When In Batangas: The 24-Hour Foodie Guide

A summer food trip is in order and this time, Batangas is our muse.

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With the summer heat on a maximum high these days (we actually reached 45°C in the heat index), it’s tempting to just stay indoors with airconditioning on full blast and hide your face from Mr. Sun. However, this season is also too good of an opportunity to pass up to spend your vacation in waste. So muster up all your courage to say yes to a much-needed food trip to a familiar place where hidden culinary finds await. For this edition of the 24-hour foodie guide, we’re heading to the city of lomi and barako. All hail, Batangas City!

Cafe de Lipa Origins

 

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Start off your day with a dose of caffeine in tow. While there are many cafe options that serve great coffee, we highly recommend a trip to Cafe de Lipa – a definitive local favorite. Sure, you may have seen its branches in the Metro but the experience is different when you visit the actual place where it all started. Get a hold of Batangas’ pure barako coffee with a cup of their Barako Joe to kickstart your morning and the rest of your food trip. Pair it with their all-day breakfast fares or a hearty bowl of their champorado and you’re good to go.

Cafe de Lipa Origins is located at 32 San Carlos drive, Mataas na Lupa, Lipa, Batangas

Liam’s Lomi House

 

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For a quick but filling AM snack after seeing the sights, a steaming bowl of lomi is the way to go. This comfort food have always been known to be popular among Batangueños for a good reason. Imagine a noodle dish with its signature thick savory broth paired with equally thick and flavorful noodles, doused further with chicharon, slabs of pork, fried garlic, and spring onions. No matter the weather, the lomi will never fail to put a smile on anyone’s face. And Liam’s Lomi House does a fine rendition.

Liam’s Lomi House is located at Recenos Compound, Sabang Gen. Luna St., Lipa Batangas

Ridge Park Kainan Sa Kubo

 

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Enjoy breathtaking views of Taal Lake and the cool breeze at Ridge Park Kainan Sa Kubo. The perfect stop for lunch, you can even lounge on the cute tire strings facing the gorgeous backdrop of Tagaytay for some downtime. Make sure to get their lip-smacking version of Batangas’ famous bulalo. We can already taste the fatty marrow and fresh bok choy, potatoes, and corn swimming in that hot piping broth our tastebuds have always loved. Order some sisig, crunchy kang kong, bangus, and a steaming bowl of white rice to complete your feast.

Ridge Park Kainan Sa Kubo is located at Tagaytay Nasugbu Highway, Batangas

Candlelight Cafe

 

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For late merienda, head on over to Candlelight Cafe for a variety of kakanins. You’ll need that sugar rush to replenish your energy. What’s even more exciting is how this cafe holds a lot of workshops and even mini cultural shows – definitely a sweet little side stop in your food trip journey.

Candlelight Cafe is located at Km 75 JP Laurel Highway, Lipa, Batangas.

Kainan Sa Dalampasigan

 

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If you want a breather from the city’s hustle and bustle, Kainan sa Dalampasigan is the place to be. This garden compound has a plethora of snapworthy nooks and spots you can choose from as you wait for your order. While the rustic Filipiniana ambiance paying homage to traditional Filipino households is great enough on its own, wait for their hefty selection of Filipino food. From Adobo to Sauteed Shrimps to Kare-kare served in bilaos, this diner is best for dinner and ending a filling food trip on a high note.

Kainan Sa Dalampasigan is located at R. Martinez St., Bgy. Bucana, Nasugbu, Batangas

Want more 24-hour foodie guides? Check out our trip to Binondo!