Tagaytay Travel Guide | Your quick escape from Manila’s heat and traffic
Weekends are always a great time to refresh, recharge and simply enjoy two days off without thinking about work emails or calls. Because when work nights get a little too dragging and the only thing left to look forward to is the weekend, it’s always better to plan something up and not let any weekend go to waste! Filipinos know exactly all about this weekend escape plan and one of their favourite destinations to go to is Tagaytay!
Just a short two-hour drive from Manila, Tagaytay is the easiest destination for a quick weekend getaway. The cooler climate, refreshing views and unending list of restaurants to choose from are some of the reasons why this city remains as one of the top locations for an escape from the bustling Manila traffic and chaos!
So if you’re planning your Manila travel adventure, you might want to take a quick detour to Tagaytay as we show you everything you need to know about this city in our Tagaytay travel guide today!
Blessed with scenic views and rich natural surroundings, a Tagaytay travel experience should always include a trip to some of the city landmarks. Make sure to bring a camera with you because these spots are instagram-worthy!
Aside from the lush greenery, beautiful garden and the stunning Transfiguration Chapel, Caleruega also has a hill top chapel and a hanging bridge. The place is usually rented for batch retreats and recollections but they welcome smaller groups as well. One of the most sought-after wedding venues, Caleruega’s serene surroundings is a relaxing break from the city life.
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entrance Fee: P30
If you want something unique for your Tagaytay travel experience, why not trek the taal volcano – one of the smallest active volcanos in the world? Though it’s about an hour away from Tagaytay city proper, the stunning views of the crater is a picturesque view waiting to be captured!
Opening Hours: Recommended start of trek is around 8am
Entrance Fee: Packages start at P1,500 per person for 10 people (includes pick up and drop off at hotel in Manila)
The variety of attractions featured in our Tagaytay travel guide will cater to different types of travellers, whether you’re a nature lover, adventure-seeker or a simple traveller looking to spend a relaxing weekend.
Our next featured Tagaytay attraction is for the kids and kids at heart!
Sky Ranch is a 5-hectare theme park which opened in March 2013. It includes thrilling attractions such as the Viking, Drop Tower and Zip Line. You can also ride the Sky Eye that can take you up to 63 metres from the ground while showing you the 360 view of Taal volcano and the rest of Tagaytay.
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday to Friday; 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM Saturday & Sunday
Entrance Fee: Monday to Friday – P80 | Saturday, Sunday & Holidays – P100 | Free entrance for children 3 feet and below
If you ask the locals about the things to do in Tagaytay, this will surely include a trip to the Picnic Grove for some quality time with friends or family as you enjoy the scenic view of Taal Volcano. But the Picnic Grove isn’t all about picnic, with built-in cottages and attractions such as horseback riding, zip line, cable car and Eco-trail, an afternoon of fun and relaxation is promised when you include this destination to your Tagaytay travel itinerary!
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Café Voi La
Where to go in Tagaytay when you want to indulge in mouth-watering food? Check out Café Voi La located at Crosswinds, Tagaytay.
Armed with an incredible view, Café Voi La is a Tagaytay attraction that’s not only for coffee lovers but also for anyone who wants to sample delicious Asian-infused cuisine. The beautiful interior is designed with colourful and unique display of furniture which came from the owner’s travel adventures. Aside from their specialty food (Garlic Beef Tapa, Chicken Satay, Massaman Back Ribs and Cheesy Pizza, to name a few), friendly and reliable service, as well as Instagram worthy spots can be expected in this quaint café.
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Tuesday to Sunday; 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM Every Monday
Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café
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This bohemian-inspired café is definitely a dreamland for art lovers as it is overflowing with charming artistic display. Step inside Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café and know why this isn’t an ordinary café. It sells dreamcatchers, rings, bags, stationery, pens, adult colouring books and many more. Delight yourself in their expansive menu that range from breakfast classics to good old comfort food.
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Photo Courtesy: Aozora Facebook Page
Aozora is a Japanese Café & Bistro which name translates to “Blue Sky” that perfectly suits the heavenly dining experience that awaits you. Complete your Tagaytay trip and head to Aozora to satisfy your cravings for Japanese cuisine!
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
The Red Bus Mobile Bar Diner
Photo Courtesy: The Red Bus Diner Facebook Page
Located right beside the Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café is The Red Bus Mobile Bar Diner. After exploring Tagaytay, rest up and enjoy great food in this diner where huge gourmet burgers and Ground Beef Burrito are some of the crowd-pleasers!
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