memories that are enough to last a lifetime.

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Have you ever told yourself “I wish I could travel more but I can’t afford it”? Many people think that traveling is something they could never afford to do because: 1.) lack of free time and 2.) it’s expensive. Sure, exploring the world can be costly but trust us, even the brokes can travel because of the budget travel hacks they live by!

Traveling on a shoestring may be a challenge but it will let you save money. Here are the 5 budget travel hacks that every tourist should follow!

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1. Live like a local

Do as the locals do and the new place you’re visiting will instantly make you feel like you’re home. It will strike up a sense of familiarity and it’s the best experience you can have. Instead of going to posh and touristy restaurants, opt for smaller, less mainstream establishments owned and frequented by locals (example: eatery, street food). Not only will it make your stay in the place feel more authentic, but you’ll also contribute to the locals’ livelihood! Now that’s traveling with a purpose.

2. Be a smart traveler

You wouldn’t want your trip to be interrupted or worse, ruined by minute problems that can easily be prevented such as wrong trip schedules, missed flights, or overbooked accommodations. Do your research on where you’re going, plan your trips ahead of time, and join group tours. Traveling may not always be smooth-sailing, but being a smart and practical traveler will save you from tons of inconvenience (and a lot of money)!  

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3. As much as possible, just walk

Now, this may sound a little crazy especially when you’re in an unfamiliar place, but hear us out. When you find yourself exploring the city or a little town in the province, instead of spending on taxis or other modes of transportation, have your Waze and/or Google Maps with you, learn how to navigate like a pro, and walk. It’s one of the budget travel hacks that backpackers live by.

If your mobile devices cannot find any signal in the area, go old school and have a copy of the locality’s map. It might just take you to new discoveries and will make you appreciate the views even more (plus it can count as your daily dose of cardio).

4. Haggle

More often than not, travelers struggle with dealing with other people marking up their prices knowing that they can pay more. This is the most important part of budget travel hacks. When you find yourself in a busy town putting expensive fees on food, tours, or other services, put up a strong front and fight when you’re right. A trick commonly used by many, and which works most of the time, is by telling them that you’ll scout for others that are cheaper. They’ll eventually mark down their fees and you’ll get the price you deserve. However, keep in mind that these people are trying to make a living, so always make sure to meet with them halfway! Haggle reasonably.

5. Spend more on experiences. Buy less.

Travel is all about exploration and every experience that comes with it, but it sure doesn’t have to be pricey. What better way to save up on your budget than paying less on transport and accommodation? Find quality but affordable seats and hotel rooms by always checking airline and hotel promos online! ZEN Rooms offer budget hotel rooms at the lowest rates, and bookings can be made via ZEN Rooms’ official website. Guaranteed, you’ll have more to explore and you’re up for a travel experience of a lifetime!

Travel while you can. Don’t worry about the money because for sure, it will come again. You will be surprised that traveling can be much cheaper than you think it is.

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