5 New Places To Eat in Tagaytay (That Won't Empty Your Pockets)

September 13, 2018

by Rachel Mutuc

Traveling is really a stress reliever. We all need an escape from our daily routines to recharge. After giving birth to my first child, my husband and I barely had any break. Now our daughter is one year old, we decided to plan a getaway that is just a few hours drive from Manila. The best choice? Tagaytay, of course!

Imagine a city found 2,500 above sea level, which overlooks a lake where the world’s smallest active volcano is found, the Taal. And then feel the cold breeze as you stroll around this green city. A picturesque view that will feast your eyes and senses.

Since we’ve been here several times before, we decided to look for new places to eat in Tagaytay as we planned to stay for an entire week. We are now very budget conscious so we looked for budget-friendly restaurants and cafes.

1. Simply Epic Cafe (from P109)

If you are planning to go to Puzzle Mansion, this lovely cafe is just two blocks away from the entrance. This is an industrial themed cafe that serves comfort food and various refreshments. It is standing next to a beautiful private chapel. There are also game boards and cards which customers can play with like Uno Stacko, Snakes and Ladders, chess, and Monopoly.

We met the owners of the cafe and they were very accommodating. They said they want the cafe to be SIMPLE: the ambiance, the menu, even the food presentation. But they still want it to be EPIC in terms of price point, taste and quality. Thus the name Simply Epic Cafe.

What to eat?

  • Aligue pasta and spanish sardines pasta.
  • Ice scramble (this will take you back to your childhood memories!).
  • Spicy chicken or All-spiced chops served with rice and mashed potato.
  • Ice blended Milo or Arabica.
  • Cinnamon rolls french toast.

How to get there?

Just follow signages directing towards Puzzle Mansion. Facing puzzle mansion, take the road to the right, it’s just a few meters walk.

Address: Purok 4 Asisan Barrio Rd. Brgy. Asisan, Tagaytay City, Philippines

Schedule: Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Sundays 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

2. Caffe’ Nativo (from P149)

This artsy place will take you to a different dimension as soon as you enter the cafe. The walls made our heads turn everywhere. No space was left untouched! Even the ceiling was hand painted, too! It’s a delightful sight while munching their all-day breakfast (silog), pasta and coffee. The food is affordable and very filling. It’s a good place to just chill and chat.

What to eat?

  • Tapsilog, porksilog, tosilog (meat served with fried rice and fried egg).
  • Pesto and carbonara for pasta.
  • Ice blended and hot coffee.

How to get there?

From Tagaytay Rotunda, ride a tricycle going to Prime residences.

Address: Tagaytay Prime Residences, Cityland Building, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay City, Philippines

Schedule: Monday to Thursday: 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Friday to Sunday always open.

3. Seoul Garden Hotpot (from P388)

Seoul Garden Hotpot is bringing the unlimited samgyupsal craze in Tagaytay! I was so happy because I had been craving samgyupsal even before we left for this vacation. The restaurant is spacious, clean and air-conditioned well. They serve seasoned pork and beef bellies. The lettuce is oh so fresh compared to those served in Metro Manila.

The customer service here is superb. The staffs are attentive to our needs. While waiting for our order to be served, they gave chocolate chip cookies to our daughter. It’s indeed a sweet gesture.

What to eat?

  • Unlimited samgyupsal (pork and beef) with unlimited side dish (banchan) and iced tea.
  • Mandu and seafood hotpot.
  • Lychee Green Tea.

How to get there?

Just ride a jeepney and you’ll see it right away after passing through Tagaytay Rotunda.

Address: 2nd level, Ayala Mall Serin, Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Silang Junction South, Tagaytay City, Philippines

Schedule: Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Friday to Sunday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

4. Lady Christine’s Baby Back Ribs (from P109)

You will fall in love with this hidden gem found in Fora Mall. My husband was craving for baby back ribs and we this place did not disappoint us at all.

The food servings are very hearty. And each plate served to us was very flavorful. We were surprised with some dishes like their grilled chicken (fried and grilled!), bunwich and smoothies.

The manager herself served us our food and made sure we’re comfortable and we have what we need.

What to eat?

  • Baby back ribs or chicken meal.
  • Flame grilled bunwich.
  • Garden salad.
  • Mango-banana smoothie.

How to get there?

Fora Mall is found in Tagaytay Rotunda. You have to go to the opposite side of the mall entrance to see this restaurant.

Address: LGF 1024 Fora Mall Filinvest, Rotunda Silang Junction East, Tagaytay City,  Philippines

Schedule: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily

5. Kuuma Kaakao (from P55)

This. Is. So. Underrated. How I wish Kuuma Kaakao to open 20 branches in Metro Manila. Among the five in this list, this cafe has the smallest dining space. But offers the cheapest yet so yummy food!

Their menu is best for Tagaytay weather. I can imagine taste the goodness of their champorado (chocolate porridge) served with fried dilis (anchovies). They also serve Filipino rice cakes: puto bumbong and bibingka, both are equally delicious as well, best paired with a hot cocoa drink.

What to eat?

  • Champorado with fried dilis.
  • Puto bumbong and bibingka.
  • Hot and ice blended chocolate and coffee.

How to get there?

Ride a jeep and ask the driver to drop you off Rolando’s (a famous restaurant in Tagaytay), and you will see the signage of Kuuma Kaakao.

Address: One Destination, Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Tagaytay City, Philippines (near Rolando’s and Jaytee’s)

Schedule: 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM daily

There goes our list. It’s nice to have somewhere new to visit in this beautiful place. I hope you find this helpful for your next visit to Tagaytay and experience the same gastronomic adventure as we did without hurting your budget. Let me know which one you’ll visit first! ?


Rachel Mutuc

By Rachel Mutuc

My husband and I are food and travel bloggers. We both left our 9 to 5 jobs already and raising our daughter together. I'm from the Philippines and a mom of a beautiful one-year-old baby girl. I'm a PWD due to Psoriasis. I have been working from home as a virtual assistant and social media manager for about 3 years now.

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