People in the metro are lucky that out of all the top destinations in the Philippines, we’ve got one right within reach. There’s Tagaytay, the second summer capital of the Philippines, just an hour or two away from Manila by car—yet the environment is so different. The breeze is cool, the roads are canopied, and the ridge overlooks a tiny but mighty volcano island. Miss Tagaytay yet? Here are the best things you can do in the city in the new normal.
Taal Volcano Sightseeing
One of the main reasons why people go to Tagaytay, aside from the cool climate, is Taal Volcano. Since Tagaytay sits at a high altitude, you get the most ideal vantage point to glimpse the entirety of the volcano and lake. The most popular sightseeing spots in Tagaytay are its parks: Picnic Grove and People’s Park in the Sky. They both offer a nice leg workout with scenic trails that lead you to viewing points for Taal Volcano.
Meanwhile, if you drive or walk along Aguinaldo Highway, you can also find many restaurants and cafes sitting right along the ridge. They let you soak in the views of Taal as you fill up with good food or coffee.
Experience sightseeing and a lot more in one tour with this Tagaytay Sightseeing Tour you can book on KKday!
You can also combine sightseeing with a side trip to Lemery Castle, Batangas in this tour.
Spa and Wellness Retreat
The comfortable climate and lush greenery of Tagaytay also make it the perfect R&R destination. It is home to many resorts overlooking Taal Volcano and spas nestled in thickly forested havens.
Spoil yourself with a well-deserved spa treatment at Nurture Wellness Village. It boasts its own brand of “ecotherapy” where healing is achieved in nature. Herbs, freshly blended oils, and other natural products are used for the treatments. The spa also has other facilities and activities to complement your therapy such as in-house restaurant Gabriela and chic and cozy suites for a staycation.
Family Day at the Zoo
Young or old, people can benefit from interacting and watching animals up close. If you’re an animal lover or have curious kids, Tagaytay’s zoos are the best places for a day out with the whole family. Zoori and Paradizoo are sister zoos each offering unique experiences. Zoori houses many wild animals and activities like zip-lining with a view of Taal Volcano. Meanwhile, Paradizoo focuses on farm experience, with farm animals like horses and camels as well as colorful gardens.
Local Food Adventure
There is no shortage of worthwhile restaurants in Tagaytay, but if there’s one dish we miss eating here, that would be bulalo (beef shank soup). The best place to be is Mahogany Market if you want the true local experience. Other restaurants with the best renditions of bulalo are Leslie’s, Balay Dako, and Pamana. These restaurants also have other exceptional Filipino dishes worth trying. Plus, they all offer views of Taal Volcano while dining.
Local Pasalubong Shopping
Whether you want snacks on the go or something nice to fill your fridge back home, shopping for treats and souvenirs is a fun thing to do in Tagaytay. For tasty souvenirs, keep an eye out for Amira’s and Rowena’s with their must-try buko and cheese tarts, Carmela’s banana cakes, and Gourmet Farms for coffee products. If you want fresh produce, Mahogany Market is also a great place to explore.
Meanwhile, Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm is a hidden gem where you can grab affordable health and beauty products made from honey. Popular products are aromatherapy soaps, essential oils, and candles.
Whether you’re looking for places to explore or goodies you can enjoy at home, find them on KKday!