Now that it’s summer, the heat is officially on. It’s an excellent time to unplug, go out, and have fun under the sun. To keep your cool during this hot, dry season, why not visit food places that can literally help you beat the heat?
There are several destinations in and outside Metro Manila with an environment for cooling down and food options for satisfying cravings. When you’re ready to go out, consider including these places in your summer eatinerary:
Sunset Bar, Pasay City
Sunset Bar is Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s outdoor dining venue facing Manila Bay. It features grilled barbecue specialties on Saturdays and Sundays, set against a spectacular backdrop of the Manila Bay sunset and tropical gardens. It’s the perfect spot to end a busy week and ease your way into summer.
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe, Pasig
Craving for some homemade meals and baked goodies? This bakery cafe in Pasig will leave you with palate-stimulating dishes made with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. Some of their most-loved food items include Beef Stroganoff, Shepherd’s Pie, Callos, Red Velvet Cupcake, and Double Chocolate Muffin.
Izu Coffee, Las Piñas
This new and hip coffee shop in BF Resort Village, Las Piñas is ideal for anyone who is up for a Japanese-cafe vibe. Izu Koffee is an absolute stunner with its interior that mixes minimalism and industrial style. Beat the heat with the crowd-favorite Cloud Cream or their latest drink, Strawberry Milk.
Nobu Manila, Wave, and Breezes, Parañaque
For the ultimate al fresco dining experience, check out the open-air restaurants at City of Dreams Manila. Nobu Manila is easily recognizable with its floating cabanas and patio, while the nearby Wave and Breezes are known for their eclectic menu of all-time favorite dishes, refreshing cocktails, and well-loved summer desserts. These restaurant-cum-bar venues are within Nüwa Manila’s idyllic pool deck.
Memory Lane, Tagaytay
An American-inspired diner awaits you at the country’s second summer capital, Tagaytay City. The homestyle restaurant evokes a bygone era, featuring knick-knacks from the 50s and 60s. It also has a lush garden, a porch, and a gift shop selling retro-inspired memorabilia.
When chocolate cravings strike while in Tagaytay, don’t miss the chance to visit Tsokolateria. It boasts a relaxing ambiance, lovely Taal views, and food options that are either made of cacao or have cacao bits.
Some of the best and most interesting items on their menu include the handmade Tsokolate de Batirol, Tablea Champorado, and Spicy Tuyo Pasta with Bitter Cacao.
CocoMama, La Union
The famous CocoMama of Boracay now has a branch in La Union. If you’re visiting the area this summer, consider having a beachside treat that is CocoMama’s vegan coconut-based ice cream. It’s served inside a coconut shell with fresh mangoes, coconut meat, sticky rice, and pinipig—perfect for #foodstagram.
El Union Coffee, La Union
One of the coffee shops that stand out to La Union regulars is El Union Coffee. The cozy and hip cafe is located along the highway of San Juan, widely visited for its farm-to-cup drinks. Meaning, El Union only uses specialty coffee beans.
A popular post-surf snack in this cafe is the Indoor S’mores, composed of melted marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate. Pair it up with their signature Dirty Horchata, a rice-milk-based drink with a shot of espresso.
Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant, Quezon
Finally, at this unique restaurant, you can dine at the bottom of a waterfall, enjoy the nature views, and have a kamayan-style meal. Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant is a centerpiece of Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort in Tiaong, Quezon.
Even though the waterfall is artificial, the rushing waters during a barefoot meal create a refreshing, one-of-a-kind experience amidst the summer heat.
From Metro Manila to its neighboring tourist destinations, you’ll find plenty of food places worth visiting. Make time to go out and explore for a cool and filling summer.