Where to Find Bacolod's Best Napoleones: Pendy’s vs. Merci

Updated on January 22, 2019
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Renz lives in the Philippines. He's passionate about food and created his own food blog, A Not-So-Popular Kid.

The fine Napoleones of Bacolod, Philippines
The fine Napoleones of Bacolod, Philippines

Bacolod, Philippines

The city of Bacolod, in the Philippines, is well known for its sugar industry. It is also famous for its sweet delicacies, especially Napoleones, which is an all-time favorite of locals and tourists alike. In this article, I'd like to compare two famous local producers of Napoleones: Pendy's and Merci.

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Merci, a convenient food souvenir shop inside Bacolod AirportMerci's Napoleones Pendy's, "home of the famous Napoleones"Pendy's Napoleones
Merci, a convenient food souvenir shop inside Bacolod Airport
Merci, a convenient food souvenir shop inside Bacolod Airport
Merci's Napoleones
Merci's Napoleones
Pendy's, "home of the famous Napoleones"
Pendy's, "home of the famous Napoleones"
Pendy's Napoleones
Pendy's Napoleones

What Are Napoleones?

In case you're not familiar with these famous local delicacies, Napoleones are puff pastries with delicious, custard-like filling topped with sugar glazing. If you have a sweet tooth, you will surely enjoy this treat. It may even become one of your all-time favorites!

Napoleones Make Great Souvenirs

If you arrive at Bacolod Airport and realize you've forgotten to buy your souvenirs, or if you realize the souvenirs you've already purchased need to be supplemented, fret not. You can find most of what you need at Merci, which is conveniently located inside the airport. This shop sells some wonderful Napoleones.

If you have time in the city of Bacolod before heading to the airport, you could visit Pendy's on 25th Street. They carry a wide selection of food souvenirs, including many that are freshly made right there in the shop.

In this article, I'd like to provide a comparison that will help you choose between Merci and Pendy’s.

Pendy's vs. Merci: Who offers the better-tasting Napoleones?
Pendy's vs. Merci: Who offers the better-tasting Napoleones?

Table of Comparison

 
Pendy's
Merci
Price
10 pieces @ P140
12 pieces @ P145
Sugar Glazing
Thinner and has a melt-in-your-mouth texture
Thicker but has less apparent melt-in-your-mouth texture
Sweetness
Sweeter
Just right
Filling
Smooth and velvety
Dry and lacks smoothness in texture
Crust
Softer, fresher and tastier
Lacks freshness and texture isn’t so great
Packaging
Simple yet elegant
Commercialized design
Other remarks
More memorable
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My Verdict

In my opinion, Pendy's offers better Napoleones than Merci. My family agreed: When I shared these treats with them, they also chose Pendy's over Merci. Another bonus is that, considering the quality, Pendy's offers cheaper Napoleones.

Now, let me know what you think by participating in the poll below.

What Do You Think?

Which of the two offers the finer Napoleones?

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Where to Find Napoleones?

A
Pendy's Store:
25th Street, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

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B
Merci in Bacolod Airport:
Bacolod-Silay International Airport (BCD), Silay City 6116, Philippines

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Questions & Answers

  • How could the Pendy's price cheaper? How would one calculate a Pendy's price change?

    Prices in this article may no longer be updated since this was written years back. Pendy's prices (using the old prices) is definitely more expensive on its face, but when you factor in the quality, you'll realize that Pendy's will have better value for money. In this sense, it's "cheaper".

  • Is Pendy's Napoleones available in Manila?

    As far as I know, there are no retailers of Pendy's Napoleones here in Manila. It's perhaps due to preservation of the pastry's freshness.

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    • yougotme profile imageAUTHOR

      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      17 months ago from Manila

      @Kim, definitely Pendy's! Hands down. For piayaya of course it's Bongbong's.

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      Kim 

      17 months ago

      Pendy's or bongbong's?

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      19 months ago from Manila

      Well, it's always better safe than risking it. However, they say that you have 1 month from the time of expiry, and I guess you can judge it by the appearance, texture and taste. Since it was in a freezer as well, it might have preserved it somehow.

      Just be careful! :)

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      adsi 

      19 months ago

      my sister forgot that she has a Napoleones at the freezer, when I visited her place she gave it to me but the expiry date was Oct 9 2017, gustong gusto kung kainin, pwede pa po ba?

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      Khaye 

      2 years ago

      Hi ! I want to ask if where can I buy Napoleones here in Manila? Thank you :)

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      Danica 

      3 years ago

      Do you have any branches in Metro Manila? Roli's bakeshop is nowhere to be found and the contact number posted on the website is not answering any of my messages and phone calls. Thanks!

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      4 years ago from Manila

      You're welcome! Enjoy Bacolod and the Napoleones! :D

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      Reddie 

      4 years ago

      Thanks Renz! Pendy's Napoleones it is.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 

      6 years ago from Manila

      You're welcome! I'm glad you appreciated it

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      junjun 

      6 years ago

      thnks for the review

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