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Gotta halove halo-halo

With the intense heat that’s taken over Manila recently, we’re all 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.

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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 summer heat!

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.

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Hukad – multiple branches

Hukad hails all the way from Cebu, and serves grilled dishes like the Lechon de Cebu and crispy pata. But more than just their pork offerings, Hukad has a huge menu full of Filipino favorites that will make your stomach glad to be Filipino.

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Icebergs – multiple branches

With 18 branches and counting, 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!

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Ilustrado – Intramuros

Ilustrado is a fine dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city, Intramuros. Ilustrado features a Hispanic architectural design with old-world interiors and known to serve world-class Filipino, Spanish, as well as Global cuisines.

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744 General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila
(+632) 527-36-74 | (+632) 527-23-45

Aristocrat Restaurant – multiple branches

This Filipino classic has been around since the early 1900’s 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.

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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.

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Milky Way of Malate – Tuscany Estates

Milky Way is known for its cool treats and traditional Spanish/Filipino food. Come through for an explosion of flavors in every order of their MW Special Halo-Halo.

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G/F Tuscany Estates, Upper McKinley Rd, McKinley Hill, Taguig
(0951) 661-9277; 8823-5088

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.

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Sentro 1771 – Capitol Commons

This well-known Filipino restaurant is popular for its unique corned beef sinigang. But did you know that they also serve halo-halo? Sentro takes pride in its fresh, homemade ingredients which include the leche flan and the ube toppings for this “quintessential Filipino dessert.”

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Chowking – multiple branches

Chowking offers a combination of Chinese and Western cuisine, fast food-style. Their signature halo-halo has satisfied many Filipinos for generations and even approved by the Queen of all Media herself, Kris Aquino.

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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!

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The Lobby – The Peninsula Manila

Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo once said in his article that the Pen was the first to serve the halo-halo in special oversized bowls to its high-class patrons. Their Halo-Halo Parfait can be a good companion as you quietly enjoy the timeless ambiance of the hotel’s lobby.

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The Peninsula Manila, Ayala Ave, Urdaneta, Makati
+63 2 887-2888

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!

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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!

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Little Quiapo – Quezon City

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!

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90 Malakas St, Diliman, Quezon City
89214070 | 89291660 | 09177061053

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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