You’re in the birthplace of the widely renowned silvanas, but don’t just stop there. The city is home to so much food stalls, restaurants, and bars, that you can actually eat your way around the city and rediscover how great cooks Filipinos really are. Don’t be afraid to ask the locals where to eat and what to eat while you’re there — you’ll be surprised at how much food you can learn to love within a short span of time.

Check Out:

  • Hayahay Treehouse Bar and View Deck. Hayahay faces the harbor, and welcomes people with great pizza, beer, and music. With a wide-ranged menu that goes from pizza to seafood to the usual Filipino favorites, a full, happy stomach is guaranteed for you.
  • SansRival Cakes and Pastries. Since we’ve already mentioned it, head on out to SansRival and take a bite of their famous silvanas and cakes. And any journey to Dumaguete is not complete until you get to take some home to share with family and friends.
  • Lab-as Seafood Restaurant. A well-loved mainstay in the city since 1988, head to Lab-as for great seafood dishes. Try their famous sinuglaw, the Dumaguete Express, and their sizzling blue marlin.
  • Lantaw Native Restaurant. The food in Lantaw not only screams undeniably Filipino — even their interiors do. Don’t forget to try their crispy pata, crispy pancit, and grilled tuna belly.
  • Or choose to walk along Rizal Boulevard towards Escaño Avenue, and take a pick out of the various street food sold along the waterfront.