The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Date Down South


Dinner, dessert, or drinks? All of the above.

“Where are we eating?” is probably one of the most stressful questions you could ask – but it doesn’t have to be. If you want to visit your Southern bae or if you yourself want to keep it close to home, worry no more. We’ve got a complete list of where all lovebirds want to go, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, or drinks!

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Check these restaurants, cafes, and bars per category and have a full date planned just for you. Be sure to add these spots to your ‘MUST-TRY‘ lists on the Booky app so you never miss any restaurants near you.

PART I

For the early birds

Armed with a cup of coffee or not, some people are just downright morning people. A little sunlight could go a long way for you and bae. Hit these spots for a breakfast, brunch, or lunch date. And even if you aren’t a morning person, ask yourself who/what you wake up for. The answer will always be either your SO, or food.

 

Relish Cafe – Madison Galeries

Relish Cafe at Madison Galeries is a cozy modern bistro restaurant serving delicious cross-continental food inspired by family favorites. Enjoy their sumptuous fare in beautiful and welcoming interiors. Open at 11am, they have a great selection of dips and spreads, light dishes, fruit shakes and juices, Nespresso choices, and tea for two!

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2/F Madison Galeries, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa
(02) 813 8735

Pancake House – Molito, SM Southmall, BF Homes

Pancake House is one of our most loved and go-to family restaurants that serve familiar comfort food and breakfast favorites. Double the pancakes and waffles with the one you think of first thing in the morning.

Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Classic, Choco Chip, Choco Marbled, and Blueberry Pancakes at selected Pancake House branches with Booky! Read more here.
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Ritchie’s Diner – Parañaque

Have a classic American diner experience at Ritchie’s, is a simple, 50’s-inspired diner that offers all-day breakfast menu, burgers, steaks, ribs, and milkshakes.

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303 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 748 8733

Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes – President’s Grove, Alabang Town Center

Established in 2007, Banapple is a bakery & cafe serving freshly-baked pies, cheesecakes, as well as sandwiches, pasta and entrees.

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The Witches Brew Diners – Aguirre Ave., Lakeview Boardwalk

Witches Brew diner is the first and only Harry Potter and Game of Thrones themed bistro that serves a variety of food and drinks. With a second branch in BF Homes, they step up their theme game and feature their own Gryffindor common room.

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Pups and Cups – BF Homes

People from the South can now enjoy the experience of a dog cafe in your own neighborhood. Pups & Cups is the first dog cafe in the South and currently has 8 furry and friendly pups. The dog days are over especially with your lover, so go and hit an afternoon date delight here.

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363 El Grande Ave cor Cebu Street, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 801 6358

Cafe Alezon – BF International Village

A quaint bistro cafe that serves great food, drinks, and coffee, with a relaxing ambience and pieces of artwork-worthy furnitures and fixtures in BF Homes, Las Piñas City. Head out to have afternoon coffee with your loved ones, or a brunch date on a Sunday!

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146 Tropical Ave, B.F International Village, Las Piñas
(0917) 544 7586

 

PART II

For the night owls

Date time on a weeknight, or just prefer the moonlight as the backdrop of a good time? Consider your plans final, because whether you’re in the mood for a one-stop romantic resto, to satisfy that sweet tooth, or ready to stay up with bae until the break of dawn, here are your picks.

UPDATE: Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in the South for January 2018

1. Dinners

Melo’s – Westgate

Melo’s Steakhouse by Carmelo Santiago is the first in the Philippines to offer Certified Angus Beef. It’s also one of the few spots to offer authentic Wagyu beef. Read our full feature here.

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Westgate, Alabang – Zapote Rd, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 771 3945

Mona Lisa Ristorante – Commerce Center

Mona Lisa is a hidden Italian restaurant with an extensive menu where they have dishes to represent every region of Italy.

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2/F The Commerce Center, Commerce Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 556 0708

Picada Tapeo Restaurante – Aguirre Ave.

Picada Tapeo Restaurante is a Catalan-inspired restaurant serving up Spanish fares such as tapas, paella, wine, and even sangria. Recommended dishes include their Pinxtos, Chiperones, and Cerdo Asado. 

Also read: Tita’s List of the Best Tapas Bars for Chismis Sessions with the Amigas
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252 Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
(0956) 805 3676

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen – BF Homes

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen serves up authentic Italian cuisine with dishes like pizzas (which you can order two flavors of in one pizza), pasta, risotto, and more. Recommended dishes include Risotto Tartufo Funghi, Spaghetti Seafood Olio, and Truffle Mac & Cheese.

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B1 L36 Tropical Ave cor Palace St., BF International Village, Las Piñas
(02) 519 1977

Bamba Bistro – Aguirre Ave. cor. Arsenio Luz

Labelled as “Not your average bistro by the corner” says a lot, yet for Bamba Bistro, it’s an understatement. With cross-continental food featuring modern twists from Middle-Eastern, Italian, Filipino cuisine to no-nonsense comfort food, take a bite of exquisite and intelligently-prepared food under the fairy lights.

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55 Aguirre Ave cor Arsenio Luz, B.F. Homes, Parañaque
(02) 519 7097

2. Desserts

Southern Dairy – Aguirre Ave.

Southern Dairy is an ice cream parlour serving small-batch homemade gelato. Menu favorites include the Mango & Graham Chunks, Chocolate Oreos and its signature Butter Cake Cream Cheese. They also serves some light meals, sundaes, floats, cakes, cookies and milkshakes.

Booky tip: There are two Southern Dairy branches along Aguirre!
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44-C Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 475 6527

Flour Jar – Pilar Village, Las Piñas

With sweet Bali-inspired interiors, Flour Jar started out as a cake supplier, but is now a homegrown cafe and restaurant serving an extensive assortment of cakes, pastries, and coffee with sandwiches, pasta, and others.

Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Carrot Cake at Flour Jar with Booky! Read more here.
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Unit C, Pilar Development Corporation, Rose Ave, Pilar Village, Las Piñas
(02) 824 3152

Crostatina – Madison Galeries

Crostatina Patisserie and Cafe, your neighborhood cafe serving savory and sweet dishes to satisfy your craving for good food using only the freshest and quality ingredients.

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2/F Madison Galeries, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa
(02) 777 2837

Llaollao

Llaollao is an international franchise from Spain famous for their frozen yogurt. You can have it plain or make it even better with a selection of fresh toppings.

Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Golden Plus Smoothies and Split Smoothies at Llaollao with Booky! Read more here.

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2/F Alabang Town Center, Alabang Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(0917) 708 9614

La Maripili – ATC Corporate Center

This new dessert gem in the South may specialize in churros, but they also serve a selection of gourmet sandwiches and toasts for your brunch needs. Must Try: The Pinoy Catalan Toast, Homemade Chorizo and Cheese Grilled Sandwich, Churros with Catalan Cream, and Churros with Jamon Serrano.

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G/F ATC Corporate Center, Alabang Hills, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(0905) 518 7422

3. Drinks

Bar Pintxos – Don Jesus Blvd.

Bar Pintxos is a tapas bar from the South serving authentic Spanish food specializing in different kinds of tapas and pintxos. It’s for the pair that loves pairing food with their liquor in a cool and quirky place, whether they’re in for an intimate drink session or a long night at the bar. It’s not for the couple out for a more refined, picturesque date.

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G/F Gesu Building, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 831 0065

Rue Bourbon – Aguirre Ave.

Rue Bourbon is popular for their drinks menu ranging from plain beer to mixed drinks. This New Orleans-themed restaurant also has food menu ranging from bar grubs to full heavy meals. It’s a place easily filled up by yuppies around its area. It’s for the couple down for a beer at any hour with their different flavored beers and other drinks. It’s not for those who prefer to call it an early night.

Booky Tip: Get up to ₱150 off of your bill in the selected branches.
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196 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 815 7572

TAS Roofdeck – Aguirre Ave.

Tas is the newest roof deck restaurant and bar in BF Homes. It offers Filipino and international fusion dishes including grilled skewers, street pizzas and wraps. Try the crispy adobo flakes or s’mores. P.S. They’re closed on Mondays. It’s for those who love a good rooftop deck with the cool wind of the South tinkering the fairy lights above you. It’s not for those who can kick back and enjoy food on sticks. Shame on you!

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3/F 31 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque
(0917) 719 4840

The Perfect Pint – Molito

The Perfect Pint is a go-to restaurant bar for local craft beers and fine food pairings. All-day breakfast, bar chows, pizzas, pastas and sandwiches are served.

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Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang Zapote Rd, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 815 9975

Pig and Whistle Sports Grill – Aguirre Ave.

The Pig and Whistle Sports Grill is a classic pub that serves a mix of Western and Filipino dishes such as Fish & Chips, Chicken Salpicao, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Crispy Pata and more! Along with their courteous staff and chill ambiance, the bar offers a homey feeling to all that come over to unwind after work.

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319 Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 738-8366

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