Iloilo for me is the perfect place for food trips. In this city the jeepney fare is cheaper, and food is very affordable. Iloilo is also home to our country’s historic and beautiful churches. I suggest that while visiting the different churches, you go for a food trip after. Iloilo is perfect for budget travelers; accommodation are budget friendly and places within the city are utmost a ten minute ride away.
The most accessible historic church in the city is Jaro Cathedral, built in 1864.
Miagao Church, a 25-30-minute ride away from the city.
So the first on my list is Midway Fresh Market Restaurant. A very cozy place, small yet they serve good food. A good place to hangout and talk with your friends. Just in front of SM Delgado.
Next on my list is at Happy Kitchen Culinary Studio. The food here looks good and tastes even better. They serve an all day breakfast meals, Filipino dishes, pasta, desserts and cold drinks. It is a small restaurant that has a nice homey ambiance. It is located at the Amigo Plaza Mall.
Third stop is at Griller’s Oyster House. You can spot Grillers at Jaro St., Smallville, near Amigo Plaza Mall and at San Rafael Mandurriao. A very budget friendly seafood restaurant where I have tasted one of the best Oysters in town. Must-try is their baked and spicy oysters.
Last stop is the perfect place for dinner dates, at Salug Veranda. A very comfy place where you would be seated in big pillows and a candle light dinner. They also have an acoustic band playing at night. The right place to end your day. I would recommend their stuffed squid which is good for 2 persons. Their menu is also very affordable and they serve cocktails and beers. They also have rooms available for backpackers. Located at General Luna St., Iloilo City.
Iloilo City is known for their original Balbacua, and you can try this at any Ted’s Balbacua restaurant which can be found in many places in the city. Iloilo is also a city where restaurants that serve oysters are very common, which is very rare on other cities in the Philippines.
Your tour is never complete without bringing back some “pasalubong”, so for this I would suggest my top 3 best:
- JD Bakeshop – Buy a box of their mini bars/cakes. You can find JD Bakeshop in some places in the city but if you miss out their stores, there is always one at the airport.
- Cream Horn – Buy a box of this sweet treat that can only be found in Jaro Road.
- Regies Butterscotch – You can find these in the groceries and at the airport.