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Gotta halove halo-halo

With the intense heat that’s taken over Manila recently, we’re all looking for something to help cool us down and freshen us up. There are lots of cold desserts out there, but nothing beats Halo-Halo as the classic summer cooler.

Probably the most recognized Filipino dessert, Halo-Halo is a favorite among many. There are a lot of places out there that serve this icy treat, and we’ve sat down to list the best of them in this article. Check them out and beat the summer heat!

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Max’s Restaurant – Greenhills Shopping Center

Max’s Restaurant has been around since our grandparents’ time. In one way or another, we all grew up with Max’s and that’s why their simple and reliable Filipino offering keeps us coming back for more.

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Carpark 1, Connecticut St, Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan
(02) 726-2222

Hukad – multiple branches

Hukad hails all the way from Cebu, and serves grilled dishes like the Lechon de Cebu and crispy pata. But more than just their pork offerings, Hukad has a huge menu full of Filipino favorites that will make your stomach glad to be Filipino.

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2/F Entertainment Hall, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
(02) 810-1745

Icebergs – multiple branches

With 18 branches and counting, Icebergs is a certified dessert haven for obvious reasons. Aside from their famous banana splits, Icebergs is also known for their sizzling sisig and crunchy tacos. We dare you to finish a whole order of their Super Halo-Halo in one sitting!

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G/F SM Mall of Asia, South Wing, Pasay
(02) 556-0762

Mt. Arayat Special Halo-Halo – SM Mall of Asia

Taste “Pampanga’s Pride” in a cup with Mt. Arayat’s halo-halo. Don’t be fooled by the simple, clear cups as the Kapampangans surely know how to make their halo-halo with a twist! Each shaved ice dessert comes with bits and pieces of homemade milky pastillas on top, to add that extra texture and flavor to the mixture.

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G/F North Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay

Ilustrado – Intramuros

Ilustrado is a fine dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city, Intramuros. Ilustrado features a Hispanic architectural design with old world interiors and known to serve world-class Filipino, Spanish, as well as Global cuisines.

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744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila
(02) 527-3674

Aristocrat Restaurant – multiple branches

This Filipino classic has been around since the early 1900’s and it has organically evolved from its original food truck stand in Luneta to the Filipino restaurant giant that it is today. The iconic and historic Aristocrat restaurant is a household name for many Filipinos who want to enjoy their local favorites at affordable prices.

Insider Tip: The original Roxas Blvd. branch is open 24 hours!
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432 San Andres St. cor Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila
(02) 894-0000

Razon’s of Guagua – multiple branches

Pampanga is famous for being the culinary capital of the Philippines and this Kapampangan restaurant prides itself in being one of the best places to get halo-halo. Razon’s halo-halo looks simple but what makes it special is the fine shaved ice that they use, very similar to Korean bingsu’s “snow” ice.

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One Kennedy Place, Club Filipino Ave, Greenhills, San Juan
(02) 726-8727

Milky Way of Malate – Tuscany Estates

Milky Way is known for its cool treats and traditional Spanish/Filipino food. Come through for an explosion of flavors in every order of their MW Special Halo-Halo.

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G/F Tuscany Estates, Upper McKinley Rd, McKinley Hill, Taguig
(02) 823-5088

Crisostomo – multiple branches

Crisostomo shines the spotlight on the country’s cuisine. The restaurant, named after the protagonist in Jose Rizal’s acclaimed novel, Noli Me Tangere, is the brainchild of celebrity chef, Florabel Co-Yatco. Their dishes will take you back to the turn of the century.

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Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Ave cor 30th St, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 621-3195

Vampire Penguin – SM North Edsa

Vampire Penguin is a dessert shop from California that specializes in shaved snow desserts. A must try is their Smoreos, Twix, and Snow Thiger.

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2/F SM City North EDSA, Annex, EDSA cor North Ave, Quezon City

Sentro 1771 – Capitol Commons

This well-known Filipino restaurant is popular for its unique corned beef sinigang. But did you know that they also serve halo-halo? Sentro takes pride in its fresh, homemade ingredients which include the leche flan and the ube toppings for this “quintessential Filipino dessert.”

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Capitol Commons, Meralco Ave. cor Shaw Blvd., Kapitolyo, Oranbo, Pasig
(02) 941-8277

Chowking – multiple branches

Chowking offers a combination of Chinese and Western cuisine, fast food-style. Their signature halo-halo has satisfied many Filipinos for generations and even approved by the Queen of all Media herself, Kris Aquino.

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2/F SM City North EDSA Main Bldg, City Cente, Quezon City
(02) 928-5805

Kuya J – multiple branches

Kuya J, formerly “Ang Kan-anan ni Kuya J”, is a casual dining restaurant from Cebu that offers well-loved home-cooked Filipino dishes. They have hot-off-the-grill items like pork barbecue, chicken barbecue, stuffed squid with barbecue sauce and more!

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Yelo Yelo – U.P. Town Center

Yelo-Yelo is a recently opened dessert concept store that offers classic Filipino desserts and snacks and puts a vibrant and fun spin on it. They have treats like buko pandan topped with macapuno ice cream, choco pop, banana langka turon drizzled with Davao chocolate, and more!

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The Courtyard, UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City

Kabigting’s Halo-Halo – multiple branches

Kabingting’s is a popular halo-halo joint that uses carabao pastillas as one of their unique toppings on this traditional dessert. Costing only P95 per serving, Kabigting’s only uses three ingredients: mashed beans, corn, and carabao’s milk pastillas.

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T&K Bldg, Quezon City
(02) 622-5381

The Lobby – The Peninsula Manila

Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo once said on his article that the Pen was the first to serve the halo-halo in special oversized bowls to its high-class patrons. Their Halo-Halo Parfait can be a good companion as you quietly enjoy the timeless ambiance of the hotel’s lobby.

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The Peninsula Manila, Ayala Ave, Urdaneta, Makati
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