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The only thing worth cheating on is your diet.

As a Ride Revolution instructor, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu blue belt and certified surfer gal, Paui Peña knows the importance of working out and eating clean.

Paui Pena photo from @pauipanda
Paui Pena photo from @pauipanda

But that isn’t what this list is about. Instead, here are Paui’s 10 favorite cheat day desserts, because sometimes you just have to treat yourself to avoid going crazy. You deserve it!

Razon’s of Guagua

Razon’s is well-known for its take on Kapampangan favorites, such as pancit luglug, sisig and, of course, its famous “minimalist” halo-halo. This one stands out from the rest thanks to its finely shaved ice. Craving yet? Check out our list of 11 Classic Halo-Halo!

The Dessert: Halo-halo

Halo-halo | photo from @rochiecuevas
Halo-halo | photo from @rochiecuevas

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Pancake House

This beloved Manila favorite needs no introduction. We all have fond memories of Pancake House’s Classic Pancakes, Spaghetti and of course Classic Fried Chicken. Check out some more old-school restaurants.

The Dessert: Classic Waffles

Classic Waffle | photo from @yellanutella
Classic Waffle | photo from @yellanutella

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Mary Grace

What started out as a home bakery has now become a full fledged favorite of the Titas (and feeling Titas) of Manila. Mary Grace is most famous for their delicious Cheese Rolls and Ensaymada. Excuse us while we drool.

The Dessert: Walnut Apple Pie ala Mode

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Walnut Apple Pie ala Mode | photo from @cafemarygrace

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Conti’s Restaurant & Bakery

Conti’s has established itself as a restaurant that’s here to stay. Over the years, its cakes and pastries have become staples at family gatherings and parties. It’s also the home of the famous Mango Bravo cake, one of Manila’s favorite mango desserts!

The Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake

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Strawberry Shortcake | photo from @carlojoon

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JiPan Cafe & Bakeshop

Despite JiPan’s modern new look, implemented just a few years ago, its food, pastries and desserts remain just as delicious as we remember them to be– if not more. Big fan of Japanese desserts? Check out our list of 10 Crave-Worthy Japanese Desserts in Manila.

The Dessert: Baked Sweet Potato Cake

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Purple Oven

When you see your friend walking into your party with a big box that has the Purple Oven logo on it, you know it’s going to be a happy birthday. Its freshly baked cakes, pastries and other desserts are among the best that Metro Manila has to offer.

The Dessert: Chocolate Campfire Cake

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Sweet Ecstasy

While “Sweet X” is better known for its hamburgers, which are without a doubt some of the best burgers in the Metro, its rich, creamy milkshakes are also definite crowd pleasers. They go perfectly with a big greasy burger and are a reminder of Sweet Ecstasy’s origins selling desserts.

The Dessert: Choco Fudge Milkshake

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Chocolate Milkshake | photo from @sweetxmanila

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Pinkberry

The fro-yo craze may have come and gone, but there’s no denying that the summer heat calls for cold desserts, just like the kind that Pinkberry has to offer. Take your pick from its variety of fro-yo flavors and wide range of toppings.  As an added bonus, fro-yo is also (sort of) healthy, especially if you top it with fruits.

The Dessert: Fro-yo

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Toby’s Estate

Toby’s Estate is well-known for supplying all of us half-awake students and office workers with great coffee, but its desserts are definitely worth a look as well. These are all perfect, of course, for pairing with a cup of coffee. Need that caffeine boost? Check out our list of 11 Coffee Shops for the Best Brew in Manila.

The Dessert: Pistachio Cheesecake

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The Farmacy

The only thing a trip to The Farmacy can’t cure is brain freeze. Offering sodas, sundaes and ice cream sandwiches, it’s definitely for the dessert lover in you. It’s also a great way to cool off this summer.

The Dessert: Banana Split

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That’s one delicious list. Now just remember, you need to work out before you treat yourself and not the other way around. What are your favorite cheat day spots? Let us know in the comments!

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