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Binondo Food Trip 2024: BEST Restaurants and Food Stalls to Visit

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Binondo is one of the best foodie destinations in Manila. Featuring hole-in-the-wall restaurants and unassuming food stalls, it’s a great destination for families and friends who want to taste authentic Chinese dishes.

I’d already been on a Binondo food trip twice and both times were great. This is something that I probably won’t get tired of, as it’s relatively cheap and there are always new dining options to find. My latest visit fell on a weekend, and admittedly, I was caught off-guard with the long queues everywhere! Nonetheless, it was a happy (tummy) experience.

Here’s our updated guide on the best restaurants and food spots for those doing a DIY food trip in Binondo.

About Binondo

Couple shot in Binondo Chinatown
Welcome to Binondo Chinatown!

Binondo is known as “the oldest Chinatown in the world.” Its name is derived from the word “binundok”, which means low-lying hills.

It was established in the 1500s by the Spaniards as a settlement for the Catholic Chinese. It then grew as the center of trade in Manila. Today, it’s a cultural and foodie attraction with lots of restaurants serving affordable, delicious Filipino and Chinese delicacies such as dumplings, noodles, and rice meals.

Binondo is one of the spots in Manila for a food trip. Other places worth visiting include Maginhawa in Quezon City, Kapitolyo in Ortigas, and Poblacion in Makati.

Top-Rated Restaurants in Binondo

Whether it’s your first time in Binondo or here on a recurring visit, here are the tried-and-tested restaurants that you shouldn’t miss. We also included our opinions on those we’ve tried.

Note that operating hours may change without notice.

Wai Ying Fastfood

Group shot in Wai Ying Restaurant
Wai Ying Restaurant - asado/soy chicken rice

One of the most beloved restaurants in Binondo serving authentic Cantonese cuisines, from dumplings to rice meals. They have generous servings and their rice dishes can be good for sharing!

We personally loved their beef noodle soup and their other rice meals were good too.

  • What to order: Dimsum, dumplings, roasted duck rice, lemon chicken rice, soy/asado chicken rice, congee, beef noodle soup
  • Open hours: 7AM to 10PM

Lan Zhou La Mien

Lan Zhou La Mien is famous for their hand-pulled noodle soups. You can even witness a live demonstration of how they make the noodles.

  • What to order: Beef lamien
  • Open hours: 10AM to 9PM

Ying Ying Tea House

One of the top-rated restaurants in Binondo, Ying Ying Tea House offers affordable and delicious Chinese dishes such as congee, rice meals, dumplings, and noodles.

  • What to order: Dimsum (pork siomai, hakaw), chicken feet, yang chow fried rice, spare ribs tausi, and more
  • Open hours: 7AM to 10PM

Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant

Sincerity’s pride is their fried chicken, but you can also order other Chinese food such as pancit, lumpiang shanghai, and more.

  • What to order: Fried chicken, oyster cake, kikiam
  • Open hours: 9AM to 7PM (up to 2PM only on Sundays)

Cafe Mezzanine

Known as “The Fireman’s Coffee Shop,” this café donates their revenue to the Binondo Paco Fire Search and Rescue Brigade.

  • What to order: Soup #5, dumplings such as lava pao and xiao long bao
  • Open hours: 8AM to 9PM (opens early at 7AM on Sundays)

Chuan Kee Fast Food

Food at Chuan Kee
Food at Chuan Kee.

In the same building as Cafe Mezzanine, you’ll find Chuan Kee Fast Food. Chuan Kee Fast Food is the oldest fastfood restaurant in Binondo. They are known for their kiampong, gokhong, maki, and lechon kawali, as well as other Chinoy favorites.

We liked their kiam pong rice and xiao long bao, but some of their main dishes (particularly the fried chicken and pork asado) were rather ordinary. However, overall their food is decent and reasonably priced. Serving time is fast as well, so it’s great for groups.

  • What to order: Kiampong, pork maki mi
  • Open hours: 9AM to 9PM (opens early at 7AM on Sundays)

Best Snacks and Pasalubong

Dong Bei Dumplings

Dong Bei Dumplings - kuchay
Bestseller pork and kuchay dumplings.

This store is known for their pork and kuchay dumplings. You can order them steamed or fried for take-out or buy frozen packs for pasalubong.

We’d been here twice, and I actually liked the dumplings better before. I found the wrapper too thick for my taste, but my companions were happy about the food, so judge it for yourself.

  • Open hours: 8:30AM to 7PM (closes early at 6PM on Sundays)

New Po Heng Lumpia House

New Po Heng Lumpia House
Fresh lumpia.

Found along Carvajal Street, this nondescript food stall serves one of the best fresh lumpias (spring rolls) in Binondo, served with their own version of special sweet-spicy sauce.

This is one of my favorite food stops at Binondo as the quality of the food has remained the same over the years and the fresh lumpia is delish!

  • Open hours: 8:30M to 7PM (closes early at 6PM on Sundays)

Shanghai Fried Siopai

Located along Ongpin Street, this food stall serves cheap and delicious fried siopao that you can eat or take home as pasalubong.

  • Open hours: 7AM to 6PM

Eng Bee Tin

Eng Bee Tin - mooncakes
Famous mooncakes at Eng Bee Tin.

A visit to Binondo won’t be complete without buying food pasalubong from Eng Bee Tin. It’s most famous for its hopia and tikoy. I also recommend buying a box of pineapple cake, which is super addicting.

There is more than one branch of Eng Bee Tin in Binondo. Its flagship store, which is located in Ongpin Street, is a 2-storey building where can buy goods and dine in. They have an in-house restaurant called Great Buddha Cafe, located at the 2nd floor.

In 2023, they also launched a food stall at their flagship store, called Binondo Bites, which sells fried xiao long bao. This is one of the trendy food at Binondo.

  • Open hours: 7AM to 10PM

Polland Hopia Factory and Cafe

Established in 1966, this store serves different kinds of hopia (mung bean cake), as well as mooncakes, tikoy, and other delicacies.

  • Open hours: 8AM to 6PM (closes early at 5PM on Sundays)

Lord Stow’s Bakery

This bakery is famous for their egg tarts, which are soft and creamy – perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

  • Open hours: 9AM to 7PM

Other restaurants to try

Here are other worthwhile Binondo restaurants you can visit:

Vege Select

Formery known as Quan Yin Chay, Vege Select is a highly rated restaurant serving vegan and vegetarian dishes. Recently, they have become popular for their sugar-coated strawberries and other fruits.

  • Open hours: 6AM to 8PM

LGA Fast Food Estero

This canteen-style fastfood serves affordable meals, though they are mostly known for exotic dishes such as frog legs.

  • What to order: Fried garlic frog legs
  • Open hours: 9:30AM to 7:30PM


Established in the 1960s, it is one of the oldest restaurants in Binondo. Masuki serves comfort food, including their bestseller mami noodles.

  • What to order: Beef mami
  • Open hours: 7AM to 10PM

How to get to Binondo

The easiest way to commute to Binondo is by the LRT Station. Get off at either Carriedo Station (Sta. Cruz Church) or D. Jose Station (Binondo Church). From there, it’s a few minutes walk to Binondo.

If you’re bringing a car, here are the parking spaces available:

  • Mall parking: For secure parking, head to Lucky Chinatown Mall (open from 10AM to 9PM). It’s only a short walk to the food spots in Binondo.
  • Street parking: This is the cheapest option, as it only costs P50 for a whole day. However, it is difficult to find a free spot on weekends and holidays. An alternative would be the parking at Binondo Church.
  • Pay parking: You can find pay parking along Yuchengco St. and Escolta St. This is what we recommend especially if you’re visiting on a weekend.

Tips for Your Binondo Food Trip

Here are some commonly asked questions about Binondo:

  • Best time to visit: Binondo is a popular day tour in Manila, particularly during Chinese New Year where you can do a food crawl and see dragon dance performances at the same time. If you want to avoid the crowd, it’s best to go here on regular weekdays. If you’re going on weekends or holidays, prepare to wait in long queues especially in the popular restaurants.
  • What to wear: Wear breathable, comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear, as you’ll probably do a lot of walking.
  • What to bring: A bottle of water in case you get tired and thirsty; an eco-bag if you want to buy pasalubong.
  • How much is the budget: It depends on how many restaurants and food stalls you plan to visit. In a small group, a safe budget is around P1500 per person.
Couple shot in Binondo Church
Binondo Church.

Other things you can do in Binondo:

  • Visit the Binondo Church, which is a heritage site built during the Spanish period.
  • Drop by the Chinatown Museum to learn more about the history of Binondo.
  • Take a stroll around Binondo and visit general merchandise stores, jewelry shops along Ongpin Street, and feng shui and crystal stores. If you’re up for some fun activities, have your fortune read in the area! I had a tarot reading in our visit and it was one of the best ones I’ve had. (I’m an avid fan of tarot reading.)
  • Head to Manila Bay for the sunset.
Binondo Chinatown Museum display
At the Chinatown Museum.

Binondo Travel Tips:

  • Binondo is generally safe. However, as with other city locations, it’s best to practice good common sense and keep an eye on your belongings at all times.
  • Plan your itinerary and decide which food stops you want to visit ahead of time. Most likely, you’ll only visit around 5 restaurants / food stalls.
  • A food trip in Binondo is best done with a partner or friends, so you can share food and split expenses.
  • If you want the Binondo food trip experience but in a more convenient setting, you can go instead to Lucky Chinatown Mall where you can find Chinese restaurants such as King Chef, Shi Lin, and Sincerity, as well as pasalubong stores such as Eng Bee Tin. This tip is particularly useful for families with young kids in tow.

Book a Binondo food tour

For organized food trips in Binondo, it’s easiest to book via Klook.

Here’s a short video of our recent Binondo food trip:


Binondo Food Trip + Chinatown Museum and had my fortune read. Weekend well spent. #binondofoodtrip #binondo #foodtiktokph

♬ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – Gabriela Bee

Have you been to Binondo food crawl? What are your favorite restaurants and recommendations? Let us know in the comments section below!

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