Tagaytay is a famous tourist destination, which means that there is almost nothing new to discover and experience especially in terms of food dining. Luckily, there are still locations that are remote and known only to a few that have dared to explore Tagaytay and we call them hidden gems.
DISCLAIMER: Please be reminded that the following establishments observe and exercise current pandemic protocols. Guests are recommended to review and follow these guidelines as well.
NAPA is the best way to start or end the day.
NAPA at Crosswinds
NAPA is a recently established restaurant located in Crosswinds Tagaytay. The organic architecture sits well within the surrounding pine trees. It makes guests feel as if they are in a country home with the perfect meals to consume in the cold climate of Tagaytay. Try out the Long Drive Breakfast made with waffles and bacon after the long trip from the metro, and re-invigorate your nerves with the Sunrise drink made with coffee and orange juice because there are more establishments within Crosswinds that guests would not want to miss during their visit at one of the gems of Tagaytay. Al fresco dining is the way to go on this occasion.
Not feeling waffles for breakfast? Check out this comprehensive guide on the Must-Try Dishes at NAPA.
Cafe Voi La is alive and vibrant.
Cafe Voi La
Second in line but not in rating, Cafe Voi La carries its own weight in terms of service and products. Still located within Crosswinds Tagaytay, the establishment offers a multitude of cuisines from original Filipino recipes to other neighboring Asian dishes. They also offer a lot of vegetarian options for those living a healthy lifestyle.
The owner of Cafe Voi La loves to travel the world. With each trip something new is added to the restaurant’s collection of decor and also to their recipe. Sadly due to the pandemic, these travels have been on hold until it is safer for everyone.
It must be curious why the establishment has a question mark in its name. The reason is that it questions its namesake. Originally supposed to be another branch of the Coffee Project at Crosswinds Tagaytay, construction operations have been ordered to halt due to COVID restrictions and left the building bare and rustic. After certain restrictions were lifted, the management decided to go with the raw architecture with some minor improvements. They have their own menu unique from every other Coffee Project branch. Was it really a Ruined Project? Visitors should try out for themselves if the establishment is one of the gems of Tagaytay.
The iconic wooden door of Antonio’s | Photo by Antonio’s on Facebook
More on the famous side of the spectrum, Antonio’s can still be difficult to find even for the regular Tagaytay visitor. The entrance to this fantastic place can be found along Alfonso, Cavite. The Spanish-colonial themed restaurant provides reception and catering services. Antonio’s prides itself in its high-society meals and service. A favorite is a steak and wine combination. This establishment is muy bien in this list of hidden gems of Tagaytay. It is recommended to pre-book before visiting Antonio’s.
Outdoor dining is the Purple Owl’s strongest suit | Photo by The Purple Owl on Facebook
The Purple Owl
Known for their well-tended and unique outdoor dining experience, the Purple Owl doesn’t slouch in terms of service and meals. The establishment is mostly booked for private parties such as birthdays, dinner dates, or wedding receptions. The Purple Owl really provides for its clients with their dedication to provide a one of a kind experience.
Dine under the stars with your significant other | Photo by MON’s Restaurant on Facebook
MON’s Restaurant is located along Alfonso, Cavite. The establishment is mostly known for being one of the best places for a romantic dinner date under the stars. They also have a swimming pool for a leisurely wade with your significant other. The massage room and farm tour are currently on hold until further notice. Cheesy as it may seem, your significant other should be treated like one of the hidden gems of Tagaytay.
Tsokolateria follows the original method of preparing a cup of hot chocolate | Photo by Tsokolateria Artisanal Cafe on Facebook
Tsokolateria Artisanal Cafe
Tsokolateria Artisanal Cafe specializes in, of course, making hot chocolate and chocolate related dishes. They are famous for their Tsokolate Sili, or hot chocolate with ground chilli. The ground chilli works well with the home-made tablea. The establishment also offers waffles of different shapes, sizes, and toppings. The art of making a classic tsokolate makes this place one of the hidden gems of Tagaytay.
The bulalo is a Tagaytay staple | Photo by Bulalo Point on Facebook
Delicious and dangerous, this potentially heart stopping staple when visiting Tagaytay is best served at Bulalo Point. The establishment can be found at the heart of Tagaytay, similarly to how the bulalo finds your heart.
Cabanas is the perfect chill spot for any group of friends | Photo by Cabanas on Facebook
Cabanas Dine and Bar
Cabanas Dine and Bar is the perfect drink and chill spot for the friendly get-togethers. Guests can either take a shot of the beautiful view of the Taal lake, take a shot of their drink whenever they lose a game, or even both. It is recommended to drink moderately to avoid any unfortunate events due to being inebriated.
Looking for other activities other than dining? Look no further than this complete guide to enjoying Tagaytay with family.