Harbour Square

Harbour Square and the twenty restaurants within its ground are situated across Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), so it is the go-to place for hungry and thirsty CCP guests. It does not hurt that it has ample parking space for vehicles, which makes running to and from CCP on heels and/or tight fitting dresses manageable. My friends and I eat lunch or afternoon snacks in one of its restaurants before we watch a show or a film in CCP. We troop back to Harbour Square for dinner and free-flowing conversation. Dencio’s has been a favorite, mainly because it has tables that can seat large groups.

My last visit to Harbour Square was part of a planned day in that part of Manila. I arrived there before 6am. Although only a couple of places were open at that time, the area was bouncing with unbridled energy of active people jogging or dancing in the area. A couple of families spent the morning having an impromptu picnic while gazing at the not-so-murky water, not-so-large yachts and not-so-polluted Metro Manila sky. I spent two hours doing the same thing, mostly sitting Buddha style and soaking in the not-so-warm sun.

The entrance of Harbour Square.

The entrance of Harbour Square.

The walking or jogging path at the back of Harbour Square.

The walking or jogging path at the back of Harbour Square.

One of the open spaces is used as a place for early morning exercise. The blaring music was very upbeat. Passersby like me also moved with the beat. ☺

One of the open spaces is used as a place for early morning exercise. The blaring music was very upbeat. Passersby like me also moved with the beat. ☺

The early morning view of Manila Bay from Harbour Square

The early morning view of Manila Bay from Harbour Square

The view of docked boats and buildings along Roxas Boulevard from Harbour Square at around 7am.

The view of docked boats and buildings along Roxas Boulevard from Harbour Square at around 7am.

Some of the boats tethered to one side of Harbour Square

Some of the boats tethered to one side of Harbour Square

Another set of boats tied to the concrete breakwater of Harbour Square

Another set of boats tied to the concrete breakwater of Harbour Square

A fisherman used the rope of one of the boats to make his way to Harbour Square. Inside the pail with blue plastic cover were fish he caught in Manila Bay.

A fisherman used the rope of one of the boats to make his way to Harbour Square. Inside the pail with blue plastic cover were fish he caught in Manila Bay.

I know this is superfluous, but I like the color blue, so here we have a photo of the blue sky and somewhat blue water of Manila Bay.

I know this is superfluous, but I like the color blue, so here we have a photo of the blue sky and somewhat blue water of Manila Bay.

Harbour Square Restaurants:

This building with the Gangnam Style Korean BBQ is one of the more prominent signages that one sees right away.

This building with the Gangnam Style Korean BBQ is one of the more prominent signages that one sees right away.

Hap Chan and Pancake House in Harbour Square

Hap Chan and Pancake House in Harbour Square

Sizzlin’ Steak and Teriyaki Boy in Harbour Square

Sizzlin’ Steak and Teriyaki Boy in Harbour Square

Jollibee and Krispy Kreme in Harbour Square open early to feed hungry runners and aerobics enthusiasts.

Jollibee and Krispy Kreme in Harbour Square open early to feed hungry runners and aerobics enthusiasts. I have been to this particular branch of Jollibee many times, and their crew have always been nice. 🙂

Mang Inasal and KFC in Harbour Square

Mang Inasal and KFC in Harbour Square

Zucchero Café and Yellow Cab in Harbour Square

Zucchero Café and Yellow Cab in Harbour Square

Tajima and Starbucks Coffee in Harbour Square

Tajima and Starbucks Coffee in Harbour Square

Icebergs and Dencio’s in Harbour Square

Icebergs and Dencio’s in Harbour Square

The view of part of Harbour Square from CCP

The view of part of Harbour Square from CCP

Where: Harbour Square, Pedro Bukaneg Street, CCP Complex, Manila

How to get to Harbour Square: From Vito Cruz Station of LRT Line 1, walk to Pablo Ocampo Street. Turn right on Pablo Ocampo Street and walk straight. In 2-5 minutes, you will arrive at the jeepney station of orange jeepneys that will take you to the CCP Complex.

CCP Complex – Vito Cruz – Taft LRT jeepney also known as the orange jeep.

CCP Complex – Vito Cruz – Taft LRT jeepney also known as the orange jeep to CCP.

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