Dubbed as the Philippine’s second summer capital (next to Baguio). It’s a place to relax and unwind, and to enjoy the view of Taal Volcano. What’s great about this place is it’s only an hour and a half drive (more or less depending on traffic conditions) from Manila.
WHERE TO STAY:
There are many places where one could stay in Tagaytay depending on your budget. Here’s a list of the budget-friendly ones.
- Royal Taal Inn – You have to book early (more than 7 days) to avail of their cheapest rates. All rooms have a view of Taal Volcano. Rates start at 2,500 PHP (54 USD)
- Tagaytay Econo Inn – Rates start at 2,000 PHP (43 USD).
- MC Mountain Home Apartelle – Rates start at 1,990 PHP (43 USD). The way going to and from the parking area is scary though.
- Casa de Carlo – They don’t accept walk-ins. You have to have a reservation. Rates start at 1,800 PHP (39 USD).
- Mi-Jo Hotel – Rates start at 1,800 PHP (39 USD)
- Viewpoint Inn and Restaurant – Rates start at 1,200 PHP (26 USD). The restaurant closes early (around 8pm). There’s a nasty rumor about this place though. I’m not sure if it’s true. Here’s the link: Viewpoint Warning
- Keni Po Rooms – Rates start at 1,200 PHP (26 USD). They have a small swimming pool that’s very inviting.
- 5R Rooms for Rent – Rates start at 1,000 PHP (22 USD).
- The Roberts’ Inn – Rates start at 940 PHP (20 USD). Really cheap!
PLACES TO GO TO:
- Pink Sisters’ Convent – My closest friends are devout believers, so whenever we go to Baguio or Tagaytay, we always swing by this convent. You can buy cookies here.
- Picnic Grove – There’s an entrance fee of 50 PHP (1 USD). And if you want to try the zipline, you have to pay 200 PHP (5 USD).
- Residence Inn – It’s an inn with a mini-zoo!
- People’s Park in the Sky – The highest point in Tagaytay.
- Caleruega Church – You have to pay 20 PHP (.50 USD) for the entrance fee.
- Nature Discovery Camp
- Taal Volcano and Lake
- Tierra de Maria – Also known as Haven of Meditation and Enrichment. It’s located near Picnic Grove.
- Paradizoo – A theme farm (lol).
- Mabini Shrine
- Punta de Santiago Lighthouse – Also known as the Calatagan Lighthouse
- Ilog Maria – A honeybee farm.
WHERE TO EAT:
- Bag of Beans Coffee Shop and Bakery – The food’s good but there’s no “WOW” factor. The price is… so so.
- Leslie’s Restaurant, RSM Lutong Bahay Restaurant, Bali Seafood Paluto – Eat in any of these places if you’re with your family or friends. Otherwise, it’s going to be too expensive.
Bali Seafood Paluto has private KTV rooms as well.
- Chateau Hestia – Prices range from 250-650 PHP (6-14 USD).
- Mano’s Greek Taverna – Prices range from 80 – 200 PHP (2-5 USD).
- Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen – Offers Fine Vietnamese Cuisine on strict reservations.
- Antonio’s – Fine dining. You have to have a budget of at least 2,000 PHP (43 USD).
- Josephine Restaurant – A budget of at least 400 PHP/person (9 USD) would be enough.
- Sonya’s Garden – Prices range from 500-800 PHP (11-17 USD).
- Cliffhouse Tagaytay – This is where you can find Massimo’s Ristorante, Buon Giorno!, Platito Coffee Shop, Fire Lake Grill, etc.
- Mushroom Burger – The place looks like a school canteen but the food’s very inexpensive and delicious!
Tagaytay is also the place where you can buy customized wood furniture! It’s just such a great place. I could live there.