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

Solidaridad Bookstore | Photo by XPLORRA
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
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.

Rizal Park (Luneta) in Manila
0.65 km away

Built in 1902, Rizal Park was designed by American architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham. It was chosen to be the seat of American Government during the American Occupation. Its surrounding open spaces and gardens used to be a venue for the members of the elite class to socialize and host formal events. In 1913, Luneta was renamed Rizal Park, after the Philippines' National Hero and intellectual giant Dr. Jose Rizal. Rizal Park is now being revitalized as the largest urban park in Asia, with its historical monuments, gated ornamental gardens, family activities, and recurring free shows and events. The park has thirty (30) attractions and recreation areas, some of which have a minimal admission fee.

Puerta Real and Revellin Real de Bagumbayan
1.00 km away

Built in 1663, this gate played a huge part in big occasions and ceremonies. This gate is exclusively for the Governor-General and would be used for state occasions. The original gate faces the village of Bagumbayan, where Filipinos reside. The original structure was damaged during the British invasion in 1762 but parts of the present Puerta that we see today are the restored version that was built in 1780. More parts of the structure suffered wars and battles, especially during the infamous 1945 Battle of Manila. During the American occupation, some parts of it were refurbished into an aquarium and were also used as barracks during World War II.

Things to do nearby

Siklesa in Manila With Lost Juan
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
Cultural experiences
0.65 km away

  • Revisit your history lessons as you stroll along the Manila's streets from past to present
  • 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. 

National Museum Tour

  • 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
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
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.

Cherry Blossoms Hotel
Hotels and homes
0.16 km away

Amidst the lively district of Ermita, Cherry Blossoms Hotel Manila offers a blend of tranquility and convenience. They have well-appointed rooms, a classy restaurant that serves good food, a homey coffee shop, and a versatile banquet hall that can accommodate any milestone event. You can also turn to our competent staffs who will happily assist you any time during your stay.An ideal place to stay for all travelers, the hotel is a hop-and-skip away from the Light Rail Transit (LRT). Being located in an accessible area, you can go explore the city and go wherever you like. Cherry Blossoms Hotel pledges to give you a pleasurable stay when it comes to business and leisure. Their warm welcome and room features will give you every reason to claim this place your second home in Manila, Philippines.

Our hotel offers 145 rooms. There are 6 accommodation types, so you're sure to find one most suitable for your company. The accomodation types include a Suite, 2-Level Suite, Deluxe, Superior Queen, Superior Twin, and a Premium. Each room has been fully fitted with air-conditioning, an IDD/NDD phone, hot and cold shower, and a refrigerator. Entertainment is also provided in the form of piped-in music and cable TV. Room rates are for single or double occupancy inclusive of breakfast. Explore our promos for even better accommodation deals, so you can enjoy your stay in Manila to the fullest.

Apart from our comfortable lodgings, our hotel imparts great convenience during your stay. One of them includes a function room that comes with an elegant set-up service suitable for any special milestone event. With our special packages, we offer a moment you will cherish at reasonable rate. Our hotel caters you to amenities that include parking, transportation to nearby places, laundry, and many more. From our room accommodation to our facilities, everything you need is all here. There will be no difficulty finding your place of home in Cherry Blossoms Hotel Manila.

Within a convenient distance around the vicinity of the hotel are a variety of locations suitable for business and pleasure. Feel free to explore the historical beauty of the Philippines at the walled city of Intramuros. Immerse yourself in a more modern tourist spot like Manila Ocean Park, SM Mall of Asia and other delightful commercial spots.

Getting there and around

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

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