Makati (or Makati City) lies in the heart of big Metro Manila and is known for its upscale shopping malls home to high fashion brands, restaurants, hotels and affluent Filipinos.
Makati City's cost of living is significantly higher compared to neighboring Filipino cities, owing primarily to its skyrocketing real estate value and relatively upscale commercial and residential selections. However, compared to other major cities of the world, Makati City offers service, accommodations, and value that are less expensive. Furthermore, bargains comparable to other Philippine cities may be found in certain areas in Makati, such as Makati Cinema Square, The Landmark, Cash & Carry, and Guadalupe Mall, that even for the most jaded backpacker will make a stay in Makati more than economical. When one is in Metro manila, one has to pick a locale to preside in, or suffer the traffic in travel. Makati for better or worse is the best choice for many people, particularly those with a higher budget.