Words and photos by Mara Karniella Sugue
Sometimes, all we need is a break from the city life, and a quick getaway always seems like a good idea. But with the sometimes unpredictable weather in the Philippines, especially during the monsoon season, traveling to far places isn’t always the best idea.
And for those times, here’s one destination that never fails. What? The classic vacation spot—Tagaytay, of course! After all, just a couple hours away from Metro Manila, you get to relax and enjoy a cool temperature. So if you need that quick breather away from hectic Manila, here’s a quick one-day Tagaytay roadtrip itinerary you can try.
Morning Coffee at Orgánico Gourmet
Many people go to Tagaytay for a taste of some good coffee, and this restaurant located inside La Bella Boutique Hotel offers organic coffee. Their La Tierra, a 100% Arabica coffee, is grown with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. And if you fancy some me time, there are some health and wellness centers around that you can go to as well.
Day Trip at Puzzle Mansion Museum
The Puzzle Mansion Museum is home to the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles in the world! It has 1,028 puzzles of different sizes, shapes, and materials, and holds a Guinness Book of World Record for having the biggest jigsaw puzzle in the world. And if you’re up for a challenge yourself, you can also get your own jigsaw puzzle from their souvenir shop.
Lunch at Bulalo Point
Ah yes, the famous Tagaytay bulalo. With many restaurants claiming to have “the best”, it seems that Bulalo Point is the favorite among many. This restaurant offers bulalo with such rich broth and tender meat that you are surely going to leave the restaurant feeling truly satisfied.
Dessert at Good Shepherd
Good Shepherd is an oldie but a goodie. And though the shop may be most famous for their snacks like the ube jam and peanut brittle, you also shouldn’t miss their halo-halo. The balance of sweetness and the flavors of the ingredients in this one is just divine! It’s the dessert you’ll need after indulging in that oh-so-good bulalo.
Final Stop: Tagaytay Mahogany Meat Market
Finally, if you want to bring home a piece of Tagaytay, you should definitely visit their market. Here, you’ll find different kinds of fruits, coffee, plants, and meat—all for a cheaper price! One wouldn’t think that the market is a must-visit place, but the variety of things this place offers makes it a highlight in everyone’s Tagaytay trip.
For safe and convenient road trips
The most convenient way to get to Tagaytay? Our favorite road trip buddy is the new Ford Everest. Made by a trusted brand, Ford, the Ford Everest is a sturdy SUV that isn’t going to fail you whatever the weather entails, wherever you go. You’ll always feel safe traveling on the road whenever adventure calls.
What’s your favorite place or activity in Tagaytay? Tell us in the comments!