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Tourist Spots & Stops in Tagaytay City Philippines

September 17th, 2014 · 12 Comments

Tagaytay City, about 60 kms south of Manila, the Philippine capital is one of the prime tourist spots in the Philippines. Up to the late 1990s, people came mainly for Tagaytay’s year-round cool climate and Taal Volcano, which, surrounded by the blue waters of Taal Lake and framed by lush mountains is quite a breathtaking vision.

There were no other sites at that time except for Picnic Grove – a picnic and horseback riding site, Palace in the Sky – abandoned mansion of deposed Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos and Halfway – a mini-zoo. Dining was confined to Mushroom Burger, Taal Vista Hotel (the only hotel in the area at that time) and hole in the wall restos offering “bulalo” (boiled beef shank with bone marrow).

In 2000 under a younger administration, Tagaytay’s tourism got a boost by welcoming new establishments and franchises.

Foremost is the exclusive Highlands in Tagaytay’s northern part where golf, cable cars and world-class dining and accommodation can be enjoyed by availing of membership starting at P600, 000.00. It is an ideal site for weddings and conventions. Less expensive alternatives are Tagaytay Convention Center, Royale Tagaytay and Phinma. Mid-priced hotels like Bed & Breakfast, Days, Hotel Dominique and Royal Parc are scattered in the area. There are plenty of budget rooms and picnic huts for less than a thousand pesos.

Transportation is never a problem as busses ply the Manila-Tagaytay route 24 hours.

For fine dining there’s Antonio’s (seats must be reserved at least a month before) located farther south on the way to Batangas City, Carlos Restorante which offers Spanish cuisine and Aurelio’s, famed for its steaks. Those who prefer native Philippine dishes like “sinigang” and “kare-kare” (variations of beef and pork preparations) have a wider selection of reasonably priced restaurants in the main road – Dencio’s, LZM, RSM, Leslie’s, and Josephine’s. In the same strip, a horseback riding facility is available in Viewsite’s ranch-inspired surroundings. Beside it is Taalena, where diners get to be serenaded by a string quartet. Fast food chains like Jollibee, McDonalds and Chowking coffee shops, pizza parlors and delicacy stores also abound.

The health conscious will enjoy Nurture Spa and Sonia’s Garden where message therapy is offered side by side with organic food.

Commerce is thriving with the presence of the country’s premiere banks, telecom companies, beauty salons and branches of government agencies. Students and employees from nearby towns flock here for the retreat houses tucked in the more inconspicuous areas of the city.

At night, the main streets are lined with multi-colored lamps. Live bands perform daily in Café Lupe, G-point, Chandler’s, Casino Filipino, among other bars and cafes.

Yet despite its modernization, Tagaytay City has managed to preserve its picturesque countryside ambiance. In fact, all establishments are prevented to erect anything that will obstruct the views. It’s a must-see spot that has a bit of something for everybody.

Tags: Tagaytay

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 katrina // Feb 1, 2008 at 4:16 am

    really beautiful place…………….

  • 2 Victoria Anastasia // Nov 2, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    We went to half way mini zoo yesterday and we were very dis appointed because every time we visit the place the entrance fee keep on going up, it’s very dis appointing because the price is not practical for a big family anymore nor affordable to regular filipino family, i wonder if this is really built for high class people?

  • 3 odessa // Jan 15, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    i want to go there..hehe

  • 4 gemma // Mar 31, 2009 at 7:57 am

    i think its good,,and beautiful mother in law want to visit here in Philippines,,and eat some sea food,,and have a thinking if i can bring them in that island??…

  • 5 nelly // Feb 16, 2010 at 4:16 am

    been dreaming 2 c d place, hopefully in april 2010

  • 6 Hazel // May 29, 2010 at 7:02 am

    oh yeah another nice place is the calruega church we always visit the place everytime we go there in tagaytay…… and also saw nasugbu batangas very nice and clean coves and beaches around……. the best place to hang out with your family……Love tagaytay!!!

  • 7 jeswin // Apr 9, 2011 at 1:38 am

    tagatay here i come…

  • 8 Kathleen // Jul 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    makikita ba ang taal lake sa tagaytay?

  • 9 Mark // Jul 24, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Im researching on that Tagaytay is there any available tourism statistics about Tagaytay probably at least from 2005-2010

  • 10 R.E.B // Nov 11, 2011 at 9:12 am


  • 11 ihka // Apr 19, 2012 at 5:46 am

    One of my foreigner bosses was in Tagaytay a couple of decades ago. He went in Tagaytay again recently. He’s really nice and love the Philippines so much. His ‘remarkable’ comment is ” no offense to all of you, but I was here way back 1988. This place is beautiful and nice, but nothing had changed, it only got worse.” I wish the local gov’t would do something with this. Its a shame for us.

  • 12 zarren // Mar 21, 2013 at 3:13 am

    i went to tagaytay 8 yrs ago. as i strolled the city to look for a cheaper hotel, there was a charge an additional fee for the tricycle driver in fact the tricycle driver has been paid every where we went to. as i asked every receptionist about it, they said, “ganito yan dito sa tagaytay.” kahit ng pumunta ako sa taal volcano, they charged me additional 500pesos for the tricycle driver too though i already paid the tricycle driver in going there. ganoon daw ang kagawian nila. OMG very disappointing!!! akala ko yong tricycle yong manloloko sa akin perro hindi pala. its them na pinupuntahan ko.

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