Food is the way to a person’s heart, all the best movies say so.

There’s a perfect intersection of a hopeless romantic and a foodie, and that lies in romantic comedy films. Few things can brighten up your day like a good cheesy flick, except perhaps good food. Make your fave romcom a reality and bring your date to these restaurants in and out of Manila!

Be it a long night of conversation with some wine, a fancy candle-lit meal, or a sweet treat with your sweetheart – check out our top picks of romcoms and where to eat to relive fiction.

Call Me By Your Name (2017) – La Spezia

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Italian hole-in-the-wall, La Spezia is the quintessential restaurant to recreate your budding romance akin to Oliver and Elio’s in the crisp afternoon somewhere in Europe. Share a delectable plate of fresh and authentic pasta, an intimate yet equally cerebral conversation, and bask in the wine-induced chatter around you.

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90 Scout Dr. Lascano St., Laging Handa near Tomas Morato, Quezon City
(02) 7960-6903

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – 101 Hawker Food House

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The beauty of the intersection between food and romance is encapsulated through Nick and Rachel’s Singaporean hawker center sojourn. The night market that the two visit features Asia’s iconic Laksa, greasy pan-fried noodles, and all sorts of unmissable street food favorites to chow down on— an ideal recipe for a romantic getaway that you can readily achieve at 101 Hawker Food House.

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G/F Unit 10, the Beacon Tower 2, Arnaiz cor Chino Roces Ave, Makati
(02) 8777-1071

Amélie (2002) –

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One of Amélie’s simple pleasures is cracking crème brûlée with a spoon. Although’s Crème Brûlée Pancake doesn’t create the frozen-pond cracking effect, it’s something equally satisfying to crack into with someone special. Topped with custard cream and torched to golden caramel perfection,’s crème brûlée will feel like a beautiful preface to your sickly-sweet romance.

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2/F Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, Tambo, Parañaque
(0917) 819-8704

Before Sunrise (1995) – Grape Escape

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Nothing will make you want to miss your plane than spending a day in Vienna with a perfect stranger. Have a romantic night out with the person you can talk to forever like Jesse and Celine, and grab that last chance with a bottle of wine at Grape Escape Wine Lounge + Kitchen. Have a casual wine and dine experience where you can pair wine with a Spanish-Italian inspired cuisine that offers Brick Oven Pizza and Tapas. 

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Sky Garden, 2/F SM North EDSA, North Ave cor EDSA, Quezon City
(0998) 297-7501; (0905) 305-1674

Serendipity (2001) – Farmacy

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What’s your favorite New York moment? The story of Jonathan and Sara maybe a twist of fate, but it all started with a simple pair of gloves and a glorious-looking Frozen Hot Chocolate. Get a similar experience with gourmet desserts and over-the-top premium sweets at Sugar Factory, a popular American brasserie from Las Vegas.

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Notting Hill (1999) – Tweedle Book Cafe

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Whether you’re just a girl, standing in front of some books, asking for a cup of coffee or coming by with a date, do either of them surrounded by fiction. Tweedle Book Cafe offers not only an extensive library, but also good coffee and light meals. It has an assortment of books records you can peruse while enjoying your hot cup of coffee. 

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106B Scout Gandia, Sacred Heart, Diliman, Quezon City
(0922) 805-1688

Sixteen Candles (1984) – Arca’s Yard

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Want a little less sixteen candles, a little more “touch me”? Get the perfect view exactly like when Jake Ryan surprised Sam Baker against the picturesque window at Pio’s Kitchen, a private dining restaurant headed by Chef Chin Gallegos. Chef Chin personally welcomes her guests into her grandparents’ old home and is exclusively for reserved guests only. Pio’s Kitchen is homey and spacious, and can be customized according to the guests’ personal preferences (subject to additional costs). 

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777 Tiptop, Ambuklao Rd, Baguio City
(074) 442-9706; (0929) 325-1868

When Harry Meets Sally (1989) – Pink’s Hotdogs

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Hitting a diner with your best friend is usually a lot tamer than the scene Sally pulled, but go ahead and place your specific order in at Pink’s Hotdogs is a popular US-based hotdog stand that opened first in 1939 in Los Angeles, California. Manila is their first international branch, all thanks to the Wildflour Cafe + Bakery group.

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Shangri-la Hotel at the Fort, 30th St corner 5th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

She’s the Man (2006) – Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza

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Do you like cheese? Our favorite’s gouda! Lots of things tickle our fancy about this movie, but one thing we wished was real is the pizza place near Viola and Duke, Cesario’s. Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza is a neapolitan-style pizzeria that serves fresh oven-baked 12-inch pizzas specially made with their own kesong puti. The SMEGG and Buffalo Chicken Mozzarella are some of its most popular dishes.

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La La Land (2016) – Tago Jazz Cafe

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Dream about the future with your lover right beside you, and lose yourselves in the music at a jazz bar in Cubao, Tago Jazz Cafe is for those who wants some good ‘ol sultry jazz music, appetizing dishes and meaningful conversations with friends. True to its name, Tago Jazz Cafe is in a hidden location without a signboard, so make sure to find this best-kept secret.

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#14 Main Ave, Cubao, Quezon City
(0922) 357-5896

Pitch Perfect (2012) – 78-53-86

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Opt for an aca-awesome date with a chill jazz bar with more than 10,000 vinyl records and reenact Beca and Jesse’s round of matching album covers on their faces. Check out 78-53-86, a jazz cafe with a vast collection of Japanese whiskey. If you couldn’t already tell from the streamlined, no-frills menu, they don’t mess around with the classics. This is the place to go if you want traditional drinks done right.

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2/F West, 42 Katipunan Ave, White Plains, Quezon City
(02) 8819-9297

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) – Glenn 50’s Diner

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Diners are a central component in many romantic comedies. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is only one of the many popular romcoms that use the humble American diner onscreen. And what’s not to love? Delight in the frozen-in-time interiors, share an indulgent milkshake, and immerse yourself in the candy-colored sweetness of first love at the iconic Glenn 50’s Diner in Baguio.

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166 Military Cutoff Rd, Baguio City
(0939) 251-2791

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