In the heart of metropolitan Manila sits the lively and restless Makati city centre, right in the middle of the massive urban sprawl which makes up the Philippine capital. Makati is the commercial heart of the Manila metropolitan region which makes it the city’s cultural and entertainment hub as well. If Makati is the heart of Manila, then the heart of Makati is definitely the gigantic Ayala Centre that dominates the city’s central business district.

Located along the Ayala Avenue, the Ayala Centre is a vibrant and active shopping mall complex of massive proportions that draws many thousands of local and foreign visitors each day. This popular urban icon which covers over fifty hectares of prime urban land is the place to be when you’re out looking for a rewarding shopping, dining and entertainment experience underneath the colours, lights and dazzle which is stylized in urban Asia. Home to more than seven upmarket super-malls, Ayala Centre is a craftily designed piece of urban architecture, where you will experience and interesting and effortless journey from one place to another among the multitude of shops, theatres, cinemas, cafes, parks and restaurants that pack the place. The Ayala Centre is also home to the Ayala Museum which showcases the colourful history of Philippines thorough the ages, throwing in a bit of cultural esteem to the already interesting mix.

Each shopping mall in Ayala Centre has several cinemas, theatres and many restaurants under its wing. The planning has been carried out to a meticulous degree to ensure that each shopping mall experience is quite different from the other, where one would have a cosy and laid back atmosphere which will give way to an experience with more glamour and glitz in the next with many interesting twists and turns along the way such as specially hosted entertainment events and mega-promos like live ballets, pop concerts and Christmas events which the shoppers and diners can enjoy and take part in.

Several Manila serviced apartments and luxurious hotels can also be found here for your convenience. On your preference, it could be an affordable yet classy Makati apartment like the well known Ascott Makati. With Ayala Centre’s shopping, dining, entertainment and classy accommodation, the question is whether you need an excuse to stay elsewhere in Manila.