With a climate comparable to the summer capital of the Philippines in the north, Tagaytay is rightfully hailed as the second. Taal Volcano, although it’s within the bounds of Batangas, is synonymous with Tagaytay because of the city’s ideal viewing point. And with a wide array of dining options, recreational parks, spas, and hotels, Tagaytay is also a popular gourmet and wellness getaway.
With its close proximity to Metro Manila and towns in CALABARZON, it’s easy to go on a spontaneous trip to Tagaytay. However, in the new normal, there are more things to consider before heading anywhere. Are you allowed to enter Tagaytay? Which establishments are open and where can you eat? In this guide, we give you all you need to know about traveling to Tagaytay this 2021.
COVID-19 Travel Guidelines
NCR Plus, which includes Tagaytay, is currently on modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status until May 14. Under MECQ, leisure travel is still prohibited; however, residents from nearby towns may be able to visit Tagaytay for dining and shopping.
Curfew is from 10 PM to 4 AM, and people aged below 18 and over 65 are not allowed to go out. Minimum health protocols should be observed, such as wearing of mask and face shield and social distancing.
Getting to Tagaytay
Again, it’s important to note that only authorized persons outside of residence (APOR) are allowed to go out within NCR Plus during MECQ. Random checkpoints are posted on various points going to Tagaytay.
Buses going to Tagaytay are available at Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX), and the trip would take between two and three hours.
It’s quicker to get to Tagaytay by private car via SLEX Sta. Rosa, avoiding the more congested Aguinaldo Highway, which is the route of most public transport.
Getting Around Tagaytay
Tagaytay Rotonda is the city’s central landmark, where three major thoroughfares—Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, and Tagaytay-Calamba Road—intersect. Buses, jeepneys, and tricycles stop at Olivarez Plaza, just a 5-minute walk from Rotonda.
You can easily hail a jeepney going to restaurants and other spots along Aguinaldo/Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. For spots in the direction of Tagaytay-Calamba Road, such as Picnic Grove and Crosswinds Tagaytay, tricycles are an alternative means for commuting. They’re a little bit pricier, but they eliminate the need for transfers.
Things to Do
The top activities in Tagaytay are Taal Volcano sightseeing, spa retreats, and food hopping. However, most recreational facilities including spas and theme parks are closed under MECQ. Shopping malls and restaurants are already open, so you can get a breather in al-fresco dining and some shopping.
Check out these top experiences in Tagaytay for the family so you can plan for your trip once the restrictions are eased.
Where to Eat
During MECQ, restaurants in Tagaytay are open at a limited capacity, and al-fresco restaurants are now the more popular option. Many of the restaurants and cafes offer views of Taal Volcano, while others have created their own scenic outdoor setting. Here are some of the best dining options in Tagaytay.
Bag of Beans
With five branches to choose from, Bag of Beans is known for its rustic-chic interiors and romantic al-fresco setting, perfect for family and couples. There’s a wide array of menu options, from European and local fare to delectable coffee and pastries.
Feast your taste buds on high-caliber gourmet dishes at Antonio’s, helmed by award-winning Chef Antonio “Tony Boy” Escalante. The one-hectare compound comprising a colonial-style mansion and a spacious outdoor dining space is swept over by green scenery.
A popular choice for families, Leslie’s lets you enjoy classic Filipino dishes including bulalo. Leslie’s has two branches in Tagaytay along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, both offering panoramic views of Taal Volcano.
Check out all our top picks:
- Cafes with picturesque views of Taal Volcano
- Al-fresco restaurants
- Restaurants serving the best bulalo
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