(SPOT.ph) There’s no question that many of us Manileños are dying for a quick escape from the city, especially after nearly two years of ever-changing quarantine restrictions. But if you’re still uncomfortable with the idea of hopping on a plane or being out of the house for more than a couple of hours, there are plenty of restaurants near the Metro that offer spectacular views of something other than a city skyline.
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Drive out to these restaurants with scenic views near Manila:
Pugpog Biker's Highlands
If biking is a hobby you picked up over lockdown, why not hop on your bike and make a weekend trip to this al fresco coffee shop in Bulacan? Pugpog’s Biker Highlands features stunning views of the Angat River and Sierra Madre mountain range, as well as hearty Filipino fare that won’t break the bank. If you’re making the trip a family outing, they also serve up affordable set meals that are good for up to four people. Just make sure to get a table by the viewing deck to take in the sights!
Pugpog Biker’s Highlands is at Pugpog Road, Santa Cruz, Angat, Bulacan.
Located in Antipolo, this family home-turned-fine dining restaurant overlooks a sprawling garden and the calm waters of Laguna Lake. But what makes this restaurant stand out is its love for all things local. The restaurant itself is made entirely out of 100% reclaimed wood, sourced from old bridges and houses from around the country. It’s also home to an extensive art collection made up of works from local artists. Its menu, meanwhile, is inspired by produce and flavors found in different provinces as well as their respective cooking techniques.
Tahanan Bistro is at 22 Loresville Drive, Lores Farm Subdivision, San Roque, Antipolo City.
If a trip to Baguio is still out of the question for you, then Kaulayaw Coffee in Cayumbay is your next best bet. Make the trip in the morning to catch a glimpse of the fog blanketing the view of the Rizal mountain range and Laguna Bay. You can then pair the view with any of their coffee drinks, all made with locally sourced beans from areas like Benguet and Sagada.
Kaulayaw Coffee is at Cuyambay Crossing, Tanay, Rizal.
“An indoor space that makes you feel like you’re outdoors.” That’s how the owners of Burrow Café at Antipolo Beehouse describe their restaurant. Tucked into the hills of Antipolo and overlooking a river, this café is decked out with outdoor tables and chairs that blend in with its rustic, almost unfinished aesthetic. Their menu reflects this atmosphere as well, with a changing selection that makes use of produce and ingredients that are either grown on the café’s grounds or sourced from local markets.
Burrow Café is at 113 Beverly Hills Avenue, Beverly Hills Subdivision, Antipolo City.
Cabanas Dine and Bar
If you’re looking for a place with both stunning views and Instagram-worthy interiors, then you may want to check out Cabanas Dine and Bar in Tagaytay. This modern, tropical-themed restaurant in Taal doesn’t just offer spectacular views of Taal Lake, but is also decorated with vibrant murals that are perfect for your next IG story. Their menu, composed mostly of pulutan-friendly fare like sisig, barbecue, and lechon, are made for sharing, making this the perfect spot to catch up with friends over drinks.
Cabanas Dine and Bar is at 9034 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road, Silang Junction South, Tagaytay City.
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Yeyi’s Pizzeria & Café
Yeyi’s Pizzeria & Café in Tanay makes alfresco dining possible even if you’re on a tight budget. On their menu are pizzas, pastas, and other meals that are perfect for sharing with friends and family. Make sure to head over during the afternoon so you can catch the sunset from their viewing deck.
Yeyi’s Pizzeria & Café is at KM61 Malapapaya Street, Tanay, Rizal.
Since opening its doors in 1984, Vieux Chalet has become the spot to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. Not only does it overlook the sprawling hills of Antipolo, but the restaurant is also home to an organic garden where guests can take in the sights and sounds of nature. Its menu is relatively simple, made up of classic European fare like osso bucco, pizza, and pasta—but dessert is where it stands out. Try out their Antipolo’s Best, a sweet treat made of locally sourced suman, cashews, and mangoes.
Vieux Chalet Swiss Restaurant is at 456 Taktak Road, Sitio Sampaguita, Santa Cruz, Antipolo City.
Wyndell’s Al Fresco
Samgyupsal with a view? That’s possible at Wyndell’s Al Fresco. This Tanay restaurant just opened its doors this year but it’s already a hit among locals and tourists alike, thanks to its fantastic views of the greenery that surrounds the area, as well as its extensive menu made up of both international fare and local favorites.
Wyndell’s Al Fresco is at Marikina-Infanta Highway, Tanay, Rizal.
With its picturesque view of Taal Lake, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Balay Dako has long been a favorite for special occasions. It boasts an extensive menu, ranging from FIlipino classics like kare-kare and bulalo to fusion dishes like callos and lengua. If you want to experience Tagaytay’s signature breeze though, head here early on the weekends and holidays so you can pair the cool morning air with kakanin, champorado, and arroz caldo.
Balay Dako is at 4120 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay City.
Rob’s Kitchen and Café
More of a beach bum? Then make the drive over to Rob’s Kitchen and Café inside La Evangs Beach Resort in Batangas. This spot offers a spectacular view of Balayan Bay, where you can catch the sunset. Hoping to make the trip more of a romantic affair? Grab a seat by the viewing deck where you can watch the stars while dining on a three- or four-course meal.
Rob's Kitchen & Café is at Sitio Aroma, Barangay Butong, Taal, Batangas.
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