The city of Makati is considered the financial center of the Philippines, thanks to the flurry of business activity in the area. The city is known for its developed business district called the Makati Central Business District (CBD). It is bound by the main thoroughfares of EDSA, Gil Puyat Avenue, Arnaiz Avenue and Chino Roces Avenue, and mainly encompasses Legazpi Village, Salcedo Village, the Ayala Center, and parts of Bel-Air Village.
It has the highest concentration of multinational and local corporations in the country, with major banks, corporations, department stores as well as foreign embassies making Makati as its home base. The biggest trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange is also located along the city’s famed Ayala Avenue. Makati also has over 62,000 registered business enterprises, which are engaged in financial services, wholesale/retail, services, real estate, export/import, and manufacturing as of end-2012. Makati also has the highest number of BPO offices in Metro Manila at 1,159 companies to date, as well as the highest number of PEZA-accredited IT Parks and Buildings.
Ayala Center and Rockwell Center in Makati are both major commercial developments. Both are known individually as vast walkable complexes for its wide array of shopping, entertainment and cultural offerings. The shopping malls that are located at the Ayala Center include Greenbelt, Glorietta, Park Square, and The Link. The Ayala Center is also home to 3 department stores namely, SM Makati, Rustan's, and The Landmark. Rockwell Center is home to the Power Plant Mall.
The Salcedo Saturday Market and Legazpi Sunday Market are popular open-air community markets, attracting visitors and locals. These markets offers organic products, specialty foods, fruits, vegetables, fish, gourmet items and antiques.