We all know that Tagaytay is one of the most accessible out of town getaways near the Metro. That being said, it's not a surprise that so many people flock to this area to get a slight change of scenery. During the visit of my relatives from Belgium, we decided to give them a taste of what it's like in the Philippines. I, for one, make an extra effort to brave the traffic to Tagaytay because I believe it to be the Bulalo capital of the Philippines. Moreover, Tagaytay offers you a great view without having to climb mountains or go trekking. Aside from these, the much cooler weather can give you an excuse to wear a bonnet or feel like you're in another country.
WHAT TO DO
Hearty Filipino Lunch at BALAY DAKO
Since my relatives came from Europe, it was of utmost importance that we took them to the places which showcased all of the best & authentic Filipino food. My family couldn't have gone wrong choosing Balay Dako. It was my first time there so I didn't know what to expect. I didn't anticipate that I would love the place instantly. The restaurant is spacious and well-lit. It also had a lot of open areas where people can choose to dine. The meals range from PHP 300 to PHP 600 and are good for sharing.
Here is a photo of me and my relatives enjoying the wonderful view from the Balcony. My cousins told me that they found it truly amazing because there weren't a lot of mountains and greeneries to be seen in Belgium. Seeing them be in such awe for the simple beauty of the hills and lakes made me appreciate my country a bit more. It really wasn't every day that a person can get a glimpse of a view like that.
There were plenty of windows to give us a glorious view of the Taal Lake. The cool wind went in and out freely around the whole restaurant.
Below is a photo of me and my 2 cousins, Charlie & Victor! Fun fact: My cousins shared to me that during their stay in the Philippines, strangers would come up to them and ask for a photo. They felt like mini-celebrities in the Philippines! I told them to quit their day jobs and just model here.
Of course, I must pay tribute to the delicious food. We ate Bulalo, Gambas, Halo-Halo and of course, their praise-worthy Lechon. The chefs even cook some of the food in front of you! I'm definitely going back to the restaurant to try their other dishes.
Adventures & Relaxation at THE PICNIC GROVE
Our second destination was the Picnic Grove. Though we didn't stay here too long, it's an ideal place if you don't have anything in particular planned for the entire afternoon. The entrance fee is PHP 50 per head. They have numerous activities like horseback riding or ziplining. They also have open areas where you can put down a blanket and just take a nap under the shade of the trees. My cousins and I went ziplining since they've never tried it before. The zipline costs PHP 100 (weekdays) or PHP 200 (weekends & holidays). It's actually quite pricey because the price is not roundtrip. However, it does include a photo of you in action.
Cakes & Coffee at BAG OF BEANS
For our last stop, we brought my relatives to the famous Bag of Beans! This is one of Tagaytay's trademark locations because of the lovely interiors and the quality cakes and coffee that range from PHP 100 to PHP 200. They also serve heavier dishes such as roast beef, fish and chips and etc.
My choice was the apple crumble cake! So delicious!
I'm quite confident that a trip to Tagaytay is NEVER BORING. Try out these places as well and see for yourself!
Time to make your own memories! Happy Travels!