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Where to Eat: Binondo’s Top Food Crawl Spots!

Where to Eat: Binondo’s Top Food Crawl Spots!


Ela Bendaña January 12, 2019 Food & Drink

Start the year with some Chinese! The beginning of another lunar year is just around the corner and that also signals the perfect time to celebrate and have some dose of the richest cultures in town. The best way to start the festival: a Binondo food crawl!

Check out some of the top food spots that you may want to consider for your next trip:

Dong Bei Dumplings

First on the list is Dong Bei, one of the most popular restaurants in Binondo. It is known for homemade Chinese food, including everyone’s favorite dumplings which they usually prepare on the spot — right in front of customers. The place may not look like the usual food spot from the outside, but rest assured that it serves the best dumplings in town!

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Dong Bei Dumplings is located at 642 Yuchengco Corner V. Tytana Street, Binondo, Manila and open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant

More than 60 years have passed but this Chinatown food spot still hasn’t lost its grace. Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant has been serving their one-of-a-kind fried chicken and oyster cakes since 1956. Considering the surging number of good reviews from customers all over the web, this is definitely worth a try!


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Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant is located at 497 Yuchengco St, Binondo, Manila and open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Ying Ying Tea House

Ying Ying Tea House offers a wide variety of food that ranges from authentic Chinese dim sum, noodles, to exotic dishes like frog legs and innards — perfect for your adventurous food buddies!


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Drop by Ying Ying Tea House at 233-235 Yuchengco St, Binondo, Manila. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Cafe Mezzanine

Unlike most restaurants in Chinatown, Cafe Mezzanine, also called the “The Fireman’s Coffee Shop,” serves a more cozy and friendly ambiance that anyone would love basking into after a tiring day-long trip around Binondo. It is owned by a former volunteer firefighter and is dedicated to the Paco Binondo Paco Fire Search and Rescue Brigade.


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Cafe Mezzanine is situated at 650 Ongpin St, Binondo, Manila and ready to serve daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Eng Bee Tin and Ho-Land Hopia & Bakery

A Chinatown food crawl will never be complete without a pack of hopia and a box of tikoy. Eng Bee Tin and Ho-Land are the top spots for these treats, almost full with customers shopping for mooncakes and rice cakes everyday.


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Eng Bee Tin has multiple branches around the area, while Ho-Land is located at 551 Yuchengco St. Binondo, Manila.

Big Scoop Ice Cream

Just a few meters away from Ongpin is Escolta Street that has always been a highlight of all Old Manila walks. One of the spots here is the Escolta Ice Cream and Snack, now known as Big Scoop Ice Cream. Aside from affordable cold treats, they also offer meals and light snacks- the sole reason why this became so popular among the residents nearby.


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Big Scoop is located at 282 Escolta St, Binondo, Manila.

So, have you plotted your food trip yet?

(Cover photos from Food for Tata’s official Instagram page (@sheroseontimare) and @coiisthename)