The word “artsy” may have you instantly thinking of art, creativity, or even photography. These days, most people use “artsy” to describe a colorful personality, an interesting brand, or stylish photos posted on social media. But in truth, being artsy is much, much more than that.
To be genuinely artsy, one has to let imagination and inspiration flow more freely and abundantly. How, you ask? It may be by capturing moments using a smartphone in a very unique way, or it could be by completely breaking away from stereotypes.
Over the years, Manila has seen the emerging presence of passionate individuals and various forms of artistic expression through different mediums and activities. So if you feel like being creative and trying something new, here are the top 10 attractions and things you can do in Manila to unleash the artsy spirit within you.
1. Make a stop at Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery
Having a deeper understanding and appreciation for art may seem overwhelming, but hey, it’s okay. In Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery, don’t be surprised to feel the art flowing through your veins because of how amazing it is to be there. The display of modern street art is something you will find simply stunning. Trade in your nightlife for a fun evening with friends at this art gallery.
2. Plan a Craft MNL date
No plans with friends yet? Craft MNL is the perfect group activity for you! Craft MNL is a home for artisans, or budding artisans. They hold varieties of workshops for groups led by great crafters and designers that will fascinatingly educate you with leather crafting, soap making, printmaking, wood carving, and many many more. Name it, and they have it!
3. Pay a visit to the Art Bar
Bagging art supplies has never been fun until the Art Bar opened. With its vibrant and eye-catching interiors, one wouldn’t mind staying there for long hours. Art Bar has the widest range of art supplies – paints, pen and markers, canvas and panels, brushes, crafts, and books! Many people visit to have a peace of mind and make it as their second home – art therapy!
4. Chill out like a pro in OTO
Who would want to miss a drinking ‘sesh’ in a music bar tied with snacks? After a long and busy day, unwind at OTO, where good music can give you an escape from the reality and hustle and bustle of daily city life. Also served are drinks and snacks for your tummy to complete your ideal chill out.
5. A silver lining found in Silverlens
If you are looking for the best place to shoot some Instagram-worthy photos for your, Silverlens is a spot. A cool feature for artists and visitor is the adjustable room lighting which can be controlled through a mobile app. With another room available for anyone to hang out in and take well-lit pictures, Silverlens is certainly the excellent place for your next selfie or barkada shoot!
6. Let Nova Gallery capture you
Channeling your inner Van Gogh? Contemporary and modern works stand out from Nova Gallery’s pristine white walls. One of the country’s prime event venues, Nova Gallery is also home to small and large exhibitions, and shows.
7. Be a gamer in Versus Barcade
Kiss adulting goodbye for a while, nostalgia hits with the country’s first ever indoor arcade and bar featuring well-loved games from our childhood. Versus Barcade’s motto is “Eat-Drink-Play,” so make sure to have fun and reach your top scores with booze and bites.
8. Revisit the past in Leon Gallery
Speaking of earlier times, historical artworks were said to be kept and sealed. But in Leon Gallery, you can pay a visit to gaze at a curated selection of important pieces of history – up close! Selling and acquiring art has been made easier here – online or in person, perfect for first-time buyers and collectors.
9. The wonders of Art Hub MNL
Time to get really artsy in Art Hub MNL, where an excellent team handles varieties of workshops that will release your Leonardo da Vinci skills! Teachers will be on ground to hold class trainings, encouraging everyone from newbies and pros to try and be that arsty person you imagine and aspire to be.
10. Magically experience Art in Island
Art in Island is an interactive art museum wherein you can take lots and lots of whimsical pictures with 3D artworks and backgrounds, making it look real. Best to visit with family and friends for a fun bonding experience.
Manila is brimming with artsy tourist attractions and activities close to top shopping districts, residential communities, and 5-star hotels. Make sure to include these stops in your list of things to do when you’re looking to embrace your artsy side.