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With choices that are perfect for this summer!

With tons of travel destinations around the country, one thing’s for sure: La Union is definitely on almost everyone’s bucket list. Yes, it may be best known for its surf scene–but have you tried all their awesome food?

Next time you visit, make sure you check out at least one La Union restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’ve been approved by both tourists and locals.

Gefseis Greek Grill – San Juan

Gefseis (Γευσεις), which means ‘flavors’, gives its diners an authentic taste of Greek cuisine using only the freshest of ingredients. It’s a hole-in-the-wall restaurant well-loved by locals and tourists in San Fernando.

Fun Fact: Gefseis use absolutely zero preservatives in all of their dishes.
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Reservations are accepted
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Urbiztondo, 2514 San Juan, La Union
+63 921 604-9989

L.U. BBQ – Rizal Ave

L.U. (or lutong uling) BBQ is a resto serving up all things barbecued – both seafood and meat – as well as favorite Filipino dishes to beachgoers, families and barkadas alike.

Fun fact: They support the local art and local music scene so expect interesting paintings, spoken word as well as live indie bad performances. 
L.U. BBQ interiors
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Chuletas from L.U. BBQ
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Rizal Ave., San Fernando, La Union

Tagpuan – Manila North Rd.

Tagpuan is a humble Filipino restaurant known for its classic, comforting dishes, especially their Pork Bagnet Rice. They’re one of the most affordable choices in the area, and they’re definitely a popular choice for late-night drinking sessions with your barkada.

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Photo from @tagpuansj by @ahiyalala
Photo from @tagpuansj by @laiivinia

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Manila North Rd., Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan, La Union

Papa Bear – The Great NorthWest Philippine Travel Stop and Viewing Deck

Known best as an Asian smokehouse in La Union, Papa Bear is the go-to restaurant for when you’re looking for tasteful smoked meats, traditional Asian dishes, and even Asian fusion food.

Papa Bear Exterior and Interiors
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Smoked Pork Belly Kare Kare from Papa Bear
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The Great Northwest Philippine Travel Stop and Viewing Deck, McArthur Highway, San Juan, La Union

Halo Halo De Iloko Balay – Zandueta St.

Halo Halo De Iloko Balay may be hard to find, but it sure is worth it. Serving authentic Ilokano cuisine, they stay true to their native roots and offer diners a great taste of home. P.S., You HAVE TO try their famous Fiesta Halo-Halo!

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12 Zandueta St., 2500 San Fernando, La Union
+63 917 852-7919

Sabong Fried Chicken – The Great Northwest Philippine Travel Stop and Viewing Deck

Popular for being the baddest and meanest bird in town, Sabong Fried Chicken will sure excite your taste buds and test your feast or flight skills with their interesting flavors: Elyu Original, Honey Bagoong, Korean Soy, and Chick’n Morty.

Sabong Fried Chicken Interiors
Photo from @sabongfc by @_alren
Fried Chicken Dishes from Sabong Fried Chicken
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The Great Northwest Philippine Travel Stop and Viewing Deck Urbiztondo, La Union, Philippines
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El Union Coffee – MacArthur Highway

El Union is a popular cafe making rounds on our Instagram feeds. Making use of premium beans, they’re dedicated to serving only the finest-quality beverages in the North. One look at the cafe will make you see their surfing influences too.

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Photo from @elunion
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Kilometre 274 MacArthur Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

Great Gamble Seafood Shack – The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop and Viewing Deck

When you’re right by the beach, sometimes, you can help but crave for the treasures found in the sea. When you do, head on to Great Gamble Seafood Shack, a restaurant that offers fresh seafood rolls like scallop rolls, crab rolls, and more.

Great Gamble Seafood Shack Interiors
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Scallop Roll and Crab Roll from Great Gamble Seafood Shack
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The Great Northwest Philippines Travel Stop and Viewing Deck, Urbiztondo, La Union, Philippines
(0917) 805-5955

Makai Bowls La Union – MacArthur Highway

Makai Bowls is one of La Union’s newest foodie joints, serving deliciously healthy smoothie bowls made with real fruit. Their bowls are so good, it’s hard to believe their both dairy-free AND sugar-free. Find them at the Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel!

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Photo from @tineeweenii
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Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel, 2514 San Juan, La Union

Leche Ice Cream – McArthur Highway

On a hot summer’s day, nothing beats a scoop of cold ice cream.

If you find yourself needing a cone or a cupful of ice cream to cool you down, head on to Leche Ice Cream, an ice cream shop that serves up nostalgic flavors like Bilo-Bilo, Champorado + Tuyo, and Flat Tops.

Fun fact: Some of their flavors are vegan friendly. 
Champorado and Tuyo Ice Cream from Leche Ice Cream
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215A McArthur Highway, San Juan, La Union
(0917) 814-0527

Mad Monkeys – Manila North Rd

Mad Monkeys is a burger joint focused on giving diners a curated selection of crave-worthy, bold flavors.

Insider tip: Music-lovers are in for a treat since they invite local artists to perform all day and night.
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Manila North Rd., Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
+63 998 555-1990

Curious Creatures Taproom – MacArthur National Highway

On a hot day, if you think that the best way to cool down is with a glass of beer then head on to Curious Creatures Taproom, a place that offers a variety of craft beers plus a nice view of the sunset to gaze upon as you drink.

Curious Creatures Taproom interiors
Photo from Curious Creatures Taproom | Facebook
Passion, Hanep, Liberation, P.O.G. Breakfast Porter beers from Curious Creatures Taproom
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MacArthur National Highway, Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
(0932) 394 8070

Flotsam and Jetsam – MacArthur Highway

Flotsam and Jetsam is a restaurant that celebrates art, music, and imagination in every dish they serve. With an awesome international cuisine, you can’t go wrong with their food or drinks.

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Photo from @onitangel
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Reservations are accepted
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Surf Town, San Juan, La Union, Philippines
+63 ­917-8021328

Surf Shack – National Highway

Surf Shack is a go-to spot for surfers and foodies who cannot get enough of the laid-back feel of the beach. Locally produced basi, Bacnotan pizza, and awesome tunes are just some of the things you could look forward to at this spot.

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Photo from @alyreal
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239 National Highway, Urbiztondo, 2514 San Juan, La Union
(072) 607-4914

Sea Nymph Surf Cafe – National Highway

Sea Nymph Surf Cafe is a homey spot serving delicious yet affordable food selections. Their bestsellers are the 3-Piece Pancakes, Vegetable Omelette, and Mango Salad.

Insider tip: Because of the crowds it draws, don't expect to be served instantly.
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Photo from jijininja

Reservations are accepted
235 National Highway, Surfside, Urbiztondo, San Juan
+63 917 787-7609

Coast Call Kitchen and Bar – San Juan Surf Resort

Coast Call Kitchen and Bar greets food-loving surfers with international food that immediately gives them an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Their must-try dishes include the famous Pinakbet Iloko and Cheesy Beef Nachos.

Our insider tip is that you could start visiting them as early as 6:30am.

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Photo from @coastcall_
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Photo from @coastcall_

Reservations are accepted
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Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union 2514
+63 917 880-3040

Now that you’ve got a restaurant bucket list when you visit La Union, make sure you show us your summer food adventures by tagging us on Instagram @bookyapp and #bookymanila on your photos of any of these La Union restaurants!

Out of the way please, otw to LU.

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