Ayala Triangle Gardens at Night

Friday, 5 October 2018

Ayala Triangle Gardens provides a welcome break from the hectic atmosphere of Makati City.

Ayala Triangle Gardens is like an oasis set in the midst of Makati’s skyscrapers and busy avenues. It's a place where one may just slow down and enjoy good food and coffee, or just stroll leisurely.

Philippine Stock Exchange in Ayala Triangle Gardens

Ayala Triangle Gardens at Night

    Makati City's less hectic side

     
    Makati Central Business District may exude an atmosphere of rigidity during the day but it transforms into a totally different ambiance at night. The frantic activities during the day give way to laid-back jogging, unperturbed dinners, and happy conversations over a cup of coffee.

    Trees inside Ayala Triangle Gardens

    For those who just want to indulge in a leisurely walk, there are public parks in Makati like Ayala Triangle Gardens, Washington SyCip Park, and Jaime Velasquez Park. 

    However, of these three parks, Ayala Triangle looks more stunning at night because of the many lights around the park grounds.

    A former airstrip


    For those who are not yet in-the-know, Ayala Triangle used to be the site of the Nielson Airport. It was converted into a park when it was no longer utilized as an airfield. The Nielson Tower, home of Blackbird Restaurant remains as a reminder of the park’s former use.

    Blackbird at Ayala Triangle Gardens
    Nielson Tower

    A few years ago, while waiting for Khris after their team’s annual Christmas dinner, I strolled around Ayala Triangle Gardens during the night and was quite amused because Ayala Triangle Gardens was bustling with activity. There was a lot of people jogging, playing, or just hanging around but it did not feel crowded.

    The warm lights inside the park were soothing and were just enough to illuminate the pathways and the benches. It felt very relaxing to be walking amidst the flurry of excitement and a holiday vibe. 

    Most of the benches were occupied so if you want to dawdle in Ayala Triangle Gardens, you might want to go here immediately after office hours before most of the crowd arrives.

    Light show inside Ayala Triangle Gardens
    Light show

    In particular, Ayala Triangle Gardens is most breathtaking during the Christmas season where the trees are decorated with colorful LED lights. 

    There are music and light shows, much-awaited by spectators, beginning at around 7 PM. The “dancing” lights and the lively music seem to further enliven the park as well as the visitors.

    After the light show, visitors may have dinner or coffee in one of the restaurants inside Ayala Triangle Gardens. Alternatively, you may settle in a quiet spot in the park and just enjoy the breeze. 

    You may also go to Ayala Triangle Gardens on weekends and read a good book in the late afternoon when it is much cooler.

    Restaurants in Ayala Triangle Gardens


    Here are the different restaurants located inside Ayala Triangle Gardens:

    • Amici
    • Banapple
    • BreadTalk
    • Bon Chon Chicken
    • C.B.D.
    • Caramia Gelateria
    • Chef Laudico's Bfast
    • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
    • Golden Spoon
    • Kanin Club
    • MoMo Cafe
    • Omakase
    • Poco Deli
    • Wee Nam Kee

    Epilogue


    Ayala Triangle Gardens is one of my favorite places in Makati City. We used to often relax here after work as well as meet up with friends. Those moments were always a welcome treat after a hectic day in the office.

    Path inside Ayala Triangle Gardens

    How about you, do you have a memorable experience at Makati’s Ayala Triangle Gardens? How do you like to spend your time there?

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