(SPOT.ph) Whether you're a food-loving traveler or just an adventurer in general, there's no denying that finding the right place to eat can make or break a trip. Finding a hidden gem when out traveling is one of life's simple joys, and it gets even better when the place in question not only feeds your bellies but also your eyes, i.e. there's a scenic view to boot. To help you make better memories from impromptu getaways, we rounded up some restaurants in the Rizal area that you may want to consider adding to your itinerary for your next road trip. Not only is the food good at these spots, the views are also immaculate.
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Here are 10 Rizal restaurants with a view you should add to your East road trip itinerary:
A visit to Gaea's Kitchen should not just be for a meal. Gaea's Kitchen serves a ton of comfort food like pasta meals, salads, and steaks, but that's not all you're gonna get when you stop over here. Sure, the ambiance of their al fresco dining area is topnotch, but there are also the beautiful flower terraces, the gazebo overlooking the mountainside, the view of the Pililia Windmills and the Laguna lake, and not to mention the beautiful colors of the sky at sunset. With a ton of other attractions on its belt, it's safe to say we think you can make a trip with just Gaea's Kitchen on the itinerary.
Gaea's Kitchen is at Sitio Sampiro, Barangay Plaza Aldea, Tanay, Rizal. It is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit Gaea's Kitchen's Facebook page.
Ricardo’s Vista del Cielo
Ricardo's Vista del Cielo may look like an ordinary Filipino food joint, but if you come here really early, say before sunrise, you might just catch the sea of clouds rolling over the mountains. Yup, this humble establishment along Marcos Highway boasts views of a sea of clouds at certain times of the year, granted you're there early enough. But don't fret if the clouds don't roll in for you. There's still a beautiful view of the mountainside waiting for your eyes if you do decide to visit.
Ricardo’s Vista del Cielo is at Marcos Highway, Mayagay 1, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. UIt is open on Mondays to Sundays from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit Ricardo's Vista del Cielo's Facebook page.
Tahanan Bistro is a casual fine dining restaurant located in Antipolo, overlooking an expansive garden, a jungle, and a view of Laguna de Bay. The chefs at this bistro take international favorites and techniques from foreign influences and give them a distinctly Filipino twist. If you're looking for a top-notch dining experience that uses the best local produce and ingredients, then Tahanan Bistro is the best bet for you.
Tahanan Bistro is at 22 Loresville Drive, Lores Farm Subdivision, San Roque, Antipolo City. It is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit Tahanan Bistro's Facebook page.
Pico de Pino Cafe & Restaurant
When you first arrive at Pico de Pino Cafe and Restaurant, you might be confused about where you are. A quick scan of the surroundings will catch you off guard as you may think you're seeing pine trees which would mean you might be in Baguio or the Cordilleras, but alas, you are mistaken. You are in Tanay, Rizal, in a restaurant serving family-style Filipino cuisine while also serving some looks for your social media feed. Best to come here at sunset so you can experience not only the beautiful sunset view but also get a bit of the chill from the cool mountainside air.
Pico de Pino Cafe & Restaurant is at Barangay Cuyambay, Marikina-Infanta Highway, Tanay, Philippines. It is open on Mondays to Sundays from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit Pico de Pino Cafe & Restaurant's Facebook page.
Art Sector Gallery and Chimney Cafe
Located in a private subdivision in Binangonan, Rizal, this spot is not only a place where you can dine and enjoy views of Laguna Lake, but it's also a place where you can enjoy art. A multi-story building featuring galleries of local artwork plus a roof deck restaurant and cafe with a gorgeous view of the sunset is as good as any reason to make the long journey to this spot. Pro tip: head there before the golden hour. A lot of people tend to arrive closer to sunset to enjoy the views so if you want a front-row seat you might want to come in earlier and just chow while waiting.
Art Sector Gallery and Chimney Cafe is at Lot 18 Block 178 Eastridge Executive Village, Tayuman, Binangonan, Rizal. It is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit Art Sector Gallery and Chimney Cafe's Facebook page.
Yellow Lantern Cafe
Yellow Lantern Cafe serves Filipino takes on classic bistro dishes, but that's not the only reason you should go to this Antipolo joint. Apart from menu items that are sure to fill up your belly, you're eyes will be in awe at just how 'Gram friendly this spot is. Tons of colorful decorations and designs adorn the walls and ceilings of Yellow Lantern Cafe, but nothing beats mother nature's display of golden hues. Head here during sunset golden hour, and you'll be treated to blinding yet beautiful rays of light while overlooking the mountainside and cityscape of the Metro.
Yellow Lantern Cafe is at 267 Sumulong Highway, Antipolo, Rizal. It is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit Yellow Lantern Cafe's Facebook page.
Overlooking the sprawling hills of Antipolo, this oldie-but-goodie restaurant is also home to an organic garden where guests can take in the sights and sounds of nature. Ever since it opened its doors in 1984, Vieux Chalet has seen many birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions, which might be a testament to how great its food is made even better by a truly majestic view. Its menu is relatively simple, made up of classic European fare like osso bucco, pizza, and pasta—but dessert is where it stands out, so don't forget to make room.
Vieux Chalet Swiss Restaurant is at 456 Taktak Road, Sitio Sampaguita, Santa Cruz, Antipolo City. It is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit Vieux Chalet Swiss Restaurant's Facebook page.
Seoul Stay Viewing Deck
We don't know about you, but one of the most annoying things about eating in a samgyup or Korean barbeque joint is the smell clinging to you after. Take that away and replace the closed space with an al fresco deck and a view of the mountains in Cardona, Rizal, then you've got yourself a winner. Seoul Stay is more commonly known as a camping/glamping destination, but what most people don't know is that it recently opened its viewing deck as a Korean restaurant where you can eat like your favorite K-drama leads while enjoying views of the Philippine cliffside.
Seoul Stay Viewing Deck is at 43 Manila East Road, Cardona, Rizal. It is open on Mondays to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit Seoul Stay's Facebook page.
Overlooking the city skyline of Metro Manila, Cafe Florentine is a great place for a late afternoon snack. You can sit back and unwind as you watch the sun slowly drift down the horizon. While you're there, grab a cup of their coffee, a lot of patrons and bikers in the East say they make the long, arduous bike ride up the slopes just for a cup here.
Cafe Florentine is at Pagrai Hills Overlooking, Barangay Mayamot, Antipolo, Rizal. It is open on Mondays to Fridays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit Cafe Florentine's Facebook page.
If you ask a group of Rizalenos where they would go for a quick cup of coffee, maybe a light snack, and a view of the sparkling city lights, chances are someone would direct you to Cafe Agusta. This Antipolo cafe takes your favorite comfort food and makes it even better by adding a stunning ambiance to boot. While the view of the Metro's twinkling lights and the urban landscape is a staple in this restaurant, you might also want to keep a lookout for live music performances that often take place here that'll make the experience even better.
Cafe Agusta is at Grand Heights Road, Antipolo, Rizal. It is open on Mondays to Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and on Saturdays to Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, visit Cafe Agusta's Facebook page.
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