Hello, It's Halo-Halo!

Philippines

In the tropical Philippines, it’s pretty much always summer. What better way to beat the heat than by eating crushed ice? Well, Filipinos have taken this concept and, of course, added some familiar flavors and created their most easily recognizable dessert, the Halo-Halo. It usually consists of shaved ice, milk, and a whole slew of toppings from fruits, nuts, and syrups, then mixed (which is why it’s called halo-halo that means mix-mix). But of course, ingenuity knows no bounds, so the Halo-Halo has been honed and broken down over the years. Check out our favorite Halo-Halo in the metro! Make sure to savor each bite lest you get a brain freeze!

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Kabigting's Halo-halo

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Manila, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Sometimes, less is more. For a Halo-Halo with only three main toppings, try Kabigting's Halo-halo, which tops off with creamed corn, mashed beans, and soft, decadent pastillas made from carabao milk. Those bites of pastillas alone make the entire cup worth it.

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Milky Way Cafe

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Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Milky Way Café touts that their halo-halo is “The best since 1962,” and there’s some merit to that claim if the ice cream is hugely important to you. Milky Way’s homemade ube ice cream tops the charts in terms of smoothness and creaminess that you’ll probably want to bring home a tub after you’ve savored the dessert.

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Chef Jessie Grill

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Pasig City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Got Milk? Chef Jessie Grill’s Halo-Halo sure does, so dairy diehards will enjoy the much creamier base. Ube lovers are in luck as well because not only will you get a big scoop of ube ice cream, you’ll also get large chunks of ube halaya mixed into the scoop. The price tag is a bit high for a bowl, but it’s worth it if you can’t get enough ube in your dessert. http://www.chefjessie.com/

  • Ground Level, The Grove by Rockwell, C5, E. Rodriguez Avenue Jr., Pasig City, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Vampire Penguin - The 30th

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Pasig City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Vampire Penguin from California specializes in shaved ice treats, so when they reached the shores of Manila, they had to take a spin on the classic halo-halo. It is more like halo-halo flavored shaved ice than usual halo-halo, but it’s delicious all the same with toppings served alongside the ice instead of mashed into a gooey gulp.

  • +63 917 519 8392
  • 30 Meralco Ave, Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Aling Consuelo Original Halo-Halo

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Manila, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Claiming the title of Original Halo-halo since 1960, Aling Consuelo’s serves cups of the dessert with all the toppings we’ve come to love. And lots of it. Each PHP30 cup (less than a dollar!) has so much ube, leche flan, and macapuno (shredded coconut) that you might forget there’s even any milk and ice in this cup.

  • +63 2 7368 4993
  • 2205 F. Varona Street, Tondo, Manila, 1012 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Sentro 1771 (Greenbelt)

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Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Sentro 1771 famously makes classic Filipino food with a more modern twist. For the sweet icy dessert, they chose to whip up Halo-Halo more healthily and traditionally by only using homemade ingredients all mixed into one tall refreshing glass of yes, please.

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Ben’s Halo-halo Ice Cream

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Quezon City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Play with fire a little and order dessert at Ben’s Halo-halo Ice Cream where they add sliced red chili peppers to top their Spicy Winter Halo-Halo. The uniquely confusing experience will have your brain numb from both the cold and heat and might leave you confusingly satisfied. https://www.facebook.com/Benhalohalo/

  • 3 Joroma Place, 652-C Congressional Ave, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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The Lobby - The Peninsula Manila

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Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Get the best of both serving-sized worlds at The Lobby. You can get halo-halo in either special oversized bowls great for sharing with your bestie or get the little halo-halo parfait glass for a quick sugar rush before you head out.

  • Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Cafe Via Mare - UP Diliman Campus

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Quezon City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Imagine the most picturesque Halo-Halo in your head, and it’ll most likely look like the one served at Cafe Via Mare. Each layer is so vibrant and full of life that you almost feel bad about mashing it all up to enjoy the many textures of its soft jelly and chewy kaong.

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Ilustrado Restaurant

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Manila, Philippines • Recommendation • 

In the heart of historical Intramuros, you’ll find the Spanish-Filipino stalwart Ilustrado. With walls and interiors reminiscent of a simpler time, order their Halo-Halo for dessert, and you’ll taste a historic sweet dish that’ll have you forgetting the date.

  • +63 2 8527 3674
  • 744 General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines

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