These Al Fresco Cafés in Laguna Offer Good Food + Good View
One of these places is currently offering a food tour!
Quarantine fatigue is real and this is why people are opting for al fresco or outdoor cafés: these are proven to be safer than indoor dining but it is still important to remember that outdoor dining still poses risks. If you're planning to get that much-needed change of scenery from the four walls of your home or if you're planning your post-pandemic travel bucket list, we've got a list of outdoor dining spots down south where you can enjoy the food and your surroundings.
Here are the alfresco restaurants and cafés you can find in Laguna:
Casa San Pablo
Location: Colago Avenue, Barrio San Roque, San Pablo City
Casa San Pablo is a bed and breakfast located in the city proper of San Pablo. They have a café surrounded by a lush garden and rustic homes. The dishes you have to try include their longganisa, made using an heirloom recipe.
As of writing, they are resuming their 30-minute Cooking Tours and renamed it the New Normal Cooking Tour.
PatisTito Garden Café
Location: 285 Santa Cruz Putol, San Pablo City, Laguna
Dining in and around San Pablo seems to have a running theme of B&Bs that are surrounded by, lush greens, and at the same time, serve delicious food. Aside from Casa San Pablo, you can also go to PatisTito Garden Café.
The café's menu boasts of Filpino dishes, like the Binagoongan Baboy (P320), Pininyahang Adobo (P295), and Pinoy Pancit Canton (P385), just to name a few. If you're planning on going there with your barkada or family, they also offer larger servings of their dishes that can serve 6-8 people. For this, you'll need to call Patis Tito Garden and Cafe a day ahead. Their contact numbers are (0917) 126-5182 and (049) 543-5971.
Pots & Kettles
Location: Golden Fields Road, Bay, Laguna
This newly-opened resto-café is inspired by the different restaurants and coffeehouses located in the CALABARZON region. The interiors have a garden-theme, where the walls are painted with illustrations of a forest and the outdoor dining spot is surrounded by plants of different kinds-which looks pretty next to the wooden tables and chairs.
You can get your coffee fix here, but you can also have a filling meal, too. They have breakfast meals (a.k.a. silog), like the Spam Delight (P150), Classic Beef Tapa (P110), Chicken or Pork Tocino (P110), and the Tender Juicy Hotdog (P80).
Sulyap Gallery Café, Boutique Hotels and Restaurant
Location: Cocoland Compound, Barangay, San Pablo City, Laguna
The café serves traditional and modern Filipino dishes, such as their best-selling Ginataang Sugpo with Kalabasa at Sitaw (P760), Tinolang Manok na Tagalog (P510), Bistek Tagalog (P450), and the Kulawong Talong (P400) which is an original recipe of San Pablo City that's made with grilled eggplant in smoked coconut milk, topped with sliced grilled pork belly. You can reserve a table by booking it on their website.
Once you're done with your hearty meal, you can take a stroll in their garden or the museum! The museum has several displays of antiques-from religious statues, wooden furniture, glassware, and paintings.
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