Solidaridad Bookstore | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

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Established in 1964 by F. Sionil Jose, the National Artist for Literature, Solidaridad Bookshop is the first air-conditioned bookstore in the Philippines. Back in the '60s, the bookstore used to be a cultural complex with an art gallery, and originally sold books from the US and UK. Today, Solidaridad remains a small yet potent bookstore. It sells various books in humanities, from the classics and the contemporary, the literary and the philosophical, to the economic and the political, all the way from the East to the West. The excellent collection of titles is moderated by the National Artist himself. Since 1964, Solidaridad Bookshop has withstood the test of time when all the establishments surrounding it have come and gone. Once called the “best little bookstore in Asia”, Solidaridad is one quick stop to grab a book for a long bus ride in the Philippines.
Open: Monday - Saturday, 9pm - 6pm
Address: 531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, City of Manila, Metro Manila
Fee: Pay as you buy
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Nearby attractions

Museo Pambata
Attraction
0.55 km away

Museo Pambata (Museum for Children) in Manila is a two-storey learning playground for children—and adults who wish to be a child once again. The ground floor is home to four thematic rooms. The Old Manila Room features a kiddie version of a Spanish Galleon Ship, the Binondo Church, and the Bahay na Bato. The Kalikasan Room introduces the children to the environment. The Children in the Global Village Room showcases various toys from all over the world. Similarly, the second floor bears four thematic rooms as well. The How Our Body Works Room is a crash course to the various human organs. The Marketplace is a hallway of stores and establishments. The Career Options Room is where kids could spark their imagination and draw about their dream careers. The I Love My Planet Earth Room displays exhibits on climate change and other environmental issues.

National Museum of Natural History
Attraction
0.61 km away

The National Museum of Natural History is the latest addition to the National Museum Complex. This much more interactive museum is all about the flora, fauna, and animals found within the country. Each hall in the museum follows a theme, depending on the type of animals displayed there. A few examples of the halls are the ocean, mangroves, air, and many more. One of the centerpieces of the museum is the taxidermied skin of the mighty Lolo, the largest crocodile in captivity.

National Museum of Natural History
Attraction
0.61 km away

The National Museum of Natural History is the latest addition to the National Museum Complex. This much more interactive museum is all about the flora, fauna, and animals found within the country. Each hall in the museum follows a theme, depending on the type of animals displayed there. A few examples of the halls are the ocean, mangroves, air, and many more. One of the centerpieces of the museum is the taxidermied skin of the mighty Lolo, the largest crocodile in captivity.

Things to do nearby

Siklesa in Manila With Lost Juan
₱2500.00
Experience
Cultural experiences
0.65 km away

  • Experience this fun and exciting Siklesa joy ride in Manila with Lost Juan and his gang! 
  • Activities include food tripping in Binondo, sightseeing in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Intramuros, spotting BGC's murals and art installations, and touring the world-class Mind Museum!

Intramuros Walking Tour by Don't Skip Manila
₱1900.00
Experience
Cultural experiences
0.65 km away

  • Revisit your history lessons as you stroll along Manila's streets from past to present. (Read more)
  • Discover the Philippines' tragedies, tolerance, and triumphant recoveries from colonial influences
  • Visit some of Manila's oldest structures in Escolta 
  • Indulge in authentic Filipino dishes at Seascape Village for lunch, Manila's Seafood Paluto Market. 
  • Make your own miniature Intramuros (cut and build) while you learn about its story. (Buy this now)

National Museum Tour
₱950.00

  • Explore Philippine history through impressive collections of artifacts that date back from the prehistoric times up to the modern days.
  • Spend the day touring the three building of the National Museum complex (National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of  Fine Arts, and the National Museum of Anthropology)
  • See ancient artifacts like the famous 'Manunggul jars', Anito carvings, and weapons that shaped the Filipino culture to what it is today.
  • Marvel at the masterpieces by Juan Luna like the famous Spoliarium and the controversial The Parisian Life.
  • Witness the taxidermied body of Lolong, the 20-feet freshwater crocodile that used to be the largest in captivity.

Where to stay

Manila Lotus Hotel
₱2071.00
Hotels and homes
0.08 km away

Manila Lotus Hotel is an illustrious landmark in the historic district of Ermita. A familiar base for city travelers, it features a mix of contemporary comforts and old charm that comes at a reasonable price.Our hotel welcomes guests into clean and well-maintained rooms that surpass expectations. We provide indispensable facilities that afford convenience and an opportunity to make the most of their vacation. Our address also warrants accessibility for holidaymakers and business executives.Simply put, ours is the best place in the area where you can bask in modest indulgence.

Citystate Tower Hotel
₱2550.00
Hotels and homes
0.10 km away

Citystate Tower Hotel is at the heart of culturally rich and historic district of Ermita in Manila, Philippines. Vibrant night and day, the district is bustling with activity from nearby business, commercial establishments, entertainment and recreation centers it hosts.With close proximity to embassies, famous landmarks, parks and sites of interest, Citystate Tower Hotel boasts of well-appointed rooms, good food, spacious banquet halls, and sunshine-friendly staff.Only 8 km from the international and domestic airports, and a hop and skip away from the Light Rail Transit (LRT). This hotel in Ermita Manila is an ideal destination for local and foreign travelers alike.But more than being an impressive-looking glass and concrete structure in Ermita, it has been, throughout the years, a party place, a business and convention center, a destination where to enjoy sumptuous meals, friendship and family. Your home away from home where your pleasure is our business.

Cover yourself with ease inside our clean, cozy, and affordable Manila accommodations. All are complete with stylish furniture, efficient amenities, and a pleasant ambience perfect for rest. Each room is equipped with an electronic door lock, refrigerator, hot and cold water, NDD/IDD phone, and cable TV.

Expect a relaxing experience when you stay at our hotel in Manila. We have a variety of top-notch facilities and services that guarantee an easy-going time from arrival to check-out. Take advantage of our business center, rejuvenate your body and senses with a massage, or visit our music lounge to unwind even more. Aside from these, we also feature spacious function rooms that can accommodate your social events.

With our promos and packages, Metro Manila becomes an even more alluring destination for travelers on a tight budget. Whether you are in town to attend to business or to explore the historical gems in the capital, there will be a promo that suits your needs at Citystate Tower Hotel.


Gran Prix Manila
₱1312.00
Hotels and homes
0.10 km away

Located along the street of Ermita, our affodrable hotel will provide you great access to the Metro Manila’s tourist's destinations that can range from colonial-style buildings to vibrantly lit clubs.

If you’re on a tight budget, our Manila hotel’s accommodation suites are the best option. In fact, we have a restaurant and bar which offer large variety of affordable dishes.

Getting there and around

531 Padre Faura St., Ermita, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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