The City of Tagaytay has always been and will always be a favorite staycation spot for people in Metro Manila and neighboring cities in Cavite that need a quick getaway to bond with family and friends, or even with simply getting in touch with oneself.
Lush view of trees, the cold climate, friendly locals, recreational activities that make life slow down a bit, and Taal volcano’s scenery are the reason why Filipinos and foreigners come back to this city. Some tourists visit for a day, but other tourists would instead look for an affordable staycation in Tagaytay to maximize their relaxation. But when it’s time to go home, some experience parting unease from the tranquil and fun feeling that Tagaytay provided for them—that’s when the idea of pasalubong kicks in!
Pasalubong is a Filipino way of bringing home souvenirs (mostly food!) to be given away to family or friends who haven’t been in the place or remind themselves of a place once visited. So, here is a list of 10 places to buy Pasalubong items in Tagaytay.
Let us first start the pasalubong hunting with food:
What started as a small pasalubong center just before the Tagaytay Circle is now Loumar’s Café. They now accommodate dine in customers for lunch and dinner meals, or simply a good coffee and freshly baked pie experience. Yummy take home treats like buko pies, assorted nuts, candies, and their best selling buko tarts await homeward bound tourists in their pasalubong area. There are so many things to choose from!
Famous for their delicious coffees and mouth-watering meals, Bag of Beans also have a tourist favorite take home pasalubongs—their freshly baked breads and cakes. Ube-cheese pandesal, raisin bread, and cinnamon rolls to name a few are so irresistible.
Do not be confused upon seeing multiple Bag of Beans branches. They are made so that you do not miss visiting the place.
Good Shepherd (Bahay Pastulan)
Since Tagaytay is considered as the “Baguio of the South” for its cool climate and relaxing scenery, the famous ube jam found in the City of Pines is also available in Tagaytay! They also accommodate tourists and guests who want to have a taste of their meals like, goto, lumpiang ubod, and empanada.
Good Shepherd store can be located at Barangay Francisco along the Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa road.
A restaurant that serves famous Filipino meals and delicacies is Balay Dako located at 4120 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. There are so many pasalubong treats to choose from like their milky cheese rolls, barquillos, and cassava cak—to name a few. One doesn’t even have to wish to be in Negros Occidental to have a taste of piaya (muscovado-filled unleavened flat bread) because it’s all here at Balay Dako.
Amira’s Buco Tart Haus
Another pasalubong location to visit is this local pasalubong shop famous for their tasty tarts. Amira’s bright pink store waves at tourists upon going and leaving Tagaytay as it is located beside the national/ main highway of the city.
The Mahogany Market is famous for its very affordable meat prices. Locals of Tagaytay and neighboring cities get their meat supplies from this place to sell in their communities. The market is also famous for their tasty bulalo (beef stew) and tawilis (fish fritters). It is a go-to place by mountaineers who want to after a very long hike in the mountains of Batangas.
Tourists who want to bring home fresh farm produce (fruits, vegetables, and wild honey) go to this place to buy pasalubong. Beautiful and very affordable herbs and flowering plants are also found here, a heaven for plantitos and plantitas.
What? no, we are not talking about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It is the local store in Tagaytay named Buffy’s, famous for its buffalo milk products. They have flavored buffalo milk, ice cream, pastillas, yogurt drink, and kesong puti! This could be the only store that sells this kind of pasalubong treats in the whole of Tagaytay.
Buffy’s is located at U1A LMMC Bldg. Caltex Gas Station, Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road.
As for proud Filipino fashion and apparel lovers out there, Kultura Butik (boutique) is a place to visit for proudly Pinoy fashion finds. Choose from an array of bags, shirts, hats, scarfs and more. They are located inside Taal Vista Hotel along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway.
Now we go to the last two pasalubong stops.
Although Gourmet farms is not within the vicinity of Tagaytay because it is located at Silang, Cavite just after exiting Tagaytay, this place is a popular stopover for people wanting to buy pasalubong. It also is a coffee lovers’ heaven. These delicious coffees are locally grown and harvested, and blends range from Kapeng Barako ng Batangas, Maynila Blend, and Mountain-Grown Arabica; are some of the fresh and roasted coffee that are available.
They also have breakfast meals served in a Filipino-Italian style.
Ilog Maria’s Honeybee Farm
Here is another local stop worthy of your pasalubong bucket list. The farm was named after Jesus’ mother, Mary who is believed to be the reason for the miracles in the place. Aside from that, the farm is famous for their natural honeybee products which everyone knows have healing and health properties for one’s body.
Ilog Maria’s location is also in Silang, Cavite and is a favorite venue for weddings, birthdays, and other social functions. They also conduct agricultural and gardening educational trips for interested visitors.
With all these pasalubong stops, we hope that it will complete your best staycation in Tagaytay ever.
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