For Solace and Calming Distractions


In many instances, some people think of writers as creative souls who only stay in their dimly lit bedroom while staring at a blank document, waiting for ideas to hit them. Sure, us wordsmiths grapple with deadlines, but me-time is also as essential as finishing the tasks at hand. When I'm not wearing my writer hat, these all-star spots became my haven to be lost in the moment and relax.

  • Cafes & Restaurants
  • Gastronomy
  • Dine
  • Beach
  • Outdoors
  • Drink
  • Sun & Beach
  • Local Treasure

Updated 2 years ago

Concha's Garden Cafe | Tagaytay Highlands

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Silang, Philippines • Recommendation • 

A relaxing place for city hustlers. It's like dining in a restaurant nestled in a garden. They serve Filipino dishes that taste so good and worth their price! My personal favorites are Lechon Belly and Lumpiang Shanghai. Yum! Plus, they also offer pasalubong treats from Baguio, Cebu, and Bacolod.

  • +63 915 046 6367
  • Ground Level, Tagaytay Highlands Golf, Clubhouse, Tagaytay, 4027 Cavite, Philippines

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Crystal Beach Resort

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Olongapo, Philippines • Recommendation • 

One of the best resorts to visit in Zambales where you can chill and surf for as low as PHP2000 (about USD41). There are plenty of nice beachfront accommodations to choose from. You can bring your own food or just buy it at the resort. You can also get to experience a stunning view of the sunset. Truly magical!

  • +63 47 252 9978
  • San Narciso, Zambales-Pangasinan Road 2205, San Narciso, Zambales, Philippines

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Kubs Mountain Resort

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Binangonan, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Kubs is a resort and a restaurant just two hours away from Manila. Located at Marikina-Infanta Highway, this place offers a panoramic view of the Sierra Madre where you can enjoy, while you dine in for a stopover or stay overnight for a very reasonable price.

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Le Village Lifestyle Park

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Manila, Philippines • Recommendation • 

It’s a French-inspired lifestyle food park that offers a unique dining experience. There's a wide selection of food stalls that offer Filipino and International delicacies to satisfy your food-hopping adventure. You can also find the La Petite Parisienne inside the food park where you can wine and dine until midnight.

  • +63 2 7739 5803
  • E Rodriguez Sr. Ave, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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RUE Tomas Morato

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Quezon City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

My go-to place for a caramel-flavored beer! 1 liter of their huge flavored beer costs around PHP399 (about USD8.20). I also love Rue’s Special Quesadilla in Beef Barbacoa, my kind of a perfect combo. I personally recommend this place for a chill night with friends.

  • +63 917 718 6155
  • Tomas Morato Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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4 saves

Pasig City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Want a perfectly brewed morning coffee? Salamangka has that for you. Thirsty for a happy-hour draft beer? They got you covered, too! Salamangka is a spooky-themed resto-bar located in Eastwood City that offers coffee, cocktails, and craft beers perfect for a weekend bonding with friends or the family.

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Kenny Roland Barbecue House

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Manila, Philippines • Recommendation • 

My favorite street food stall since childhood! Established in 1980, Kenny Roland offers affordable Pinoy street foods ranging from their classic pork barbecue, isaw ng manok (BBQ chicken intestine), lechon parrilla, isaw ng baboy (BBQ pork intestine) to boneless bangus, chicken barbecue, and more! Plus, their house specialty sweet sauce is a must-try, too!

  • 2000, 1008 Honradez, Sampaloc, Manila, 1008 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Santolan Town Plaza

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San Juan, Philippines • Recommendation • 

A compact mall with a homey atmosphere and less crowd. The place is pet-friendly, so you can enjoy walking your fur babies around! With its open space surrounded by greens, this could also be one of your favorite spots to get your morning or afternoon coffee.

  • +63 2 8638 4609
  • 276 Col. Bonny Serrano Ave, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

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El Nido

24 saves

Puerto Princesa, Philippines • Recommendation • 

My friends and I were totally amazed by Ipil Island with its crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches. Several travel agencies are including this tropical paradise in their island tours as this is one of the best spots to visit when you are in El Nido. You can book your tour here for as low as PHP5000 (about USD102) inclusive of boat transfers and meals.

  • Palawan, Philippines

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Sumilon Island Sand Bar

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Dumaguete, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Sumilon Island is known for its stunning sandbar just a short 10-15 minute boat ride from Oslob. The island remains one of Cebu's best-kept secrets! Boat transfer starts at PHP1500 per head (about USD30). You can enjoy a day tour here or an overnight stay at the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort. This is one of the most beautiful sandbars I've seen in my life so far! Would definitely go back.

  • Sumilon Island, Cebu, Philippines

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