Tagaytay: Manila’s Favorite Weekend Destination



Are you taking advantage of the chilly nights lately? As a tropical country, Philippines doesn’t have winter and generally hot and humid throughout the year, but this month until January, let us enjoy “colder” nights even for a short time. The cold breeze reminded me of one place I had a chance to visit courtesy of AirAsia – Tagaytay.

From Iloilo we traveled to Manila as part of the inaugural flight of AirAsia’s Iloilo-Manila route.



It was my 2nd time to visit Tagaytay. I know, Tagaytay is a popular weekend destination among urban dwellers of Manila. The perfect place to escape the metro without traveling for 8-10 hours. For us in the Visayas, it was a treat to see more of Luzon and a glimpse of the famous Taal. I personally wish to explore more of Luzon.

What to do in Tagaytay?

For me it’s relaxation and eating. We were billeted at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites and they serve great food. We also dined at Bag of Beans, Taal Vista’s Veranda, and Pamana. Guiltlessly binged onΒ bulalo.


Enjoyed lunch at Taal Vista’s Veranda with a major renovation. I like how relaxed the ambiance of the restaurant. Dining there means enjoying Luzon’s regional dishes.



Sky ranch is a popular attraction in Tagaytay. Since we had lunch at Taal Vista, it was hard not to include Sky ranch in the itinerary ( it is located next to Taal Vista). If you have kids, this is a must- thing to do in Tagaytay. For those who want to skip the rides, the view of the lake and the volcano is itself a treat for the senses.

First timers must also visit the Picnic Grove. It reminded of Tops in Cebu and other mountainside attractions that are often included in best deals for travel packages anywhere in the Philippines. We were lucky that our hotel was walking distance to this popular attraction in Tagaytay. It was perfect for pre-breakfast walk we all need after protein-loading at Amacena Restaurant.

There’s more to Tagaytay than Skyranch and Picnic Grove and I’m looking forward to such places when we visit Tagaytay again, this time with my kids. Tagaytay is family-friendly as well as a romantic place. If I have the capability, I would love to buy those bonsais and hardwood furniture I have spotted along the way.

I’m not from Manila, so I’m not sure if it is an overrated destination given the number of restaurants and hotels in the area. It’s nice to note how developed Tagaytay is but I feel it is a lovely weekend drive destination to escape traffic and pollution in Manila.

What Tagaytay attraction or activity can you recommend? Thanks for reading!

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