I took a day trip a couple hours away to Tagaytay over the weekend. The area I visited is basically a mountain top overlooking Taal Lake and in the center of the lake are islands formed by Taal volcano. The fantastic view from the ridge is reason enough to visit, but the area also has some awesome produce and nice cool temperatures. It is a great scenic escape from the bustle and the heat of Manila, and I definitely recommend a visit! We arrived around breakfast time and decided to visit a locally famous spot called Breakfast at Antonio’s.
I really enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant and the fact that so many of their items were made right there. After breakfast, we took a drive to another area with a great vantage point. After checking out the lake, we visited some roadside fruit vendors for some produce that is hard to find in Manila. Tagaytay is surrounded by many farms due to its altitude, cooler weather and fertile volcanic soil. Pineapple seems to be one of the most popular items being grown.
I really enjoyed this trip, and it’s surprising how it is so close to Manila! It feels like a different world. If you have never been to Tagaytay, you should give it a shot when you are in the area!