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9 Restaurants In Tagaytay That Won't Disappoint

The best spots for a nice ambience, good food, and great views.
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Imagine this: You wake up slow on your day off, hop in a car with a full tank of gas, and once you get to SLEX—a miracle—there is no traffic. Could the day get any better? Well, if you’re driving up to the highlands, then it is both literally and figuratively all uphill from there. There are few day trips better than Tagaytay. Conveniently close enough to Manila that you could feasibly head there on a whim, and yet far enough away that it is a refreshing change of scenery, this hill town has so much to offer.

But whether you’re there for an invigorating hike, for a luxe hotel stay, or to simply take in the view of Taal Lake and its famed volcano, let’s face it, a focal point of your trip’s itinerary is definitely going to be the food. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of some of the best places to eat in Tagaytay.

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  1. Green ATS Bulalohan

    What’s a trip to Tagaytay’s cool climate without warming yourself up with a comforting bowl of bulalo? There are a ton of places that boast the best bone marrow and beef shank soup in this mountain town. And if we’re being completely honest, it’s always the tiny, suspicious-looking shacks on the side of the road that offer the most satisfying meals. But if you’re looking for good homestyle cooking in a beautiful location with none of the pretense of a fancy restaurant, Green ATS Bulalohan is the place for you. In this open-air eatery furnished with heavy wooden furniture that foreshadows how your belly is going to feel when you walk out of there, you get to enjoy your meal with a panoramic backdrop featuring verdant forests, the iconic volcano, and when there are clear skies, you can see as far as the West Philippine Sea!


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  2. The Teahouse at Qiwellness Living

    To truly spoil yourself, book a spa day at Qiwellness Living and be sure to leave time for a meal at their Teahouse. While it’s difficult to find a bad view in Tagaytay, this spot offers a uniquely luxurious way to take in a sight that, while it never gets old, can be familiar to many of us. Sure, we’ve all crowded against the terrace of that coffee shop. But have you let all your problems melt away in an infinity jacuzzi as you gazed over the crystal blue lake while sipping on a restorative cuppa? If not, put it on your bucket list.


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  3. Moon Garden

    One of Tagaytay’s best kept secrets, Moon Garden, won’t be drawing view-hunting crowds. However, this off-the-beaten-path farmstay accommodation is worth seeking out. Technically, this is a semi-private bed and breakfast but, trust us, this is also one of the best places to eat in the area. Not only is their breakfast menu full of Filipino and continental favorites, but the rustic cabanas where you can spread out for a relaxing meal are straight out of a fairytale.


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  4. Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe

    For a pop of color, head to this bohemian cafe. Cute from every angle, this hippie dream is one of the chillest places to hang out in the area. Don’t just take it from us. Review after review on travel sites describes Dreamland as “relaxing” with “great food.”


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  5. Cafe Voi La

    On every “best of” Tagaytay list, you will find Cafe Voi La—and for good reason. Serving high-quality breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks, you can enjoy a great Asian-fusion meal here any time of day. Plus, the eye-popping interiors beg to brighten your Instagram feed.


  6. Marcia Adams’ Restaurant

    To add a touch of Tuscan romance to your next date, book a table at this gorgeous garden restaurant. There are few pleasures like experiencing Mediterranean-inspired food as you and your special someone are bathed in sunset light, flanked by flowers perfuming the air. This popular spot gets filled up quickly, so remember to make a reservation or go during off-peak hours.


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  7. Charito’s by Bag of Beans

    Charito’s is one of the newer eateries established by heavy-hitter Bag of Beans. This luxe spot is for those looking for an elevated eating experience. The restaurant is decked out in rustic-chic interiors, and its menu offers decadent Filipino and fusion fare such as Bangus ala Pobre and Grilled Australian Lamb Chops.


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  8. Sonya’s Garden

    A staple on every Tagaytay to-do list, this famed bed and breakfast is also open to day tripping guests. While it is known for its gorgeous garden setting, its food is also a focal point. Much of what ends up on your plate in their greenhouse dining areas is grown on premises, giving your meal a level of freshness difficult to experience in the city.


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  9. Balay Dako

    Yet another gem in the Antonio’s Group of Restaurants crown, Balay Dako proudly serves top-quality Filipino food worth making the trip for. Here, you can taste Filipino history—ranging from ancient native fare to meals invented from mashing cultures. An added bonus is that it has one of the best views of Taal Volcano.

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