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8 Best Things To Do In Tagaytay, The Philippines

8 Best Things To Do In Tagaytay, The Philippines

Heading to Tagaytay for the weekend? While this city may be known for its hearty servings of bulalo (beef shank soup) amid the cool Tagaytay breeze, there’s more to this city than meets the eye. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing weekend at a spa, get a quick cultural tour, or even go for outdoorsy activities like going on a picnic and horseback riding. While touring Tagaytay, make sure to check these off your itinerary and have a blast!

1. Eat bulalo at Mahogany Market


Having a warm, hearty meal of Bulalo (beef shank soup) is a staple for any visit to Tagaytay, and Mahogany Market is one of the best places to find the dish. Located along Aguinaldo Highway, Mahogany Market has several bulalo eateries ready to fill your tummy with this scrumptious dish. Mahogany Market also houses some of the most wallet-friendly bulalos in Tagaytay, usually serving free side dishes and bananas, too. Rates here start at 120 PHP (2.40 USD).

Mahogany Market

Address: 2nd floor Magallanes Square, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City

Price: from 120 PHP / 2.40 USD

Opening Hours: 5 am to 8 pm.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Facebook: Mahogany Market

Travel tip by Luzon Local Expert - Megan

There are countless eateries offering bulalo in Tagaytay but you should head straight to Mahogany Market for the most authentic (and budget-friendly) bulalo. Mahogany Market is famed for its selections of the freshest and most tender beef cuts and with the eateries located right above the market stalls, you'll know their bulalo is always cooked fresh. Apart from the bulalo, try the crispy tawilis (straight from Taal Lake), okoy (shrimp fritters), and--if you're adventurous--papaitan (an Ilocano soup with beef or goat innards).

Other than the abundance of meats, Mahogany Market is also a great place to shop for vegetables, herbs, and flowers. There's a great variety at very low prices--plus, you can always bargain with the friendly local merchants.

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2. Relax and ride at Sky Ranch

Sky Ranch

Located along Nasugbu Via Tuy Road, Sky Ranch is becoming more and more popular as a must-visit in Tagaytay, and with good reason: this theme park features rides and restaurants that you can enjoy for a minimal fee. You can ride their Ferris wheel and get a breathtaking view of Tagaytay, or ride on their zipline for a more thrilling ride. Whether you’re a group of friends or a family visiting Tagaytay, Sky Ranch is definitely an ideal place to go.

Sky Ranch

Address: Tagaytay – Nasugbu Via Tuy Road, Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City (Beside Taal Vista Hotel)

Price: entrance fee: 1.00 USD / 50 PHP, Ferris Wheel: 3.00 USD / 150. 50 PHP per ride

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; Sat to Sun & holidays: 8 am to 10 pm

Website: Sky Ranch, Tagaytay

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3. Hike to Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

While many Tagaytay visitors would claim to have seen and taken photos of Taal Lake — the view is gorgeous from Tagaytay — only a few can really say they’ve seen it up close and personal. If you’re in for an adventure, you can hike to Taal Volcano, one of the most dangerous (but dormant, of course!) volcanoes in the Philippines. It’s a 45-minute hike, but it’s totally worth it — and you can even play golf at the top! You only have to pay a small fee of PHP 50 (1.00 USD) to experience the Taal Volcano.

Taal Volcano

Address: Taal Volcano, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines

Price: from 1.00 USD / 50 PHP

Opening Hours: n/a

Website: Taal Volcano Hike

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4. People's Park in the Sky

People's Park in the Sky
Source: Wikipedia

People’s Park in the Sky is a treat for any history buff and lover of a breathtaking aerial view. This urban Park at the foot of Mount Gonzales, Tagaytay, is a wide expanse of nature converted from an incomplete mansion built during the Marcos regime. Aside from a view of the incomplete (but in-tact) mansion, you can visit the Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love located in the Park too, and take photos of Tagaytay from way high up.

People's Park in the Sky

Address: Mt. Gonzales, Tagaytay City

Price: 0.01 USD / 0.60 PHP entrance fee

Opening Hours: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

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5. Our Lady of Manaoag, Tierra de Maria

Tierra de Maria
Source: Wikimedia

Seek refuge in this peaceful shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag in Tagaytay. Located along Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Our Lady of Manaoag, Tierra de Maria is the place to be when you want to set aside time to reflect, meditate, and marvel at age-old artifacts, paintings, and sculptures. It also has a 50-foot (15.2 m) statue of Mother Mary, where many visitors come to pray. There is no entrance fee here and it’s open all day too, so just come as you please.

Our Lady of Manaoag, Tierra de Maria

Address: Tagaytay - Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

Price: n/a

Opening Hours: 8 am to 6 pm

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Facebook: Tierra de Maria

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6. Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Tagaytay Picnic Grove is ideal for those who seek a more adventure-filled Tagaytay trip than a laidback one. Here, there’s an activity for everyone: you can zipline, take a serene walk through their eco-trail, or enjoy an afternoon of horseback riding. All this you can do for only a minimal entrance fee of PHP 50 (1.00 USD)!

Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Address: Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Barangay Sungay East-End, Cavite, Philippines

Price: from 1.00 USD / 50 PHP

Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 pm.

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7. Puzzle Mansion

Posted by Puzzle Mansion Tagaytay on Saturday, 13 April 2013

Almost anyone would love a good puzzle, and here at Puzzle Mansion, you can get a unique glance at some of the world’s coolest puzzles. (Thankfully, you don’t have to solve one to get in!) Puzzle Mansion is exactly what it sounds like; it houses the largest jigsaw puzzle collection and has a museum filled with different kinds of jigsaw puzzles you can use to fill your afternoon. If you feel like staying over, that’s fine, too. This place has bed and breakfast available for its guests.

Puzzle Mansion

Address: Cuadra Street, Barangay Asisan Tagaytay City, Philippines

Price: entrance fee of 2.00 USD / 100 PHP

Opening Hours: 8 am to 7 pm

Facebook: Puzzle Mansion

Travel tip by Luzon Local Expert - Megan

Don't miss out on pasalubong when you're on your way to Puzzle Mansion! If you're taking the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, definitely stop by Rowena's for a selection of great food items to take home. You can buy everything from pies to raw honey to bottled sardines here, along with more traditional Filipino pasalubong like polvoron, cornick, otap, tarts, etc.

If you want to stop for coffee, a good place to head to is Bag of Beans. A popular coffee shop, there are a bunch of branches throughout the town. Bag of Beans not only offers delicious coffee creations and rustic comfort food, they also have some of the best interiors in Tagaytay, not to mention some of the grandest viewing points to see the beautiful natural landscape of Tagaytay.

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8. Spa: Nurture Wellness Village

After a long day of walking around, horseback riding, and seeing the sights, you might want to unwind (or even spend the whole weekend) at Nurture Wellness Village. This resort is one of the most relaxing places you’ll ever enter. It has a full-service spa, health services, gorgeous hotel rooms, facilities for glamping (glamour camping), and a smorgasbord of healthy and mouth-watering food for all. It also has a children’s playground, a swimming pool, library, organic garden, and activities you can do to boost your overall wellness. Truly, no other place delivers on their promise of pampering like Nurture Wellness Village!

Nurture Wellness Village, Tagaytay

Address: Nurture Wellness Village Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West Cavite, Tagaytay, Luzon

Price: Starting from 193.66 USD / ~9,700 PHP (weekends) and 168.84 USD / ~8,700 PHP (weekdays) for 4-hour stay and 1 hour massage

Website: Nurture Wellness Village

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Tagaytay: a place for all

With its wide variety of activities available — from getting an adrenaline high from ziplining, unwinding at a spa, to visiting a park way up in the sky — Tagaytay is truly a place that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re a family, a group of friends, or a couple, there’s always something to do in Tagaytay.

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