Sometimes, the week gets hectic, and you just can’t wait for the weekend. Or maybe there’s a holiday and you don’t want to bother leaving Manila. You won’t have any reason to worry about your itinerary, because you’ll never run out of things to do and places to go. The city has a wide variety of establishments that offer goods and services to satisfy anyone’s wants and needs. A general web search would suggest the usual places, like museums, monuments and restaurants. But sometimes, you may find yourself looking for something out of the ordinary.

In the past few years, creative minds have graced this city with peculiar things. It adds another layer to the beloved metropolis, making for a more interesting stay. In a response to a demand for unconventional forms of leisure, we have listed down some of the most unusual things to do in Manila:

Meet New People at Z Hostel

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Since you’re seeking something different, maybe you need a change of environment. Book a room at Z Hostel, depending on how many people you’re willing to share a room with. Rest assured, you will encounter different kinds of individuals. Some of them may be just having a staycation just like you, and some of them may also be people from different cities all over the world. It makes for an interesting stay to kickstart a great time to unwind in the city.

Located in Don Pedro St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City | Instagram: @zhostelph | Contact: (632) 856 0851

Solve a Case in Mystery Manila

If you’re looking for some mystery and thrills this Halloween, make sure to check this place out. You get to choose a room with a theme, and each room contains clues that you have to find in order to solve the mystery under 60 minutes. The quicker you unravel the puzzle, the better the prizes. If you fail to solve it within 60 minutes, you can always extend your time for a discounted fee.

Open 1PM to 9PM in Century City Mall and Jupiter in Makati, Eastwood in Quezon City, and Ayala Malls the 30th in Pasig | Instagram: @mystery_manila | Contact: (02) 501 2824

Release your Anxiety at The Break Room

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Maybe you’re having a stressful week. Your girlfriend just broke up with you. Or perhaps you just want an outlet for your inherent urge for senseless anarchy, without being judged. The Break Room is the perfect place to release all those burdens, via baseball bats hitting inanimate objects. After 30 minutes of entropy, you come out of that place with a clearer mind and a lighter heart.

Open 1PM to 9PM in Paragon Plaza Reliance Street, along EDSA Mandaluyong | Facebook: The Break Room PH | Contact: 0927 257 1602

Realize your Sweet Dreams at Dessert Museum

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The Dessert Museum houses an entirely new world within its doors. Bright colors reminiscent of candy fill the walls of the rooms that have swings, slides and suspended pink donuts. This makes for instagrammable backdrops perfect for capturing a fun afternoon out with your girlfriend. And to make things even better, you get to try the desserts that fit the theme of each room.

Open 10AM to 10PM in Conrad Hotel Manila, Pasay City | Instagram: @dessertmuseum  | Contact: (02) 838 7927

Test your Fear of Heights at The Flying Trapeze BGC

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This place is not for the faint of heart. But for thrill-seekers who have a knack for swinging around from high places, The Flying Trapeze BGC has you covered. They offer two hour classes that you can book online, and it’s definitely something you wouldn’t expect to find in the middle of a city.

Check their website for available classes, located in Federacion Drive corner 9th Ave. Bonifacio Global City| Instagram: @trapezeph | Contact: 0917 242 0331

Let the Adrenaline Rush at Ninja Academy

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If you don’t think there is enough room around you to fulfill your adrenaline rush, try taking a class at Ninja Academy. Learn the basics of parkour and more, and live the dream of being one of those guys that can jump between buildings like it’s no big deal. They also offer fitness programs, and strength and endurance training, so be sure to check them out whatever your exercise agenda may be.

Open 1PM to 9PM on Mondays-Fridays, 10AM to 9PM on Saturdays, and 10am to 5PM on Sundays | Instagram: @ninjaacademyph  | Contact: 0917 146 4652

Do you know other places in Manila that offer unorthodox kinds of entertainment? Have you been to any of these places? Let us know in the comments!

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