Located in the 50-hectare Venice Piazza under the development of Megaworld Corporation, The Grand Canal Mall’s Venice Grand Canal is fast becoming tourist hotspot in Taguig City. Inspired by Italy’s Venice Canal and Macau’s Venetian Grand Canal, wandering around the mall will make you feel you are in Venice or in Venetian Macau.
The Venice Grand Canal is the center of attraction among the tourists in The Grand Canal Mall. Due to its uniqueness and picturesque views, you will see countless visitors taking selfies and groupies by the canal. For first time visitors like me, it was such a delight to see the beautiful architecture resembling that of Venice. Being a mall, there is no entrance fee to see and enjoy the beautiful Venice Grand Canal.
The mall itself is yet to be completed. As of this writing, there are still many shops and stalls that are yet to open. Nonetheless, there is already a good number of restaurants in the mall, most of which are high-end and a bit pricey for budget travelers.
Restaurants, fastfoods and shops at The Grand Canal Mall
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Cafe Mary Grace
Churreria La Lola
Coffee Bean Tea and Leaf
Erb and chet
Grand Cafe Lavena
Man hann (opening soon)
Mati’s Meat and Bread
Munch roasts and salads
My Thai Kitchen
New Bombay Royal (opening soon)
Pepper Luch Express
Ponte Rialto restorabte italiano
Rice and Dough
S & R Pizza
Sunglass Haven to
The Meatball Revolution
The Travel Club
Toni & Sergio
Watsons to o
Yellow Cab Pizza
Gondolas at The Venice Grand Canal
Just like that of Venice in Italy and Venetian in Macau, the Venice Grand Canal offers gondola ride that will cruise the entire stretch of the canal. The gondola ride costs 500 Php per person. This may be a bit pricey but seeing the mall’s architecture from the canal’s perspective must be a different experience. Gondola ride only operates during weekends from noon time until the mall closes at 10:00 PM.
Interestingly enough, to make your Venice Grand Canal gondola ride experience memorable, boat paddlers wear the traditional “gondolier clothing”. While watching gondolas cruising the canal, we have also witnessed one boat paddler singing a classical Italian song to his passengers.
How to get to Venice Grand Canal
Getting to McKinley Hill particularly the Venice Grand Canal by commute may be a bit difficult. Visit this link for the complete instructions on how to get to McKinley Hill.
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Hotels Near Venice Grand Canal
Overall, we enjoyed our quick visit to The Venice Grand Canal in McKinley. The place is unique and is new to Filipinos who have never visited Venice or Macau. Kudos to Megaworld Corporation for bringing a taste of Venice in Manila.