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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The numerous cheap, but enjoyable budget-friendly things to do in Southeast Asia prove that you don’t need to spend a lot to have fun! For just under $10, you can already enjoy delicious food, museums, performances, parks, and many more!

Here’s a list of affordable activities that you can do in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore!

Indonesia

Watch the Kecak Dance

Location: Bali, Indonesia

Cost: $8

tourists watching the kecak dance

Your visit to Bali will not be complete without watching some of the most captivating traditional performances. One of those is the Kecak Dance, a form of Balinese hindu dance and music drama that was developed in the 1930s in Bali, Indonesia.

Held in the open air at sunset, usually above a cliff facing the sea, the drama depends entirely on the natural light of day. What makes this dance unique is that the drama doesn’t use artificial backdrop and musical instruments. The focus is entirely on the concentric circles of about 50 to 60 men, bare-chested, wearing only distinct Balinese sarongs sitting cross-legged around a set of torches in the center.

Eat Babi Guling

Location: Everywhere in Indonesia

Cost: $4 – $10

Babi Guling is an Indonesian dish similar to the Philippines’ lechon. It is a roasted suckling pig. What people like about Babi Guling is its golden crispy skin and tender juicy meat. Don’t miss this when you’re in Indonesia.

Visit the Jakarta History Museum

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Cost: $0.5

inside the jakarta history museum

The Jakarta History Museum, also known as Fatahillah Museum, is housed in the former City Hall located in the old part of the city now known as Jakarta Kota. The museum exhibits a collection of antique furniture, pieces about the history of the capital from Dutch colonization to the Japanese occupation, an underground dungeon where Indonesian heroes Pangeran Diponegoro and Untung Suropati were said to have been imprisoned, and more.

Philippines 

Stroll in Intramuros

Location: Intramuros, Manila

Cost: $2

People touring intramuros in bambook bikes
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A trip to Manila isn’t complete without exploring its Walled City—Intramuros. Be amazed by the city’s preserved old hispanic architecture and cobblestone streets while riding a bamboo bicycle. The bamboo bike rental starts at $1. You can also go to Fort Santiago where the Philippines’ National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal was imprisoned before his execution.

Explore the National Museum of the Philippines

Location: Ermita, Manila

Cost: Free

facade of national museum of the philippines

If you really want the best budget things to do in Southeast Asia, you should already include the National Museum of the Philippines in your list. You’ll love it here if you’re an art and history lover. The National Museum of the Philippines houses some of the country’s greatest masterpieces—from history, art, and culture. You can find here one of the most precious art pieces in the world, Spoliarium, by Juan Luna, that features a glimpse of Roman history centered on the bloody carnage brought by gladiatorial matches. With a size of 4.22 meters x 7.675 meters, it is the largest painting in the Philippines.

The National Museum of the Philippines also has other branches and galleries you can visit like the National Art Gallery and Planetarium.

Food trip at Chinatown

Location: Binondo, Manila

Cost: $2 – $10

facade of the chinatown in binondo

Since you’re already in the Intramuros area, why not go straight to Binondo and have a food trip at Chinatown? Enjoy the Filipino street food and authentic Chinese food all in one place! From haka and toasted siopao to beef lamien and hopia. Plus, they’re so affordable so you can eat everything you want without breaking the bank. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Southeast Asia.

Thailand 

Ride a boat in the Floating Market

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Cost: $1 – $5

Complete your Thailand experience by riding a boat in the Floating Market. Shop like no other at the floating stores or just stroll around the area. The boat ride here is affordable but the goods sold in the floating market are kind of expensive compared to the ordinary markets. Also, don’t be too surprised when the river has a traffic, too because the floating market tends to get crowded due to tourist influx.

Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Cost: $2

sunset ambiance at Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Can’t think of what to do in Southeast Asia? Go to Thailand’s temples! The Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most sacred temples in Thailand. According to legend, the temple was built in 1386 to hold a Buddha’s shoulder bone. One of those bones was mounted on a sacred white elephant who then climbed Doi Suthep mountain. After trumpeting three times, the elephant laid down and died in the jungle. The place where he lay is where Doi Suthep’s temple was founded.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple also houses a meditation center where you can learn and practice meditation. And just a reminder, make sure you’re wearing proper clothes that cover your knees and shoulder before entering the temple as they are very strict with the dress code.

Eat Mango Sticky Rice

Location: Everywhere in Thailand

Cost: $1 – $5

colorful mango sticky rice in thailand

Oh when in Thailand, don’t you dare miss its famous delicacy—mango sticky rice! The mango is paired with sweet glutinous sticky rice with coconut milk. It’s very delicious and very filling that could already be an alternative meal. If you’re an adventurous foodie, you can try different flavors of mango sticky rice. Some sell it with colorful sticky rice with different flavors.

Malaysia 

Explore Batu Caves

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cost: Free

colorful stairs at batu caves

One of the best things to do in Southeast Asia that you shouldn’t miss is exploring Batu Caves. It houses several caves and Hindu shrines. While you’re there, you can visit the three main caves composing the Batu Caves: Art Gallery Cave, Museum Cave, and Cathedral cave—the most famous cave. To reach it, visitors must climb to 272 steps. The interior of which is decorated with ornate Hindu shrines and features a large opening at the top where the sunlight streams through.

Visit National Planetarium

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Cost: $3

students enjoying the planet exhibit

If you’re a science geek or just someone who loves astronomy, the National Planetarium (Planetarium Negara KL) is for you. It’s a fun and educational place to learn about the planet and universe. The main entrance shows a teleport chamber which leads into a series of halls containing two planetariums that have interactive exhibits: the touch-screen interactive computers and hands-on experiments, plus a Space Theater.

Eat at Purradise Cat Cafe

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cost: $5

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Want a taste of a different cafe vibe? Check out the Purradise Cat Cafe where you’ll dine with cats of different breeds! Oh the cat moms are so gonna love this! While in the cafe, you may play with the cats, feed them and even take them home!

Singapore 

Watch a free movie

Location: Sentosa, Siloso Beach

Cost: Free

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On selected weekends and holidays, you can watch a free movie screening of popular movies at Sentosa. This is perfect for families and couples who want an unforgettable evening of entertainment under the stars. Watching a free movie by the beach is definitely one of the best budget things to do in Southeast Asia!

For more information about the movie screenings and date, check out their website.

Visit the Singapore Art Museum

Location: 8 Queen St., Singapore

Cost: $10

facade of singapore art museum

The Singapore Art Museum exhibits international contemporary art practices, specializing in Singapore and Southeast Asia. SAM houses the world’s largest collection of modern Southeast Asian art. From film to experimental media, you won’t find the typical oil paintings here.

Explore the Gardens by the Bay

Location: Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore

Cost: Free

people strolling around the gardens by the bay at night

If you don’t know what to do in Southeast Asia, just explore Gardens by the Bay and you’ll never be disappointed. It’s like being in a whole new universe when you enter. Entrance to this beautiful park is free and getting a glimpse of the giant SuperTree Grove is simply a Singapore-must. Come at night and enjoy a spectacular sight as the trees light up during the Garden Rhapsody lights show.

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