Instead of slaving over the stove for your next weekend family lunch, why not mix it up and take a quick road trip to Antipolo? The mountain city in Rizal is a fun weekend destination for a change of scenery and it is only an hour or so drive away from Metro Manila. Plus, the thriving restaurant scene is gaining renown among locals and Manila folks alike. If you’re thinking about taking out the family for a delicious trip up the mountains, here are six of our many favorite restaurants in Antipolo for family dining.
1. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa (Luljetta’s Café)
A lot of people who visit Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa are there to get away from the noise of the city and indulge in a bit of “me time.” But if you’re wondering where to eat in Antipolo with the family, it’s worth considering Luljetta’s Café in this tranquil hideaway. Savor a slew of tasty dishes, including St. Luis Pork Ribs and Sumaka (suman, mango, kasoy). The first hanging gardens spa in the Philippines, Luljetta’s offers a lush dining setting with sweeping views of Metro Manila and Laguna Bay. And best of all, a soothing massage is just a few steps away! Reservations are required.
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa
Address: Sitio Loreland, Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9AM to 2PM, 12NN to 5PM; Saturday and Sunday, 2PM to 7PM
2. Yellow Lantern Café
Milkshakes, anyone? This sunny café, restaurant, and bar is as delightful as milkshakes—and their milkshakes that they call Frappes are delectable, too. Yellow Lantern Café serves an excellent mix of Filipino and continental comfort food, so every foodie is likely to find something to enjoy. Dig into their specialties, like the Baby Back Ribs or Pinoy Paella, while gazing over the relaxing view of Metro Manila.
Yellow Lantern Café
Address: 267-269 Sumulong Highway, G/F Comoda Ville Bldg., Brgy. Mambugan, Antipolo City
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11AM to 8PM
3. Firefly Ridge Event Venue and Weekend Café
Firefly Ridge Event Venue and Weekend Café is a dreamy greenhouse events venue tucked away in Antipolo. Lofty ceilings, lush plants, and twinkling fairy lights in the evening make it easy to imagine a wedding taking place in this enchanting garden venue. But even if there are no vows or special occasions in your future, you can still visit Firefly Ridge for the weekend café. The sprawling space is a great lunch spot for family outings with good food and plenty of room for everyone. Reservations are essential. Guests can book a slot online.
Firefly Ridge Event Venue and Weekend Café
Address: Taktak Rd., Summerville, Brgy. Dela Paz, Antipolo City
Opening Hours: Friday, 4PM to 10PM; Saturday and Sunday, 10AM to 10PM
4. Crescent Moon Café
One of the must-visit dining spots in Antipolo is Crescent Moon Café and Studio Pottery. Partly for the delicious Southeast Asian cuisine served in the restaurant, but also for its breezy, laid-back charm. From the vibrant colors of the interiors to the “secret garden” setting, there are plenty of things to love with this beautiful dining destination. Crescent Moon Café is owned by renowned pottery artist Lanelle Abueva-Fernando and pottery workshops are often held in the space.
Crescent Moon Café
Address: Sapang Buho Road, Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo City
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 9AM to 5PM
5. Burrow Café at Antipolo Beehouse
Enjoy a sweet escape to another garden restaurant in Antipolo: Burrow Café. Hidden in an underground forest haven in Antipolo, this Insta-famous restaurant is an enchanting destination for a weekend family lunch. Large windows make it feel like you’re dining in the heart of the forest. And with the delectable dishes—Lechon Gising-Gising is a must-try—you’ll never want to leave this magical rabbit hole. Reservations are highly recommended as the restaurant is often in full capacity.
Address: 113 Beverly Hills Ave., Beverly Hills Subdivision, Antipolo
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 8AM to 4PM; Saturday and Sunday, 8AM to 5PM
6. Tipulo Modern Filipino Cuisine
If you want to treat the family to a delicious meal, you can’t go wrong with good old Filipino food? Sometimes, all you really need is a well-prepared dish of Bulalo or Lechon Kawali. And if your taste buds prefer new twists on old favorites, there are great options on the menu like the Sisig Pasta and Longganisa Burger. Located in First Pacific Leadership Academy along Sumulong Highway, Tipulo Modern Filipino Cuisine is a relatively quick and easy drive for metro folks. Early risers will appreciate the restaurant’s opening time in the morning.
Tipulo Modern Filipino Cuisine
Address: Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City
Opening Hours: Daily, 7AM to 9PM
Before making the trip up the mountains, make sure you’re all set with your Antipolo QR code for contact tracing. Pack your face masks and face shields—and remember to bring your appetite! And if you’re already in Antipolo for a delicious meal with the family, check out a couple of the city’s most popular hotspots, such as the Antipolo Cathedral, Hinulugang Taktak, and Pinto Museum. Book an Antipolo day tour to experience the best that the city has to offer.
*Featured image via Burrow Café at Antipolo Beehouse, Firefly Ridge Event Venue and Weekend Café, and Tipulo – Modern Filipino Cuisine Facebook pages