Ryan and I usually celebrate our wedding anniversary by treating ourselves to dinner in fancy restaurants. This time we decided to go outdoors to have a bit of adventure and to taste new food. Now, since we have very limited time to spare, I carefully arranged an itinerary where every spot that we visited were relatively near to each other. So, if you want to explore Tagaytay but only have barely two days and one night to spare … this blog might be helpful to you.
DAY 1: November 24, 2018 – The day of our anniversary.
We left the house at 8:00 in the morning and had our breakfast at McDonalds near the EDSA-Taft LRT Station, not realizing that the bus terminal going to Tagaytay is actually located near the LRT Buendia Station haha! But it was just okay since they were just two stations apart. The bus departed at 9:20 am and we reached Tagaytay at 1:00pm.
First Stop: Lunch at Charito by Bag of Beans E. Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika East, Tagaytay City).
Charito is the fifth out of six branches of The Bag of Beans and a tad more high-end than the rest of its predecessors. It is a french semi-fine dining restaurant with rustic and chic interiors. Charito also has a bar set up which is unique from other Bag of Beans restaurants. Guests have the option to dine indoors or outdoors. Of course, there is also a pastry shop inside the restaurant for takeaways and pasalubong.
Ryan and I went for the table at the terrace facing the magestic Taal Volcano. For the first time in six years, we had our anniversary date over lunch with the most relaxing and beautiful ambiance. The food is really worth every penny! The servings are massive, everything was freshly prepared, the meat were so tender and flavorful. For drinks, we had freshly made Strawberry and Watermelon juices.
Second Stop: Our Melting Pot Hostel (#75 Smokey Hill Drive, Maharlika East, Tagaytay City).
After are sumptuous and very relaxing lunch, we checked in at Our Melting Pot Hostel situated on a compound just right across Charito’s. We just walked our way going to this 2-storey house converted into a dormitory type hostel perfect for backpackers. It also have one private room too. We booked a private double en-suite with toilet and bath for an overnight stay valued at only P1,500.00 with free light breakfast. For other room rates and directions, kindly click the link above.
Our first impression for the hostel was that its so clean from inside and out. The friendly staff required the guests to walk on foot inside to maintain the cleanliness of the floor which I appreciated so much. The toilet and every part of our room were free from dust, the kitchen that’s open for every guests is complete with utensils and appliances and equally neat with the dining area. I did a room and house tour on my vlog, click this to watch.
Third Stop: Sky Ranch (Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite).
After resting for about three hours at the hostel, Ryan an I rode a 10 minute jeepney ride going to Sky Ranch. We reached the amusement park before it got dark so we still appreciated the beauty of the entire area 207 feet above the ground, inside the Sky Eye. Sky Eye is the tallest ferris wheel in the Philippines at present (P150.00 per ride).
We also tried the Super Viking (P100.00 per ride) which was so exhilarating and the 4D Simulator (P100.00 per ride) just for fun. You will never be hungry inside the Sky Ranch because there is a massive area where you can eat different kinds of food and buy souvenir items.
Last Stop for Day 1: The Barracks Food Camp (Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite).
The Barracks Food Camp is located just across Sky Ranch so we just walked going there. This place is basically a food park with live local bands and some booze, a nice place to chill and hang out to at night.
Ryan and I enjoyed the night over a bucket of beer (and I think two bottles each more haha!). The band performed so well, they played mostly alternative rock music and were open to song requests. It just felt so good to bond with my better-half in a place like this, this is exactly what we used to do when we were just friends with our barkada .. memories 😀
Of course, when there is beer, there should be pulutan (beer match).
We left Barracks at around 12am and returned back to the hostel by foot. I can still remember how cold the air is as Ryan and I walked together hand in hand (tamis! haha).
DAY 2: November 25, 2018
The next day we woke up at around 8:00 in the morning, took our light breakfast, packed our things and left the hostel to eat Bulalo.
First Stop: Brunch at Koorah-Koorah Restaurant (Cavite Calamba Road, Brgy. Sungay East, Tagaytay City).
You have never been to Tagaytay without having a taste of a steaming hot broth and super tender meat of bulalo, a Filipino stew made from beef shanks and marrow bones. With two short jeep rides from the hostel, we took our brunch at Koorah-Koorah Restaurant located right across the Picnic Grove.
The furnishings of the entire restaurant are all made of varnished wood. You should check out their comfort room too as it is huge and really clean complete with everything. It even includes a shower.
Aside from bulalo, this restaurant also serve various dishes such as crispy tawilis (which was not available at the time we were there), beef tapa, pork barbecue and other fried and grill seafood.
Second Stop: Rowena’s Pasalubong and Restaurant (Tagaytay, Cavite).
For our last stop before heading home, Ryan and I went at Rowena’s Pasalubong and Restaurant which is one tricycle ride from Koorah-Koorah Restaurant. We purchased their best seller fruit tarts (mango, blueberry and strawberry) and a couple of other snacks as well.
We had such an amazing time at Tagaytay even with just a little while. If you want to watch the vlog of out trip just click ME! 🙂