Welcome to the second summer capital of the Philippines. Like Baguio, Tagaytay also has a cool climate. So if you like going to cold places like Baguio, then this Tagaytay travel guide is for you.
If you are looking for a quick travel getaway you can do this weekend, then Tagaytay is the place for you. And if you like Bulalo then you would surely love this place.
Tagaytay Philippines is a city in the middle of a mountain range with an elevation of 1,900 feet. The peak is called Mount Sungay and it’s one of the recommended hikes that Tagaytaya residents like to go on. When you hike up to the top of Mount Sungay you can see an amazingly clear view of Metro Manila. Tagaytay has a lot to lure tourists.
In this Tagaytay travel guide, you will see some of the best places you can visit, stay in and eat. You will also see some of the things you can do when you visit Tagaytay.
- 1 How to get to Tagaytay?
- 2 Where to stay in Tagaytay?
- 3 Where to go in Tagaytay?
- 4 What to do in Tagaytay?
- 5 Where to eat in Tagaytay?
How to get to Tagaytay?
The most stress-free and convenient way to get to Tagaytay is through a bus. If you came from Manila, your bus fare would be around 90 pesos. And the expected travel time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Another convenient way to get to Tagaytay is through a van. You can find vans that go to Tagaytay in:
If you want a more private and peaceful way to get to Tagaytay, you can use a private car. The fastest route to take is SLEX then exit at Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Where to stay in Tagaytay?
Twin Lakes Hotel
Twin Lakes Hotel is located at Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Barangay Dayap Itaas. If you want to stay in a room where there is a great view just outside the window then this place is for you. And if you want an instagrammable photo to post then go take pictures on their veranda. You could also love their heated pool.
Escala Tagaytay is located at Purok 102, Poblete Street, Barangay Maharlika West. This Tagaytay hotel will give you a great view of the Taal Volcano. It also has a very strategic location because some popular attraction is only a short walk away. There is also an infinity pool available.
Anya Resort Tagaytay
Anya Resort Tagaytay is located at Buenavista Hills Road, Mag-asawang Ilat, Tagaytay City. If you are looking for a luxurious getaway then this place is for you. You will surely get a relaxing vacation here because the place is very serene and peaceful. You can also enjoy swimming on a chilly night because the pool is heated
Where to go in Tagaytay?
This is one of the most fun and thrilling place you can visit if you go to Tagaytay.
There are a lot of thrilling rides both the young and the young at heart would enjoy. Some of the rides are not for the faint of heart. There are also plenty of restaurants and food stalls if ever you get hungry.
You would also get a great view of the Taal Volcano if you ride the Ferris wheel.
It’s the highest peak in Tagaytay City and it’s just two hours drive away from Manila. Mount Sungay is a very popular hiking destination for Tagaytay residents. Tagaytaya locals are very proud of their mountain but I don’t think they quite understand that there are so many other ways to enjoy nature besides hiking trails. The observatory of Mount Sungay houses a dizzy number of telescopes that you can take a look at the stars through.
If you are a picnic lover then give this place a visit.
You’ll find a lot of picnic spots here. Right across the road there are picnic areas, where you can have a great time relaxing with the company of friends and families after a long day at the mountain.
The cool weather plus the green surroundings plus the alluring view of Taal Volcano is equal to a relaxing and perfect picnic with friends and family.
There are also other activities you can do like zipline, horseback riding, riding a big Ferris wheel and fish spa.
If you love jigsaw puzzles then visit this place because you be amazed by the puzzle displays that come in different shapes and sizes.
The puzzles you would see here came from different parts of the world. When you see the collection, you will surely be impressed by the owner considering the effort and time to find, collect and build those puzzles.
You should also try their buko cream pie on your visit.
If you love art specifically glass art then check out Museo Orlina. The unique and creative glass artworks here would surely amaze you
And if you also like cars there is a bonus for you. Aside from sculpting Ramon Orlina also loves cars specifically Volkswagens. You would see his Volkswagen at the end of the viewing
If you are a health enthusiast then this place is for you.
Just by looking at the green surroundings and breathing the fresh air, you would already feel cleansed. You would learn a lot about plants and their benefit to our bodies.
You can also camp here if you want to stay overnight. You would definitely enjoy roasting some smores and the bonfire.
What to do in Tagaytay?
There are a lot of places here in Tagaytay where there are unique and creative artworks.
The first place that comes to mind when speaking of art in Tagaytay is the Museo Orlina.
Puzzle Mansion is also a popular choice to see some beautiful work of art.
Try Thrilling Activities
If you are looking for something that will pump your adrenaline then Sky ranch is the place for you.
You could go there and try every fun ride you can, like the drop tower, the “Vikings” and the Ferris wheel.
There are also thrilling activities at Picnic grove like the zipline, cable car and Ferris wheel
You can also use this trip as a way to have some quality time with your family.
You could go on a picnic at Picnic Grove or go eat together as a family in a restaurant. You could do a lot of fun activities here while you get to know each other more.
This is a great opportunity to get your family closer especially now that many other things are trying to get our attention
Go on a Food Trip
On your visit here, don’t forget to try some of the best food here in Tagaytay.
Bulalo is the most famous dish here in Tagaytay. You will not have any trouble finding Bulalo here because almost all restaurant offers it.
You should also try their fruit and other produce. Because of the rich soil and great weather here in Tagaytay, their products like fruits and root crops are of high quality.
You should also taste their buko pie and different flavors of tarts.
There is a lot of places you can visit here in Tagaytay.
The most famous beautiful scenery you would see here is the Taal Volcano. You could get a great view of the volcano from different places like Sky Ranch, Charito by Bag of Beans and Escala Tagaytay.
You could also take a boat ride tour at Taal Lake and go on a trekking adventure.
Where to eat in Tagaytay?
Charito by Bag of Beans
Charito by Bag of Beans is located at Tagaytay-Nasugbo Highway Maharlika East, Cavite, Tagaytay.
Charito by Bag of Beans can serve you excellent food, even picky-eaters won’t have any problems eating here
It also offers a great view of the Taal Volcano, so it is a perfect place to take someone on a romantic date.
Nanay Cirilas Kapeng Barako
Nanay Cirilas Kapeng Barako is located at Mayor’s Drive Mendez Crossing East, Tagaytay.
If you want to eat food that will make you feel like you are home then come visit this place. You can also visit this place if you want to have a peaceful meal with your family or friends.
If you want to try this place, be sure to make a reservation and pre-order your food. This way you won’t have to wait a long time before you can taste their dishes.
Antonio’s Garden is located at Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay.
Antonio’s Garden is the restaurant to go to if you want to eat somewhere elegant and luxurious. The beautiful old Spanish style ambiance will surely impress you.
This place is perfect for dates, family gatherings, or any celebrations because the place is very relaxing and private.
Trifoglio Ristorante is located at Fora Mall, Tagaytay.
If you love eating Italian foods then this restaurant is for you.
You would surely go back to this place if you tasted their pizzas and lasagna. The romantic ambiance and accommodating staff make this restaurant a very cozy place to dine.
Fire Lake Grill
Fire Lake Grill is located at General Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Unit 3, Cliffhouse, Tagaytay.
If you love eating meat then give this restaurant a try.
All of the dishes they serve are well-cooked. You would surely love their steak or their seafood risotto.
Here in Tagaytay, there are a lot of beautiful places to see and there are a lot of things to do. Just because it is the 2nd summer capital does not mean it not worth visiting. There are beauties and wonders you would only see and feel if you visit it personally. And I hope you enjoy your visit here in Tagaytay and also this Tagaytay travel guide is helpful.