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Going to Tagaytay? Discover why Tagaytay is a favorite weekend destination for local travelers, especially those from the capital Manila.

In this guide, I list Instagrammable places and best things to do for your next weekend trip in Tagaytay, a perfect itinerary for your staycation in the South!

Tagaytay City is always on top of the list of weekend destinations for city dwellers. It's known for its stunning views, gastronomic food trips, and family-friendly activities
Despite being just 2-3 hours away from the Philippines’ capital, Manila, Tagaytay has cooler weather. It has an average lowest temperature of 18.8 °C (65.84 °F) compared to other parts of the Philippines with an average lowest of 26.6 °C (79.9 °F). This is why Tagaytay has been one of the popular day trip destinations in Manila. Those who want to extend their stay will find many options when it comes to Tagaytay hotels.

For DIY itinerary, budget and detailed guide, I have written Tagaytay City Guide on a separate blog.
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TAGAYTAY TOUR OVERVIEW

While it is possible to take public transportation, it is recommended to explore via private car, especially if you want to cover attractions located on the outskirts of the city. Use Waze or Google Maps for directions and live traffic situations.


If you don’t have your own car or you just want to travel conveniently, you can join a group tour from Manila to Tagaytay (and back to Manila). Take note of the meeting place (usually SM MOA). Here are the places included in the itinerary:
  • Tagaytay Picnic Grove
  • Sonya’s Garden
  • Palace in the Sky
  • Mahogany Market
  • Sky Ranch
  • Good Shepherd
  • Caleruega Church


WHAT TO BRING TO TAGAYTAY

Here are some things you might consider bringing with you for your day tour / adventure:

Shopee is my go-to app for things I needed like the ones above. If you'd like discounts and vouchers, you may get the best offers here:

TOURIST SPOTS IN TAGAYTAY 

Here are the best Tagaytay tourist spots you shouldn't miss:

Taal Volcano (Overlooking View)

One of the main reasons why people flock in Tagaytay is because of its perfect vantage point of Taal Lake and Volcano. Taal Volcano, reputed to be the smallest active volcano in the world, is visible at dining establishments and other attractions that are located along the ride on the Aguinaldo highway.

Its prime location along a mountain ridge gives you an unobstructed view of the famous “island within a lake, inside a volcano”.


Villa Ibarra

If you are staying in Tagaytay for a night and want easy visual access to this stunning natural backdrop throughout your stay, here are some of the hotels with a great view:

But if you are looking for a day trip without planning to stay overnight, then maybe consider dining at well-positioned restaurants with a view, such as:
  • Jaytee's Filipino Cuisine
  • Balay Dako
  • Bag of Beans Charito (see full list here)
  • Ridge Park Kainan sa Kubo
  • Josephine Restaurant
  • Some local roadside Bulalohan restaurants

Or coffee shops/cafes by the ridge, maybe:

For those who are side-tripping Tagaytay, some attractions provide stunning views too, and you only need to pay the entrance fee. Here are some of them:
  • Picnic Grove
  • People’s Park in the Sky
  • Sky Ranch

Take note that Taal Volcano is active so always check first for advisories on its activities before planning a Tagaytay trip.

Sky Ranch Tagaytay

If you’re looking for a fun and memorable experience with the kids, add Sky Ranch to your things to do in Tagaytay! 

Sky Ranch Tagaytay is an entertainment complex with everything you can expect from an amusement park, which includes rides and other attractions that appeal to every age group. You can visit it as part of a Tagaytay day tour.

For a panoramic view of the city and Taal Lake and Volcano, ride the Sky Eye, which is one of the tallest ferris wheels in the country. Aside from that, you can also do food trip at Sky Ranch Tagaytay. There are plenty of restaurants and food stalls to check out and try inside the park (no need to go far!) to complete your experience!


Location: Km. 60, Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM (Monday – Friday); 8:00AM-9:00PM (Saturday – Sunday, Holidays). Depending on the current restrictions and protocols, the schedule may change without prior notice.
Entrance Fee: P100/head (get UNLI RIDES for P349 here)
Parking Fee: P30 (Bicycle/Motorcycle), P50 (Car), P150 (Bus), P200 (Overnight/Lost Ticket)

Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Of course, you shouldn't miss one of the classic tourist spots in Tagaytay, the Picnic Grove! Built in the 1960's, abandoned, refurbished in the 1970s then turned over to Tagaytay LGU in 2005, Picnic Grove is one of the oldest established places in the city.

The park is filled with many exciting activities like the eco-trail, horseback riding, zipline, cable rides. All of these can be enjoyed with the breathtaking view and the cool Tagaytay weather to boot. Take note that there’s an entrance fee with additional fees per ride, park attraction, and hut rental.

Location: Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Brgy. Sungay East-End, Tagaytay City HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 6:00AM-10:00PM (Daily)
Entrance Fee: P50/head
Parking Fee: P35 (cars); P50 (vans, jeepneys, coasters); P100 (buses); FREE (motorcycles)
Hut/Cottage Rental: P100, P150, P300, P500, P2500
Zipline Rate: P300 (2-way ride)

People’s Park in the Sky

Formerly known as the Palace in the Sky, the People’s Park in the Sky is an incomplete mansion converted into an urban park and is considered one of the must-see Tagaytay tourist spots you can include in your visit.


The park sits atop Mount Sungay, aka Mount Gonzales, which at the height of 709 meters (2,326 ft) above sea level and the highest point in Cavite, offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding areas as far as 50 kilometers in a clear day, including the view of Taal Lake and the famous Taal Volcano.

Location: Tagaytay - Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday – Sunday) 
Entrance Fee: P30/person


Puzzle Mansion

Here’s another mansion that’s worth a visit, especially if you’re a jigsaw puzzle enthusiast! The Puzzle Mansion is a museum that houses one of the largest collections of finished puzzles in the world. The collection is so big that it even earned a Guiness World Record for puzzle collector Georgina Gil-Lacuna in 2012.

Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles at Puzzle Mansion Tagaytay

Don’t miss the dazzling 2D and 3D puzzle sets, along with various shapes, sizes, materials, and subject matter. Puzzle reproductions of paintings by world-renowned artists such as Picasso, Degas, and Gaudi are not to be missed.

Location: Brgy I. Cuadra, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Daily) 
Entrance Fee: P100/head
Parking Fee: FREE

Museo Orlina

Museo Orlina is the perfect destination if you want to surround yourself with beautiful glass sculptures and commissioned works of art. Named after renowned glass sculptor Ramon Orlina, this museum houses replicas of commissioned artwork and also serves as a venue for other artists.

Museo Orlina

The museum boasts arts made by both local and foreign. One of the major aims of the museum is to showcase these artists their paintings, sculpture, and other works of art using various media.

Location: Hollywood Subdivision Road Brgy, Subd, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 10:00AM-5:00PM (Tuesday – Sunday)
Entrance Fee: P130 (Regular); P100 (Students and Seniors with valid I.D.)

Pink Sisters Convent

A top destination for reflection every holy week, Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay is also a favorite place to visit every Christmas season as Filipino Catholics practice Simbang Gabi, a devotional nine-day series of masses, here.

Pink Sisters Chapel

While the nuns are often called ‘Pink Sisters’ because of their pink habit, they are officially part of the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration, an institute of cloistered or enclosed nuns who follows a solemn vow to strictly separate themselves from the outside world. 

Location: Pink Sisters Convent, #08 Holy Spirit Drive, Brgy. Maitim 2nd East, Tagaytay City
Opening Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mahogany Market

One of the most famous go-to places for bulalo are the stalls at the Mahogany Market eatery. At a low price, you get an overflowing bowl of soup that can easily feed 2 to 4 people, depending on the size of your collective appetites.
This eatery is located at a public marketplace, so don’t expect fancy service here; you’re in for a no-frills dining experience. Don’t forget to get some fresh fruits and other Tagaytay delicacies at the nearby market after your hearty meal.

Location: 10 Mahogany Ave, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 7:00AM-8:00PM (Daily) HOW TO GET THERE ]
Parking Fee: P20-40

Spot the Best Bulalo

Speaking of bulalo, just like mushrooms, these restaurants scattered in Tagaytay offers best-tasting Filipino soup made with beef shank and vegetables. 

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Here are my favorite bulalohan:


Mushroomburger

Mushroomburger is filling bellies since 1979. Still to everyone's surprise, it is approximately made up of 50% mushrooms and 50% real beef. The mushrooms are specially cultivated in a farm in Tagaytay, supplying other branches (Las Piñas and Quezon City).


Other choices are a no-meat mushroom sandwich and a burger with 50% pork longganisa patty. Aside from burgers, the fast-food chain also offers rice toppings, chicken meals, noodle meals, and desserts.

Location: Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 7:00AM-9:00PM (Daily)
Parking Fee: FREE

Pasalubong Stores

Tagaytay is known for having great source of fresh fruits and vegetables. Buko pie, piaya, espasol, pastillas, ube halaya, cheese tart and a lot of fresh fruits like pineapples, bananas, grapes and cacao which are mainly sourced in Tagaytay Why not bring home a piece of Tagaytay delicacies to complete your experience?

Rowena’s Pasalubong

Most of the pasalubong can be seen along the major roads of Tagaytay. Here are some of the well-known pasalubong shops in Tagaytay:
  • Rowena’s Pasalubong and Restaurant 
  • Cecilia’s Buco Pie and Pasalubong
  • Carmela’s Banana Cakes
  • Colette’s Buko Pie and Pasalubong
  • Amira’s Buco Tart Haus
  • Jaytee's Filipino Cuisine

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La Bella Tagaytay

This 3.8-hectare in Brgy. Neogan that houses boutique hotel, lifestyle homes, wellness center and cafes will give you a complete experience of your next stay in Tagaytay. La Bella Tagaytay is the perfect destination and a health and wellness haven that has a mixed-use development which integrates lifestyle with infrastructure.

The first of its kind development in the country, it features a holistic village, fully furnished affordable condominium units, health and wellness centers, and leisure living. Plus, it feels like you are in Santorini while you are here.

You can actually go for a day tour visit here and enjoy the food at any of their restaurants or chill to a café inside the property. For those who plans to stay here overnight, La Bella Boutique Hotel offers room accommodation starts at P2,000++ per night

Location: Brgy. Neogan, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Business Hours: 9am-6pm daily visiting hours

La VeryOl's Mountain View Garden

Perched on the ridge with a picturesque view of the lush slopes, La VeryOl's Mountain View Garden is a family-owned and family-managed garden-slash-spa offering the kawa hot bath experience. The place is serene, scenic, and refreshing. Definitely, it is ideal for a quick hideaway from the fast-paced life in the Metro.

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La VeryOl’s Kawa Bath

Aside from the kawa hot bath, it also offers different massage services. You can choose to stay overnight in one of the four veranda rooms or go on a day tour. La VeryOl’s also accept reservations for private occasions like weddings, debuts, family reunions, and birthday celebrations. 

Location: St. Francis Drive, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: Day Tour 8:00AM-5:00PM; Overnight 2:00PM (Check-in), 12:00PM (Check-out) 
Day Tour Rates: P399 (Kawa Hot Bath), P599 (Full Body Massage), P900 (Kawa Package A), P1400 (Kawa Package B)
Overnight Rates: The room-only rates range from P3800 to P5500, while the rates for those with kawa hot bath and full body massage inclusions range from P5300 to P7000.
Parking Fee: FREE

Nurture Wellness Village

Another relaxing place in Tagaytay where you can have a full-on pampering session and an oasis to cope with stress. If you are looking for more chill spots in Tagaytay, Nurture Wellness Village is the place to be! Launched in 2001, this wellness village nurtures its guests through the healing power of nature combined with Asian- and Philippine-inspired setting, accommodations, and therapy services. 


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Nurture Wellness Village

From its commitment to sustainability to its holistic approach to wellness, it is an oasis for those who need it the most. This place offers health and wellness services that go for more than the usual 1-hour massage. Nurture Wellness Village is one of the favorite Tagaytay tourist spots of city dwellers!

Location: Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West Luzon, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
Opening Hours: 9:00AM-8:00PM (Tuesday – Sunday); 7:00AM-8:00PM (Mondays). Check-in time is at 2PM, and check-out time is at 12PM
Contact Details: Walk-ins are accepted but it is highly recommended to make a reservation before you go. The contact numbers are +63 917 687 8873, +63 917 516 3801, and +63 2 710 9786 (landline). The email address is info@nurture.com.ph
Reservations: If you wish to spend a night or two, Check Room Rates & Availability Here! For Nurture Wellness experience, Check Packages Here!

Crosswinds

Crosswinds is a 100-hectare Swiss-inspired residential and leisure community set in a lush landscape with about 20,000 pine trees in one of Tagaytay’s highlands. It houses six residential zones, staycation options, restaurants, cafés, specialty shops, and more!

NAPA at Crosswinds

It has actually become one of the rising weekend destinations in Tagaytay. Two of its most popular attractions are NAPA and Ruined Project. NAPA took inspiration from the wine region of Napa Valley in California. While The Ruined Project? was supposed to be the 50th store of the more established sister café, The Coffee Project.

If you want to spend a night at Crosswinds Resort Suite, Check Availability & Rates Here!

Entrance Fee: FREE
Parking Fee: FREE

TOURIST SPOTS OUTSIDE TAGAYTAY (NEARBY TOWNS) 

You thought it's final, but there's more to visit and must-see in Metro Tagaytay! Other attractions can be found in the neighboring towns in Cavite such as Alfonso, Mendez and Silang and in Batangas like Laurel, Lemery and Nasugbu. Here are some of the tourist spots nearby Tagaytay:

Twin Lakes (Laurel, Batangas)

Situated just before reaching the boundary of Cavite and Nasugbu, Twin Lakes Shopping Village is another leisure center that has piqued the interest of many, especially road trippers. It's a perfect place for dining with a great view of the ridge where you can enjoy taking photos with your family or friends.

Twin Lakes Shopping Village

Twin Lakes also houses Philippine's first vineyard residences that combine laid back luxury and a refreshing setting in a picturesque backdrop. It is consists of three residential low-rise buildings; Merlot, Chardonnay, and Shiraz.

Other establishments you can find here are Starbucks, Bag of Beans, Amira’s Buco Tart Haus, 7/11, and Robinsons Supermarket! If you wish to spend a night at Twin Lakes Hotel, Check Room Rates & Availability Here!

Location: Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Laurel, Batangas HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 6:00AM-8:00PM (7/11); 7:00AM-9:00PM (Robinsons Supermarket); 8:00AM-8:00PM (Santis Delicatessen/Amira’s Buco Tart Haus) 
Parking Fee: FREE

The Gingerbread House (Alfonso, Cavite)

Another attraction located in the neighboring town of Alfonso, the Gingerbread House is one big photo spot and playground. The façade of the Gingerbread House is filled with candy ornaments and pastries. It also has various Christmas displays that are perfect for picture-taking. 

The Gingerbread House façade

The Gingerbread House also operates a milk tea shop and a restaurant that offers breakfast and lunch. Hansel and Gretel would approve this magical Gingerbread House in Alfonso, Cavite.

Location: Brgy. Palumlum, Alfonso, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday – Friday); 8:00AM-6:00PM (Saturday – Sunday)
Entrance Fee: P150 (Adult); P120 (PWD, Senior Citizens); P100 (12 y/o and below)
Parking Fee: P30 (Cars, Vans); P20 (Motorcycles)

Queens Strawberry Farm (Alfonso, Cavite)

One of the newest attractions near Tagaytay is this farm of strawberries in Alfonso, a neighboring town in Cavite. Yes, you don't need to travel to Baguio in 6 hours just to get fresh and to personally experience picking strawberry just like in La Trinidad in Benguet!

Queens Strawberry Farm

At Queens Strawberry Farm visitors can also learn rod fishing or simply feed the fish within the vicinity. The farm also functions as a bed-and-breakfast place and events venue. But its mostly known for having a restaurant with a very Insta-worthy A-frame building and for serving strawberry-flavored food, from its salads to breakfast to desserts to drinks.

Don't forget to try their strawberry jams, strawberry cheesecake, buko strawberry pie, strawberry loaf bread, and more!

Location: Sitio Hawilian 2, Alfonso, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 8:00AM-7:00PM (Weekdays); 8:00AM-8:00PM (Weekends)
Entrance Fee: P50 per head (consumable)
Parking Fee: FREE


Paradizoo Theme Farm (Mendez, Cavite)

If you’re an animal lover and fancy a safari-kind-of-like trip, then you might want to include Paradizoo and ZooRI (Zoo at Residence Inn) in your Tagaytay tourist spots itinerary. You can see all kinds of lovely animals from farm-raised horses, chickens and wild ones like lions, monkeys to aerial creatures. 


You can also see reptiles like snakes and iguanas and various sea creatures. Paradizoo also houses a botanical garden where you can see variety of plants, flowers and butterflies (for a little cost). So if you’re still asking where to go in Tagaytay and what fun things to do in Tagaytay, this is the answer.

Location: Km. 63 Panungyan, Mendez, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Operating Hours: 8:00 am - 5pm, Monday-Sunday
Entrance Fee: P199/ adult [ book via KlookP149 / child 3ft-4ft [ book via Klook Free of Charge 3 ft below

Acienda Designer Outlet (Silang, Cavite)

Located along Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, Acienda Designer Outlet is a shopping paradise for bargain hunters. Being the first true international outlet mall in the Philippines, you can enjoy a long list of international brands offering deals and discounts up to 70% off all year round!

Acienda's iconic windmill

A visit to Acienda Designer Outlet is not only a great shopping experience, it can also be a fun day out for family and friends. Around every corner there are great selfie opportunities with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower and our Windmill that stands 3.5 storey tall.

Location: Km 48 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Corner Balubad Road, Silang, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 10:00AM-8:00PM (Weekdays); 10:00AM-9:00PM (Weekends & Holidays)
Entrance Fee: FREE

Fantasy World (Lemery, Batangas)

Touted as the Philippine’s version of Disneyland, Fantasy World was originally intended to rival the world-famous amusement park. But then construction abruptly stopped, and it never quite became fully operational, at least not to the extent it was supposed to operate.

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Fantasy World

Today, what’s left of it has turned into a tourist attraction of its own. With its colorful buildings and Bavarian-inspired castles, visitors have been coming to Fantasy World to enjoy the colorful surroundings while taking lots of pictures.

Location: Address: Diokno Highway Barangay Mayasang, Lemery, Batangas HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: As of writing, the management doesn’t allow tourists inside the premises anymore. Some visitors just take photos in front of the gate or from a viewpoint along the road. But in the past, the opening schedule was 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Entrance Fee: Presently, it is CLOSED to the public until further notice. The entrance fee used to be P100 per person

Caleruega (Nasugbu, Batangas)

Last but not least, this place not too far from Tagaytay-Nasugbu boundary was named after Caleruega municipality in Spain, where Saint Dominic de Guzman, the father of the Order of the Preachers, was born. Although it is a favorite side trip for Tagaytay itinerary, Caleruega is actually within the municipality of Nasugbu in Batangas.


Originally built as a venue for retreat and contemplation, the church complex has evolved into one of the choice destinations for wedding and prenuptial pictorials. Its well-maintained, verdant surroundings attract not only retreaters but also day-trippers who just want to appreciate the beauty of nature.

For those who wanted to attend, they have masses every Sunday starts at 10:30AM.

Location: Bgry. Caylaway, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 6:00AM-5:30PM (Monday – Sunday)
Entrance Fee: P30/head
Parking Fee: P40 per vehicle

ATTRACTIONS TO SEE IN MANILA 

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Here's the complete list of tourist spots, activities to do and attractions to see in Tagaytay (and nearby):
  • Taal Volcano (Overlooking View)
  • Sky Ranch Tagaytay
  • Tagaytay Picnic Grove
  • People’s Park in the Sky
  • Mushroomburger
  • Puzzle Mansion
  • Museo Orlina
  • Mahogany Market
  • Spot the Best Bulalo
  • La Bella Tagaytay
  • La VeryOl’s Kawa Bath
  • Nurture Wellness Village
  • Crosswinds
  • Gingerbread House, Alfonso
  • Queens Strawberry Farm, Alfonso
  • Paradizoo Theme Farm, Mendez
  • Acienda Design Outlet, Silang
  • Twin Lakes Shopping Village, Laurel
  • Fantasy World, Lemery
  • Caleruega, Nasugbu

ACTIVITIES AND TOURS IN MANILA

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WHERE TO STAY IN TAGAYTAY


Also check out my list of 5 Tagaytay Hotels with breathtaking view of Taal


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20+ TAGAYTAY TOURIST SPOTS: Must-Visit Places & Things to do in 2022

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Going to Tagaytay? Discover why Tagaytay is a favorite weekend destination for local travelers, especially those from the capital Manila.

In this guide, I list Instagrammable places and best things to do for your next weekend trip in Tagaytay, a perfect itinerary for your staycation in the South!

Tagaytay City is always on top of the list of weekend destinations for city dwellers. It's known for its stunning views, gastronomic food trips, and family-friendly activities
Despite being just 2-3 hours away from the Philippines’ capital, Manila, Tagaytay has cooler weather. It has an average lowest temperature of 18.8 °C (65.84 °F) compared to other parts of the Philippines with an average lowest of 26.6 °C (79.9 °F). This is why Tagaytay has been one of the popular day trip destinations in Manila. Those who want to extend their stay will find many options when it comes to Tagaytay hotels.

For DIY itinerary, budget and detailed guide, I have written Tagaytay City Guide on a separate blog.
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TAGAYTAY TOUR OVERVIEW

While it is possible to take public transportation, it is recommended to explore via private car, especially if you want to cover attractions located on the outskirts of the city. Use Waze or Google Maps for directions and live traffic situations.


If you don’t have your own car or you just want to travel conveniently, you can join a group tour from Manila to Tagaytay (and back to Manila). Take note of the meeting place (usually SM MOA). Here are the places included in the itinerary:
  • Tagaytay Picnic Grove
  • Sonya’s Garden
  • Palace in the Sky
  • Mahogany Market
  • Sky Ranch
  • Good Shepherd
  • Caleruega Church


WHAT TO BRING TO TAGAYTAY

Here are some things you might consider bringing with you for your day tour / adventure:

Shopee is my go-to app for things I needed like the ones above. If you'd like discounts and vouchers, you may get the best offers here:

TOURIST SPOTS IN TAGAYTAY 

Here are the best Tagaytay tourist spots you shouldn't miss:

Taal Volcano (Overlooking View)

One of the main reasons why people flock in Tagaytay is because of its perfect vantage point of Taal Lake and Volcano. Taal Volcano, reputed to be the smallest active volcano in the world, is visible at dining establishments and other attractions that are located along the ride on the Aguinaldo highway.

Its prime location along a mountain ridge gives you an unobstructed view of the famous “island within a lake, inside a volcano”.


Villa Ibarra

If you are staying in Tagaytay for a night and want easy visual access to this stunning natural backdrop throughout your stay, here are some of the hotels with a great view:

But if you are looking for a day trip without planning to stay overnight, then maybe consider dining at well-positioned restaurants with a view, such as:
  • Jaytee's Filipino Cuisine
  • Balay Dako
  • Bag of Beans Charito (see full list here)
  • Ridge Park Kainan sa Kubo
  • Josephine Restaurant
  • Some local roadside Bulalohan restaurants

Or coffee shops/cafes by the ridge, maybe:

For those who are side-tripping Tagaytay, some attractions provide stunning views too, and you only need to pay the entrance fee. Here are some of them:
  • Picnic Grove
  • People’s Park in the Sky
  • Sky Ranch

Take note that Taal Volcano is active so always check first for advisories on its activities before planning a Tagaytay trip.

Sky Ranch Tagaytay

If you’re looking for a fun and memorable experience with the kids, add Sky Ranch to your things to do in Tagaytay! 

Sky Ranch Tagaytay is an entertainment complex with everything you can expect from an amusement park, which includes rides and other attractions that appeal to every age group. You can visit it as part of a Tagaytay day tour.

For a panoramic view of the city and Taal Lake and Volcano, ride the Sky Eye, which is one of the tallest ferris wheels in the country. Aside from that, you can also do food trip at Sky Ranch Tagaytay. There are plenty of restaurants and food stalls to check out and try inside the park (no need to go far!) to complete your experience!


Location: Km. 60, Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM (Monday – Friday); 8:00AM-9:00PM (Saturday – Sunday, Holidays). Depending on the current restrictions and protocols, the schedule may change without prior notice.
Entrance Fee: P100/head (get UNLI RIDES for P349 here)
Parking Fee: P30 (Bicycle/Motorcycle), P50 (Car), P150 (Bus), P200 (Overnight/Lost Ticket)

Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Of course, you shouldn't miss one of the classic tourist spots in Tagaytay, the Picnic Grove! Built in the 1960's, abandoned, refurbished in the 1970s then turned over to Tagaytay LGU in 2005, Picnic Grove is one of the oldest established places in the city.

The park is filled with many exciting activities like the eco-trail, horseback riding, zipline, cable rides. All of these can be enjoyed with the breathtaking view and the cool Tagaytay weather to boot. Take note that there’s an entrance fee with additional fees per ride, park attraction, and hut rental.

Location: Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Brgy. Sungay East-End, Tagaytay City HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 6:00AM-10:00PM (Daily)
Entrance Fee: P50/head
Parking Fee: P35 (cars); P50 (vans, jeepneys, coasters); P100 (buses); FREE (motorcycles)
Hut/Cottage Rental: P100, P150, P300, P500, P2500
Zipline Rate: P300 (2-way ride)

People’s Park in the Sky

Formerly known as the Palace in the Sky, the People’s Park in the Sky is an incomplete mansion converted into an urban park and is considered one of the must-see Tagaytay tourist spots you can include in your visit.


The park sits atop Mount Sungay, aka Mount Gonzales, which at the height of 709 meters (2,326 ft) above sea level and the highest point in Cavite, offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding areas as far as 50 kilometers in a clear day, including the view of Taal Lake and the famous Taal Volcano.

Location: Tagaytay - Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Monday – Sunday) 
Entrance Fee: P30/person


Puzzle Mansion

Here’s another mansion that’s worth a visit, especially if you’re a jigsaw puzzle enthusiast! The Puzzle Mansion is a museum that houses one of the largest collections of finished puzzles in the world. The collection is so big that it even earned a Guiness World Record for puzzle collector Georgina Gil-Lacuna in 2012.

Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles at Puzzle Mansion Tagaytay

Don’t miss the dazzling 2D and 3D puzzle sets, along with various shapes, sizes, materials, and subject matter. Puzzle reproductions of paintings by world-renowned artists such as Picasso, Degas, and Gaudi are not to be missed.

Location: Brgy I. Cuadra, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Daily) 
Entrance Fee: P100/head
Parking Fee: FREE

Museo Orlina

Museo Orlina is the perfect destination if you want to surround yourself with beautiful glass sculptures and commissioned works of art. Named after renowned glass sculptor Ramon Orlina, this museum houses replicas of commissioned artwork and also serves as a venue for other artists.

Museo Orlina

The museum boasts arts made by both local and foreign. One of the major aims of the museum is to showcase these artists their paintings, sculpture, and other works of art using various media.

Location: Hollywood Subdivision Road Brgy, Subd, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 10:00AM-5:00PM (Tuesday – Sunday)
Entrance Fee: P130 (Regular); P100 (Students and Seniors with valid I.D.)

Pink Sisters Convent

A top destination for reflection every holy week, Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay is also a favorite place to visit every Christmas season as Filipino Catholics practice Simbang Gabi, a devotional nine-day series of masses, here.

Pink Sisters Chapel

While the nuns are often called ‘Pink Sisters’ because of their pink habit, they are officially part of the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration, an institute of cloistered or enclosed nuns who follows a solemn vow to strictly separate themselves from the outside world. 

Location: Pink Sisters Convent, #08 Holy Spirit Drive, Brgy. Maitim 2nd East, Tagaytay City
Opening Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mahogany Market

One of the most famous go-to places for bulalo are the stalls at the Mahogany Market eatery. At a low price, you get an overflowing bowl of soup that can easily feed 2 to 4 people, depending on the size of your collective appetites.
This eatery is located at a public marketplace, so don’t expect fancy service here; you’re in for a no-frills dining experience. Don’t forget to get some fresh fruits and other Tagaytay delicacies at the nearby market after your hearty meal.

Location: 10 Mahogany Ave, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 7:00AM-8:00PM (Daily) HOW TO GET THERE ]
Parking Fee: P20-40

Spot the Best Bulalo

Speaking of bulalo, just like mushrooms, these restaurants scattered in Tagaytay offers best-tasting Filipino soup made with beef shank and vegetables. 

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Here are my favorite bulalohan:


Mushroomburger

Mushroomburger is filling bellies since 1979. Still to everyone's surprise, it is approximately made up of 50% mushrooms and 50% real beef. The mushrooms are specially cultivated in a farm in Tagaytay, supplying other branches (Las Piñas and Quezon City).


Other choices are a no-meat mushroom sandwich and a burger with 50% pork longganisa patty. Aside from burgers, the fast-food chain also offers rice toppings, chicken meals, noodle meals, and desserts.

Location: Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 7:00AM-9:00PM (Daily)
Parking Fee: FREE

Pasalubong Stores

Tagaytay is known for having great source of fresh fruits and vegetables. Buko pie, piaya, espasol, pastillas, ube halaya, cheese tart and a lot of fresh fruits like pineapples, bananas, grapes and cacao which are mainly sourced in Tagaytay Why not bring home a piece of Tagaytay delicacies to complete your experience?

Rowena’s Pasalubong

Most of the pasalubong can be seen along the major roads of Tagaytay. Here are some of the well-known pasalubong shops in Tagaytay:
  • Rowena’s Pasalubong and Restaurant 
  • Cecilia’s Buco Pie and Pasalubong
  • Carmela’s Banana Cakes
  • Colette’s Buko Pie and Pasalubong
  • Amira’s Buco Tart Haus
  • Jaytee's Filipino Cuisine

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La Bella Tagaytay

This 3.8-hectare in Brgy. Neogan that houses boutique hotel, lifestyle homes, wellness center and cafes will give you a complete experience of your next stay in Tagaytay. La Bella Tagaytay is the perfect destination and a health and wellness haven that has a mixed-use development which integrates lifestyle with infrastructure.

The first of its kind development in the country, it features a holistic village, fully furnished affordable condominium units, health and wellness centers, and leisure living. Plus, it feels like you are in Santorini while you are here.

You can actually go for a day tour visit here and enjoy the food at any of their restaurants or chill to a café inside the property. For those who plans to stay here overnight, La Bella Boutique Hotel offers room accommodation starts at P2,000++ per night

Location: Brgy. Neogan, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Business Hours: 9am-6pm daily visiting hours

La VeryOl's Mountain View Garden

Perched on the ridge with a picturesque view of the lush slopes, La VeryOl's Mountain View Garden is a family-owned and family-managed garden-slash-spa offering the kawa hot bath experience. The place is serene, scenic, and refreshing. Definitely, it is ideal for a quick hideaway from the fast-paced life in the Metro.

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La VeryOl’s Kawa Bath

Aside from the kawa hot bath, it also offers different massage services. You can choose to stay overnight in one of the four veranda rooms or go on a day tour. La VeryOl’s also accept reservations for private occasions like weddings, debuts, family reunions, and birthday celebrations. 

Location: St. Francis Drive, Tagaytay, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: Day Tour 8:00AM-5:00PM; Overnight 2:00PM (Check-in), 12:00PM (Check-out) 
Day Tour Rates: P399 (Kawa Hot Bath), P599 (Full Body Massage), P900 (Kawa Package A), P1400 (Kawa Package B)
Overnight Rates: The room-only rates range from P3800 to P5500, while the rates for those with kawa hot bath and full body massage inclusions range from P5300 to P7000.
Parking Fee: FREE

Nurture Wellness Village

Another relaxing place in Tagaytay where you can have a full-on pampering session and an oasis to cope with stress. If you are looking for more chill spots in Tagaytay, Nurture Wellness Village is the place to be! Launched in 2001, this wellness village nurtures its guests through the healing power of nature combined with Asian- and Philippine-inspired setting, accommodations, and therapy services. 


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Nurture Wellness Village

From its commitment to sustainability to its holistic approach to wellness, it is an oasis for those who need it the most. This place offers health and wellness services that go for more than the usual 1-hour massage. Nurture Wellness Village is one of the favorite Tagaytay tourist spots of city dwellers!

Location: Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West Luzon, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
Opening Hours: 9:00AM-8:00PM (Tuesday – Sunday); 7:00AM-8:00PM (Mondays). Check-in time is at 2PM, and check-out time is at 12PM
Contact Details: Walk-ins are accepted but it is highly recommended to make a reservation before you go. The contact numbers are +63 917 687 8873, +63 917 516 3801, and +63 2 710 9786 (landline). The email address is info@nurture.com.ph
Reservations: If you wish to spend a night or two, Check Room Rates & Availability Here! For Nurture Wellness experience, Check Packages Here!

Crosswinds

Crosswinds is a 100-hectare Swiss-inspired residential and leisure community set in a lush landscape with about 20,000 pine trees in one of Tagaytay’s highlands. It houses six residential zones, staycation options, restaurants, cafés, specialty shops, and more!

NAPA at Crosswinds

It has actually become one of the rising weekend destinations in Tagaytay. Two of its most popular attractions are NAPA and Ruined Project. NAPA took inspiration from the wine region of Napa Valley in California. While The Ruined Project? was supposed to be the 50th store of the more established sister café, The Coffee Project.

If you want to spend a night at Crosswinds Resort Suite, Check Availability & Rates Here!

Entrance Fee: FREE
Parking Fee: FREE

TOURIST SPOTS OUTSIDE TAGAYTAY (NEARBY TOWNS) 

You thought it's final, but there's more to visit and must-see in Metro Tagaytay! Other attractions can be found in the neighboring towns in Cavite such as Alfonso, Mendez and Silang and in Batangas like Laurel, Lemery and Nasugbu. Here are some of the tourist spots nearby Tagaytay:

Twin Lakes (Laurel, Batangas)

Situated just before reaching the boundary of Cavite and Nasugbu, Twin Lakes Shopping Village is another leisure center that has piqued the interest of many, especially road trippers. It's a perfect place for dining with a great view of the ridge where you can enjoy taking photos with your family or friends.

Twin Lakes Shopping Village

Twin Lakes also houses Philippine's first vineyard residences that combine laid back luxury and a refreshing setting in a picturesque backdrop. It is consists of three residential low-rise buildings; Merlot, Chardonnay, and Shiraz.

Other establishments you can find here are Starbucks, Bag of Beans, Amira’s Buco Tart Haus, 7/11, and Robinsons Supermarket! If you wish to spend a night at Twin Lakes Hotel, Check Room Rates & Availability Here!

Location: Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Laurel, Batangas HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 6:00AM-8:00PM (7/11); 7:00AM-9:00PM (Robinsons Supermarket); 8:00AM-8:00PM (Santis Delicatessen/Amira’s Buco Tart Haus) 
Parking Fee: FREE

The Gingerbread House (Alfonso, Cavite)

Another attraction located in the neighboring town of Alfonso, the Gingerbread House is one big photo spot and playground. The façade of the Gingerbread House is filled with candy ornaments and pastries. It also has various Christmas displays that are perfect for picture-taking. 

The Gingerbread House façade

The Gingerbread House also operates a milk tea shop and a restaurant that offers breakfast and lunch. Hansel and Gretel would approve this magical Gingerbread House in Alfonso, Cavite.

Location: Brgy. Palumlum, Alfonso, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 8:00AM-5:00PM (Monday – Friday); 8:00AM-6:00PM (Saturday – Sunday)
Entrance Fee: P150 (Adult); P120 (PWD, Senior Citizens); P100 (12 y/o and below)
Parking Fee: P30 (Cars, Vans); P20 (Motorcycles)

Queens Strawberry Farm (Alfonso, Cavite)

One of the newest attractions near Tagaytay is this farm of strawberries in Alfonso, a neighboring town in Cavite. Yes, you don't need to travel to Baguio in 6 hours just to get fresh and to personally experience picking strawberry just like in La Trinidad in Benguet!

Queens Strawberry Farm

At Queens Strawberry Farm visitors can also learn rod fishing or simply feed the fish within the vicinity. The farm also functions as a bed-and-breakfast place and events venue. But its mostly known for having a restaurant with a very Insta-worthy A-frame building and for serving strawberry-flavored food, from its salads to breakfast to desserts to drinks.

Don't forget to try their strawberry jams, strawberry cheesecake, buko strawberry pie, strawberry loaf bread, and more!

Location: Sitio Hawilian 2, Alfonso, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 8:00AM-7:00PM (Weekdays); 8:00AM-8:00PM (Weekends)
Entrance Fee: P50 per head (consumable)
Parking Fee: FREE


Paradizoo Theme Farm (Mendez, Cavite)

If you’re an animal lover and fancy a safari-kind-of-like trip, then you might want to include Paradizoo and ZooRI (Zoo at Residence Inn) in your Tagaytay tourist spots itinerary. You can see all kinds of lovely animals from farm-raised horses, chickens and wild ones like lions, monkeys to aerial creatures. 


You can also see reptiles like snakes and iguanas and various sea creatures. Paradizoo also houses a botanical garden where you can see variety of plants, flowers and butterflies (for a little cost). So if you’re still asking where to go in Tagaytay and what fun things to do in Tagaytay, this is the answer.

Location: Km. 63 Panungyan, Mendez, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Operating Hours: 8:00 am - 5pm, Monday-Sunday
Entrance Fee: P199/ adult [ book via KlookP149 / child 3ft-4ft [ book via Klook Free of Charge 3 ft below

Acienda Designer Outlet (Silang, Cavite)

Located along Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, Acienda Designer Outlet is a shopping paradise for bargain hunters. Being the first true international outlet mall in the Philippines, you can enjoy a long list of international brands offering deals and discounts up to 70% off all year round!

Acienda's iconic windmill

A visit to Acienda Designer Outlet is not only a great shopping experience, it can also be a fun day out for family and friends. Around every corner there are great selfie opportunities with the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower and our Windmill that stands 3.5 storey tall.

Location: Km 48 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Corner Balubad Road, Silang, Cavite HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 10:00AM-8:00PM (Weekdays); 10:00AM-9:00PM (Weekends & Holidays)
Entrance Fee: FREE

Fantasy World (Lemery, Batangas)

Touted as the Philippine’s version of Disneyland, Fantasy World was originally intended to rival the world-famous amusement park. But then construction abruptly stopped, and it never quite became fully operational, at least not to the extent it was supposed to operate.

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Fantasy World

Today, what’s left of it has turned into a tourist attraction of its own. With its colorful buildings and Bavarian-inspired castles, visitors have been coming to Fantasy World to enjoy the colorful surroundings while taking lots of pictures.

Location: Address: Diokno Highway Barangay Mayasang, Lemery, Batangas HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: As of writing, the management doesn’t allow tourists inside the premises anymore. Some visitors just take photos in front of the gate or from a viewpoint along the road. But in the past, the opening schedule was 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Entrance Fee: Presently, it is CLOSED to the public until further notice. The entrance fee used to be P100 per person

Caleruega (Nasugbu, Batangas)

Last but not least, this place not too far from Tagaytay-Nasugbu boundary was named after Caleruega municipality in Spain, where Saint Dominic de Guzman, the father of the Order of the Preachers, was born. Although it is a favorite side trip for Tagaytay itinerary, Caleruega is actually within the municipality of Nasugbu in Batangas.


Originally built as a venue for retreat and contemplation, the church complex has evolved into one of the choice destinations for wedding and prenuptial pictorials. Its well-maintained, verdant surroundings attract not only retreaters but also day-trippers who just want to appreciate the beauty of nature.

For those who wanted to attend, they have masses every Sunday starts at 10:30AM.

Location: Bgry. Caylaway, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas HOW TO GET THERE ]
Opening Hours: 6:00AM-5:30PM (Monday – Sunday)
Entrance Fee: P30/head
Parking Fee: P40 per vehicle

ATTRACTIONS TO SEE IN MANILA 

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Here's the complete list of tourist spots, activities to do and attractions to see in Tagaytay (and nearby):
  • Taal Volcano (Overlooking View)
  • Sky Ranch Tagaytay
  • Tagaytay Picnic Grove
  • People’s Park in the Sky
  • Mushroomburger
  • Puzzle Mansion
  • Museo Orlina
  • Mahogany Market
  • Spot the Best Bulalo
  • La Bella Tagaytay
  • La VeryOl’s Kawa Bath
  • Nurture Wellness Village
  • Crosswinds
  • Gingerbread House, Alfonso
  • Queens Strawberry Farm, Alfonso
  • Paradizoo Theme Farm, Mendez
  • Acienda Design Outlet, Silang
  • Twin Lakes Shopping Village, Laurel
  • Fantasy World, Lemery
  • Caleruega, Nasugbu

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