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20 Things to Do in Antipolo

by Marionne Mancol

Located around 16 miles east of Manila, Antipolo offers a quick and sweet escape from the hustle and bustle of the metro.

Whether you live for the thrill or simply want a breather, this picturesque city in the province of Rizal is sure to earn a spot in your hearts (and Instagram feed!).

Excited? Check out these fun activities—from nature-centric adventures to gastronomic journeys—that eagerly await you in the thriving city of Antipolo.

1. Bask in Nature’s Wonder at Mount Purro Nature Reserve

The Sierra Madre Mountain Range holds in its foothills a family-run eco-park, Mount Purro Nature Reserve, perfect for solo travelers looking to be one with nature or go on a meaningful retreat. Groups can enjoy mountain hiking, swimming, and bonding around a bonfire after eating the available home-cooked meals. The management also works toward the rehabilitation of the Upper Marikina Watershed and empowerment of their residing communities, such as the indigenous Dumagat tribe.

RELATED STORY: This Unique Antipolo Eco-Stay Upholds Sustainable Tourism

Mount Purro Nature Reserve
Barangay Calawis
(02) 542 3005
(0949) 398 1799

2. Visit the Churches

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Known as a pilgrimage city, a lot of people visit Antipolo for religious purposes. The “Virgin of Antipolo” is known among travelers and devotees as Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. Boso-Boso Church, built in 1578, is steeped in rich history and piety, making for an awe-inspiring visit.

3. Ride an ATV through the Sierra Madre Mountain Range

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ATV Adventures Rizal offers tours of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range to fit everyone’s definition of fun. Starting at ₱2,500, guests can choose to brave rugged terrains or drive along the Marikina river and immerse in the local community. You can also go for a full or half-day tour of ATV riding and walking while taking in the stunning sights.

ATV Adventures Rizal
Purok Uno, Sapinit Road
(0977) 750 2671

4. Eat with a View

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Antipolo’s geographical elevation takes culinary experiences a notch higher—we all know how everything tastes better when the weather is cool and crisp! Restaurants like Cloud 9, Padi’s Point, and Cafe Lupe have views that overlook the city, so you can live your best life by eating good food with good friends while watching the sun rise or set.

Cloud 9
Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Hwy
(02) 584 3011

Padi’s Point
Alpadi Compound, Sumulong Hwy
(02) 724 3489

Cafe Lupe
Lot 2-C & 2-B, Sumulong Hwy
(02) 470 3201

5. Bike Around Mt. Maarat

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Mt. Maarat is technically in San Mateo, Rizal, but is accessible from Antipolo through Marcos Highway. A biker’s paradise, many off-road, free-ride, and cross-country trails surround the area. If you want to improve your biker skills, Antipolo’s KRB Off-Road Track offers courses for mountain bikers and motocross riders.

KRB Off-Road Track
1627 Puting Bato, Brgy. Inarawan
(0929) 402 0345; (0918) 639 9314

6. Have a Picnic at Hinulugang Taktak

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Known for its heavenly waterfall, Hinulugang Taktak is a national park and protected landscape. They recently renovated with a pool, tables, and gazebos to make it your next family outing or barkada bonding venue waiting to happen!

7. Feel at Home in Casa Nieves Bistro

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Casa Nieves Bistro has a selection of Filipino, Spanish, and Italian cuisine every palate can feast on. Their all-day breakfast and classic Pinoy meals taste like childhood and grandma’s cooking, the best-selling paella included.

Casa Nieves Bistro
Lower Ground Level
Robinsons Place Antipolo
(02) 997 1894 (0917) 543 5931

8. Take a Dip in the Pool at Loreland Farm Resort

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Loreland Farm Resort is a weekend getaway destination perfect for the whole family. Adults, kids, and teens can enjoy the swimming pool, kiddie pool, and slides with the resort’s affordable day and overnight tours.

Loreland Farm Resort
Brgy. San Roque
(02) 534 2517
(0917) 835 2000

9. Team Building at Camp Tipolo Adventureland

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Camp Tipolo Adventureland is a section in Loreland Farm Resort especially dedicated to team building activities. Spider web, mud crawl, balancing jog, mud slide, and Tarzan jump—these are just some of the activities that are sure to turn co-workers into a legit squad.

10. Have a Themed Staycation

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Avoid getting stuck in traffic and make the most of your out-of-town trip by staying in one of the resthouses, resorts, and hotels in Antipolo. For a unique experience, try the intimate, Hobbit-inspired Grounds Resort where you can also hold events for up to 30 guests.

Grounds Resort
Ticzon Herbal Park, P. Oliveros St.
(0915) 589 5237

RELATED STORY: 11 Antipolo Resorts Perfect for a Quick Escape

11. Create Memories at Phillip’s Sanctuary

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Another one for the team is Phillip’s Sanctuary. Rapport-building never sounded so exciting with their line of activities, such as rafting, kayaking, biking, butterfly-watching, and camping. You and your crew will be bonded for life!

Phillip’s Sanctuary
Pestaño Farm Trail
Sitio Palinglingan, Brgy. San Juan
(0917) 706 0916

12. Go Pasalubong Shopping

As a tourist in Antipolo, you can’t go home without stocking up on their famous local delicacy, roasted kasoy or cashew nuts, cooked in many delicious ways. DG Tip: buy from sari-sari stores to support the local community and save money.

13. Have Breakfast at Monte Cafe

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Among the rustic coffee shops in the area, Monte Café is a crowd favorite. More than its quirky aesthetic, it’s a must-visit for the interesting coffee and tea options, the sinful-but-worth-it Java Chip Frappe, and the tastefully indulgent desserts.

Monte Cafe
Manuel L. Quezon Ext.
(02) 706 9343

14. Feel the Spirit of Christmas at Casa Santa

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Christmas is just around the corner, and a visit to Casa Santa, a museum for all things Santa Claus, is sure to make you feel festive in an instant. Take your pick from a giant Santa to a singing Santa, and find the best selfie partner for the holidays.

Casa Santa
276 San Jose Ext., San Isidro
(02) 584 3199

15. Explore PACEM Eco Park

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Antipolo proves to be a paradise of all things pretty at Peace and Care for Earth Ministry Eco Park. Foster your childlike wonder and love for nature as you explore their butterfly garden, little forest, wildlife sanctuary, herbal garden, aviary, and eco shoppe.

PACEM Eco Park
Assumption Antipolo, Sumulong Hwy
(02) 696 3274; (02) 697 2354

16. Discover Inday Nelly’s Mystical Cave

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Another Antipolo highlight is the enchanting world of Inday Nelly’s Mystical Cave. Popular among the religious, the rock formations that look like religious figures are believed to have healing powers. It’s also been used as a shooting location for fantasy flicks like Pedro Penduko and Encantadia.

Inday Nelly’s Mystical Cave
Puting Bato
(02) 697 1015

17. Spend the Afternoon at the Secret Garden of Doris

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You can learn about organic farming and gardening in a nature trip to the Secret Garden of Doris. Plus, the colorful fruits hanging by the trees are a sight for sore eyes, perfect to strike a pose around.

Secret Garden of Doris
8B Sitio Malanim
Brgy. Dela Paz, Sumulong Hwy
(02) 216 7126
(0917) 820 1335

18. Hang Out at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens & Spa

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Imagine this: you’re lounging in one of the three infinity pools with a gorgeous view of Laguna De Bay and Metro Manila—while waiting for your appointments at their massage cabin and café. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa is a one-of-a-kind experience you won’t want to miss!

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens & Spa
Sitio Loreland, Brgy. San Roque
(02) 570 2532

19. Feel the Thrill at Masungi Georeserve

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One of the newest attractions around Antipolo, Masungi Georeserve has quickly become a social media favorite. Aside from the metal spider web, this geopark is a sustainability-oriented conservation area for the beautiful flora, fauna, and rock formations that guests can appreciate as they journey through the trails.

Masungi Georeserve
Km. 47, Marcos Hwy
Baras, Rizal
(0929) 132 3531
(0995) 186 9911

20. Have a Drink at YLC Gastropub

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After a day of exploring Antipolo, you might want nothing more than to chill at a less crowded place. To end the day with a generous dose of good vibes, head over to YLC Gastropub for a drink and a round of beer pong while you soak up the gorgeous panorama.

YLC Gastropub
2/F Comodaville Bldg
Sumulong Hwy
(02) 631 5618

RELATED STORY: 24 Hours in Antipolo

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About Marionne
Marionne Dominique Uy Mancol is a filmmaker and freelance writer from Samar. She graduated cum laude from Ateneo de Manila where she studied AB Communication on full scholarship and won Best Thesis for their campaign on women’s empowerment against sexual harassment. Her heart smiles for Jesus, her family and friends, chicken wings, dancing, traveling, and coming home.

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