When it comes to icy treats, there’s no doubt that halo-halo is the queen of it all. It’s colorful, it’s grand, and it’s got almost everything you can ask for: tapioca pearls, sweetened beans, agar jellies, leche flan, and ube among many others make a beautiful harmony with crushed iced doused in evaporated milk to make the cold dessert that we’ve all grown to love.
It’s hard to say which is the best halo-halo in the country because there’s is no one way to enjoy this Pinoy dessert: you might be an avid fan of Razon’s halo-halo or prefer to have it big with Manila Peninsula’s giant one. Instead, we have a list of where you may get your halo-halo fix around the Philippines to help you cool down in the midst of this sweltering heat.
1 Cavite: Digman’s Halo-Halo
When in Cavite, Digman is the talk of the town. Upon stepping into the shop, you’ll be greeted by the sight of huge mounds of halo-halo ingredients like ube and leche flan displayed in a row. If that’s not enough to make you start drooling, the serving of their famous version of halo-halo definitely will: the tall glass is filled with a generous amount of gulaman, sweetened beans, kaong, and served with hefty spoonfuls of ube and leche flan on top.
Digman’s Original Halo-Halo starts at P75. Digman’s Halo-Halo is located at Gawaran Street/Rubio Street, Bacoor, Cavite.
2 Pampanga: Kabigting’s Halo-Halo
They say the best things in life come in threes and we believe this is the case with Kabigting’s Halo-Halo. The pride of Arayat, Pampanga, Kabigting’s only uses three ingredients: mashed beans, corn, and carabao’s milk pastillas. But don’t underestimate its simplicity; these three ingredients complement each other so well that it has customers coming back for more.
Kabigting’s Halo-Halo is priced at P110. Kabigting’s Halo-Halo is located at J M Espino Street, Arayat, Pampanga.
3 Lucban, Quezon: Salud’s Halo-Halo
Aside from their longganisa and pancit habhab, Lucban is also famous for their halo-halo, thanks to Salud’s. This version is definitely a salutation to the favorite Filipino dessert—the ingredients are made fresh and in-house. The pinipig sprinkled on top of every glass adds an extra crunch. They also serve their halo-halo with suman or barquillos, which makes having desserts here such a unique experience!
Salud Halo-Halo starts at P45. They’re located at 123 A. Mabini Street, Lucban, Quezon.
4 Metro Manila: Aling Banang’s Halo-Halo
If you’re staying within the metro but tired of the usual fast food fare for your desserts, Aling Banang’s could be your new go-to place. Aling Banang’s heirloom halo-halo recipe began in the 1930s and still continues to thrive until today. It’s easy to understand why: their concoction is made of fresh and sweet homemade ingredients down to their leche flan and ube ice cream. Their Halo-Halo Special (P55) is a must-try with its addition of corn flakes and grated cheese on top.
Aling Banang’s has 13 branches all over the Metro. For the full list of their store branches, visit their website.
5 Sultan Kudarat: Esperanza’s Halo-Halo
There’s no other town in the Philippines that probably loves their halo-halo as much as Esperanza does. In fact, they love their halo-halo so much that they started hosting their own Halo-Halo Festival where 32 halo-halo stalls teamed up to create one giant halo-halo to feed 1,000 people.
The Esperanza Halo-Halo contains the essential ingredients like ube, sweetened banana, red beans, and langka while also having avocado, pineapple chunks, and melon thrown into the mix to make an exquisite refreshing dessert.
You can try the Esperanza Halo-Halo at the Esperanza Public Market in Sultan Kudarat.
6 San Pablo, Laguna: Ben’s Halo-Halo
If you’re the type who loves living life with a little spice, then this halo-halo might just be the right one for you. Ben’s Halo-Halo combines ice and fire with their Spicy Winter Halo-Halo (P95), a unique variant that features sliced red chili garnished on top of their creamy halo-halo ensemble. If you lean towards everything basic, they also offer the traditional halo-halo priced at P90.
Ben’s Halo-Halo is located at Brgy. National Highway, San Pablo City, Laguna.
7 La Union: Halo Halo de Iloko
After catching some waves, you can easily complete your summer experience by dining at Halo Halo de Iloko at La Union. This popular restaurant elevates the halo-halo experience to a whole new level because aside from using regular ingredients, they introduce additional texture by layering polvoron underneath all that creamy sweetness! Their halo-halo starts at P99, with their Pritong Halo-Halo (P150) ranking as their best-seller.
Halo Halo de Iloko is located at Zandueta St, San Fernando, La Union.
8 Cebu City: Melton’s Halo-Halo
The unbearable heat of summer sometimes just makes you want to melt. Thankfully, when you’re in Cebu, you have Melton’s Halo-Halo to help you freshen up and cool down.
Awarded with Best Halo-Halo of 2015 by Sun Star, Melton’s Halo-Halo has become famous with their take on the staple summer dessert by combining thinly shaved ice, slices of red banana, coconut, langka, ube, and topping it with two scoops of ice cream. The crushed peanuts in the mix also complement the creaminess of the dessert.
Melton’s Halo-Halo starts at P55. Melton’s is located at 515 Katipunan Street, Labangon, Cebu City.
9 Davao City: Aling Foping’s Halo-Halo
When in Davao, get your dose of halo-halo at Aling Foping’s. They let you choose your six ingredients with their Halo-Halo Regular (P85) and word has it that you must always include their melt-in-your-mouth ube on your list. Their Durian Halo-Halo (P105) and Bibingka Halo-Halo (P150) is also one for the books.
Aling Foping’s Halo-Halo is located at Matina Town Square, Davao City.
10 Albay: DJC’s Halo-Halo
We Filipinos love cheese so perhaps, it goes without saying that it was only a matter of time before we started adding cheese to our desserts too. DJC Halo-Halo is among the first who pioneered this trend with their Original Supreme Halo-Halo (P85) made with crushed ice, ube, leche flan, corn, gulaman, saba and of course, cheese.
DJC Halo-Halo is located at Landco Business Park, Legazpi City, Albay, Bicol.