Any pet-parent knows the struggle of making plans based on the convenience of their fur-babies. It’s having to research whether the mall or restaurant you want to go to allows pets inside or thinking up outing ideas beyond the usual neighborhood park. Thankfully, Metro Manila has become more and more pet-friendly over the past few years.
Aside from the usual malls that embrace pets (like SM Mall of Asia and Aura, Power Plant Mall, Tiendesitas, Venice Piazza), here are 10 other locations to spend some quality time with your fur-babies:
10. Uptown Mall (Uptown Complex, 36th Street, BGC)
The great thing about bringing your pet to Uptown mall is that Megaworld uses the Pet Pass system here in order to ensure the safety of both humans and pets. The Pet Pass is quite literally a pass certifying that your pet is fully updated with their vaccines and allowed to roam the mall. It creates an open and stress-free environment for everyone.
9. Bark Central (Eastwood Mall, Quezon City)
Another mall that makes use of the Pet Pass, Eastwood is generally open to pets as well. But one special feature that only Eastwood has is Bark Central, an indoor park where you can let your fur babies loose. They come complete with a ball pit, obstacle course, and cafe!
You can check out the list of requirements for a Pet Pass here.
8. Bonifacio High Street and Serendra (BGC)
One of the safest bets when it comes to spontaneous plans with your pet. Making a visit to Bonifacio High Street and Serendra is highly convenient since there are a number of restaurants with outdoor seating and all of the window shopping can be done al fresco.
7. Ayala Triangle (Paseo De Roxas St Cor. Makati Ave Cor Ayala Ave, Makati)
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Similar to Bonifacio High Street, Ayala Triangle is a good choice to entertain both fur-baby and human. The path is a popular choice for joggers, the garden open for picnickers or lawn games, and the restaurants are varied enough for there to be an option for everyone.
Management of Ayala Malls only requests that the pets be kept on leashes and for owners to act responsibly in both Bonifacio High Street and Ayala Triangle.
6. Arroceros Forest Park (A. Antonio Villegas Street, Ermita, Manila City)
Commonly known as the “last lung of Manila” this gem of a park is nestled away in the midst of urban Manila. As one of the last green spaces in the capital it really is a find for pet parents in the area. The riverside walkway and picturesque forestry will transport you and your pet to calmer surroundings.
5. La Mesa Eco Park (North Fairview, Quezon City)
A forested recreational park, La Mesa Eco Park houses several activities (though mostly for humans) and allows pets in its general premises. For a Php 50 entrance fee, you and your furbaby have the liberty explore their botanical gardens, paths and walkways, and camping grounds. Additional fees would allow you to go horseback riding, biking, fishing, and more.
4. Hachi Park (Circulo Verde, Calle Industria, Bagumbayan, Quezon City)
If you’re thinking that this park’s name sounds familiar, you’re right: it was named in honor of the famously loyal Hachiko. This park is actually an off-leash dog facility, meaning you’re free to take your pup off his leash and let him roam! Not to worry, the park is surrounded by a high fence so you and your pet can both enjoy the freedom.
3. BetterDog My Sunday Dog Park (De Jesus Oval, BGC)
Like Hachi Park, the BGC Sunday Dog Park is “is a controlled off-leash community dog park where dogs are allowed to be dogs!” From 8:30 to 10 AM then 3 to 6 PM on Sundays your pupper can get to socialize and bond with other dogs. Supervised by professionals from the BetterDog Canine Behavior Center, you rest assured that they will be in good hands. You can check this out for all rules and requirements needed to enter.
2. Greenbelt Park (Ayala Center, Makati)
While there are certain rules for pet presence within the Greenbelt malls (like pets needing to be in carriers or strollers), the park has no such constraints. As long as your pet is on a leash, both of you are free to explore the landscape and outside areas. It’s a good place to meet other pets or maybe even the ducks in the park’s pond!
1. Central Park at Greenfield District (Mayflower St., Mandaluyong)
A welcome respite from Mandaluyong’s busy Central Business District, this green space is a good option for some quality time with your pet. You’re free to roam the park, exercise and play with your pet, and even have a picnic. Additional entertainment can be found on the weekends in the form of an outdoor market and live music. There is even an occasional dog fair held twice or thrice a year, Paws in the Park!
What’s your favorite place to take your furbaby? Share recommendations and photos with us in the comments!