When you think of Laguna, what comes to mind? Oftentimes, you may think of childhood memories of summer weekend getaways spent in the many resorts around the province. But recent years have seen a burgeoning food scene coupled with an easier access from Metro Manila to Laguna, which means you could spend a day out there without having to worry about finding accommodations. So why not explore some of the best foodie destinations in Laguna with your S.O. for a post-lockdown date?
Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria
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From the people behind Mama Lou’s is Nonna’s, an Italian restaurant promising good food made with quality ingredients. The earth tones and wooden furniture creates a cozy ambiance perfect for a lunch date. Nonna’s has since opened other branches in Metro Manila, but nothing beats the homey vibe of the first branch.
Must-try: Nonna’s Special Pizza, Mozzarella Sticks, Salted Egg Radiatore
Location: Ground Floor, Building G, Ayala Malls Solenad, Santa Rosa–Tagaytay Road, Santa Rosa, Laguna
Sulyap Gallery Café and Restaurant
If you and your partner are fans of art, then you should include Sulyap Gallery in your date ideas. This charming café and restaurant is located in the same compound as two heritage homes full of art pieces and antiques from the olden times. To complement the surroundings, the menu also offers primarily traditional Filipino dishes, but there’s also a handful of western dishes if you’re craving something else.
Patis Tito Garden Café
This is another restaurant in San Pablo, Laguna specializing in classic Filipino dishes. Named after the owners critically acclaimed designer Patis Tesoro and businessman and lawyer Tito Tesoro, Patis Tito Garden Café invites you to get yourself reacquainted with your Philippine heritage through the food they serve, the art and architecture of the restaurant, and the nature surrounding you as you and your S.O. dine. Aside from the garden café, the establishment also offers bed and breakfast services that would surely take you back in time.
Must-try: Beef Steak With Onions and Potatoes, Pinoy Pancit Canton, Tofu and Togue Spring Rolls
Location: 285 Santa Cruz Putol, San Pablo City, Laguna
In a small corner in the little town of Liliw, Laguna sits the well-loved Arabela, named after the two daughters of the owner. It was originally a bakeshop that was later turned into restaurant. While the space is small, the quaint interiors is completed with the vintage-style chairs and tables and framed landscape photos and artworks of places all over the world.
Must-try: Pescatora, Kesong Puti Pizza, Fudgy Walnut Brownie, Blueberry Cheesecake
Location: 503 Rizal Street, Liliw, Laguna
Where else in Laguna would you go for a date? Share them with us below!