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10 Must-Try Cafes + Restaurants In Antipolo

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We know you love and miss the colorful chaos of Metro Manila, especially if you’ve been away for so long. But the itch to escape to somewhere much quieter can still hit from out of nowhere. Lucky for you, an out-of-town escape doesn’t have to involve hours of driving or flying. A trip to Antipolo shouldn’t take too long—at least, if traffic is forgiving. But the drive is always worth it, especially with all the good eats you can find in the city.

  1. Burrow Cafe

    Location: 113 Beverly Hills Avenue, Beverly Hills Subdivision, Antipolo City
    Burrow Cafe is easily one of Antipolo’s most popular and most gorgeous spots ever since they opened in 2018. The garden-themed restaurant is hidden underneath the garden of events place The Bee House, with only a narrow, rabbit hole-like staircase to lead the way. The space is designed to look like a rustic vacation house, with hammocks, outdoor garden chairs, and greenery all over. The beautiful space is the perfect place for lazy brunches—take advantage of their all-breakfast menu like their signature Tender Beef Tapa (P320), with Japanese beef glazed with a lip-smacking sweet-salty sauce.

  2. Marison’s

    Location: Vista Mall Antipolo, Robinsons Place Antipolo, and SM Masinag
    It’s impossible to talk about Antipolo restaurants without mentioning Marison’s. The restaurant is perfect for big groups, with their homey Filipino dishes served family-style. Marison’s is also proudly homegrown—all their staff and most of their ingredients come from Antipolo. Be sure to order their famous Crispy Tripe Kare-Kare (P445), with a rich peanut-and-cashew sauce that complements the crispy tripe, and their housemade bagoong. 

  3. Tamagoya Noodle House

    Location: Hon. B. Soliven Avenue, Antipolo City
    Ask anyone from Antipolo where to get the best ramen and they’ll most likely point you to Tamagoya Noodle House. The laidback ramen shop offers bowls that are easy on the budget—no ramen is priced above P250. If you love your ramen with rich, punchy flavors, get their best-selling Stamina Ramen (P218) with a spicy, miso-based soup. Pair it with Age-Gyoza (P118) for a satisfying Japanese feast.

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  4. Eggs For Breakfast

    Location: Velada Estate, 21 Don Juan Street, Villa Cecilia Subdivision, Lower Antipolo, Rizal
    The cafe's interiors are straight out of Pinterest, with cozy, light-wood decor, lots of plants, and framed minimalist typography. Of course, the star here are eggs: Get any of their omelettes, like Mediterranean Omelette (P220), with creamy eggs stuffed with tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese. 

  5. Vieux Chalet Swiss Restaurant

    Location: 456 Taktak Road, Sitio Sampaguita, Santa Cruz, Lower Antipolo, Rizal
    Vieux Chalet is located inside a European-style house, with a fantastic view of Antipolo’s skyline, making it the perfect spot for anniversary dinners, proposals, or even if you just want to have a fancy date. Plus, everything on the Swiss menu is made from scratch, so you know you’re getting something fresh and special. Get a Raclette Festival (P1,600) for a cheesy start to your dinner then have their fork-tender Lamb Shoulder (P1,350), best paired with a garlic and butter spaghettini

  6. Ga Mi Jung

    Location: 256 Sumulong Highway, Mambugan, Lower Antipolo, Rizal
    The lowkey, casual restaurant has become a go-to for Korean food in Antipolo. They offer dishes that are familiar to most of us, like samgyupsal, bulgogi, and bibimbap, but it’s worth exploring their wide and varied menu for newer dishes harder to find anywhere else. Try their Bibim-Naengmyeon (P300) or cold buckwheat noodles in a spicy sauce, Seonji Naejang-Jeongol (P1,200) or a hot and spicy stew of beef tripe, and Dakdoritang (P1,000) or spicy chicken stew made with red pepper paste. 

  7. Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

    Location: Lot 3 Block 2, Mission Hills Boulevard, Mission Hills Subdivision, San Roque, Upper Antipolo
    Cozy cafe Yellow Bird isn’t just the perfect venue for your next out-of-town coffee date—it’s a great place for romantic dinners, too. Treat yourself to their fork-tender Grade 6 Wagyu Flat Iron Steak (P575), which comes with potato gratin and French beans plus a glass of red wine on the side. For coffee and pastries, try something new with the Coconut x Mocha (P145) flavored latte, which you can pair with a scrumptious White Chocolate Sans Rival (P155). 

  8. Chives Bistro & Market

    Location: G/F APS Crowne Plaza, L. Sumulong Memorial Circle, San Roque, Upper Antipolo, Rizal
    The menu is European-inspired with produce sourced locally—plus, Chives supports Tahanang Walang Hagdanan by getting their greens from them. For starters, munch on the Beer Battered Onion Rings (P175) or Egg Piperade (P195) with baked eggs, tomatoes, and roasted bell pepper served with house bread. Then, go for pasta like Truffled Mushroom (P270, P510/family platter) with a rich truffle cream sauce, or entrees like the Chives Signature Ribs (P350, P650/platter), served with umami corn, wasabi coleslaw, and rice pilaf. If you’re dining with a big group of friends or family, opt for the Platters with some of their bestsellers.

  9. Tahanan Bistro

    Location: 22 Loresville Drive, Lores Farm Subdivision, Antipolo
    If you want a more private get-together over good food, head to Tahanan Bistro. The casual yet elegant restaurant is located in the home of artist Benji Reyes. The set tasting menus, with Filipino-inspired dishes that use seasonal produce—change every quarter so there’s always something new to try. We won’t be surprised if a trip to Tahanan becomes a regular occasion. Just remember to book in advance as Tahanan Bistro doesn’t accept walk-ins.

  10. Tipulo Modern Filipino Cuisine

    Location: First Pacific Leadership Academy, Kilometer 27, Sumulong Highway, Santa Cruz, Lower Antipolo, Rizal
    While their dishes are Filipino food with a modern twist, everything still tastes familiar and comforting—plus, they have dishes that are big enough to share. Get the Boneless Crispy Pata (P875), crispy and succulent and served with hoisin sauce, lechon, sauce, and the traditional soy sauce. If that isn’t sinful enough for you yet, try pairing it with Aligue Rice (P275)—and maybe a plate of Gising Gising (P135), too, so you don’t feel that guilty.

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