Rediscovering Tagaytay’s gastronomic gems

Argie Aguja
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From the picturesque views of Taal Volcano to the pleasant highland breeze and great food finds, there’s a multitude of reasons why Tagaytay is the retreat of choice for those seeking a quick respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just a short two-and-a-half-hour drive from Manila, there is a quaint Tagaytay hub with a thriving commercial strip that is slowly becoming the preferred dining destination for friends, tourists and families on a road trip.

Created by real estate giant Megaworld Corp., Twin Lakes is a 1,300-hectare mixed-use leisure and resort community conveniently located along the main artery of Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway in Laurel, Batangas. It is the first master-planned integrated tourism estate in Tagaytay that seamlessly integrates residential developments with nature’s hewn terrains, lush greenery and a scenic vineyard — straight from a European travel book!

Keeping the scene abuzz is the retail and commercial strip called Twin Lakes Shopping Village, a marketplace on the famous ridge that overlooks the famed pristine waters of Taal Lake and the mini Taal Volcano. With stunning panoramic views of the highlands all around, Twin Lakes Shopping Village is home to a well-curated selection of restaurants, cozy shops and nifty stores for hours of fun, food and good times. Here are some of them.

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Twin Lakes Shopping Village sits on a highland ridge for a panoramic view of the scenic Taal Lake and Taal Volcano.

Boasting the first and only local, certified organic, all-natural, no-antibiotics, no-hormones, free-range, grass-fed beef in the country, The Farm Organics offers healthy alternatives that blend with your afternoon snack and general diet plan. With fresh ingredients sourced from their farm in Masbate, everything on the menu is absolutely organic. No wonder you can chow down on their Certified Organic Double Cheeseburger and Certified Organic Bulalo and savor the beefy goodness without the guilt.

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The Certified Organic Double Cheeseburger at Farm Organics

Those looking for an authentic Italian dining experience can head over to Buon Giorno! Caffé & Bistro, an Italian restaurant whose menu includes a wide array of pastas, salads, pizzas, risottos, lamb, steaks and other plush Italian entrées. Their signature Antipasto Platter and Carre di Agnello on Salsa al Vino Rasso are culinary masterpieces perfect for heart dinner with family.

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Whet your appetite for Italian flavor with Buon Giorno's Antipasto Platter

Seafood lovers can also take delight in Silver Bucket, a seafood-themed restaurant and café that prides itself with the freshest catch of the day. Bring the family and savor their Paella Mariscos, Seafood Tom Yum Soup or their specialty, the Mixed Seafood Bucket.

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Silver Bucket's signature Paella Mariscos

After a hearty meal, cap your day (or night) with a perfectly crafted beer at Tap Station. Choose from a variety of spirits and hard drinks or 25 custom-brewed craft beers straight from the tap. Spend chill hours at this highland pub with the company of the barkada while enjoying the amazing daytime view or the clear night skies.

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Tap Station's famous craft beers is best enjoyed in chilled glasses and mugs

Every hard week’s work is worth a reward. Pamper yourself at Sissy’s Nail Art and Spa. Relax those sore muscles and achy feet at Twin Lakes’ resident nail and spa salon. As an added bonus, your little princess and prince can also have the same soothing experience because they have the same kid-friendly manicure, pedicure and spa.

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Cap a relaxing day with a wellness session at Sissys Nail Art and Spa

For more information about Twin Lakes, visit and follow @seetwinlakesph on Facebook, Twitter and @twinlakesph on Instagram.