Tagaytay City is a popular destination for anyone who wants a quick escape from the busy, traffic-ridden streets of Metro Manila. A three-hour drive away, the Cavite town is best known for its cool climate and its breathtaking views of the Taal Volcano.
But there’s more to it than just the cold weather, Tagaytay is also the happening spot for some of the best and most sight-pleasing restaurants in the Philippines.
If ever you decide to go on an epic food trip, these are the 10 Instagram-worthy Tagaytay restaurants you should visit.
Antonio’s is one of the most celebrated dining spots in Tagaytay. An established name in the food scene, the fine-dining restaurant welcomes guests with its Spanish -Filipino interiors that set the ambiance for its renowned dishes.
From the appetizers to the main entrée, desserts and even wines, Chef Tony Boy Escalante makes sure each plate is delicately prepared to satisfy even the most discriminating palate.
Antonio’s is hefty on the budget, but is worth every penny. Antonio’s isn’t open to walk-ins and reservations are a must. Make sure you bring your card or plenty of cash because an entree alone can set you back (whew!) P1,350.
A pillar in the Tagaytay food scene is Bag of Beans. It is one of the longest operating restaurants in Tagaytay, having served guests for over 18 years.
Bag of Beans features a hipster garden getaway for those who want to unwind in style. The quaint atmosphere of the place exudes a homey feel even if it’s actually one of the biggest dining spots in the city with 100 car slots for parking and five cabanas for private events.
Bag of Beans is perfect for friends to hang out and unwind at or for families to bond over good food and the cool weather. Burgers start at P260, pancakes at P190 and main courses at around P310.
Similar to Antonio’s, Charito features Spanish-inspired interiors that go perfectly well with their European dishes. Its rustic yet chic modern touches set a unique and relaxing vibe to the restaurant.
Charito is one of the newest, and more expensive spin-offs of Bag of Beans — an 18-year icon in Tagaytay restaurants. Catering to the upper market, the restaurant offers a view of Taal Volcano unlike any other.
Guests can enjoy their meals while viewing the expansive views of Tagaytay’s best tourist spot.
Another landmark in Tagaytay, Sonya’s Garden welcomes guests to an oasis of food and green patches. The garden serves as a getaway from the busy metro but is also the perfect background for any Instagram photo shoot.
Its flora and fauna set a romantic mood to the place, while its dishes excite the tastebuds with its fresh greens and produce straight from its farm greenhouse.
Aside from their salads and pastas, Sonya’s Garden also serves prime entrées like Angus Ribeye Steak, Grilled Chilean Sea Bass and Chipirones en su Tinta in Olive Oil.
A quaint cafe in the middle of Crosswinds Leisure Resort is a new alternative to the usual dining spots in Tagaytay. Cafe Voi La welcomes guests to a warmth reminiscent of local eateries in Thailand or Vietnam, with its Asian-inspired interiors.
The picture-perfect indoor decor compliments the outdoor charm of the restaurant. Cafe Voi La’s menu is also Asian-inspired but infused with culinary ideas from the owner’s many travels.
Among its specialties are Garlic Beef Tapa, Massaman Back Ribs, Grilled Norwegian Salmon, and for dessert, Black Sticky Rice with Mango.
The Purple Owl is a secret haven tucked in what seems to be a simple charming family home. The idea is to offer home-made comfort food in a rustic-romantic backyard.
The restaurant also serves as an intimate events place where special gatherings can be held with catering to be served by the in-house kitchen.
The Purple Owl offers indoor and outdoor events and dining areas with dinner packages for your special occasions.
A cafe unlike no other, Dreamland Arts and Crafts Cafe is just that — a dreamy escape for those who want to chill boho style.
The bohemian-inspired theme of the store strikes any guest as soon as they enter the shop, with dream catchers at every corner, eclectic posters and signages decorate the walls, while icicle lights hanging from the ceiling light up the cafe.
Perfect for lounging around, they serve a range of juices and smoothies to go with their bed and breakfast menu and delectable desserts. Desserts start at P80, smoothies at P120 and rice meals at P100.
The Tuscan-inspired setting of Marcia Adams’ sets it apart from all other Tagaytay restaurants. While most dining spots in the city boast of their well-maintained garden, this one stands out from the rest for its stone exteriors and wooden interiors that teleport you to Europe.
Marcia Adams’ offers European-infused dishes that highlight its fresh produce, like Ratatouille and Melon and Arugula Salad. Mains include Grilled Aromatic Pork and Angus Steak with Truffle Butter.
Price wise meals start at around P700 per adult (view menu).
Stepping into Don Limone transports you to a humble European home. Promising delicious fine Mediterranean cuisine, the theme of the house-turned-resto screams Mediterranean too with its yellow stone walls, huge murals, wooden tables in the al fresco and a tiled blue-and-white outdoor fountain.
Flowers of different colors decorate the dining area, as they serve fresh dishes from their self-grown produce. They also serve meals for sharing, as well as plated courses.
If you want to immerse yourself in the true local culinary experience of the Philippines, Mahogany Market is the best place to visit.
While it’s known as a meat market, level two of the structure introduces guests to a whole new dining encounter. A string of small stalls and eateries line the area, each one offering a specialty to whet tourists’ appetites.
Aside from the photogenic dishes, the area is also a perfect backdrop for shots depicting the beautiful chaos of the market street-sides and local food districts.
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