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 attractions and restaurants in Tagaytay to make your getaway trip worthwhile and temporarily take your mind off the hustle and bustle in the metro.
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For you and your road trip buddies, here are some things you can do in Tagaytay for a trip full of fun tours and to bring out your inner child.
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.
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.
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.
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
Telephone: (046) 413 4206
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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.
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.
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Alternately, put your skills to the test and take your best shot in playing carnival games to win a prize to take home.
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
Address: Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Brgy. Kaybagal South 4120 Tagaytay City, Cavite
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 10am–10pm | Sat–Sun 8am–10pm
Telephone: 0921 323 3389
For book and nature lovers, the Bodhi Library in La Bella Tagaytay is the next place to visit. Here, you’re free to read any type of book from inspirational to astrological or even books about health and wellness.
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What’s more, the library also doubles as a mind and body shop – that sells natural health products – as well as a cafe situated on the first floor, where you can have a bite to eat or simply lounge around.
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You can munch on a breakfast of Pegi Waffles (from P90, ~USD1.72) paired with a cup of Coffee w/ Herb or Hot Choco, both priced at P65 (~USD1.24), while you read your chosen book.
Alternately, feel free to look around and browse some of their products that you might like as you drop by.
Address: Brgy. Neogan, La Bella Market Village 4120 Tagaytay City, Cavite
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 9am–4pm | Sat–Sun 9am–5pm | Closed Mondays
Telephone: 0926 737 1442
La Bella Tagaytay’s 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.
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.
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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, Cavite
Telephone: (046) 413 4352
Moving on to something more leisurely, amp up your trip with interacting with animals, inspecting a puzzle collection, or even having an excursion.
Tagaytay’s first zoo-farm themed park Paradizoo should be your next destination if you want something more interactive and are an animal lover.
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.
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
Address: 493, Mendez-Tagaytay Road, Mendez, 4121
Opening hours: 8am–5pm, Daily
Telephone: (046) 434 1631
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.
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: Fri–Sun 8am–5pm | Closed Mon–Thu
Telephone: (02) 661 0019
Puzzle Mansion’s Facebook
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: Tagaytay – Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite
While exploring and touring Tagaytay 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.
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.
If the breeze is quite chilly, you can cozily dine indoors and still admire the view.
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: Aguinaldo Highway, Km 58 Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Tagaytay, Cavite
Besides the view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, 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.
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: 4X22+RMG, Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7am–10pm | Sat–Sun 7am–11pm
Telephone: 0917 862 0013
End the day off at Marcia Adams’ Restaurant with a Mediterranean-inspired meal in an elegant, rustic dining space that feels luxurious and indulgent.
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
Telephone: 0917 801 1456
Marcia Adams’ Restaurant’s Facebook
So if you happen to be traveling to Tagaytay, make sure to include these 10 things to do, see, and where to eat for a quick trip of fun, adventure, and food trips.
Happy travels and bon appetit!
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Mintzy Flor contributed to this article.
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