With its incredible vistas overlooking mountains, lakes, and city skylines, Antipolo is one of the most scenic cities near Metro Manila. From beautiful sunny days to peaceful nights above the glittering city lights, it’s always a gorgeous sight for city folks.
Bask in the best views while grabbing a bite this weekend. Here are seven of the best places to eat in Antipolo that offer breathtaking scenery of nature and cityscape.
Crescent Moon Café and Studio Pottery
Tucked away in the upper part of Antipolo, Crescent Moon Café and Studio Party is an artist’s haven serving fresh Southeast Asian cuisine. Drink in the sight of nature in bloom, from the lush garden setting to the tranquil koi pond. Even inside the restaurant, Crescent Moon captivates diners with décor of vibrant textiles, paintings, and beautifully made pottery by artist Lanelle Abueva-Fernando.
Visit during the weekend for the restaurant’s sumptuous buffet spread. Workshops are also frequently held in the space. Reservations are recommended.
Address: Sapang Buho Road, Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo City
Service Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Up for a destination lunch or dinner that offers a modern take on fresh local fare? Visit Tahanan Bistro for a dining experience infused with a Filipino touch, from the five-course menu to the actual house built by artist Benji Reyes and his wife Carina using reclaimed wood from all over the country. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out over a verdant landscape with the city in the distance.
Tahanan Bistro is a wonderful space to spend a chill weekend with good company. Reservations are recommended.
Address: 22 Loresville Drive, Lores Farm Subdivision, Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City
Service Hours: Friday to Sunday, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Burrow Café in Antipolo Beehouse is a charming hideaway that’s quickly gaining renown as an Insta-worthy foodie favorite with a menu fusing Filipino staples and continental comfort food. Plus, the secret garden vibes are a huge draw for people escaping the metro. Generous greenery brightens up the expansive space, while full-length glass windows make you feel as if you’re dining in the heart of the forest.
Reservations are a must for dine-in patrons. But if you’d rather eat at home, freshly cooked food by Burrow are also available for take-out. Pick-up and delivery are also available within Antipolo and Taytay.
Address: 113 Beverly Hills Avenue, Beverly Hills Subdivision, Antipolo City
Service Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday to Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Yellow Lantern Café
For a fun meal out with family or friends, one can’t go wrong with Yellow Lantern Café. Step inside the breezy restaurant featuring warm, sunny interiors and incredible views of Manila and Laguna Bay. Flavorful local and continental dishes draw people back again and again, from the crowd favorite Baby Back Ribs to the Chocnut Cheesecake for dessert addicts.
Sunsets are especially unforgettable at Yellow Lantern Café. No reservations on weekends.
Address: 267-269 Sumulong Highway, G/F Comoda Ville Bldg., Brgy. Mambugan
Service Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
From its perch on the Antipolo mountainside, Vieux Chalet Swiss Restaurant features brilliant views of dazzling Manila. One of the most romantic spots in the city, the fine dining establishment has long been a favorite of couples as well as foodies seeking authentic Swiss cuisine. Every dish is a treat, from long-time bestsellers like beef fondue and lamb to desserts like burnt ricotta cheesecake.
While walk-ins are sometimes accepted, it’s best to have a reservation when visiting Vieux Chalet.
Address: 456 Taktak Road, Sitio Sampaguita, Brgy. Sta. Cruz
Service Hours: Friday to Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Words by Celia Nachura
Featured photo via Tahanan Bistro Facebook page