These are your go-to breakfast places in Tagaytay.
Waking up in sticky, humid Manila weather is hard enough, and sometimes, all you really need is a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city – over some great coffee, of course. Luckily, Tagaytay’s got us covered on breakfast places that make the two-hour trip south of Manila worth the wait and your spontaneous weekend mornings a whole lot sweeter.
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Chilly weather? Check. Great scenery? Check. Homemade candied bacon? Yes please. Quick warning, this list just might get you setting those alarm clocks ASAP.
Taza Fresh Table – Taal Vista Hotel
Taza Fresh Table is an Italian-Mediterranean farm-to-table restaurant, whose name came from the Arabic word ‘taaza’ meaning ‘fresh’. It is Taal Vista Hotel’s newest restaurant, offering garden-inspired dishes with a scenic view of the Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. It’s for people who have a good eye for sustainable, high-quality ingredients. It’s not for people who are looking for grab-and-go junk food for the road. We recommend the French Toast, Chicken Waffles, Homemade Bacon, and Alugbati Salad. Our insider tip is to avail of their breakfast buffet which is just 300 pesos extra if you have an overnight accommodation at Taal Vista Hotel.
Buon Giorno! – Twin Lakes
Buon Giorno, which means ‘good day’, is an Italian restaurant that aims to make your days better with their authentic Italian comfort food. It has indoor and al fresco dining options, where you can enjoy the beautiful Tagaytay weather and a view of Taal Lake. It’s for people who want a nice Italian meal without hurting the pockets. It’s not for diners craving for bulalo soup to keep their bellies warm when up in Tagaytay. We recommend the Buttermilk Pancakes, Salmon Risotto, Benedict Buon Giorno and Bruschetta. Our insider tip is try to get a reservation for the coveted ‘Opium Bed’ table.
Tsokolateria – Silang
From the Happy Concept restaurant group, Tsokolateria is an enchanting place for chocolate lovers! They serve chocolate-infused dishes such as pasta, risotto, desserts, and of course, tsokolate ah! It’s for people who don’t mind a little sweetness in the morning. It’s not for those watching their sugar. We recommend their Tablea Champorado, Spicy Tuyo with Bitter Cacao, and Tsoko Mallows. Our insider tip is to bring home a Tablea Sampler Surprise, a box of shot glasses filled to the brim with chocolate mixed with chili, cream, herbs, oranges, and more.
Java Jazz Coffee Shop – Tagaytay-Calamba Road
Java Jazz Coffee is a bed & breakfast, quaint cafe and art gallery. It’s for people who love Instagram-worthy interiors and appreciate indie, local art. It’s not for diners who prefer the typical Starbucks-looking cafe. We recommend their Kapeng Pinoy, Tsokolate-Eh and homemade pastries. Our insider tip is to get the low-lying tables and banigs for a picnic-style breakfast experience.
Cafe Voi La – Crosswinds
Cafe Voi-La is a bright Asian fusion restaurant with colorful Instagram-worthy interiors located in Crosswinds, Tagaytay. It is a quickly rising one-of-a-kind concept by Ica Sebastian, who took its name from ‘boi la’ which means ‘to cook with leaves’ in Hoi An, Vietnam. It’s for people who appreciate the intricacies of Asian dining, spices and all. It’s not for people looking for a basic sandwich or croissant with coffee. We recommend the Chicken Satay, Thai Pomelo Salad, Garlic Beef Tapa and Salted Caramel Cheesecake. Our insider tip is to make reservations for weekends as the place gets easily packed. Read more about this place here.
Reservations are accepted
Iruhin Crosswinds, Tagaytay
Veranda – Taal Vista Hotel
Cafe Veranda is a Filipino hotel restaurant located in Taal Vista Hotel best known for its delicious breakfast buffet with a view. Compared to Taza Fresh Table which is in the same hotel, Cafe Veranda has a wider food selection, but is narrower on its types of cuisines. It’s for diners looking for a heavy breakfast to start their day at Tagaytay. It’s not for people who have small appetites. We recommend the Candied Bacon (some say it’s the absolute best), Fresh Papaya Juice, and Volcano Eruption. Our insider tip is to bring your balikbayan relatives with you on weekends as they hold cultural shows to go along with your dining experience.
Chateau Hestia – Silang
Chateau Hestia is a charming, country-style home restaurant that brings European flavors with a scenic view of lush greens. It offers years of curated recipes from Austrian native, Johannes Zehethofer’s worldly travels. Taken from Greek goddess Hestia who made sure the fire of Olympus never died out, it makes sure that their customer’s experience never dies out as well. It’s for people looking for an intimate, Instagram-worthy dining escape in the heart of nature’s finest views. It’s not for people who can’t stand having no signal or wifi. We recommend the Baked Crusted Salmon, Italian Cheese Platter, Chicken Ala Kiev, and Pumpkin Soup. Our insider tip is to book this place for special, private events as they gladly accommodate romantic set-ups for marriage proposals and the like.
Cecil’s Cafe – Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road
Cecil’s Cafe is a humble spot for beloved home-cooked food and freshly-baked pastries and desserts. It’s for either small gatherings for the family or a titas morning out. It’s not for couples who want to try a lot of dishes due to the serving sizes. We recommend the Chinese lumpia, vegetable lasagna, and the sans rival. Our insider tip, make a home shopping trip on the side with their Victorian-inspired silverware for sale.
Reservations are accepted
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CVI Building, ATI Complex, Puting Kahoy, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Tagaytay
The Wild Juan – Tagaytay Nasugbu Highway
The Wild Juan is a bed and breakfast Filipino-Western restaurant serving Southern comfort food. Its cool, laidback ambience gives you a feel of home with a great view. Their Western take on well-loved Filipino dishes (and vice versa) perfectly complement their selection of local beers. It’s for diners looking for a chill spot to enjoy heavy feasts and good beer. It’s not for people who don’t like Filipino food. We recommend the Adobo Flakes, Pulled Pork Sisig, and Gumbulalo. Our insider tip is to book an overnight accommodation at their place, which would already include your breakfast meal for free.
Cafe Carmencita – Aguinaldo Highway
Authentic to its homey vibe, Cafe Carmencita is actually a family-owned house with a built-in cafe serving comfort food and desserts that will remind you of your grandmother’s cooking. It’s for people looking for intimate family gatherings or romantic breakfast dates. It’s not for people who want wide coffee selections and a modern, city-like ambience. We recommend the Chicken Pie, Mom’s Beef Stew, and Chocolate Turtle Cake (especially when paired with coffee). Our insider tip is to bring insect repellent as the area, being really close to the outdoors, could make you prone to mosquito bites.
Green Olive Cafe – Sta. Rosa Road
The Green Olive Cafe is a modern international board game cafe that serves garden-inspired dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. Apart from all day breakfast, you could enjoy your board game sessions over a scenic view of the rolling hills of Tagaytay. It’s for friends and families who enjoy active get-togethers with great food. It’s not for solo diners who want a quiet, undisturbed breakfast. We recommend their Cafe Supreme, Bacon & Eggs Waffles, and Gourmet Tapa. Our insider tip is to check out their bake shop for fresh homemade pastries you could easily take with you.
Concha’s Garden Cafe – Silang
Concha’s Garden Cafe is a cozy, Spanish-Filipino style restaurant located in a quaint garden. The place offers a relaxing experience thanks to their home-inspired dishes passed from generation to generation, reflected in how the owner, Gemma, aptly named the restaurant after her grandmother, her culinary mentor. It’s for families and amigas looking for a hearty breakfast by the gardens without sacrificing the feel of home. It’s not for diners who can’t stand spaces that could easily feel crowded or tight. We recommend Bagoong Rice, Concha’s Old Fashioned Ensaymada, and Concha’s Spicy Beef Adobo Ribs. Our insider tip is to check out their nipa huts and wooden swing by the garden for a more unique, al fresco breakfast experience. Read our full feature here.
Not exactly sure how to get to your cafe of choice, or how much travel time you should allot? Simply download the Booky app, search any restaurant and click ‘Navigate’ to immediately get the quickest route for you to satisfy your breakfast cravings. Don’t forget to add restaurants to your Must Try list so you could access their contact details, menu and other information in no time. Don’t worry, it’s available offline so you won’t have to go hangry any longer.