Tagaytay, a city located on the Luzon island of the Philippines is one of the most underrated gems of tourist destinations. Located just 60 kilometers far from Manila, this city is not known to most tourists and is still somewhat of a secret to many with an unspoiled culture and affordable local prices. Tagaytay isn’t your run-of-the-mill Filipino City. It is a city nestled on the arms of nature. The city is respectful of the beautiful hills and the green ridges that are sure to charm you and make you feel in sync with nature.
Tagaytay is also happening to be home to the Taal volcano, whose natural beauty and enormity are certainly going to leave you humbled and mesmerized at the same time. Tagaytay also has a huge collection of activities, each showcasing the beautiful marriage between modern technology and natural beauty.
Moreover, Tagaytay is a host to a large range of hotels with unparalleled hospitality that will make your stay very comfortable and enjoyable while enjoying this beautiful city. Read on to find out the top 20 things to do in Tagaytay City.
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20 Best Things to Do in Tagaytay
1. Admire the Beauty of Taal Volcano and Lake
Taal lake and volcano is the crown jewel of Tagaytay. It is one of the most active volcanos in the Philippines with 33 eruptions. The volcano has a large cratered opening with a hilly side that spills out into a lake. However, you will be surprised to see another lake within the cratered opening of the volcano itself, which also happens to host an island.
Keeping up so far? There’s a volcano on a lake and the volcano has another lake inside it and the lake is completed with an island. We don’t blame you if your head’s spinning from confusion. Visit the place yourself to understand and marvel at this spectacle of nature.
2. Re-visit Your Childhood at Sky Ranch
Sky Ranch is the resident amusement park of Tagaytay. The old-fashioned carnival-like environment of Sky Ranch is sure to bring back your childhood memories with its huge collection of nostalgic rides which is sure to give you an adrenaline rush as well.
Noteworthy rides within Sky Ranch include the Sky Eye Ferris Wheel which will provide you with a beautiful view of the entire area 63 meters above the ground and the Sky Cruiser which is a pedal bike running on an aerial track which provides a fantastic view of the Taal Volcano and Lake. Sky Ranch also has a plethora of rides that are suitable for children and will have them entertained for hours as well!
3. Get a Unique Shopping Experience at the Twin Lakes Shopping Village
Unlike your average shopping mall which is ladled with industrialism and hi-fi upgrades, the Twin Lakes Shopping Village is quite different. It is a quaint marketplace which sits on a ridge overlooking one of the most amazing vistas the eyes can ever behold.
The Twin Lakes Shopping Village is home to a couple of restaurants and cozy shops which are bound to keep you entertained for hours at a time. It is also well-known for having a nicely situated Starbucks. It’s best to visit the Twin Lakes Shopping Center a little before sunset, because the location is quite peaceful to sit at night with little to no light pollution, making the perfect place for stargazing.
4. Relax at Sonya’s Secret Garden
Located deep within a tropical garden with flowers all around and decorated with comfortable teak wooden furniture, Sonya’s Secret Garden is considered to be one of the best places to have lunch in Tagaytay. One of the most recommended meals is the “Bread & Dips” which consists of sesame seed bread that is homemade which is served with various dips such as basil pesto, bruschetta, and green peppercorn in some olive oil. Sonya’s Secrets Garden also happens to serve some delicious pasta, salads and mouthwatering proteins which when paired up their tarragon tea or freshly made Dalandan juice will surely create a party in your mouth.
Sonya’s Secret Garden also functions as a Bed & Breakfast, Spa and Wedding Venue. So, if you’re looking for a delicious lunch or just a getaway to pamper yourself, Sonya’s Secret Garden is definitely worth a visit.
5. Gaze at Our Lady Minaoag at Tierra de Maria
Our Lady Minaoag is a beautiful token of recognition of how deeply religious the Philippines is and the lengths they would go to show their love and devotion to their Creator. Even if you’re not religious, the sheer magnanimity of Our Lady Minaoag will have you stare at it in amusement.
Our Lady Minaoag is a 50ft long statue of Mother Mary, who gave birth to Jesus Christ which serves not as a place of worship for the Filipinos but also as a great place for a photo op. Right next to this gargantuan statue is a tiny church as well as a street market that sells a variety of trinkets relevant to Christianity.
6. Gorge Yourself with Breakfast at Antonio’s
Antonio’s is a must-visit location for tourists not because of an amazing view but also for serving the most scrumptious breakfast available at Tagaytay.
Antonio serves some of the most delicious sandwiches you will ever taste. No visit to Antonio’s is ever complete unless you have tried out their Grilled Smoked Ham with cheddar and Gruyere Cheese. Made with the most quality deli meat and velvet-like smooth cheese, this sandwich is guaranteed to make you come back for seconds. Other than their sandwiches, Antonio’s provide a range of other amazing breakfast options as well which includes homemade pork sausages and honey-infused waffles. Be sure to grab a window seat when enjoying your breakfast there to also admire at the beautiful view of Taal Volcano and Lake to really tie in the experience.
7. Spend Some Quality Time at Picnic Grove
The picnic grove is an ideal spot for picnickers, children looking to fly kites, adults look into getting in some exercise or just about anyone looking to spend some lazy time in the arms of nature. The grave is essentially a hill with many sheltered-picnic spots with a mesmerizing view.
What makes Picnic Grove an ideal picnic spot is the bounty of activities that you can partake in there. Ziplining, horseback riding, swimming and taking a trip on the cable car are just some of the activities available there. You can always take breaks at the restaurants nearby to relax and enjoy a lovely meal there should you ever feel tired.
8. Enjoy a Cultural Show at Café Veranda
Imagine a mouthwatering dinner enjoyed while watching a show that represents the culture of the Filipinos perfectly and to the point. Well, that is exactly what Café Veranda at Tagaytay has in store for you!
Spend a night at the Taal Vista Hotel where this café is located or simply drop by for dinner. Their meals divide into 4 courses that are completely traditional and compliments Filipino cuisine. Along with such a delicious meal, you can enjoy a traditional dance show by some nimble Filipina in traditional attire. You can also opt for the buffet option if the four-course meal doesn’t feel like a fulfilling meal for you. The café has two shows, one at dinner time and one during lunch both following the same dance routine. Although there is no waiting when trying to find a table at Café Veranda and the staff are very hospitable and accommodating, you can always call ahead and reserve a stage close to the dance stage.
9. Take a Tour of the World-Famous Puzzle Mansion
The Puzzle Mansion is undoubtedly a unique tourist attraction found in Tagaytay. Containing more than 1,000 jigsaw puzzles collected by Mrs. Georgina Gil-Lacuna, it is a Guinness World Record holder.
The Puzzle Mansion is also a renowned bed and breakfast. You can relax by their very own swimming pool while you lazily sip on some delicious Barako coffee and gorge on some delicious coconut cream pie.
10. Witness the Magic of Glass Art at Museo Orlina
Museo Orlina is home to the astonishing works of Ramon Orlina, a revered glass sculptor of the Philippines. The glass sculptures are unique and attractive that is sure to have you stunned.
It is also known to host a bunch of festivals each year with each festival having a different theme. The Museo Orlina also has an amazing view of the Taal lake which is a tourist favorite for a photo op!
11. Feel the Breeze at People’s Park in the Sky
This beautiful city park is famous for being the highest point in Tagaytay. Overlooking the entire city, the People’s Park in the Sky also provides a grand view of the Taal Volcano and Lake Taal.
The beautiful hilltop is decorated with wooden footbridges, gazeboes with a view and an aesthetic Roman-style amphitheater and a weird life-size pineapple. The high altitude also provides chilly weather, making it the perfect place for you to escape the heat of Tagaytay.
12. Rejuvenate Yourself at Qiwellness Living
Qiwellness Living is the ultimate retreat for a relaxing and calm evening. Relaxing at a hot tub with a beautiful view of the Taal Volcano and Lake in a peaceful environment is exactly what you need to revive yourself and relieve your muscles of stress and tension.
The bathhouse at Qiwellness Living also provides you the option of dining on world-class dishes sitting on a beautifully-lit pagoda while sipping on a glass of wine and feeling a gentles breeze caress you. To say the least, it is a romantic, relax and one-of-a-kind place to get away to.
13. Go Thrill-Seeking with Esquires Travel Day Tours
Esquires Travel Day Tours are perfect if you’re not looking to stay in Tagaytay for long but want to visit as many natural attractions Tagaytay has in store for you in the shortest of times. From a waterfall excursion in the jungle to an island-hopping tour off the coast, Esquire Travel Day Tours has got you covered.
Regardless of whether your traveling alone or in a group, Esquires Travel Day Tours will take care of all of your needs. The tour group will ensure everything that you might need for your tour from transportation to meals. All you have to do is employ their services and simply go off on your adventure while Esquires Travel Day Tours take care of the rest.
14. Have a Spa Day at Nurture Wellness Village
Nurture Wellness Village is certainly different from your everyday hotel or resort. Similar to their name, this resort promotes healthy living.
The Nurture Wellness Village provides both equally delicious and amazing vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Their spa also offers a variety of Filipino massages that involves stones, leaves, and oils that will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
15. Experience Shopping in Peace at Ayala Malls Serin
Unlike most shopping malls that are overcrowded, congested and overwhelming; Ayala Malls Serin is quite the opposite. Complete with an outdoor open-air layout and a central garden, you will never be able to enjoy shopping at such a beautiful and calm scenario as this.
The shopping mall is divided into 3 levels which are stacked with travel necessities. The Ayala Malls Serin also serves some amazing Japanese, Chinese and Filipino food as well as some tasty ice-cream.
16. Meet the Pink Sisters
Run by the Sister-Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration, the Pink Sisters is a beautiful convent located in Tagaytay. Surrounded by greenery and containing a beautiful architectural design, the convent is certainly worth a trip if you have a taste for the aesthetics and are searching for peace and tranquility.
17. Feel the Wackiness at the Dreamland Arts & Craft Café
The Dreamland Arts & Craft Café is certainly a very one-of-a-kind café here in Tagaytay. A café that celebrates contemporary art, at first the furniture and décor of the place that makes you feel uneasy and out of place. However, after looking around the place, you will find that everything ties up beautifully together regardless of how weird they look individually.
This café is also famous for serving some of the most satisfying meals and coffee alongside the trippy bohemian vibe that emanates from it making this well worth the trip.
18. Test Your Luck at Casino Filipino
Located by the Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay, the Casino Filipino is a popular location for tourists and locals alike who might be feeling particularly lucky. Open 24/7, the casino holds multiple table games and slot machines that will keep you entertained for hours.
If you’re not a gambling man, be sure to drop by their restaurant for a gourmet meal and a live performance!
19. Spend a Night at 8 Suites
8 Suites at Tagaytay will provide you with the pleasure of mixing the rustic vibe of camping and the luxury of a hotel suite. The glamping tents are all amped up with luxury mattresses, comfortable pillows, a minibar and also comes with all sorts of hotel amenities.
20. Enjoy a Hassle-Free Weekend at Anya
The Anya resort is a hidden gem of Tagaytay. Located south of the city, it is the perfect location for a getaway for the weekend when traffic can really pile up within the city.
The Anya resort comes with a pool, an in-house spa and is completely far from the bustle of the city. To top that off, the resort also serves the best food in Tagaytay, making it the perfect place to escape to in the weekends.
Tagaytay is a beautiful city that is free from the clutches of industrialization, overcrowding tourists and also with a green and healthy environment. We have talked about the top 20 things to do in Tagaytay. These activities will certainly make your trip more memorable and enlightening.