Poblacion might be known as a neighborhood packed with cool restaurants and cheap eats—not to mention a pretty colorful nightlife. If you’re planning a night out in the area and find yourself arriving a bit early (we suggest you do, anyway, since parking can be tricky), you might want to explore other things you can do in Poblacion. From cool shopping spots, grooming places, and pampering sessions, there’s lots to do in the neighborhood aside from eating and partying!
Here’s where you can shop, work out, and get some me-time in Poblacion:
It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that a super-cool vintage shop would fit right into the Poblacion vibe. This unique thrift shop at Pineapple Lab is only open Tuesdays to Sundays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and it’s home to hundreds of vintage pieces, including gorgeous Filipiniana from the owner’s personal collection. Apart from clothing, Glorious Dias carries local brands that create accessories, candles, and beauty products.
Glorious Dias is at Hollow Block, Pineapple Lab, 6053 R. Palma Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
This leather-crafting store offers leather products and specializes in bespoke leather pieces, whether it’s for personal use or for gifting. The Workshop also has homegrown brands Liana Rosa and Colony in stock—both offer local, sustainable, and handcrafted leather accessories. Take your pick from wallets, tote bags, backpacks, aprons, and some unique jewelry pieces. Pro tip: Try their popular gin buko, if you happen to catch them transform into a laid-back hangout place at night!
The Workshop is at 5856 Alfonzo Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
You wouldn't want to miss this cool retail space along Don Pedro Street: PURVEYR Post is a multi-brand store where you can shop clothes, bags, prints, accessories, candles, and more. Shop from brands like Basic Movement, Léon Denim, Proudrace, Saan Saan, Factory, Nomadic Tendencies, and more.
PURVEYR Post is at 5650 Don Pedro Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
Cornell’s Custom Tailors
If you try asking for recommendations for a good tailor in Manila, Cornell’s Custom Tailors is sure to be a common answer. It’s easy to spot this no-frills tailor shop along Kalayaan Avenue. Whether you need a barong or a three-piece suit or even work shirts tailor-made, Mang Cornell has got your back with his wide selection of fabrics and years of tailoring experience.
Cornell’s Custom Tailors is at 8485 Kalayaan Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
Arrived a little too early for your night out? Give yourself a clean shave or a quick cut at this neighborhood barbershop. Another Barbershop is an #aesthetic barbershop tucked in one of Poblacion’s quieter streets, offering a great place to get groomed before a Pob crawl. Apart from fresh cuts and shaves, they also carry other grooming essentials, like pomades, shaving creams, perfumes, and more.
Another Barbershop is at 5880 Enriquez Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
If you feel like giving yourself a new look, this place is worth checking out. Qubo MNL, formerly known as KAPWA Studio, is a barbershop-slash-hair salon-slash-tattoo-shop. Located right smack in the middle of Poblacion, it’s a modernized bahay kubo (hence, the name) that offers quality (from which the “qu” in “Qubo” is derived) services, from men’s and ladies’ haircuts, color, and even tattoo services—including brow makeovers.
Qubo MNL is at 5650 Don Pedro Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
I’M Onsen Spa
Spoil yourself with a luxurious spa session at I’M Onsen Spa. Their Signature Treatment (P1,950) is a relaxing 60-minute massage that comes with a buffet you can enjoy after your treatment. We recommend arriving a bit earlier than your appointment so you can take your time enjoying the onsen, steam, and sauna rooms. If you’re in Poblacion to celebrate a special occasion, capping it off with a massage treatment (and buffet!) sounds like a good plan.
I’M Onsen Spa is at U/G I'M Hotel, Makati Avenue Corner Kalayaan Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
If you’re looking for a place where you can practice yoga in Poblacion, you won’t have to look too far: Beyond Yoga has a branch in Rockwell and they offer a variety of classes. Take your pick from Vinyasa, anti-gravity yoga, Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, and more. The studio is lined with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, allowing lots of natural light. If you’ve got somewhere to be after your class, Beyond Yoga has shower rooms so you can freshen up after your session.
Beyond Yoga is at 3/F 38 Rockwell, 38 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
Ritmus Pilates & Wellness
Ritmus Pilates & Wellness offers private one-on-one sessions—recommended for beginners—but they also have group classes for those who prefer practicing with other people. They have a variety of classes available, from mat Pilates to ones that involve the use of Reformer machines.
Ritmus Pilates & Wellness is at 2/F SJG Centre, 8463 Kalayaan Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
The Social on Ebro
Home to a handful of eateries, The Social is where you can grab a bite, have a drink, and do some retail therapy while you're at it. There's a dedicated space in the hub where The Social can host pop-ups for cool brands—some of them include Viajecito, Piopio, Happy Jammies, and KM43, among others. Check out The Social's Facebook page so you can keep tabs on what brands you can expect to shop when you drop by.
The Social on Ebro is at 5770 Ebro Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City.
* This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.