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23 March 2022

When it comes to a quick escape from Manila, Tagaytay City is an easy choice. Its proximity makes it a default destination for the work-weary weekend warriors from Manila and other parts of Cavite, as well as the neighboring provinces of Laguna and Batangas.

Tagaytay has a lot to lure tourists with. From its endless array of dining places to its magnificent panoramas of the Taal Lake, it appeals to those looking for a respite, allowing visitors to forget about their problems and chill for a few days or so. Thanks largely to its relatively cooler temperature, it also fosters a very comfortable atmosphere, which makes it a haven for wellness and retreat centers.

Tagaytay is also brimming with family-friendly establishments and activities, romantic getaway destinations, and culinary attractions. And long before the pandemic-related demand for plants, it has already captured the heart of the veteran plantitos and plantitas.

Here are the things to do and places to visit in and near Tagaytay. We included some popular tourist attractions outside Tagaytay proper but are easily accessible from the city, like those in Silang and Alfonso.

Note: The opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official websites or Facebook pages before visiting.


A quick word about TOURING TAGAYTAY:

While it is possible to take public transportation, it is recommended to explore via private car, especially if you want to cover attractions located on the outskirts of the city. Use Waze or Google Maps for directions and live traffic situations.

If you don’t have your own car or you just want to travel conveniently, you can join a group tour from Manila to Tagaytay (and back to Manila). Take note of the meeting place (usually SM MOA). Here are the places included in the itinerary:

  • Tagaytay Picnic Grove
  • Sonya’s Garden
  • Palace in the Sky
  • Mahogany Market
  • Sky Ranch
  • Good Shepherd
  • Caleruega Church

RESERVE A SLOT HERE!


1. View of Taal Volcano

Of course, Tagaytay’s biggest asset is perspective. Part of what makes it special is not what’s within its territory but what one can admire from there — the Taal Lake and the picturesque but temperamental volcano at its center.

Unbeknownst to many, what we now call Taal Lake is actually the caldera of a massive ancient volcano. But don’t panic, only the tiny island in the middle of the lake remains active. But this geological history explains a lot about Tagaytay, especially its location, geography, and topography.

Tagaytay is perched on the edge of this caldera, giving it the front seat when it comes to Taal Volcano vistas. And what a difference a view makes! For many years, this priceless view has provided an aesthetic advantage for commercial establishments like restaurants and hotels in Tagaytay and considerably helped propel the city’s economy.

If you are staying in Tagaytay for a night and want easy visual access to this stunning natural backdrop throughout your stay, here are some of the hotels with a great view. But note the this spectacular view ramps up the prices of rooms facing it.

But if spending a night is out of the question, then maybe consider dining at well-positioned restaurants with a view, such as:

  • Balay Dako
  • Concha’s Garden Café
  • Bag of Beans Charito
  • Ridge Park Kainan sa Kubo
  • Josephine Restaurant
  • Some local roadside Bulalohan restaurants

But if you’re traveling on a shoestring, some attractions provide stunning views too, and you only need to pay the entrance fee. Here are some of them:

  • Picnic Grove
  • People’s Park in the Sky
  • Sky Ranch

Speaking of Sky Ranch….


2. Sky Ranch Tagaytay

This five-hectare leisure park caters to both kids and kids-at-heart. It features exciting rides and games, restaurants and food stalls, and activities like horseback riding. The park also provides good spots to view the Taal Volcano and spaces for corporate events, receptions for all occasions, and other social gatherings.

Sky Ranch Vikings Ride and Ferris Wheel

The most prominent structure is the 63-meter tall Sky Eye, a Ferris wheel with 32 gondolas.

Opening Hours: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM (Monday – Friday); 8:00AM-9:00PM (Saturday – Sunday, Holidays). Depending on the current restrictions and protocols, the schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Entrance Fee: P100/head
Parking Fee: P30 (Bicycle/Motorcycle), P50 (Car), P150 (Bus), P200 (Overnight/Lost Ticket)
Getting There: From Manila, take the bus to Tagaytay and alight at Olivarez/Rotonda. From Olivarez/Rotonda, take a jeepney bound for Mendez or Nasugbu. Let the driver know that you are going to Sky Ranch, so he can drop you off at the designated stop because not all jeepneys take the road where Sky Ranch is located. The fare is around P15.

MORE INFO: SKY RANCH TRAVEL GUIDE!


3. Zipline

For the adventurous, an exhilarating way of viewing and experiencing the lush surroundings of Tagaytay is by zipline!

Tagaytay Zipline at Picnic Grove

If it’s your first time riding a zipline, this is a good introduction because the ziplines in Tagaytay are not outrageously terrifying — not too high and not too long. Sky Ranch and Tagaytay Picnic Grove both offer zipline experiences.

The one in Sky Ranch is easy to spot, while the one in Tagaytay Picnic Grove is located at the Picnic Town. The rates range from P200 to P500, depending on the type and the day. Weekday rates are cheaper.


4. Tagaytay Picnic Grove

For those who prefer to bring their own food, Tagaytay Picnic Grove is one of the places where you can rent tables, gazebos, or huts. There are also provisions if you want to cook and grill but you can bring your own griller and portable burner too. Some spots are blessed with the view of Taal Lake, while others are under the shade of trees.

Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Aside from the picnic areas, it also features an eco-trail, horseback riding circuit, an open field for flying kite or playing badminton and the likes, zipline, souvenir shops, and food stalls. There are relatively new structures within the picnic grove — multi-level parking space, new observation deck, Sky Walk, and business spaces. Some facilities still need upgrades, but many areas have been improved. If it’s been a long time since you were last here, it might be time for a comeback.

Opening Hours: 6:00AM-10:00PM (Daily). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Entrance Fee: P50/head
Parking Fee: P35 (cars); P50 (vans, jeepneys, coasters); P100 (buses); FREE (motorcycles)
Hut/Cottage Rental: P100, P150, P300, P500, P2500
Zipline Rate: P300 (2-way ride)
Getting There: From Olivarez/Rotonda, ride a jeepney bound for Calamba or the one with the signage “People’s Park”. If you want to make sure, just ask the driver to drop you off at Tagaytay Picnic Grove. The fare is around P10.


5. La VeryOl’s Kawa Bath

Yes, you read it right. The kawa hot bath has reached Southern Luzon and you can experience it in Tagaytay! Palambutin ang mga naninigas na muscle because why stop at gorging on bulalo when you can be one yourself? LOL!

La VeryOl Kawa Bath

Kawa is a larger-than-usual metal wok or vat traditionally used in cooking dishes for big celebrations and in making muscovado sugar, at least in some areas in the Philippines like Antique, which is said to be the province where the kawa hot bath began. And from Antique, this relatively novel spa attraction has reached other parts of the Philippines like Tagaytay.

La VeryOl Mountain View Garden is a family-owned and family-managed garden-slash-spa offering the kawa hot bath experience. Perched on the ridge, it presents a picturesque view of the lush slopes. Aside from the kawa hot bath, it also offers different massage services. You can choose to stay overnight in one of the four veranda rooms or go on a day tour. An in-house restaurant is also within easy reach. You have to contact the management to reserve your slot for a day tour or to reserve your room for an overnight stay. Strictly by appointment.

Opening Hours: Day Tour 8:00AM-5:00PM; Overnight 2:00PM (Check-in), 12:00PM (Check-out). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Day Tour Rates: P399 (Kawa Hot Bath), P599 (Full Body Massage), P900 (Kawa Package A), P1400 (Kawa Package B)
Overnight Rates: The room-only rates range from P3800 to P5500, while the rates for those with kawa hot bath and full body massage inclusions range from P5300 to P7000.
Parking Fee: FREE
Getting There: From Manila, take a bus bound for Tagaytay or Nasugbu at Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). Get off at Olivarez Plaza. There’s a tricycle terminal on the side. Take the special tricycle trip to Moriellis Restaurant. You can ask the driver to take you all the way to La VeryOl’s.

✅ If you want to know more about the place, here’s a separate and more detailed article: LA VERYOL’s KAWA BATH TAGAYTAY Travel Guide


6. Crosswinds

Crosswinds is a 100-hectare Swiss-inspired residential and leisure community set in a lush landscape with about 20,000 pine trees in one of Tagaytay’s highlands. It houses six residential zones, staycation options, restaurants, cafés, specialty shops, and more!

Crosswinds Tagaytay

It has actually become one of the rising weekend destinations in Tagaytay. Two of its most popular attractions are NAPA and Ruined Project.

NAPA took inspiration from the wine region of Napa Valley in California. It exudes that hillside vineyard atmosphere against the sloping landscape and mountain valley view setting.

The Ruined Project? was supposed to be the 50th store of the more established sister café, The Coffee Project. However, due to the pandemic, it took a different path and based on the volume of foot traffic, especially on weekends, for the better.

Other food establishments within the premises are Coffee Project, Cafe Voila, and Windmill.

Entrance Fee: FREE
Parking Fee: FREE
Getting There: From Manila, take a bus bound for Tagaytay or Nasugbu at Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). Get off at Olivarez Plaza. There’s a tricycle terminal on the side. Take the special tricycle trip to Crosswinds.

✅ If you want to spend a night at Crosswinds Resort Suite, Check Availability & Rates Here!


7. Queens Strawberry Farm, Alfonso

If you are a fan of strawberries, the town of Alfonso, one of Tagaytay’s neighboring towns, cradles a strawberry farm with a restaurant and a bakery. Queens Strawberry Farm offers anything strawberry-related.

Strawberry picking is possible if in season. Visitors can also learn rod fishing or simply feed the fish within the vicinity. For these activities, you need to check the official website for the available schedule, as booking may be required.

The farm also functions as a bed-and-breakfast place and events venue. But its most prominent feature is its restaurant, housed in an enormous A-frame building and serving a whole lot of strawberry-flavored items, from its salads to breakfast to desserts to drinks.

Take home strawberry jams, strawberry cheesecake, buko strawberry pie, strawberry loaf bread, and more!

Opening Hours: 8:00AM-7:00PM (Weekdays); 8:00AM-8:00PM (Weekends). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Entrance Fee: FREE
Parking Fee: FREE
Getting There: From Manila, take a bus bound for Tagaytay or Nasugbu at Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). Alight at Shell Station across Splendido Taal. There’s a tricycle terminal on the side of the road (Alilio Drive). Ride a tricycle and tell the driver that you are going to Queens Strawberry Farm.

✅ If you want to know more about the place, here’s a separate and more detailed article: QUEENS STRAWBERRY FARM Restaurant Guide & Menu


8. Staycation at a Concept Hotel

While Tagaytay has always been popular for its proper hotels, the past few years saw the rise of concept accommodations, offering unusual, if not unique, lodging experiences. The towns of Silang and Alfonso have their share of these staycation gems, too!

Here are just some of them:

Lah Luna BnB Silang


Speaking of hotels… Accommodations usually take the biggest chunk of any overnight trip to Tagaytay. While some budget-friendly options are available, they are few and far in between. So if you want to make the most of your stay in Tagaytay, save up early!

Having trouble saving? There’s a brilliant app that could help you — LISTA! It’s a mobile app that will help you watch your spending before and during the trip. One of our fave features is the SAVINGS CHALLENGE! With this, you can set when your next trip is, how much you need for that trip, and how often is comfortable for you to set aside a certain amount. This way, you can track your savings. It can even motivate you to save more and get more excited about your next trip!

LISTA App Savings Tagaytay

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9. Puzzle Mansion

Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2012 as the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle collection, the Puzzle Mansion was launched in the same year with over 1,000 puzzles.

Fast forward to the present, it currently hosts about 2,000 puzzles, with the oldest dating back to the ’80s. The private museum is managed by the family of Georgina Gil-Lacuna, the collector. It is located in Barangay Asisan, a few kilometers from the main road. You will see directional signs from the main road leading to the museum, which was previously the family’s rest house.

Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM. The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Entrance Fee: P100/head
Parking Fee: FREE
Getting There: From Olivarez/Rotonda, take a jeepney bound for Nasugbu or Alfonso, then tell the driver to drop you off at the spot in Barangay Asisan, where you can hail a tricycle to the Puzzle Mansion. The jeepney fare is P15 per person, while the special tricycle trip is P100 per ride.


10. Museo Orlina

Museo Orlina is another privately-owned art museum named after the artist and founder, Ramon Orlina, famous for his iconic glass sculptures.

The museum opened in 2014, featuring the artist’s masterpieces on the second and third levels. It also hosts other works of young and budding artists, fulfilling one of the museum’s purposes to serve as a venue for young artists to showcase their works.

The museum has an amphitheater and a roof deck display. The main highlight is the replica of one of his most renowned glass sculptures, the “ARCANUM XIX, Paradise Gained”. The original work is currently gracing the atrium of the National Museum of Natural History.

Opening Hours: 10:00AM-5:00PM (Tuesday – Sunday); CLOSED (Monday). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Entrance Fee: P130 (Regular); P100 (Students and Seniors with valid I.D.)
Getting There: The landmark is the intersection of Santa Rosa – Tagaytay Road and Tagaytay-Calamba Road. You will spot the directional signage on the road leading to the museum. The road is between Tagaytay Econo Hotel and a restaurant. If coming from Olivarez/Rotonda, take a jeepney bound for Calamba or the one with the signage “People’s Park”. Tell the driver that you want to alight at the intersection or at Tagaytay Econo Hotel. The fare is P10-15.


11. Caleruega, Nasugbu

Easily accessible from Tagaytay, Caleruega is actually within the municipality of Nasugbu in Batangas. It was named after Caleruega municipality in Spain, where Saint Dominic de Guzman, the father of the Order of the Preachers, was born.

Originally built as a venue for retreat and contemplation, the church complex has evolved into one of the choice destinations for wedding and prenuptial pictorials. Its well-maintained, verdant surroundings attract not only retreaters but also day-trippers who just want to appreciate the beauty of nature.

But of course, it has a functioning chapel, too, where Mass is held regularly. It is often included in Visita Iglesia itineraries for those who spend a day of Lent in Batangas.

Opening Hours: 6:00AM-5:30PM (Monday – Sunday); 10:30AM (Online Sunday Mass Schedule). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Entrance Fee: P30/head
Getting There: Take the jeepney bound for Nasugbu at Olivarez/Rotonda and tell the driver to drop you off at Hillcrest/Evercrest. There are usually tricycles waiting on the side of the entrance. They will take you to either Batulao jumping-off point or Caleruega. Tell the driver that you want to go to Caleruega. The jeepney fare is P25, while the tricycle fare is P50.

✅ If you want to know more about the place, here’s a separate and more detailed article: CALERUEGA CHURCH, BATANGAS: Travel Guide & How to Get There


12. Fantasy World, Lemery

Initially poised to be the Philippines’ answer to Disneyland, Fantasy World has intrigued me for years. Even from afar, I find this enormous medieval castle hauntingly beautiful. Maybe it’s just me, being a sucker for finding beauty in abandoned places.

But Fantasy World isn’t really abandoned. Unfinished, yes, but still operational. But instead of hitting the original goal of matching Disneyland, it has become more of a photo spot, perfect for those whose flights of fancy are filled with either fairy tales or grim aesthetics (depends on your perspective). It has also become a favorite prenup shooting locations.

The park and some of the rides will make you yearn for something that is almost within your grasp but is unattainable. The rides are obviously not working anymore but the whole place is still picture-worthy. I guess that’s the charm of the place. In fact, it has not only attracted curious visitors but also TV and film productions. It was the filming location for movies such as Fantastica and Got 2 Believe and GMA 7’s TV show Majika.

The highlight of the park is the castle, where you can climb to the top of the main tower and get a good view of the park and the surrounding areas.

Opening Hours: As of writing (December 2021), the management doesn’t allow tourists inside the premises anymore. Some visitors just take photos in front of the gate or from a viewpoint along the road. But in the past, the opening schedule was 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Entrance Fee: Presently, it is CLOSED to the public until further notice. The entrance fee used to be P100 per person.
Getting There: Ride a jeepney or bus from Olivarez/Rotonda to Boundary (Cavite-Batangas boundary). The fare for the jeepney is P25 and for the bus, P39. From the boundary, ride a jeepney bound for Lemery but tell the driver to drop you off at the side of the road leading to the Fantasy World entrance. The fare is P18. You can also charter a tricycle for a special trip, but the rate is steep — P200 per ride.

✅ If you want to know more about the place, here’s a separate and more detailed article: FANTASY WORLD TRAVEL GUIDE


13. Sonya’s Garden, Alfonso

Opened to the public in 1998, Sonya’s Garden has charmed its patrons with its intimate and secluded atmosphere. Although part of the usual Tagaytay itineraries, it’s actually located in Alfonso, Cavite, just a short drive from the city.

The various rustic decorations in every nook radiate warmth, welcoming guests like old-time friends. Careful thoughts were poured into the products and services too, creating a strong following and loyal customers.

The place started as a simple garden restaurant which has now grown into a multi-faceted venture. Aside from the restaurant, it offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation, spa and massage services, bakery (Panaderia), wedding venue, hair and skin care products (The Apothecary), souvenir shop (Country Store), and a furniture shop (Favorite Finds).

Opening Hours: 8:00AM-6:00PM (Daily). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Contact Details: It is recommended to make a reservation, especially if you are planning to avail of the bed & breakfast service. For reservation (events, bed & breakfast, and spa), you may contact the management here. If you are a big group, you need to make a reservation if you want to eat at the restaurant; otherwise, walk-in guests are welcome.
Getting There: Ride a jeepney or bus from Olivarez/Rotonda bound for Nasugbu or Alfonso. Ask the driver to drop you off at Barangay Buck Estate welcome arch. The fare for the jeepney is P15-20 and for the bus, P30-35. There’s a tricycle lane on one side of the road. Tell the driver that you want to go to Sonya’s Garden. The tricycle fare is P30-50 per ride.


14. Bulalo Restaurants

When we think of Tagaytay, more often than not, the next image that pops into our heads is that of steaming hot bulalo, complimenting the chilly vibe of the city. The culinary map of Tagaytay is dotted with bulaluhan, sometimes clustered in one area or lining the sides of the road.

One of these is Bulalo Capital, boasting about 30 recipes of Bulalo including its signature Dragon Bulalo, Kimchi Bulalo, Bulalong Tagaytay, and Sizzling Bulalo. It also has amazing photo spots installed around the site, keeping you busy while waiting for your order.

Bulalo Capital Specialty

Bulalo Capital Photo Spots

Other favorites of our teams are Cabanas Dine and Bar and Ridge Park Kainan sa Kubo, which both take pride in their own bulalo recipes.

Some established restaurants like Leslie’s, , Diner’s, Josephine’s, and Balay Dako also serve their own take on the sinful bulalo.


15. Mahogany Market

One of the most popular bulaluhan places is the one located on the second floor of the Mahogany Market. Think of it as a food court, but all the stalls serve bulalo (along with a few other dishes). One brisk walk along the stalls and it’s not hard to notice they have almost identical menu at identical prices. Just choose a spot to sit and order from the designated stall.

Mahogany Market Bulalo Stalls

What’s on the ground floor of the market? Fresh, raw meat! Beef is, of course, the bestseller, but you’ll find other proteins like pork, chicken, seafood, and carabao beef (water buffalo), too.

The market complex has other buildings housing different products like farm produce (fruits and vegetables), dried seafood, and plants.

Opening Hours: 7:00AM-8:00PM (Daily). The schedule may change without prior notice.
Parking Fee: P20-40 (depending on the location)
Getting There: From Manila, take a bus bound for Tagaytay or Nasugbu at Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). Get off at Tagaytay Hall of Justice along Mahogany Avenue. Walk towards Mahogany Market behind the Tagaytay Hall of Justice building.


16. Milk Tea & Coffee Spots with a View

Not really up for a piping hot bowl of bulalo and would rather chill instead, you’ll still have plenty of options with stunning views to boot. For coffee lovers out there, under-the-radar cafes like the 16th Cent Koffie inside The Observatory Tagaytay and the Kuuma Kaakao Kaffe along Silang Junction South may be worth your time. For those who prefer the familiar, Starbucks has multiple spots along the ridge, giving its loyal patrons wonderful views of the Taal Lake.

Sip n Brew Tagaytay

If milk tea is your cup of, uhm well, tea, Sip n Brew by Miara Café along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road is a rooftop space safely tucked in the spacious Miara Events Place property. It is one of the favorite venues for marriage proposals and private romantic dinner settings. But during the day, it is a rising hangout place for friends, especially the youth. This should not be confused with Sip n’ Brew Milktea Tagaytay along Mahogany Avenue in Barangay Maharlika West.


17. Shop for flowers and plants!

Tagaytay scenery would not be complete without checking out the flower and plant stalls lining the side of the road, especially along the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road stretch. But these are just a teaser to what Tagaytay has to offer to plantitos and plantitas.

The streets branching from the main road, particularly on Tagaytay-Calamba Road, cradle numerous spacious properties selling various flora, as well as garden tools and essentials like soil, pebbles, pots, and many others. You can get better prices if you go further into these narrow streets. But if you are pressed for time, the roadside vendors have great options, too.


18. Fruit trip

Tagaytay is blanketed in rich soil, making agriculture one of the city’s main sources of income. Although there are fewer pineapple fields now due to urbanization, the city still produces enough quantity to help boost the economy.

Other key products are banana, cacao, coffee, cassava, camote (sweet potato), and other root crops. Fruits and vegetables from other neighboring cities are also sold in the markets, and street-side fruit stands, particularly along Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road.

Tagaytay Fruit Market is located at the junction of Tagaytay-Calamba Road and Santa-Rosa Tagaytay Road. You can check Mahogany Market for fresh produce too!


19. Local sweet delicacies.

For Tagaytay’s sweet delicacies, you can get them from the many pasalubong stores in the area. Here are some of the well-known pasalubong shops in Tagaytay:

Cecilia's Buko Tarts

  • Rowena’s Pasalubong and Restaurant
  • Cecilia’s Buco Pie and Pasalubong
  • Amira’s Buco Tart Haus
  • Carmela’s Banana Cakes
  • Colette’s Buko Pie and Pasalubong

20. Nurture Wellness Village

Tagaytay is the go-to place for those who wish to relax and escape the fast-paced urban jungle of Manila. Concealed amidst a coffee plantation, Nurture Wellness Village offers solace to the weary mind, body, and spirit.

Image provided by Klook

Launched in 2001, this wellness village nurtures its guests through the healing power of nature combined with Asian- and Philippine-inspired setting, accommodations, and therapy services. It caters to individuals, couples, friends, families, and big groups. It also hosts weddings, anniversaries, and other occasions, as well as corporate events and team-building activities. The different types of lodgings include glamping, so this is perfect for those who have been wanting to do glamorous camping.

Opening Hours: 9:00AM-8:00PM (Tuesday – Sunday); 7:00AM-8:00PM (Mondays). Check-in time is at 2PM, and check-out time is at 12PM. The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Contact Details: Walk-ins are accepted but it is highly recommended to make a reservation before you go. The contact numbers are +63 917 687 8873, +63 917 516 3801, and +63 2 710 9786 (landline). The email address is info@nurture.com.ph
Getting There: If you are coming from Manila, get off the bus at Magallanes Square. Your landmark would be Leslie’s and Dencio’s on your left. Magallanes Square is on your right. From there, hail a tricycle to Nurture Wellness Village.

If you wish to spend a night or two, Check Room Rates & Availability Here!

Check Packages Here!


21. Mushroomburger

I always see cars lining the side of the road near Mushroomburger whenever we pass by. I used to wonder what the fuss was about, but we finally got to try this.

Mushroomburger is filling bellies since 1979. It is known for its, well, mushroom burger. The patties are normally made of 50% home-grown mushroom and 50% beef. The mushrooms are specially cultivated in a farm in Tagaytay, supplying other branches (Las Piñas and Quezon City).

Other choices are a no-meat mushroom sandwich and a burger with 50% pork longganisa patty. Aside from burgers, the fast-food chain also offers rice toppings, chicken meals, noodle meals, and desserts.

Opening Hours: 7:00AM-9:00PM (Daily). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Parking Fee: FREE
Getting There: From Manila, take the bus to Tagaytay and alight at Olivarez/Rotonda. From Olivarez/Rotonda, take a jeepney bound for Mendez or Nasugbu. Let the driver know that you are going to Mushroomburger because not all jeepneys take the road where the restaurant is located. The fare is around P15.


22. Twin Lakes Shopping Village, Laurel

Situated just before reaching the boundary of Cavite and Nasugbu, Twin Lakes Shopping Village is another leisure center that has piqued the interest of many, especially road trippers.

At first glance, it appears to be a collection of coffee shops and snack places. But it’s just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. There’s a lot in store for you downstairs. Some of the establishments are Starbucks, Bag of Beans, Amira’s Buco Tart Haus, 7/11, and Robinsons Supermarket!

There are also dining spots with a great view of the ridge and picture-perfect spots where you can enjoy taking photos with your family or friends.

Opening Hours: 6:00AM-8:00PM (7/11); 7:00AM-9:00PM (Robinsons Supermarket); 8:00AM-8:00PM (Santis Delicatessen/Amira’s Buco Tart Haus). The usual opening schedule is from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Parking Fee: FREE
Getting There: Take the jeepney bound for Nasugbu at Olivarez/Rotonda and tell the driver to drop you off at Twin Lakes Tagaytay. The jeepney fare is P20-25. If you are coming from Manila and you took the Nasugbu-bound bus, just tell the driver to drop you off at Twin Lakes Tagaytay.

If you wish to spend a night at Twin Lakes Hotel, Check Room Rates & Availability Here!

✅ If you want to know more about the place, here’s a separate and more detailed article: TWIN LAKES TRAVEL GUIDE


23. Tierra de Maria

I’ve been to Tierra de Maria a few times — with family, with friends, on weekdays, on weekends. It always exudes that calming atmosphere, even on the busy days of the Holy Week and other holidays.

The whole place is small and narrow, but the 50-foot statue of the Virgin Mary serves as its marker. You may enter the chapel if you wish to pray. There are interesting sections like the one where you can write a note (prayer requests or prayer of thanks) and post it on the wall or the one where you can shoot prayer requests into the drop boxes. You can also climb up the stairs to the deck where you can get a view of the Taal Volcano and the surrounding.

For those who want to take home souvenirs, you can check out the store at the entrance. If you’re driving, note that it’s quite challenging because there’s no dedicated space for parking. Visitors usually park on either side of the road.

Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday – Friday); 8:00AM-6:00PM (Saturday – Sunday). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official site or FB page for schedule updates.
Getting There: From Olivarez/Rotonda, ride a jeepney bound for Calamba or the one with the signage “People’s Park”. If you want to make sure, just ask the driver to drop you off at Tierra de Maria. The fare is around P10. Note that the chapel is located near Tagaytay Picnic Grove.


24. Qi Wellness Living

Chinese-inspired mind-and-body pampering and healing destination that is easily accessible from the main road!

Image via Klook

The place harbors a teahouse, a bathhouse, and a number of guesthouses. The place also affords a stunning panorama of the lush greenery, Taal Lake, and Taal Volcano. Choose a spot where you can enjoy your tea and meal while taking in an impressive scenery. The bathhouse offers different spa packages including massages and soaking pool amenities.

If you are planning to extend your experience here, you can check out their guesthouse packages and special offers.

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Opening Hours: 11:00AM-9:00PM (Wednesday – Sunday); CLOSED (Monday – Tuesday). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official website or FB page for schedule updates. If booking a guesthouse, check-in time is at 5:00 PM, check-out is at 12:00 PM the next day.
Contact Details: You may contact the management at +62 917 522 6969 and reservations@qiwellnessliving.ph for reservations and info@qiwellnessliving.ph for general inquiries
Getting There: From Olivarez/Rotonda, ride a jeepney bound for Mendez or Nasugbu. Ask the driver if he is taking Aguinaldo Highway/Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road (not Mahogany Avenue) because not all jeepneys take the road where the establishment is located. The fare is around P15. If you happen to ride a jeepney that is plying the Mahogany Avenue route, you can just get off at Petron station at the fork right after The Lake Hotel Tagaytay. From there, it’s a short walk to Qi Wellness Living.


25. People’s Park in the Sky

People’s Park in the Sky, simply called “People’s Park” by locals, is an unfinished mansion built in 1981 on top of a mountain. It was commissioned by the Marcos administration to host the visiting US President Ronald Reagan, hence the former name Palace in the Sky. But the supposed visit in 1983 was canceled and the construction was halted.

People's Park in the Sky

Today, the unfinished structure has been converted into an urban park and a view deck, overlooking the lush greenery and the lowland. The park also includes a small chapel, a garden, souvenir shops, and food stalls. Honestly, the place needs upkeep and improvement. But the views are still breathtaking.

Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday – Sunday). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official website or FB page for schedule updates.
Entrance Fee: P30/person
Getting There: From Olivarez/Rotonda, ride a jeepney with the signage “People’s Park”. That jeepney terminates at the jumping-off point to the park. The fare is around P15-20. From the entrance gate, it’s still an uphill climb to the mansion. You may choose to either go on foot or ride a jeep for P5-10.


26. Good Shepherd’s Bahay Pastulan (Ube Jam)

Craving Good Shepherd‘s Ube Halaya jam? You don’t need to travel five hours to get to Baguio to grab the signature jam because Bahay Pastulan in Tagaytay got you covered.

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Bahay Pastulan is operated by the Good Shepherd’s Sisters and offers the same products we find in Baguio’s main branch. I’ve passed by the area several times and the queues are not as crazy as Baguio’s. Sometimes, there’s no line at all.

Other products are peanut cluster, cashew brittle, lengua, snowballs, angel cookies, choco flakes, alfajor cookies, banana chips, sampaloc candy, and more. Try also their Take Out Products which are basically snack/merienda items.

Opening Hours: 9:00AM-5:30PM (Monday – Thursday); 9:00AM-6:00PM (Friday – Saturday); 9:00AM-4:00PM (Sunday). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official website or FB page for schedule updates.
Contact Details: (046) 483 3590
Getting There: Bahay Pastulan is located along the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road. The best way to go there is via private car. If commuting, take the jeep bound for People’s Park and get off at Tagaytay Econo Hotel at the junction of Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road and Tagaytay-Calamba Road. Hire a tricycle to Bahay Pastulan Store/Good Shepherd. Note that there’s a Good Shepherd Convent along Tagaytay-Calamba Road. That is not your destination. Tell the driver that it’s the one along Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road.


27. Gingerbread House, Alfonso

Another attraction located in the neighboring town of Alfonso, the Gingerbread House is one big photo spot and playground. It has a restaurant, which is housed in the huge, straight-out-of-a-fairy-tale gingerbread house — the symbol and the centerpiece of the whole property. Other features include a bakery, numerous food stalls, and outdoor areas.

The Gingerbread House

Aesthetically, this isn’t the most fashionable. It’s garish and lacks polish for the most part. But I think it’s fine because the place is primarily for children. And looking around, the kids were having a blast.

So yes, this is great for families with kids.

Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday – Friday); 8:00AM-6:00PM (Saturday – Sunday). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official website or FB page for schedule updates.
Entrance Fee: P150 (Adult); P120 (PWD, Senior Citizens); P100 (12 y/o and below)
Parking Fee: P30 (Cars, Vans); P20 (Motorcycles)
Getting There: From Manila, take a bus bound for Tagaytay or Nasugbu at Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). Alight at Shell Station across Splendido Taal. There’s a tricycle terminal on the side of the road (Alilio Drive). Ride a tricycle and tell the driver that you are going to The Gingerbread House.


28. Salakot, Silang

Salakot is actually located in Silang, another nearby town. Located along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Salakot has been filling bellies with classic Filipino dishes since it opened its doors to the public in the first half of 2021. The individual huts make it ideal for a safe and private dining experience. The huts vary in size to cater to both small and big groups.

Salakot Restaurant in Tagaytay

There’s also the airy main pavilion if you prefer a spacious dining area. Aside from the main dishes, Salakot also has a café that offers a wide selection of cold and hot drinks. The prices are relatively more affordable compared to other restaurants in the area and in Tagaytay. The team’s favorites are the kare-kare and the laing!

The whole place is adorned with plants, adding to its charm. Aside from casual dining, it also caters to events and celebrations.

Opening Hours: 10:00AM-8:00PM (Daily). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official website or FB page for schedule updates.
Parking Fee: FREE
Getting There: From Manila, take a bus bound for Tagaytay or Nasugbu at Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). Alight at Salakot just before you reach Monteluce.


29. Acienda, Silang

Also located along Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, not too far from Salakot, Acienda Designer Outlet is a shopping paradise for bargain hunters. It markets itself as the first true international outlet mall in the Philippines, parading its long list of international brands offering deals and discounts up to 70% off all year round!

Shop ’til you drop, right? But don’t worry! The mall has several dining places, food stalls, bars, and coffee shops. There are also plenty of Instagrammable spots where you can pose and use them as backgrounds including the mall’s symbol — the 3.5-story tall Windmill.

Opening Hours: 10:00AM-8:00PM (Weekdays); 10:00AM-9:00PM (Weekends & Holidays). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official website or FB page for schedule updates.
Getting There: From Manila, take a bus bound for Tagaytay or Nasugbu at Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX). You will drive past Salakot. Alight at Acienda Designer Outlet.


30. Taal Lake Yacht Club, Talisay

This is located in Talisay, Batangas, on the northern shore of the lake, but it is easily accessible from Tagaytay via Tagaytay-Calamba road and Ligaya Drive. Don’t be intimidated by the name, Taal Lake Yacht Club is not a members-only establishment. It is open for day-trip visitors and provides amenities for them.

Those who are visiting on a day tour can avail themselves of water-related activities like sailing and kayaking and Hobie catamaran rentals. It also allows day trip camping and offers tent rental. But you can bring your own camping equipment and gear and just pay for the camping site or tent-pitching fee. It also permits photoshoots — non-commercial and commercial.

Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Daily). The schedule may change without prior notice. Please check the official website or FB page for schedule updates.
Entrance Fee (Non-Members): P300/head
Rates: P100/day (Camp Site); P500/day (4-Man Tent Rental + P1000 Deposit Fee); P400/day (hut rental, good for 10 pax); P300-350/head (Non-Commercial Shoot); P5000 Royalty Fee + P300-350/head (Commercial Shoot)
Contact Details: For corporate events, photoshoots, and other queries, you may contact the management at 0917 838 3726, 0917 123 1403, the official website, and the official Facebook page.
Getting There: The most recommended, convenient, and fastest way is via private car. Just take the Tagaytay-Calamba Road and then turn right to Ligaya Drive. Use Google Maps or Waze. The travel time from Tagaytay to TLYC is about 15 minutes.


DOT-Accredited Hotels in Tagaytay

Here are just a few of the many hotels in Tagaytay that have been issued a Certificate of Authorization to Operate (CAO) or provisional CAO by the Department of Tourism.

  • HOTEL KIMBERLY TAGAYTAY
    Kaybagal North, Tagaytay City, Cavite
    Check Rates & Photos!
  • HOTEL MONTICELLO
    Km 60 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City
    Check Rates & Photos!
  • TAAL VISTA HOTEL
    Nat’L Rd. Brgy. Kaybagal, Tagaytay City, Cavite
    Check Rates & Photos!
  • TAGAYTAY VIEWPARK HOTEL
    3500 Calamba Road, Sungay East, Tagaytay City, Cavite
    Check Rates & Photos!
  • TAGAYTAY WINGATE MANOR
    Magallanes Drive Maitim 2Nd West, Tagaytay City, Cavite
    Check Rates & Photos!
  • THE LAKE HOTEL TAGAYTAY
    Km 58, Aguinaldo Highway, Bgry. Maharlika West, Tagaytay City, Cavite
    Check Rates & Photos!

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