Tagaytay – A Feast Of Food & Sights
Travelling to the city of Tagaytay in Batangas/Cavite can be a welcome respite from Manila’s traffic and warm climes. This small but popular southern locale is less than two hours away from Manila by car or bus.
If you’re looking for a short yet still worthwhile mini-holiday, Tagaytay is one of the most ideal places you can escape to. With its excellent array of restaurants, hotels, parks and roadside stalls, you’re sure to find an activity or a place to spend time in. There is even a casino in the city where you can play your favourite card games and watch live performances in one night.
The Road To Tagaytay
Driving to Tagaytay means long stretches of suburban roads that wind through the foothills of Batangas. Take the Southern Luzon Expressway Calamba route so that you won’t get caught up in the traffic through downtown Cavite.
The main road in Tagaytay ends in a colourful rotunda that branches off into four different directions.
Once you reach the city proper, you will immediately feel the marked difference in temperature. Tagaytay is nestled along the ridges of mountains, which makes for a cooler, windier atmosphere all year long.
Next to Bagiuo City, Tagaytay is favourite location for locals and tourists alike who are fed up with Manila’s sticky-hot weather, especially during summer.
Eating On The Journey
Tagaytay offers a little of everything for people who are content to just let their feet take them wherever and who don’t set out on trips with a planned itinerary.
Pull over along the highway to sample fresh fruit and local delicacies like ube (taro), atsara with ampalaya, coconut pie, peanut brittle and watermelons.
A number of roadside stalls also offer a variety of flowering plants, cooking herbs and tree seedlings for you to take home and plant in your own garden.
Restaurants along the left side of the highway (if you’re going further south) have spacious decks and gardens that give you expansive views of the Taal Volcano and lake.
Go for the famous Leslie’s bulalo (soup with pork bone marrow, corn and vegetables) which sells for Php500+ or about $12 a bowl—a tasty and affordable treat for the chilly weather.
Josephine’s features a full lunch and dinner buffet for Php 300 or only $7 per head. Enjoy all kinds of Filipino favourites like lechon (roasted pig), halo-halo and pansit, plus other classic dishes like baked scallops and grilled pork chops.
Finally, you can drop by Sonya’s Garden, which is famous for its desserts and gourmet meals. The prices can be a little prohibitive, but the food and the ambiance are more than worth it.
Most of the ingredients such as the herbs and greens are organically grown right within the garden, so every bite is as flavourful as it is fresh.