There’s nothing quite as romantic as whisking your partner away to a beautiful far-flung destination. While the global pandemic is putting a damper on far-flung travel at the moment, there are plenty of places that you can visit without hopping on a plane or driving too far from home.
With its stunning sunset views, vibrant art scene, and burgeoning restaurant landscape, Antipolo is a great weekend destination with some of the best attractions near Metro Manila. And whether it’s Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a regular weekend date, or even a proposal, this bustling mountain city is a dreamy setting for a love story. Here are our favorite spots for a bit (or a lot) of romance in Antipolo City.
Crescent Moon Café
Set in Antipolo long before the city became a regular hangout of metro folk, Crescent Moon Café is a bistro and pottery studio tucked in a “secret garden.” Lush flora and a large koi pond offer a pretty setting for a date, while the café’s Vietnamese-inspired cuisine with a Filipino touch makes every lunch here worthy of a special occasion. It may no longer be an Antipolo secret, but Crescent Moon definitely hasn’t lost any of its charms over the years.
Artsy décor such as the colorful sarong, hanging lamps, rainbow-hued glass bottles, and other artworks create a picture-perfect bohemian enclave. As the restaurant is owned by artist Lanelle Abueva-Fernando, it also offers some of her beautiful stonewares for sale. Pottery workshops are held on the site, which is a fun activity for couples! (Romantic, too—remember the film Ghost?)
The restaurant scene is alive and thriving in Antipolo City with endless amazing dining options throughout the city such as Tahanan Bistro, Burrow Café, and more. It takes more than a weekend to hit them all, but it’s a good excuse to keep coming back to the mountain city again and again.
Address: Sapang Buho Rd. Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo
Service Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 9AM to 5PM
Pinto Art Museum
If you’re a couple always on the lookout for new and interesting attractions, Pinto Art Museum should be a must-visit. Set on a 1.2-hectare garden property with rolling hills and views of the verdant surroundings, it breathes fresh life into local art and culture.
Designed by artist Antonio Leaño, the contemporary villa-style museum is bright and airy with several separate structures housing the different exhibits. It’s a beautiful space to spend hours browsing paintings, sculptures, and other mixed-art pieces by renowned artists from all over the Philippines and beyond, including Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, Jose John Santos III, and many more.
Address: 1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights Rd, Antipolo
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9AM to 6PM
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa
Plan a soothing day for your partner at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa. After all, is there anything that says “I love you” more than a day of pampering and indulgence? Known as the first and only hanging gardens spa in the country, the mountainside resort is a serene spot to relax, destress, and bask in nature, wellness, and yummy Antipolo snacks.
Whether you settle in for a massage in the traditional, beautifully decorated Filipino huts or enjoy using the hot tub, sauna, and infinity pools, a day at Luljetta’s will leave you and your partner rejuvenated. A spectacular view of Laguna Bay and the Metro Manila skyline provides a picturesque backdrop for a memorable date out of town.
Address: Sitio Loreland, Barangay San Roque, Antipolo
Opening Hours: Daily, 9AM to 5PM
This laidback fine dining Swiss restaurant has been a staple of the Antipolo restaurant scene since opening its doors in 1984—and since then, couples have been making the trip up Antipolo for an intimate date in Vieux Chalet. For decades, it’s been allowing everyone to get a taste of authentic Swiss cuisine, even from halfway across the world!
Also a quaint bed and breakfast with stunning views of the twinkling Metro Manila skyline at night, Vieux Chalet is best enjoyed in the evening. Treat your partner to a delectable dinner of raclette, tasty sausages, rich pasta, and wine while gazing out the scenery. With mouthwatering dishes in very generous servings, charming homey décor, and the dazzling scenery, what more does a date night even need?
Address: 456 Taktak Rd, Antipolo
Opening Hours: Friday to Tuesday, 9AM to 8PM
Seven Suites Hotel Observatory
Spend a lovely night under the stars at the Seven Suites Hotel Observatory in Antipolo. Known as the only hotel observatory in the Philippines, it’s a wonderful way to spice things up and enjoy a unique date together. Head to the expansive viewing deck for the fourth largest telescope in the country—just make sure you book your stay on a clear night with little chance of rain.
Besides offering the chance to gaze at heavenly bodies, Seven Suites boasts magnificent views of the Manila cityscape. Here, you and your partner can enjoy exceptional sceneries from above and below!
Address: Hollywood Hills Subdivision, Sumulong Highway, Mambugan, Antipolo
When you have someone special in your life, it’s nice to enjoy a special date with them now and then. Antipolo is home to plenty of naturally romantic date spots, from picture-perfect cafés to serene spas—so why not explore the city on your next free weekend? Experience some of the most popular Antipolo City highlights with a day tour and discover why so many Manila dwellers keep visiting.
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