More than ever, the city now offers so many places to satisfy the hungry dweller. But when traffic becomes too crazy and the summer heat becomes less bearable, foodies are on the hunt not just for an exciting meal, but a pleasurable experience. What are you in the mood for? Fresh air and good grub, we know. Here are four options in Tagaytay:
For the nostalgia lover
A visit to Concha’s Garden Café is like getting a warm embrace from your lola. The nature-inspired restaurant transforms into a home where heirloom Filipino recipes such as Pork Binagoongan, Spicy Beef Adobo Ribs, and Boneless Crispy Pork Face are always prepared with love.
Portions are generous—bring the whole family for a weekend lunch, or any day you’re longing for a laidback, Sunday vibe. It also offers a breathtaking view of the Taal Volcano, making your out-of-town drive all worth it.
Located at Cliffhouse Tagaytay, Km. 58, General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway
For the artsy bohemian
With Tagaytay’s refreshing breeze blowing at Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café, you just might think you’re on a beach trip. Decked in boho-chic décor such as colorful lights, intricate rugs, and mesmerizing dreamcatchers, this restaurant-cum-art gallery lures visitors to do nothing, but be lazy in the hippest way. The café offers “slow” food—dishes made with locally sourced ingredients for its breakfast and comfort meals. But don’t worry; you can play board games, shop handmade accessories, or make your own dreamcatcher while waiting. Oh, and did we mention it’s open 24/7?
Located at Purok 157, San Jose
For the hopeless romantic
Impress your sweetheart with an intimate date minus the bustling ambiance. The Purple Owl offers customizable packages—all-inclusive of theme, décor, and full-course meals—to personalize your special events.
Have a romantic dinner under the stars, or go for a backyard picnic while you watch your favorite movies. Don’t have a significant other? Arrange parties for your family and friends for a hassle-free celebration. Tip: booking the venue three days in advance is required.
Located at Gardenia Loop, Villa Pura
For the solo traveler
Quirky elements and fascinating murals are a winning combo for the “Alone but not lonely” mantra believers looking for a quality-time zone. At Don Limone Grill, the atmosphere is serene, making it perfect for reading a book, writing poetry, or just pondering plans for days ahead. Order the palate-arousing Beef Tenderloin Espetada, then cap off your meal with your choice of their best-selling cheesecakes such as Limoncello, Pecan, and Pumpkin, among others.
Located at 4870 General Emilio Aguinaldo Mendez Crossing East
Got dreams of moving to a peaceful neighborhood with cool weather all year round? Make Serin East Tagaytay your new home and enjoy charming views of Tagaytay to complement your favorite cuisine.