10 Hidden Gems in Batangas

by Isay M. Roque /
September 14, 2021
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Itching to go on a road trip south of Metro Manila? Head down to familiar tourist destination Batangas! But be sure to check out some of these hidden gems in Batangas you may have overlooked before so you make your next visit a little different — and more amazing!

What to do in Batangas

Visit the Taal Volcano

Tagaytay might be the first place most people associate with the Taal Volcano, but this famous Batangas tourist spot is actually located in Batangas! So why just take a picture of this scenic spot when you can actually visit, hike, and boat in and around the area?

Taal lake
Photo from SHOOR

Multiple local tour guides offer packages for visiting Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, but you can start here.

Try horseback riding

Cars are sooooo Metro Manila. Get out of your vehicle and try horseback riding for a different thrill! This is transportation that puts you in touch with nature.

Photo from Leviste Equestrian Park Facebook

Book your  horseback riding session here or here.

Hike a mountain

If you’d like to explore new places on your own two feet, skip the horse and go hiking instead!  Aside from Taal Volcano, Batangas is blessed with many other hiking trails which means you can even pick one based on your experience level!

Mount Marami
Photo from SHOOR

Check out private hiking tours in Batangas right here on SHOOR

Go beach-hopping

Work on that sun-kissed tan on your Batangas road trip by stopping by any one of its famous beach resorts like Canyon Cove, Punta Fuego, and The Farm by San Benito! Just don’t forget to lather on sunscreen to protect your skin from UV!

beach sunset
Photo from Canyon Cove Facebook

Enjoy a cultural heritage tour

Looking to go back in time, kinda? Aside from its natural resources, Batangas also offers incredible heritage tours where you visit cultural sites and learn more about the area’s history. Learn more about the local culture and take breathtaking photos of some of the most instagrammable places in Batangas!

old church heritage site
Photo from taal.ph

Book a heritage tour here.

Where to eat in Batangas

Johanna’s Grill

A certified Batangas classic, Johanna’s Grill is a must-visit for any foodie or food fighter! Aside from serving up “the best babyback ribs in town” (they serve their ribs by the bilao!), Johanna’s Grill also serves up fresh seafood that Batangas is known for — from Grilled Tuna to Sizzling Salmon Belly!

tuna steak
Photo from Johanna’s Grill Facebook

Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Casa Marikit

A local favorite that’s steadily gaining popularity among patrons outside of Batangas, Casa Marikit is a lovely restaurant that offers (surprisingly!) authentic Italian dishes! Enjoy their Minestrone soup, Vongole pasta, and handmade pizzas in an incredible ambience.

cake slice
Photo from Cara Marikit Ristorante Facebook
shrimp pasta
Photo from Casa Marikit Ristorante Facebook

Check out their Facebook and Instagram for more

El Cocinero by Chef Arnaldo

Want a romantic dinner by the beach? Then El Cocinero is the spot for you! It goes without saying that their seafood dishes are fresh and expertly-made, but we’d also recommend trying out their Ibizan cocktails!

seafood platter
Photo from El Cocinero Facebook

Fun fact: El Cocinero has branches in  Muntinlupa and Tagaytay!

Check out their Facebook and Instagram to learn more.

Kainan sa Dalampasigan

Another local favorite, Kainan sa Dalampasigan should definitely be on your itinerary if you’re planning on going to Canyon Cove! Located along the way to the beach resort, Kainan sa Dalamasigan serves up the amazing seafood that you’ve come to expect from Batangas but with a much more local and modest vibe than the other restaurants on this list.

Photo from Kainan sa Dalampasigan Facebook
pinakbet bowl
Photo from Kainan sa Dalampasigan Facebook

Check out their Facebook 

El Torro German Restaurant

Yes, you read that right — El Torro is a German restaurant — and is another unexpected surprise hidden in Batangas! They actually serve an international menu of Filipino, Thai, Indonesian, and Korean dishes but it’s their German specialties like sausages, schnitzels, and (of course) German beer that they’re best known for.

Photo from El Torro German Restaurant Facebook
Photo from El Torro German Restaurant Facebook

Check out their Facebook for details

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Isay is the Copy Lead of SHOOR who’s semi-permanently black and blue from bumping into tables and chairs that didn’t get out of her way. When she’s not writing, biking, or training knife or jiu-jitsu, she moonlights as a door b*tch, a wedding singer, and a de-motivational speaker.

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