How is it like to celebrate Chinese New Year in the world’s oldest Chinatown? That’s what we want to discover when we went to Binondo in Manila last weekend.
Gerald and I decided to visit Binondo where the world’s oldest chinatown is located to experience how they celebrate Chinese New Year. As expected, it’s crowded in the area but thankfully we didn’t experience heavy traffic on our way.
When we arrived at Binondo Church around 1:00PM, we had no plans on where to go. It was really a random day, we just went around where our feet would take us. It was a gloomy day, and we had no umbrellas so we’re thankfully it didn’t rain that hard. A little towel is enough to cover my head. Haha.
We watched the parade, dragon dance and a few performances. We then found ourselves walking with the crowd until we found a restaurant. Finally, a place to fill our tummies!
It’s Cafe Mezzanine, and as we have expected, many people would be eating. We had to wait for around 20 minutes before we were given a vacant table. Good thing waiting for our orders didn’t take that long.
We only ordered few dishes because we were hoping to eat more in other restaurants. However as we found another restaurant called Dong Bei, the queue of people was really long! We immediately gave up because we couldn’t waste time falling in line. We also decided not to try in other restaurants anymore because we’re sure they’re all full as well.
What we did was we went to Lucky Chinatown Mall and just ordered from the food stalls.
After eating and having a few refreshments, we looked around and take photos and videos! :)
By 6:00PM we already left considering it might be traffic. Good thing there were enough jeepneys, we didn’t have any difficulty going out of the area.
Here’s a quick video to show you how we spent our Chinese New Year.
It was just a glimpse of how Chinese New Year is celebrated but we’re thankful. Hopefully on our next visit, we could try a Binondo Foodtrip. :)
It’s your turn!
- Do you celebrate Chinese New Year?
- Have you tried going on a Binondo Foodtrip? Any good restaurants you want to recommend?