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11 Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots You Can Squeeze In For A Quick Weekend Trip From Manila

Tagaytay attractions and food spots

For a cool climate, breathtaking views, and family-friendly attractions, it’s no wonder that most Manilenyos make the 2-3 hour drive to Tagaytay for weekend trips.

Here’s a list of must-visit Tagaytay attractions and restaurants to make your getaway trip worthwhile and temporarily take your mind off the hustle and bustle in the metro.

What is Tagaytay famous for?

The city of Tagaytay is mostly known for its stunning views of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. The cool climate makes it a popular escape from the busy streets of Manila, perfect for exploring nature, sampling some bulalo (beef shank soup) and destressing.

It’s truly a must-visit destination for anyone exploring attractions in the Philippines.

– Things to do in Tagaytay-

For you and your road trip buddies, here are some things to do in Tagaytay for a trip full of fun tours and to bring out your inner child.

1. Tagaytay Picnic Grove – tour the grounds and try horseback riding

10 Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Tagaytay Picnic GroveImage adapted from: Liu Adam, Armaine Joy De Guzman via Google Maps

Tagaytay Picnic Grove is a place you’d want to go to for a close up view of the entire island of Taal Volcano from a hilltop. It’s also a place where you can do a number of activities from touring the grounds to horseback riding.

You can simply have a leisurely stroll on the grounds and take a photo or two with the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano.

Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Tagaytay Picnic Grove - stone picnic tables
Image adapted from: Luka sesvečan, Kirk Thompson via Google Maps

For breaks, there are many stone picnic tables and chairs along the steps from the base to the top of the hill. That way, you can rest or even eat and still admire the view.

Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Tagaytay Picnic Grove - obstacle course and zipline
Imaga adapted from: joey garcia, Ela Abrams via Google Maps

For a challenging and daring activity, get yourself geared up at the platforms and zipline over the trees, passing by a view of Taal Lake.

Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Tagaytay Picnic Grove - horseback ridingImage credit: Liu Adam via Google Maps

You can even go horseback riding as a family-friendly activity. If you’re a first-timer, make sure to hold both the horse’s reins, stay calm, and just have fun as you take a fun stroll with a newfound animal friend.

Address: Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm | Sat 9am-9pm | Sun 7am-8pm
(046) 413 4206

2. Sky Ranch Tagaytay – release your inner child

10 Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Sky Ranch
Image credit: Nelson Cagulada via Google Maps

For kid-friendly activities and a bit of nostalgia, visit the five-hectare Sky Ranch Tagaytay amusement park, where you can let loose.

To see a view of the entire Taal Island, ride the ferris wheel, where you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world once your capsule moves higher.

Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Sky Ranch - thrilling rides
Image adapted from: Guillian Mae Palcone, Dark ANGEL via Google Maps

You can try any ride you want such as the carousel for kids or the roller coaster and extreme tower that pumps up your adrenaline.

Sky Ranch - carnival games
Image credit: Mama Cays Vlog via Google Maps

Alternately, put your skills to the test and take your best shot in playing carnival games to win a prize to take home.

Sky Ranch - living statues
Image adapted from: June Guian Martinez, Jane Charmaine Vilan, AJ Muller via Google Maps

Walking around, you’ll come across a number of living statues that’ll start moving once you reward them through monetary means.

Admission fee: P100 (~USD1.91) per head
Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Brgy. Kaybagal South 4120 Tagaytay City, Cavite
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-10pm | Sat-Sun 8am-10pm
Contact: 0921 323 3389

Sky Ranch’s Facebook | Instagram

 3. Sonya’s Garden – charming bed and breakfast in Tagaytay

Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Sonya's Garden
Image credit: @sonyasgarden via Instagram

Sonya’s Garden has everything you’ll want in a staycation spot. It’s a bed and breakfast known for its lush gardens and relaxing spa treatments.

Sonya's Garden - bed and breakfast
Image credit: Sonya’s Garden

Being surrounded by greenery, you’ll experience maximum relaxation in one of their cottages. Depending on the day, the cottages may range from P3,500-P4,300 (~USD63.01-USD77.42) per person.

Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Sonyas Garden - restaurant and shop
Image adapted from: Sonya’s Garden, Sonya’s Garden via Facebook

Sonya’s Garden also prides itself with delicious organic food that you can enjoy in their three dining venues – Conservatory, Morning Glory, and Sunflower.

What’s more, you can roam through the grounds and visit their shops where you can get organic produce and spa essentials.

Address: Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, 4123 Cavite
Contact: 0977 850 8273 | 0917 529 1080 | Sonya’s Garden’s website
Email: [email protected]

Sonya’s Garden Instagram

 4. Nurture Wellness Village – wide range of spa treatments from head to toe

10 Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Nurture Wellness VillageImage credit: Nurture Wellness Village via Facebook

If you want to indulge in luxurious pampering and spa treatments in nature, go to Nurture Wellness Village, a place where you can choose from various spa treatments from head to toe.

 Nurture Wellness Village - treatments
Image adapted from: Nurture Wellness Village, Nurture Wellness Village via Facebook

Here, you can get an Acupuncture treatment for P2,000 (~USD38.27) to get help you release tension or a luxurious foot treatment called Hele for P1,100 (~USD21.05) to get soft and smooth feet. 

Nurture Wellness Village - grounds
Image credit: @susanssecretgarden via Instagram

Aside from the spa treatments, you can also explore the massive grounds for meditation spots or areas where you can pitch a tent and go glamping.

Throughout your stay, you can even transfer to neighboring retreat sites for a wholesome trip or develop your inner zen through yoga classes and coaching lessons.

Address: 7310 Pulong Sagingan Maitim, 2nd West Maitim II West 4120 Tagaytay City
Contact: 0917 687 8873 | Nurture Wellness Village’s website
Email: [email protected]

Nurture Wellness Village Facebook | Instagram

– What to see in Tagaytay –

As part of Tagaytay attractions, you can now move on to something more leisurely, amp up your trip by interacting with animals, inspecting a puzzle collection, or even having an excursion.

5. Paradizoo – meet wild animals & feed farm animals

10 Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - ParadizooImage adapted from: rhowen cabahug, Zephyriousity Ph via Google Maps

Tagaytay’s first zoo-farm themed park Paradizoo should be your next destination if you want something more interactive and are an animal lover.

Paradizoo - animals
Image adapted from: rhowen cabahug, Lloyd S. via Google Maps

Here, you’ll get to meet different farm animals from cows to ducks. What’s more, you can also interact with them such as holding a milk bottle for a pony, or feeding leaves to a camel.

 Paradizoo - butterfly farm
Image adapted from: Marti Mercado, Christopher Ryan Budoy via Google Maps

You can also take young ones with you in the butterfly farm, full of colorful butterflies fluttering around you and caterpillars slowly crawling on the leaves.

On that note, as it’s still a farm, do be careful around animals that are freely wandering and keep calm when you’re near them.

Admission fee: P199 (~USD3.81) per person, free for children below three feet
493, Mendez-Tagaytay Road, Mendez, 4121
Opening hours: 8am-5pm, Daily
Contact: (046) 434 1631

6. Puzzle Mansion – take a look on the biggest collection of popular & rare puzzles in the Philippines

10 Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Puzzle MansionImage credit: Ted Soo via Google Maps

If you’re a fan of jigsaw puzzles or want to try a new hobby, try visiting the Puzzle Mansion, where you’ll see all things in the form of puzzles from paintings to 3D ones.

Puzzle Mansion - puzzles
Image adapted from: Patrick Unson, Cyril Lazarte via Google Maps

What’s more, not only will you see the largest puzzle collection in Tagaytay, but you’ll also have the chance to try building your own puzzle as you drop by the souvenir shop, where you can choose from various puzzle types, especially 3D.

Address: Cuadra Street, Brgy. Asisan 4120 Tagaytay City, Cavite
Opening hours: Wed 9am-5pm | Thu-Sun 8am-5pm (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Contact: (02) 8661 0019
Email: [email protected]

Puzzle Mansion’s Facebook

7. Our Lady of Manaoag – go on an excursion

10 Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Our Lady of Manaoag
Image adapted from: iain smith, Drake Hogestyn via Google Maps

For most Roman Catholics, visiting Our Lady of Manaoag for an excursion is quite common. It’s a good attraction to visit due to its history and the holy artifacts that showcase the religion. You can even admire the view of Tagaytay as you go further.

Usually, there is a flea market nearby for memorabilia such as prayer books, mini statues, and candles that locals buy to light inside the church. However, due to the pandemic, it’s uncertain if it’s still present.

Address: 333 Tagaytay – Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening hours: Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun 8am-6pm (Closed Thursdays)

8. Museo Orlina – view renowned works by Ramon Orlina

Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Museo Orlina
Image credit: Museo Orlina via Facebook

For art lovers, Museo Orlina is another place you can check out. This museum showcases the works of renowned Filipino glass sculptor Ramon Orlina.

It’s a unique opportunity to appreciate art in a serene setting with the views of Taal Lake. The museum’s collection includes intricate glass sculptures that highlight Filipino culture and creativity.

Address: Hollywood St., Hollywood Subd. Tolentino East, Tagaytay City
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (Closed Mondays)
Contact: 0917 107 5958
Email: [email protected]

Museo Orlina Facebook

– Where to eat in Tagaytay –

While exploring and touring Tagaytay attractions all day can be fun and entertaining, it can also be tiring. After a full day of adventure, here are some places where you can eat and take a break.

9. Starbucks Domicillo – have a hot cup of coffee with a view

10 Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Starbucks DomicilloImage adapted from: Mackie Galvez, Josh T. via Google Maps

You may notice that there are a lot of Starbucks establishments as you drive around Tagaytay. However, Starbucks Domicillo is a unique find with its floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows that give a 360-degree view of the whole island of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. It’s certainly one of the star Tagaytay attractions there is.

If the breeze is quite chilly, you can cozily dine indoors and still admire the view.

Starbucks Domicillo - al fresco
Image adapted from: John Michael Capili, Stheven Den Mark Letada via Google Maps

Alternately, you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee while taking in the cool breeze in the al fresco dining area, where you can see the view on a much closer scale.

As with most coffee places, expect that the place will be filled with customers during weekends so it may take some time to find vacant tables. What you can do, however, is start ordering so that your food and drink are already with you by the time you find a table.

Address: KM 58 Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am-9.30pm | Fri 8am-11pm | Sat-Sun 7am-11pm

10. Leslie’s Restaurant – have some of their best-selling bulalo

Bulalo dishImage adapted from: Yasmin Unda, PRO Jang via Google Maps

Besides the view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano which are the staples of Tagaytay attractions, people also come for the hot, savory dish bulalo (Filipino soup made with beef shank and vegetables) that contrasts perfectly with Tagaytay’s cool weather. You can easily stop over and see the many food places that offer this comforting dish.

Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Bulalo place
Image adapted from: 陳欽富 , MariviC via Google Maps

One of the places you can visit is Leslie’s Restaurant that serves their best-selling dish bulalo along with other Filipino dishes from kare-kare (Filipino stew with thick peanut sauce) to lechon kawali (Filipino crispy deep fried pork belly dish).

What’s more, you can have a hot bowl of bulalo with a view as you dine al fresco in their nipa hut setups. A dish of bulalo for sharing with four to five persons is priced at P973 (~USD18.62).

Address: Aguinaldo Hwy, Tagaytay City, Cavite
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 6am-11pm | Fri-Sat 6am-12am
Contact: (046) 483 4271 | (046) 866 2273 | 0960 300 5684
Email: [email protected]

Leslie’s Restaurant’s Facebook | Instagram

11. Marcia Adams’ Restaurant – elegant dining and Mediterranean-inspired dishes

10 Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Marcia Adams' RestaurantImage adapted from: Jodi Lee, Greg Carter via Google Maps

End the day off at Marcia Adams’ Restaurant with a Mediterranean-inspired meal in an elegant, rustic dining space that feels luxurious and indulgent.

Tagaytay Attractions & Food Spots - Marcia Adams' Restaurant - Mediterranean-inspired food
Image adapted from: CN N, Revioli via Google Maps

Also, this is a good place to start if you’re new to Mediterranean food. You can choose from a variety of dishes such as the Certified Angus Steak with Truffle (P2,895, ~USD55.46) for meat lovers or try a dessert such as the Panna Cotta with Lemon Sauce if you have a sweet tooth.

Address: Sikat Rd, J.P. Rizal St. Alfonso, 4123 Cavite
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Thu 11am–9pm | Tue 10am-9pm | Fri 11.30am-5pm | Sun 10am-10pm (Closed Saturdays)
Contact: 0917 801 1456
Email: [email protected]

Marcia Adams’ Restaurant’s Facebook

How do I get to Tagaytay from Manila?

From Manila, you can head Taft Avenue or Buendia – these are common starting points for trips to Tagaytay. From there, you can start looking for buses headed southbound.

Buses with signages going to Tagaytay or Nasugbu are what you want to look for. As soon as you board, the conductor will approach you. You may pay your fare then and there. Bus fares may range from P95-P150 (~USD1.71-USD2.70) per person.

Travel time may take up to 3 hours depending on traffic conditions. In the mean time, you can look out your window and snap a pic or two of the beautiful landscapes.

One you arrive at the location, you’re free to get off on Olivarez or Rotonda. Depending on your itinerary, you can communicate with the conductor and discuss easier drop-off options.

Tagaytay attractions and food spots for a quick getaway

So if you happen to be traveling soon, make sure to keep in mind these Tagaytay attractions and food spots for a quick trip of fun, adventure, and food trips.

Happy travels and bon appetit!

Also, check out cafes in Tagaytay and hotel and resorts in Tagaytay. For more travel guides, visit The Smart Local Philippines.

Cover image adapted from: PRO Jang, Margarette Agbay, rhowen cabahug via Google Maps

Mintzy Flor contributed to this article.

Article originally published by Jaya Fanoga on May 2022. Last updated by Jaya Fanoga on March 2024.