Makati Avenue

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Makati Avenue
Route information
Length2.3 km (1.4 mi)
Major junctions
FromMakati-Mandaluyong Bridge in Poblacion
 J.P. Rizal Avenue
Kalayaan Avenue
Gil Puyat Avenue
Paseo de Roxas
Ayala Avenue
ToArnaiz Avenue in San Lorenzo Village
ProvincesMetro Manila
Major citiesMakati and Mandaluyong
Highway system
Roads in the Philippines

Makati Avenue (Filipino: Abenida Makati) is a major commercial thoroughfare in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. It forms the eastern border of Ayala Triangle and is one of the three main avenues of the Makati Central Business District. The avenue runs in a somewhat north-south diagonal direction almost parallel with Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). It passes through two distinct neighborhoods of the city: the Makati CBD and the old Makati Población. At its northern end lies the older part of Makati starting from the Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge and J.P. Rizal Avenue. It continues through Población to Gil Puyat Avenue, marking the southern edge of the old district. South of Gil Puyat onto the CBD, the avenue becomes more commercial and upscale. The shopping hub of Ayala Center and Arnaiz Avenue lie at its southern end.

Makati Avenue has two lanes each way in the Poblacion area, widening to three or four in the CBD. It has a short extension into the gated San Lorenzo Village as San Lorenzo Drive.


Old Nielson Tower on Ayala Triangle, Makati Avenue

The avenue served as the primary access road to the old Nielson Field airport from San Pedro de Macati. It was known as Culi-Culi Road which also led to the barrio of Culi-Culi (now Pio del Pilar) just west of Nielson Field.[1] When the airport was closed down after World War II, its two runways were converted into wide roads known today as Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas. The airport's control tower was preserved and is now a library called Filipinas Heritage Library.[2] This library is located along the avenue at the southeast corner of Ayala Triangle.

Makati Avenue, particularly its northern segment in Poblacion, has a history of prostitution. The areas around P. Burgos Street with its nightclubs, bars and budget hotels are considered by many as the red light district of Makati.[3][4] At present, however, the area is undergoing gentrification with the completion of several new commercial developments including the Century City mall and complex.[5]


City Barangay Km Mi Destination Notes
Makati San Lorenzo Arnaiz Avenue Traffic light intersection. Southern terminus. Road continues south as San Lorenzo Drive
San Lorenzo-Urdaneta-Bel-Air boundary Ayala Avenue Traffic light intersection
South end of DPWH maintenance
Urdaneta-Bel-Air boundary Paseo de Roxas Traffic light intersection
Bel-Air Gil Puyat Avenue
Urdaneta-Poblacion boundary P. Burgos
Poblacion Kalayaan Avenue
J.P. Rizal Avenue
Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge (Pasig River)
Mandaluyong Hulo Coronado Street Continuation to Mandaluyong. Northern terminus.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Points of interest[edit]

Greenbelt complex
Makati's Poblacion at Makati and Kalayaan Avenues

Makati Avenue is a retail and entertainment hub of Makati. At its south end, the avenue bisects the Ayala Center, separating Glorietta, Landmark department store and The Link shopping mall from the more upscale Greenbelt shopping center. This section of the avenue also hosts the Ayala Museum, Greenbelt Chapel, as well as several luxury hotels such as the Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Fairmont Hotel Manila, Raffles Hotel Manila, and New World Makati Hotel. The stretch from Ayala Avenue to Gil Puyat Avenue is the site of the Ayala Triangle Gardens, which houses the Old Nielson Tower and the future Mandarin Oriental Manila. This section of the avenue also hosts The Peninsula Manila, Zuellig Building, Pacific Star Building, as well as several other office buildings.

North of Gil Puyat are more hotels and commercial establishments, particularly near the intersection with Kalayaan Avenue. The A. Venue Mall and Century City Mall are located in this area, as well as Gramercy Residences, Trump Tower Manila, Berjaya Makati Hotel, I'M Hotel Makati, St. Giles Hotel and Best Western Antel. The San Pedro Macati Church and Saint Paul College of Makati can be accessed by turning east onto Valdez Street before reaching J.P. Rizal Avenue and the Makati–Mandaluyong Bridge.


  1. ^ "Ayala Now April–June 2015" (PDF). Ayala Corporation. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  2. ^ History of FHL published by Filipinas Heritage Library; accessed 8 September 2013.
  3. ^ Flesh trade thrives in Makati published by; accessed 8 September 2013.
  4. ^ Makati now a sin city published by; accessed 8 September 2013.
  5. ^ Century City Mall to set the stage for a shopping district North of Makati published by Manila Standard Today; accessed 8 September 2013.

Coordinates: 14°33′31″N 121°1′35″E / 14.55861°N 121.02639°E / 14.55861; 121.02639