Rizal Park and the Ermita skyline

Ermita is a district in downtown Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.


Ermita takes its name from a hermitage (ermita in Spanish) containing a 16th-century image of Nuestra Señora de Guia that once stood on the site of today's Ermita Church.

Under American rule, this district became Manila's equivalent of Capitol Hill, with many important government structures rising around the large greensward of Luneta (now Rizal Park). Some of these government units have since moved out and the buildings subsequently turned into exhibition space for the National Museum and its sister institution, the Museum of the Filipino People (which occupy the old legislative building and the old Finance Department building, respectively).

Get in

By train

Ermita is served by three railway stations, all on the LRT Line 1. From the southernmost station, moving north towards the river:

By water bus

The Pasig River Ferry stops at Quezon Bridge (Lawton) station, near - you guessed it - Quezon Bridge, which is itself not far from Liwasang Bonifacio and the old Metropolitan Theatre. Note: The ferry service has reportedly been suspended for an indefinite period.

By taxi

Taxis from Manila International Airport will cost you a poverty-inducing 550PHP if you insist on taking a Car with driver from any of the rental car companies. The yellow taxis are official. metred airport taxis, the meter starts at 70 Peso. Regular metered taxis are also legitimate and can be had just by walking away from the airport a bit. As with the ride from the domestic airport, barring severe traffic, a trip to Ermita should not cost more than 200PHP


Museums and other points of interest

Parks, gardens, and monuments

The Rizal Monument in Rizal Park (Luneta)

Other landmarks

The Department of Tourism building (Rizal Park, Manila)
Manila Central Post Office Building


Take a walk up and down Adriatico street. Bars, restaurants and some pretty nice sidewalk cafes.




There are bars and nightclubs literally left and right. Go bar hopping. If you're into strip clubs, they got those too.

Manila Bay Cafe - The district's biggest 'meat market'. It's open 24 hours per day. Two Floors, Live Bands/Music, TV Screens. Good food, drinks and music.

I love the place.


Budget under 2000


Spa and Massage



The international telephone country code for the Philippines is 63. The area code for Metro Manila (including Ermita) is 2.

Go next

Within sight of Rizal Park is Ermita's famous next-door neighbour, the historic walled city of Intramuros.

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