Tagaytay City Attractions
Tagaytay City Attractions Reviews
Tagaytay City: The perfect escape out of Manila Apr 07, 2011
Tagaytay City is a perfect getaway location if you want to take a rest from the hustle and bustle (especially from the heat!) of Metro Manila. It is only an hour to an hour and a half drive away, plus or minus depending on the traffic situation, via SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) and the Sta Rosa exit.
Directions to Tagaytay City:
Once on SLEX watch out for the exit sign that says 'Sta. Rosa', take that exit and pay the toll (about Php 70+ the last time I went, it seems to go higher every year!). After the toll gate, turn right at the Coca-Cola Plant. Just stay on that main road until you reach the end, which will be...tada!... in Tagaytay City! :) Easy-peasy.
*New exit to Tagaytay, lesser traffic too!: Via Eton City exit (Greenfield dev't.) in SLEX at Php 80 toll to pass through.
Btw, just to add, if you would like to stop by Enchanted Kingdom's Theme Park, it's the left side after the same toll gate. That way you can hit 2 birds with one stone, err, trip! ;)
Not driving? The easiest way to commute to Tagaytay nowadays is by taking the vans parked in Star Mall going to Tagaytay-Batangas, via the Sta Rosa exit. Star Mall is at the corner of EDSA and Shaw Blvd. Just look for Edsa Shangri-la Hotel or Shangri-la Plaza Mall, opposite that (across EDSA) is the Star Mall.
The main attraction, of course, is the Taal Lake-Taal volcano. To those who are not familiar, Taal is actually a volcano within a volcano (or a lake within a crater within a lake within another crater). :) Think of it this way, when you go to Tagytay, and you go to one of those viewing decks to take pictures of Taal Lake, you're actually standing on the ridge of a dormant volcano. Cool, huh?
Tagaytay City is pretty developed now and offers a wide range of restaurants and scenic spots~ most of them are located after the Rotunda.
Here are my recommendations of places to see and things to do (will add new items to the list as I experience them), in no particular order: items with * are my personal favorites :)
1. Picnic Grove - great for families and kids; a bit crowded during weekends, especially on holidays though. Cottages are available for rent, that, I haven't seen personally so I can't comment on the condition.
2. Horseback Riding around an enclosed area (just before Josephine's) or up to Palace in the Sky~ kinda puny horses so it's best for kids...though I've seen a couple of big ones somewhere
3. Josephine's* - a very good air-conditioned restaurant serving local cuisine. It also has an over-looking area at the back.
4. Leslie's* - famous for its 'Bulalo' (Beef shanks & Marrow Bones Stew) and other Filipino dishes. It's al fresco and also has a great viewing deck at the back.
5. Tagaytay Highlands* - exclusive for members and their guests; golf, dining, shopping (holds seasonal bazaars), sightseeing, picture taking etc. etc. :p
6. 'Palace In The Sky'/People's Park In The Sky - the unfinished mansion of former President Marcos that offers the best view of Tagaytay City from way up high...get ready to walk uphill though!
7. Casino Filipino - for your gaming/gambling needs ;)
8. Sonya's Secret Garden / Bed & Breakfast / Restaurant - perfect for romantics and couples as the place is surrounded by blooms. The restaurant offers an eat-all-you-can set menu for Lunch & Dinner: create-your-own fresh green salad, bread, pasta made from fresh ingredients, dessert, and bottmoless dalandan juice or tea. For breakfast, a choice of Filipino or Continental.
9. Antonio's Restaurant* - two thumbs up! Great food, great place, great menu, great ambience...need I say more? Perfect for romantic dates too! :)
10. Tagaytay Ridge Zipline - mental note: must try, must try... http://tagaytayzipline.com/
11. Residence Inn - they house a mini zoo, best for kids and kids at heart :)
12. The Cliffhouse* - has a very nice viewing deck of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. It also houses an italian restaurant (Buon Giorno!), a steakhouse (Fire Lake House Grill), an ice cream parlor (Fruits in Ice Cream), and a crepes dessert house (Cafe Breton).
13. Collette's store* - scattered everywhere in Tagaytay, best place to buy homemade Filipino delicasies like Espasol* (sweet rice cake), Buko Pie (coconut pie), Cassava Pie (sweet potato pie), Uraro Cookies, Barquiron* (barquillos filled with polvoron- I don't know how to translate that, haha, just trust me!), etc.
14. Fruit stalls - pineapples are sold very cheap in Tagaytay, as well as the small bananas called 'Señorita'; on the way home, you're bound to pass one if you plan to buy fruits as they are located on the side of the streets when exiting/entering Tagaytay city.
That's about it for now... have fun on your visit to Tagaytay City!
Written: April 2010
Updated: April 2011
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