The Big Binondo Food Wok (Private Tour) | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila

Binondo Food Wok
Guided food tour
Walking tour
Cultural experiences
Earliest availability: March 27, 2019
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Up to 3 hours and 30 minutes


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Put aside three hours of non-stop culinary treat as we eat our way around the most intimate alleys of Binondo! We'll horse around the streets taking in Tsinoy history, chomping down food and gorging on specialty treats as we nibble our way down through Chinatown! Definitely a wok for your stomach and the soul!


  • Private tour
  • Tasting menu

Who can come

Guests of all ages can attend. If you bring guests who are under 18 years of age, it’ll be the responsibility of the guardian to make sure the activities they participate in are age-appropriate.

Terms and conditions

How will I recognize the guide? 
Easy! Just look for the fellow who is wearing a blue Old Manila Walks shirt or the one waiving our distinctive Old Manila Walks brochure. 

How long do the walks last? 
Depends on the group size and pace. Normally, the Binondo Food Wok and San Miguel-Malacañang walk takes 3.5 hours (eating stops included); Intramuros, the Chinese Cemetery, and the Corregidor walk is 2.5 hours, while the Halo Halo Espesyal combo tour takes about 4.5 hours. The time durations are estimates. 

What is the language medium of the tour? 
Unless otherwise specified, all tours are done in English. Tagalog and Mandarin (華語) guided walks are available upon request. 

How do I get to the meeting point? 
You drive or take public transportation. Contact us for directions. 

Do all tours include food? 
No, only the Binondo (Chinatown) and San Miguel-Malacañang does. The former consists of several food tastings within Binondo while the latter ends with a merienda meal. Should you opt to cap-off with your tour with a meal, we can arrange an optional lunch or dinner. 

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies? 
Please be sure and let us know if you or anyone in your group has dietary restrictions (e.g., vegetarian, halal, allergies) for us to prepare beforehand. 

Are walks given year-round? 
Yes. We have pre-scheduled open tours—meaning anyone can sign up—every weekends and on select weekdays. You may also choose to open your own tour at any date of your convenience (subject to guide availability). Contact us for bookings. 

Do you have tours on holidays? 
Yes, tours are scheduled or can be arranged even on a declared holiday except for Good Friday and Christmas Day. Note that there is a surcharge for tours booked on holidays and is subject to guide availability. 

What if it rains? 
Bring an umbrella. Scheduled walks are almost never cancelled unless there is a really bad typhoon (natural or political) or when the booking participant cancels. Note that almost all our walks (except for Corregidor and the Chinese Cemetery) are designed to be partly indoors so as to make it easier and weather-proof for everyone. 

What about kids? 
We love having them especially for a school-enhancement activity! Basic parental or teacher guidance is requested. We do our best to make history, culture, and trying out new types of food to be as fun and interesting as playing dolls and computer games!

Do you arrange private walks? 
Yes we do. Exclusivity of tours can be guaranteed for groups of twenty (20) participants or more upon request. Contact us to make a reservation. 


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09:00 AM
Start of tour

  • Plaza Calderon dela Barca
  • Basilica de San Lorenzo Ruiz
  • Ongpin Street
  • Traditional Chinatown shops and restaurants
  • Carvajal Alley Market

Nearby attractions

Binondo Church
0.14 km away

Binondo Church, or the Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, is one of the many baroque Spanish churches that peppered the country during the 16th century. It was named after the first Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz, who was himself a sacristan in the church during his younger days. Since its establishment in 1596, Binondo Church was struck by an earthquake in 1863, and was bombed twice by Englishmen in 1762 and by Americans during the World War II. It was renovated several times, most recently in 2004, when the church was restored through the assistance of the Doña Salustiana Dee Foundation. While its architecture is Spanish, the octagonal shape of its tower was influenced by the Chinese during one of the church's renovations. Holy Mass here alternates between Tagalog and English. 

Escolta Museum
0.55 km away

Escolta Museum is a time machine to the old and elegant Manila. The museum has three small sections. The center section, or the entranceway, displays old photographs of Manila. The left wing displays vintage collections of sophisticated colored bottles from 1910 to 1960, and vintage print advertisements featuring ads on films, carnivals, appliances, and Filipiniana music. Meanwhile, the right wing displays old newspapers, journals, and reviews from the late 18th century to the early 19th century. These materials are printed in either Old Tagalog, Spanish, or English.

Sta Cruz Church
0.63 km away

The Jesuit missionaries built the Sta. Cruz Church in 1608. It was strategically located in the outskirts of Chinatown near Binondo to cater to the Chinese converts in Manila. The initial structure of Sta. Cruz Church had been partially damaged by two earthquakes and was completely devastated by the Battle of Manila in 1945 during the Japanese occupation. The current structure of the church was erected in 1957 and bears the characteristics of Spanish Baroque architecture. Nestled on top of the facade of the church is the image of Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the church's patroness. The side chapel has an image of La Pieta, a sculpture of the dead body of Jesus Christ being cradled by His mother, Mary. Another interesting feature of the church is the wooden cross found at the center of the crypt that contains carvings depicting the Way of the Cross.

Where to stay

Vista Hotel Recto
Hotels and homes
0.76 km away

Located along Claro M. Recto Avenue in Santa Cruz, Vista Hotel Recto welcomes you to its minimalist interiors that provide a hint of subtle elegance to your experience. You will be greeted by its friendly staff that will assist you with the services they offer like wake-up calls and cleaning services. The accommodation is just within walking distance of the LRT Doroteo Jose Station, but it also offers shuttle services so you can get around the city easier. For guests who opt to bring their own vehicles, there are secure parking spaces onsite. The hotel is also just a short jeep ride to Divisoria where bargain finds are dime-a-dozen

Whether you are in Manila for business or leisure, Vista Hotel Recto promises you a good night's sleep with its array of cozy rooms that are well-appointed with modern amenities. Each room is fully air conditioned and features a TV and WiFi internet. The private toilets and baths come with hot and cold shower and bidet. There are also towels and toiletries provided. 

Vista Hotel Recto offers room services so you can enjoy delicious meals without having to step out of your room. It also has complimentary WiFi in the public areas so you can stay connected.

The city of Manila features varied attractions that will tickle the fancy of all kinds of travelers. History buffs will delight in the city's abundance of historic sites, including Rizal Park and the walled city of Intramuros. Shopaholics can head to Divisoria, Quiapo or Binondo to score some cheap but quality items. Nature lovers, on the other hand,  will surely love the scenic sunset at Manila Bay.

Citystate Hotel Palanca
Hotels and homes
0.78 km away

Set in a prime location of Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca puts everything the city has to offer just outside your doorstep. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at the Citystate Hotel Palanca. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms feature internet access - wireless, internet access - wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, television. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Manila, Citystate Hotel Palanca will make you feel instantly at home.

Citystate Hotel Quiapo
Hotels and homes
0.84 km away

Citystate Hotel Quiapo is conveniently located in the popular Quiapo area. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one. 24-hour room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, valet parking, room service, restaurant are just some of the facilities on offer. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Manila, Citystate Hotel Quiapo will make you feel instantly at home.

Getting there and around


Things to do nearby

Walk this Way: The Intramuros Performance Tour by Carlos Celdran

Wander with me around the walled city of Intramuros on a theatrical ride through the years 1571 until 1945. You’ll learn about Manila’s complex history as we laze under trees, snack on candy, and marvel at some of the oldest heritage structures in the Philippine archipelago. We’ll start our journey at the Fort Santiago by the Pasig River. We’ll see Plaza Moriones, the Manila Cathedral, the Plaza Roma and end our journey in front of the UNESCO world heritage site of San Agustin Church.There will be illusions. There will be candy. There will be buggy rides and theatre. We’ll talk about Filipino society, politics, history, art, religion, along with other topics that might make you laugh, cry. or possibly take offence. It’s performance art in the guise of a “walking tour”.

Destileria Limtuaco Museum
Museums and galleries
1.02 km away

Destileria Limtuaco, the oldest distillery in the Philippines, celebrates its 166th year with the opening of The Destileria Limtuaco Museum. Now open to the public, the museum showcases the company's fascinating legacy. The Limtuaco Legacy, straddles three centuries and three colonial eras, preserved in a quaint stone building in historical Intramuros. You are cordially invited to visit Destileria Limtuaco Museum and see this rare and unique showcase of Philippine history for yourself. Groups, student field trips, and tourist day trips are welcome.

Explore Intramuros with Bambike
Biking and hiking
1.29 km away

Cycle around historic walled city of Manila on a bamboo bike with Bambike Ecotours! The 2.5 hour guided bike tour goes through 8 to 10 major historical and cultural sites inside Intramuros. The tour is done in small intimate groups of around 5 to 10 people (with a maximum of 15 people). Choose from a wide variety of Bambike designs which include our signature Ligtasin Cove beach cruiser and Victoria city. Enjoy other Bambike designs as each Bambike is unique!

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