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Last updated: April 5, 2022 at 10:30 AM
An iconic landmark in Manila, the walled city of Intramuros holds within it, our culture and history preserved and accessible to the masses. It’s a place for the curious, the adventurous, and for the history-loving Filipinos who want to immerse themselves in a “snapshot” of a pivotal time in our history that shaped our culture.
Don’t know how to make the most of your trip to Intramuros worth it? Some things you can do in Intramuros are:
- going on bike eco-tours
- visiting museums
- saying a prayer or two in their churches like the San Agustin Church and the Manila Cathedral
- playing gold
- taking a photo walk that begins at Fort Santiago
- having a taste, literally, of the different dishes inspired by our past
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And whether you’re a foodie or a hungry human looking to replenish your energy between activities, we’re sure that there’s a restaurant that’ll tickle your fancy. Some of them even offer pick-up and delivery services for those who are still a bit wary to go outside.
Don’t know which ones you may like? Check out 10 iconic restaurants in Intramuros that you definitely have to try!
Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant – Plaza San Luis Complex
Be transported back in time with Filipino and Spanish cuisine at no other place than Barbara’s cuisine which is now reopened for dine-in and delivery. If you decide to dine in, you’ll witness a cultural dance performance and enjoy eating in their Spanish-era-inspired interiors with a charming old-school ambiance.
Notable dishes they offer: Calamares Fritos, Gambas al Ajillo, Arroz A La Cubana, Sinigang Baby Sugpo
Ilustrado – Calle Real Del Palacio
Operating since 1989, Ilustrado is a fine dining Filipino-Spanish that’s open for the public for dine-in, pick-up, and delivery, specializing in world-class Filipino dishes, Spanish dishes, as well as dishes inspired by global cuisines. Dine-in and you’ll fall in love with their traditional-meets-modern interiors, delectable dishes, and humble entertainment.
Recommended dishes: Paella Ilustrado (Meat & Seafood), Adobong Bagnet with Taba ng Talangka, Sampaguita Ice Cream, and Baked Eggplant in Filo
Patio de Conchita – Beaterio St.
If you’re looking for delicious and affordable home-cooked Filipino eats, then Patio de Conchinita – a restaurant for pick-up, take-out, and delivery – is your best bet! It’s a ‘sosyal na carinderia‘ type of restaurant that serves up homey Filipino food in Old Spanish interiors that feel both extra cozy and picturesque.
Recommended dishes: Kalderetang Baka, Seaweed Salad, Sinigang na Itlog ng Isda sa Miso, and Buko Juice.
La Cathedral Cafe – Beaterio
If you want to grab good coffee and pastries in between your Intamuros adventure, we suggest you take a break at La Cathedral Cafe and marvel at the view of the breathtaking Manila Cathedral church. The ambiance is homey and the food is hearty, making it the perfect place to unwind.
Notable dishes they offer: Their selection of coffee and cakes
Note: You may reserve here or message them on Facebook
Batala Bar – General Luna
The Batala Bar is a cozy, homey hub found inside the Philippine Artisan Trade Gallery where you can admire locally handmade products. Apart from beer on tap, they offer a selection of sandwiches, rice bowls, and pasta that fit the modern palate. And of course, for dessert, they have premium ice cream and sundaes!
Notable dishes they offer: Bomba Longga Panini, Bataladobo rice bowl, Malunggay Pesto Spanish Sardines, Crazy Carabao Beer
Store Hours: Open 11am-7pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Coco Bango Cafe – White Knight Hotel
Showcasing the finest food and recipes from the Philippines, Coco Bango Cafe is a restaurant that’ll give you a taste of Filipino, American, and Continental dishes which will take you back in time and beyond Metro Manila with every bite.
Notable dishes they offer: Tapsilog, Continental Breakfast, Sinigang na Baboy, Club House, and Chicken Ala Pobre
Cioccolata Churros Cafe – G/F The Bayleaf Hotel
Located inside The Bayleaf Hotel, Cioccolata Churros Cafe specializes in everyone’s favorite Spanish pastry–the deep-fried churros–served with the sweet deep of your choice: Coffee Caramel or Spanish tsokolate. Aside from those, they also offer a variety of sandwiches, sweet treats, as well as hot and cold drinks.
Notable dishes they offer: Banana Hazelnut Croissant, Grilled Ensaymada, and Dusted Churros
Raffaele Woodfired Pizza – 3/F The Bayleaf Hotel
A 60-seater chic restaurant that changes ambiance depending on your dining time, Raffaele Woodfired Pizza is a restaurant that specializes in pizza with the crust prepared exactly how you like it–crusty or traditional–as well as weekly specials you definitely have to try.
Notable dishes you have to try: Foie Gras and Mushroom Pizza, Salmon and Uni Tartare, Parmesan Risotto, and Roasted Suckling Pig
Store Hours: Thursdays to Sundays, 3 PM to 11 PM
9 Spoons – 9/F The Bayleaf Hotel
Located on the 9th floor of The Bayleaf Hotel and known as the “Penthouse All-Day Dining Restaurant”, 9 Spoons is a modern, casual dining penthouse that serves up stunning views and International dishes. Whether you’re there to admire the Manila skyline and the Intramuros Golf Course or to have a meeting or a private gathering, 9 Spoons has a la carte dishes perfect to fill you up.
Notable dishes they offer: House Pancakes, All-Day Tapa with Egg
Store hours: Breakfast daily from 7 AM to 10 AM
Sky Deck – Rooftop The Bayleaf Hotel
Sky Deck is a rooftop bar located within the walls of Intramuros. It has an unobstructed, 360-degree view of the entire city including the world-famous Manila sunset. Cap off your night with a breathtaking view as well as a number of bar chows, tapas, and alcoholic drinks ranging from wines to beers, and even cocktails.
Notable dishes and drinks they offer: Mexican Fries, Spicy Gyoza, Chimichangas, Carnitas, and Vietnamese Wings
Store Hours: Open daily from 4 PM to 10:30 PM with 2-seatings: First seating: 4 PM to 7 PM; Second seating: 7 PM to 10:30 PM
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