For an adventure that will make you feel like you traveled back in time but still have fun in a modern way, Escolta is the perfect place for you!
Calle Escolta is a place filled with history. Back in the 1900s, Escolta has been called the “Queen of Streets” where Manileños went to shop, work, and eat.
There are many ways to get to Escolta and it’s easy as one, two, three! You can get there by train, jeep, or even by ferry.
As soon as you get off the Carriedo Station of LRT, head to Plaza Sta. Cruz and you will immediately find the neo-classical Don Ramon Santos building. The building used to belong to Prudential Bank before it was bought by the Bank of the Philippine Islands.
This famous plaza was known for its detailed decorations and columns that gives a glimpse of how glamorous the street of Escolta was in the past.
Calvo Museum is another notable place that you must visit when you wander along the streets of Escolta. This museum features the old Philippine pop culture. Get to see the movie posters of young Gloria Romero and other renowned artists from the Golden Age of Philippine Cinema!
As you stroll along the streets of Escolta, you’ll get tired and your tummy will start calling out your name. You don’t have to worry because food stops are a stone’s throw away where you can enjoy good food and have time for a quick recharge.
Escolta Ice Cream and Snacks also known as Big Scoop Ice Cream is one of the most famous food stops in Calle Escolta. The ice cream parlor not only serve ice cream in various flavors, but also serve value meals such as Hamburger Steak, Fried Chicken, Boneless Pork Chop, and more. You can choose among over 30 delectable ice cream flavors including Mango Royale, Chocolate Cashew, and more.
Make sure to also visit the classic Chinese-Filipino bakery Polland Hopia Cafe located near the El Hogar building at the end of Escolta street. Plenty of savory surprises await you as they offer Chinese delicacies like tikoy, hopia, and others.
For people who likes partying and having a drink, there is also a spot in Escolta where you can bring your friends and have fun all night long. Fred’s Revolucion is located right at the ground floor of First United Building at 413 Escolta.
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Escolta is a very important street in Manila because it lines an avenue of history and stories. The buildings add a lot to the street’s uniqueness and charm and has the aura of romanticism, a perfect place to have nice memories.
The street may not be as beautiful as it was before but it’s a relief that some groups are now working on its revival. It does not really matter what the place looks like, what’s important are the memories you get to cherish forever.