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Cool Places In Bacolod That'll Make Your Trip More Memorable

Is this the year you finally visit Bacolod?
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Bacolod is known to be filled with haciendas and sugar fields, and is a hotspot every October for the Masskara Festival. But in actuality, it's the perfect destination year round, thanks to its food (both savory and sweet), architecture, and overall vibe.

Inasal, Batchoy and More

Aida's at Manokan Country

Location: San Juan Street, Bacolod City

You may have tasted inasal outside of Bacolod, but we guarantee, they do it better thereespecially in Manokan Country, a row of inasal stalls at one side of SM City Bacolod. Aida's is celebrated as the best in the row, but there's no harm in trying a different one each time! Roll up your sleeves, order your favorite chicken part, and drizzle your rice with some chicken oil. Sinks surround the eating area so you can eat with your hands if you please!

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21 Restaurant

Location: Lacson Street, Bacolod City

If you’re looking for a fancier place, 21 Restaurant is where you should end up. Their vast menu is a mix of Filipino and foreign dishes, but if you only have the chance to try one dish, let it be the Original Super Batchoy. La Paz in Iloilo is better known for inventing Batchoy, but 21 Restaurant has its own take. Apart from the standard egg noodles, clear soup, pork and beef parts, and chicharon, their version has bone marrow to enrich the flavor of this hearty dish.

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Cafe Bob's

Location: Lacson Street, Bacolod City

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Cafe Bob's first made its name in town as a gelateria. Their gelato goes great with their coffee, or you can get a frap which basically gives you the best of both worlds! If you have the chance to try more dishes, the Ube Leche Flan Cake is a winner too, at under P100! 

Art and Architecture

Art District

Location: Mandalagan, Bacolod City

For off-the-beaten-track travelers, there's no better place to visit than Art District which is a complex much like Cubao X, featuring a mix of art galleries, cafes, and bars. It's not as popular among taxi drivers, so if your driver is not familiar, you can just ask to be dropped off at Robinson's and take a three-minute walk to get here. You'll find walls covered with modern murals and corridors with unique sculptures, giving this place its overall hipster vibe.

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Capitol Grounds and Lagoon

Location: Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City

At the center of the action are the Provincial Capitol Grounds and Lagoon. You might want to take a quick photo by one of the gold carabaos by either side of the lagoon. You might also spot vendors selling pop rice, so you can feed the huge tilapia swimming in the lagoon. The capitol itself also boasts of beautiful Beaux Art architecture. 

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Negros Museum

Location: Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City

Negros Museum, whose exhibits previously occupied the Provincial Capitol, moved down the road in 2003 to what used to be the Agricultural Building of Bacolod City. It is now home to both ancient artifacts and contemporary art, with each piece representing a part of Negrense history and culture. Tickets go for P100, but senior citizens get theirs at P80, and students at P70. Keep in mind, though, that they’re closed on Sundays!

Negros Forest Park

Location: South Capitol Road, Bacolod City

Surprisingly, a zoo exists right in between the Provincial Capitol and the Negros Museum! Negros Forest Park occupies a small property in which the endangered species, particularly those endemic to Negros, are under the protection of the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation. In fact, in 2019, they were able to successfully breed a Walden’s hornbill named Valentin. See Valentin and other birds, as well as spotted deer in this park.

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Cakes and Pastries


Location: Lacson Street, Bacolod City

Calea's cakes are so delicious that people also take them home via hand carry. Don't miss out on their white chocolate cheesecake, which is served with raspberry sauce. Their cakes are also mostly under P100, so it might be hard to resist sampling more than just one!

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Location: 6th Street, Bacolod City

Felicia's has steadily been gaining popularity as well, and serves equally good desserts as Calea. They also come in cute individual servings, so it's fun to try a bunch of different cakes here, too. Take home a tin of their almond crisps so you can bring home some Bacolod flavor when you're reminisching after the trip. It's a bit pricier than other Bacolod goodies, but definitely worth the splurge, too.

Pasalubong Shopping


There are several locations in Bacolod City.

Through the years, Bongbong’s has gained recognition as Best Piaya (2014), Most Outstanding Innovative Pasalubong Chain (2014), Most Trusted Pasalubong Center (2011-2012), and Pasalubong of the Year (2011-2012)a huge feat for a shop that started out making piaya with a 7-Up bottle in 1984. The shops in Bacolod are great spots to pick up your take-home piaya, but if you’re willing to make the trip to La Carlota Factory Compound, you can eat them hot and fresh at the Sugar Building (named after one of the owner’s daughters).

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Location: Lacson Street corner 25th Street, Bacolod City

Bacolod is well known for Napoleones, so you may need to buy a couple of boxes for your friends back home. You can do so at Pendy’s. While you’re here, though, you should also try the Half Moon, a must-try melt-in-your-mouth pastry with egg custard over sponge cake.

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Bonus: Day Trips

The Ruins

Location: Talisay City

The Ruins will give you your money shot for Instagram, but there's really more to it than pretty architecture. The Ruins is sometimes referred to as our very own Taj Mahal, both due to its impressive design and the love story behind it. You can get to The Ruins by cab or by tricycle, but either way, ask your driver to wait for you to finish the tour, or you'll have trouble getting back.


Location: Lakawon Island, Cadiz City

Lakawon Island is technically not part of Bacolod anymore, but since it's so easily accessible, it's not to be missed! From Ceres North Terminal, board a bus to Cadiz. From there, you just take a tricycle to the port, where you can buy your tickets to the ferry to Lakawon. If it's open, you can also opt to buy a ticket Tawhai Floating Bar, which is the largest in Asiayou just take a small boat from the Lakawon dock, and you can take unlimited trips back and forth.

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El Ideal

Location: Silay City Heritage Zone, Silay City

Apart from being home to the BCD airport, Silay is also home to the heritage mansions of Negros Occidental. Some popular ones are Balay Negrense, Bernardino Jalandoni, and the Maria Ledesma Golez Heritage Building. El Ideal has also been an institution in this town since the 1920s. Try the guapple pie (made of large guavas that look like applesnot a mix of guava and apple), buko pie, and other pastries. You can also get a bowl of batchoy or halo-halo here! It's conveniently located right by the shuttle to the airport, so it's also a great place for last-minute pasalubong shopping.

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After a trip to Bacolod, you’ll be bringing the sugar and smiles back home, for sure.