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8 La Union Restaurants You Need to Try

Don’t miss a wonderful culinary experience in the North. Check out these La Union restaurants that you definitely should try.

Whether you’re sitting down for lunch or grabbing a quick bite, you’ll definitely enjoy the tasty dishes and treats being served in some of La Union’s best restaurants.

1. Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel

Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel

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The hip and artsy vibe of Flotsam and Jetsam’s place draw in a lot of people. Whether you’re looking for a Western dish or a Filipino favorite recipe, they serve them at their restaurant. This is also open to non-guests.

  • Location: MacArthur Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan
  • Type: Restobar
  • Budget: PHP 300 for a full meal
  • Must-try: pizza, 5-minute drink

2. Gefseis Greek Grill

Gefseis Greek Grill takes pride in offering authentic Greek cuisine, with some of their ingredients imported from Greece. They have a variety of options from soups to salads to grilled dishes and more. If you love your veggies, then you’ll definitely enjoy a healthy dining experience in Gefseis.

  • Location: Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan
  • Type: Greek; Mediterranean
  • Budget: PHP 400
  • Open hours: Mondays to Sundays; 9AM to 10PM
  • Must-try: Souvlaki (meat or veggies grilled on a skewer), baklava (Greek pastry), moussaka

3. El Union Coffee

El Union Coffee

Are you a coffee lover? Don’t leave La Union without getting a cup of their coffee, which every people who’ve been there swears by. The cafe also offers sweet treats such as s’mores and cookies on a skillet.

  • Location: MacArthur Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan
  • Type: Cafe
  • Budget: PHP 300
  • Open hours: Mondays to Fridays (9AM to 9PM); Saturdays and Sunday (7AM to 10PM)
  • Must-try: Coffee, Grilled cheese

4. Natalna Grille & Resto Bar

This unassuming restaurant in San Fernando serves some of the best grilled dishes in La Union. Customers rave about the restaurant’s delicious and affordable food. Aside from that, Natalna has a great view of the beach.

  • Location: Pagudpud, San Fernando
  • Type: Filipino, Seafood
  • Budget: PHP 400
  • Open hours: Mondays to Saturdays; 11AM to 9PM
  • Must-try: Tuna belly, Dinengdeng Ilokaco, ampalaya with shrimps

5. Tagpuan

Tagpuan La Union

(photo via Instagram, @seaj0725)

Tagpuan is the place to be for affordable and filling Filipino dishes. Aside from their excellent menu, it’s also a favorite hangout for some late-night drinks with friends.

  • Location: Manila North Road, Urbiztondo, San Juan
  • Type: Filipino
  • Budget: PHP 150
  • Must-try: Pork Bagnet rice, beef pares

6. Halo Halo de Iloko Balay

If you want to try authentic Ilokano dishes, then you’ve come to the right restaurant. Halo Halo de Iloko Balay gives other local restaurants a good run for their money with their tasty rice meals and dishes like pinakbet with bagnet and sisig.

And don’t forget to order their special halo-halo, which as their restaurant name suggests is what they are famous for. Halo-halo is a Filipino dessert that has various ingredients like sweet beans, gulaman, coconut and more with shaved ice and evaporated milk.

  • Location: Zandueta St., San Fernando
  • Type: Ilokano cuisine
  • Budget: PHP 200
  • Open hours: Mondays to Sundays; 9AM to 9PM
  • Must-try: Halo-halo

7. Makai Bowls

Makai Bowls

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Dive into a healthy treat with Makai Bowls’ delicious smoothie bowls perfect for those who want an energy-boosting food that’s sugar- and dairy-free. And if you’re looking to cool down after surfing and swimming, be sure to try their nutritious and yummy popsicles.

  • Location: The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop & Viewing Deck, San Juan
  • Type: Healthy
  • Budget: PHP 240 (smoothie bowls); PHP 120 (popsicles)
  • Open hours: Wednesdays to Mondays; 8AM to 6PM
  • Must-try: Amianan, Carille

8. Mad Monkeys

Jonesing for a burger? Mad Monkeys has earned a name for having the best burger in La Union. They serve the perfect after-surf snack with their juicy beef patty and special sauce. Their simple shack is found along the highway.

  • Location: Urbiztondo, San Juan
  • Type: Burgers
  • Budget: PHP 250
  • Open hours: Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays/Sundays (10AM to 10PM); Fridays and Saturdays (10AM to 1130PM)
  • Must-try: Classic burger with cheddar beer sauce

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