Gotta love halo-halo!
It’s like summer all year round in Manila. Whether it’s the peak of summer or the ber months, we’re all just looking for something to help cool us down and freshen us up. There are lots of cold desserts out there, but nothing beats Halo-Halo as the classic summer cooler.
Probably the most recognized Filipino dessert, Halo-Halo is a favorite among many. There are a lot of places out there that serve this icy treat, and we’ve sat down to list the best of them in this article. Check them out and beat the heat!
Milkyway Cafe – multiple branches
Where’s the best place to get Halo-halo in the metro? For many, nothing can quite do it like Milkyway Cafe! This restaurant in Makati has been around since 1962, serving classic Filipino dishes just like their award-winning Milky Way Kare Kare, Baby Crispy Pata, US Bistek Tagalog, and Dinuguan at Puto!
Aristocrat Restaurant – multiple branches
This Filipino classic has been around since the early 1900s and it has organically evolved from its original food truck stand in Luneta to the Filipino restaurant giant that it is today. The iconic and historic Aristocrat restaurant is a household name for many Filipinos who want to enjoy their local favorites at affordable prices.
Razon’s of Guagua – multiple branches
Pampanga is famous for being the culinary capital of the Philippines and this Kapampangan restaurant prides itself in being one of the best places to get halo-halo. Razon’s halo-halo looks simple but what makes it special is the finely shaved ice that they use, very similar to Korean bingsu’s “snow” ice.
Bebang Halo-Halo – Mandaluyong
Bebang Halo-Halo is a famous spot in Mandaluyong that serves generous and delicious cups of, you guessed it, Halo-Halo. They offer a variety of flavors like Matcha, Melon, and Buko Pandan, plus other desserts like Mango Graham and Mais Con yelo!
Little Quiapo – Quezon City and Paranaque
Little Quiapo has big surprises in store for your palate! Ever since 1949, this restaurant has been serving the best Palabok and Halo-Halo in town. But don’t take our word for it, go ahead and take a bite!
Chowking – multiple branches
Chowking offers a combination of Chinese and Western cuisine, a fast food style. Their signature halo-halo has satisfied many Filipinos for generations and has even been approved by the Queen of all Media herself, Kris Aquino.
Manam – multiple branches
As the haven of Filipino comfort dishes, Manam offers classic favorites like House Crispy Sisig as well as exciting twists like Sinigang na Beef Short Rib with Watermelon. But apart from savory meals, they also serve desserts to die for, such as their Namnam Halo-Halo!
Icebergs – multiple branches
With numerous branches around the metro, Icebergs is a certified dessert haven for obvious reasons. Aside from their famous banana splits, Icebergs is also known for their sizzling sisig and crunchy tacos. We dare you to finish a whole order of their Super Halo-Halo in one sitting!
Ilustrado – Intramuros
Ilustrado is a fine-dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city, of Intramuros. Ilustrado features a Hispanic architectural design with old-world interiors and is known to serve world-class Filipino, Spanish, as well as Global cuisines.
Max’s Restaurant – multiple branches
Max’s Restaurant has been around since our grandparents’ time. In one way or another, we all grew up with Max’s and that’s why their simple and reliable Filipino offering keeps us coming back for more.
Kabigting’s Halo-Halo – Quezon City
Kabigting’s is a classic spot for Halo-Halo that’s well-loved by Filipinos. They’re also home to other Filipino comfort food dishes!
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G/F, Congressional Ave, T&K Bldg., Bago Bantay, Quezon City
Tropical Hut – multiple branches
Famous for its burgers, sandwiches, and macaroni salad, Tropical Hut is practically an institution when it comes to serving Pinoy favorites. Try their Halo-Halo–it’s jam-packed with toppings!
Crisostomo – multiple branches
Crisostomo shines the spotlight on the country’s cuisine. The restaurant, named after the protagonist in Jose Rizal’s acclaimed novel, Noli Me Tangere, is the brainchild of celebrity chef, Florabel Co-Yatco. Their dishes will take you back to the turn of the century.
Kuya J – multiple branches
Kuya J, formerly “Ang Kan-anan ni Kuya J”, is a casual dining restaurant from Cebu that offers well-loved home-cooked Filipino dishes. They have hot-off-the-grill items like pork barbecue, chicken barbecue, stuffed squid with barbecue sauce, and more!
Bench Cafe – multiple branches
Grab a seat at Bench Café and experience a burst of flavor from their breakfast specials, all-day merienda offerings, meaty meals, seafood goodness, and heavenly desserts!
Mang Inasal – multiple branches
Loved by our very own Darna, Angel Locsin, Mang Inasal’s Halo-halo proves to be the perfect finish to the restaurant’s famous grilled chicken and barbecue! Milky, creamy, and full of sweet toppings— this dessert is worth your every peso.
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