CALABARZON Foodie Travel Guide

5 Provinces, 10 ways to get lost, and eat good food; Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon provinces make up CALABARZON.

Some of these provinces deserve a whole day to enjoy and some even more to make the most of your trip. If you’re a certified foodie or someone in your group is, visit each place and indulge in all of the cuisines that these places offer.


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Cavite

Cavite is well loved by people from Metro Manila because you get to buy cheaper seafood in bulk. Cavite is near the Metro so a visit to the province is fairly easy.

Famous Mt. Pico de Loro is also located in Cavite as well as Corregidor Island which used to be a fortress during the Spanish colonization.

Where to Eat

Kainan sa Balsa

Tuna Sisig photo via Kainan sa Balsa FB Page
Tuna Sisig photo via Kainan sa Balsa FB Page

From menus like Pinaputok na Tilapia and Kinilaw na Tanigue, you’re in for a satisfied tummy. There’s also meat in the menu like barbeque and Lechon Kawali. You can finish your meal with halo-halo and other desserts.

Location: Evangelista St., Banalo, Bacoor, Cavite
Contact number.: (046)434-6498
Operating hours: 10am-10pm

Calle Real Restaurant

Beef Mushroom Pie photo via Calle Real Restaurant FB Page
Beef Mushroom Pie photo via Calle Real Restaurant FB Page

Inside a homey American built structure is a restaurant boasting of meals like Tofu Sisig and Pork Binagoongan. It is typical that when you choose to dine in Calle Real, you‘ll experience sampling Westernized Pinoy meals.

Location: 8 Sta. Cruz Brgy. Poblacion, Tanza, Cavite
Contact number.: (046)505-2836
Operating hours: 10am-10pm

Laguna

A trip to Laguna is never boring. Natural wonders, amusement parks, cold and hot springs resorts and restaurants are only a fraction of what make up Laguna. A branch of the University of the Philippines is even located in Los Banos where people who are into cheese making can buy bacteria from their biotech facility.

Where to Eat

Aurora Filipino Cusine

Pinoy Food photo via Aurora Filipino Cusine FB Page
Pinoy Food photo via Aurora Filipino Cusine FB Page

This is a restaurant ready to fulfill everybody’s gastronomical dreams. The name 1920 Chicken Wings Adobo and Inalamangang Baboy sounds intriguing enough but wait ‘til you taste it.

Location: P. Guevarra St. Santa Cruz, Laguna
Contact number.: (049)5239014

Ted’s Kitchen

Laguna Food photo via Teds Kitchen FB Page
Laguna Food photo via Teds Kitchen FB Page

With an old rice mill which is now being used as a venue for occasions and the whole area just being reminiscent of days gone by and all things country, Ted’s is the spot to visit if you want chic and homey at the same time. Check out their American diner foods like Burger, Fries and Buffalo Wings.

Location: Duhat, Santa Cruz, Laguna
Contact number: (049)5016858
Operating hours: Mon from 2pm-10pm
Tues-Sun from 9am-10pm

Batangas

Beach lovers flock to the beaches Batangas has to offer but not only that, the province is also famous for its Bulalong Batangas, Tablea and Kapeng Barako so make the most of your visit by enjoying these foodie places.

Where to Eat

Cafe de Lipa

Cafe de Lipa photo via FB Page
Cafe de Lipa photo via FB Page

It’s the perfect place for coffee lovers; Barako and Benguet Arabica are available on their menu. It’s also a good place to eat heavy since they have All Day Breakfast in the menu.

Location: Café de Lipa Origins: 32 San Carlos drive, Mataas na Lupa, Lipa City, Batangas
Contact Number: +6343-756- 1716

Ala Fiesta

Kare-Kare photo via Ala Fiesta FB Page
Kare-Kare photo via Ala Fiesta FB Page

This restaurant has been getting good reviews from visitors. Their authentic Pinoy dishes are what keep the restaurant afloat. They take pride in their Kare-Kare and Crispy Pata.

Location: Brgy. Pilahan, Sabang Lipa City, Lipa, Batangas
Contact number: (043) 757 6201
Operating hours: 11am-10pm

Rizal

The thing is, almost all the places in Rizal are must visits especially during summer when you can truly enjoy going on a walking tour of some of the spots there. When you get hungry, Rizal province will cradle your stomach until you’ve got energy to go on your day.

Where to Eat

Ban Be Ca Phe (Antipolo)

Pork Sisig photo via Ban Be Ca Phe FB Page
Pork Sisig photo via Ban Be Ca Phe FB Page

This restaurant opened its door to the public early this year but you will notice that’s its steadily gaining popularity. Try their spring rolls and their version of Tofu and partner it with their own mix of Vietnamese Iced Tea, Ca Phe Sua Da.

Location: Padilla, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
Contact number: 0917 112 5009
Operating hours: 11am-12am

Casa Abuela

Callos photo via Casa Abuela FB Page
Callos photo via Casa Abuela FB Page

Comfort food at its finest, Casa Abuela makes both Spanish and Pinoy dishes but it’s really their desserts that make the visit there special. You’ll love their Brazo Del Cielo and New York Style Cheesecake.

Location: #167 Ortigas Extension Avenue, Antipolo, Rizal
Contact number: (02)697 4866
Operating hours: 7am-10pm

Quezon

The last of the 5 provinces, Quezon is home to Mt. Banahaw which is famous with pilgrims especially during Holy Week. It’s one of the richest provinces in the country in terms of natural resources, history, heritage houses and old churches.

Where to Eat

Kamayan Sa Palaisdaan (Air Summit Gourmet)

Air Summit Gourmet
Air Summit Gourmet
Food at Air Summit Gourmet
Food at Air Summit Gourmet

The owners of Air Summit Gourmet converted an old Boeing 737 airplane into a unique establishment meant for dining.

There are set meals which you can choose from that include salad, vegetables, protein and dessert but there are also ala carte menu available and dining are done in batches so better make a reservation or come early lest you want to be late for your flight.

Location: Brgy. Dapdap Tayabas City 4327
Contact number: (042)793-3654
Operating hours: 8am-10pm

Sadik Resto Bar

Sadik Food Photos via FB
Sadik Food Photos via FB

It’s a fusion restaurant serving kebabs and Pinoy specialties and they even have an Eat-All-You-Can Buffalo Wings , T-bone Tapa Steak and Biryani. It’s the perfect place if you want to chill and drink beer with friends.

Location: Brgy.1, Lucena City
Contact no.: (042) 322 0201
Operating hours: 2pm-2am

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