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And The Best-Kept Tagaytay Secret Is...

by Maia Marquez

No one can resist a good tried-and-tested travel tip. That's why we recently asked Deal Grocer members to share their best #TagaytayTravelTips!*

Here are just some of the submissions that have made it to our short list:

My best travel tip is to leave Manila at around 10PM, take SLEX, and exit via Santa Rosa. The traffic would have really subsided by that time, and the will usually just take an hour and a half! – Coleen Antonio


Instagram: @inogomz

If you’re a sucker for sunsets, I’d highly suggest making a reservation at Marcia Adams’ sunset lounge—you’ll get one of the city’s best late afternoon views! The garden restaurant’s food is also another thing to look forward to. – Martin Lim


It’s great to travel on weekdays! It’s the perfect time to discover new places within the area, as you tend to get the city all to yourself. Not to mention, your travel is almost traffic-free! – Patricia Faye Javier Basa


Instagram: @pat8123

Don’t go home without having a hot bowl of Bulalo. If you want to enjoy your meal with a view, take your pick from the number of restaurants found along the highway, like Leslie’s. However, you can never go wrong with the classic Bulalohan go-to, Mahogany Market. – Angela Del Rosario


Don’t forget to make a reservation to dine at Antonio’s Restaurant. Its head chef, Chef Tonyboy Escalante is the first Filipino chef to have made it into Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2015. – Joey Toledo


And our favorite submission and winner of our Tagaytay’s Best Keep Secrets promo is:

Instagram: @discoveringroutes

It's possible to get to Tagaytay for free! Ride the Resorts World P2P shuttle before 3PM. Get down at McDo Tagaytay-Calamba (a.k.a. The McDo with a view). As long as you’re a Resorts World member, your card can take you places. At around 8PM, leave Tagaytay for ResortsWorld and take the members' shuttle going to your area for free trips again! Plus, a Resorts World Membership is free, too. TIP: When taking the shuttle, make sure you’re only bringing regular bags, backpacks or overnight bag/s, not luggages or suitcases, because the driver won’t allow that. – Trina Ante

Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Do you have more tips to share? Let us know in the comments section below!

Planning a trip to the Windy Ridge? Check out our Travel Guide for a list of things to See, Eat, and Do! Enjoy discounts on Tagaytay stays, day tours, F&B offers, and spa treatments here.

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About Maia
Maia’s passions in life are to travel and tell stories. Born in the States and raised in Manila while having studied in France, her ultimate goal is to travel all countries of the world. While she’s not abroad, she spends time tanning at the beach, exploring the underwater world or chilling with her 13 dogs. Follow her adventures on her Instagram @maiawillseetheworld.

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