Tagaytay Bucket List: Top 10 Best Things To Do in Tagaytay City

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Top Tourist Spots in Tagaytay City

For many years Tagaytay City has been an attraction for foreign and local tourists thanks to the fun activities and beautiful climate of Tagaytay. I recently listed some of the Top Things to do in the Philippines During Rainy Season and one of them is a visit to Tagaytay City – one of the nearest tourist attraction in Metro Manila.

Senyorita by Luis Mazier
Senyorita by Luis Mazier – Top 10 Things to do in Tagaytay

Tagaytay City is the highest point of Cavite province and from the city, you can always have an amazing view of the famous Taal Lake and Taal Volcano as well.

Lake Taal is known by numerous people worldwide because it is a lake within an island within a lake. There are various ways on how you can get to the city but most people prefer to take a bus or drive. After finding your way to the city there are so many things you could do to make your stay at Tagaytay City fun and memorable.

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Taal Volcano by Toto Ong

Here are some of the Top 10 Things To Do and See in Tagaytay City:

Mahogany Market Bulalo by Luis R
Mahogany Market Mahogany Market Bulalo by Luis R

Food Trip in Tagaytay

The city is known to be a gastronomical paradise with all sorts of food and different cuisines. You can opt to start your day with a perfect and healthy breakfast at Sonia’s Gardens. This will be a pure organic fare like no other. After breakfast, try something new from various fast food joints where there are mushrooms burgers and other exotic dishes too. This will suffice for you and help you slow down on meat. For meat lovers, Try Bulalo at Mahogany Market for a satisfying Bulalo fix. For the afternoon you can go for coffee at the Bag of Beans then in the evening, you can do dinner at the Antonio’s. If you are looking for a romantic dinner and place to stay, you can find the best-priced accommodation in Tagaytay city with Hundredrooms.

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Find Luscious Desserts

A trip to the city is incomplete without some of the best desserts on the highland. Here you will get oven dried fruits, freshly baked cinnamon, cheesecakes and yogurt ice cream at both Antonio’s and Better Than Ice Cream.

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Romantic Tagaytay – Things to do in Tagaytay City

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Romantic Dinner

If you are to come to the city with your partner then you can go to Sonya’s Garden and have a nice romantic dinner which replicates the feelings you have for each other. Romanic foods such as edible flowers, crunchy vegetables, and sun-dried tomatoes are available.

Sonya’s Garden
Address: Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite, 4123
Hours: Open today · 8AM–6PM
Phone: 0917 532 9097
Website: www.sonyasgarden.com

The Mouth of Taal Volcano by Deck Chua
The Mouth of Taal Volcano by Deck Chua

Visit Taal Volcano

From Tagaytay City, tour operators that offer Taal Volcano tours are available. From the nearest town in Batangas, it will take roughly 15 minutes to get to the volcanic island which is in the middle of Lake Taal. The scene is so breathtaking and fun as well. Take photos of the crater and the beautiful surroundings.

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Sonyas Garden Restaurant And Country Bed And Breakfast by Thom Watson
Qiwellness Living Tagaytay Spa Restaurant and Tea Room
Qiwellness Living Tagaytay Spa Restaurant and Tea Room

Relaxation

You have to enjoy your stay and go for a spa treatment. The city is a popular vacation destination and there’s a lot of establishments that offer spa treatment. You can opt for O’Spa which has a steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi as well.

Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Visit Parks

You will also have to go to the numerous man-made parks available. There are golf courses for sports lovers as well. Visit Tagaytay Picnic Grove, People’s Park in the Sky or Sky Ranch Theme Park, these places are perfect if you have your kids joining you on your trip.

Staycation at Taal Vista Hotel
Staycation at Taal Vista Hotel

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Staycation

While having a staycation in Tagaytay, you can visit malls, casinos, restaurants, and cinemas which are mostly open till midnight. These establishments have an array of things that you can buy to take home.

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Fresh Fruits from Tagaytay by Luis Mazier

Buy fresh stuff on your way home

Wrapping up your trip will be a sad thought but you always have to keep the Tagaytay memory alive even when you are away. There are miles of greenery and farms in the city with different types of roadside stores which have fresh fruits like pineapple and mangoes. You can then go for cheese at Mr. Moo’s and choose from the wide selection.

Inside The Puzzle Mansion
Inside Puzzle Mansion photo by Puzzle Mansion FB

Get Puzzled at Puzzle Mansion

Owned by Gina Gil-Lacuna – a Guinness record holder for the largest puzzle collection in the world. Apart from her Puzzle Museum, she also manages Puzzle Mansion Bed & Breakfast. The place also sells the bestselling Coconut Cream Pie, you’ve got to taste it on your next Tagaytay trip.

Address: Cuadra Street, Brgy. Asasin, Tagaytay, Cavite
Phone: (02) 661 0019

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Ilog Maria Honeybee Farms Shop by nards&aggie

Drop by Ilog Maria

The place is has a retail store and a working farm that produces therapeutic honey-and-beeswax-based products. Their products are mostly soap, oils, balms, and organic moisturizers.

Address: #7 KM 47 Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm Lalaan 1 Aguinaldo Highway Silang Cavite 4118, Cavite, 4118 Cavite
Operating Hours: 8:30AM–5:30PM
Phone: 0917 503 9156

How to get to Tagaytay City

Tagaytay is roughly about two hours drive from Manila via the South Luzon Expressway depending on the traffic, exiting at Santa Rosa then via Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road. It can also be reached via the Coastal Road Expressway and then taking Aguinaldo Highway heading south towards Tagaytay.

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By public transportation, there are buses that ply to Tagaytay from Uniwide Coastal Mall in Pasay City. Several bus companies have their terminals in Cubao, EDSA, Pasay, and at Baclaran, below LRT, Manila. Jeepneys that ply from Cavite (Imus, Dasmarinas, Silang) to Nasugbu, Batangas also pass by Tagaytay via the Aguinaldo Highway.

From Batangas, the best way to reach Tagaytay is to head to Talisay, Batangas, then go up to Tagaytay via the 12-kilometer (7.5 mi) Tagaytay-Talisay Road, which ends at the Tagaytay City Circle. From Laguna, one may head to Santa Rosa, Laguna and take the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road.

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Published on: Jul 4, 2014
Updated July 27, 2018

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