Food is a crucial aspect of any travel. You could be surrounded by fine sand and crystal-clear waters, but have a dull (or even ruined) experience because of terrible food. So, as you fill your calendar with as much beach trips as possible, include these delicious must-tries in your itinerary.
Or if the sun-sand-water combo is just not your thing, the foodie in you will definitely deem these awesome beach food irresistible.
Palawan: Noki Nocs’s Halo-Halo
Locals swear by this ultra-creamy halo-halo. Some even go as far as calling Noki Noc’s version the best in the Philippines. Hesitant? Try their halo-halo with ice cream and their mais con hielo; you be the judge. Whatever the outcome is, your belly will come out a winner.
Rizal Avenue corner Fernandez Street, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan | (048) 723 2500
Boracay: Real Coffee & Tea’s Calamansi Muffins
For the inevitable hangover (from Boracay’s wild night life), have breakfast at Real Coffee & Tea. No matter your state, the place will make you feel very welcome with its ambiance and service. The café provides a beautiful view of the beach, too.
More importantly, you’ll feel much better after enjoying a good cup of coffee with their famous calamansi muffins. Don’t forget to get some for pasalubong; the muffins sell fast.
Station 1, Boracay Island, Aklan | (036) 288 5340
Baler: Bay-ler View’s Chocnut Turon
“You need this for energy to surf,” whispered your sweet tooth. Go on, listen to that excuse because Bayler View’s Chocnut Turon is totally worth it. Turon is a scrumptious classic as it is, but when chocnut, vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup enter the scene—a culinary delight is put in a whole different league.
Bay-Ler View Hotel, Buton Street, Baler, Aurora | 0919 286 3105
La Union: El Union Coffee’s Grilled Cheese
If you’re thinking that a humble sandwich isn’t worth the 7-hour drive, we have three words for you: Bacon freaking jam. The genius folks behind El Union Coffee make the jam fresh, from scratch. It elevates gooey grilled cheese into something moan-inducing.
El Union Coffee’s signature sandwich is absolutely a must-try for every grilled cheese lover. While you’re there, try their coffee and Indoor S’mores as well.
MacArthur Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
Boracay: Jonah’s Fruit Shakes
No Boracay escapade is complete without sipping on Jonah’s sweet, ice-cold fruit shakes. The Mango-Banana and Mango-Milk flavors are best-sellers, but their long menu will include the shake of your dreams as well. For a beautiful while, Jonah’s fruit shakes will make you forget about Boracay’s scorching heat and packed crowd.
Station 1, Beach Front, Boracay, Aklan | 0942 474 2185
La Union: Flotsam & Jetsam’s Makai Bowls
Nestled in the hipster heaven that is Flotsam and Jetsam, is a refreshing smoothie shack that’s perfect for the La Union heat. Try all three of Makai Bowls’ healthy and (incredibly) tasty concoctions; you’ll find that getting your dose of fruits and vegetables has never been so enjoyable.
There’s Beach Break, Point and Carille. Each one has a unique smoothie base, but all are wonderfully topped with their signature granola and more fresh fruits.
Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel, San Juan, La Union
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