Where to Find Bacolod's Best Napoleones: Pendy’s vs. Merci
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.
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.
Table of Comparison
10 pieces @ P140
12 pieces @ P145
Thinner and has a melt-in-your-mouth texture
Thicker but has less apparent melt-in-your-mouth texture
Smooth and velvety
Dry and lacks smoothness in texture
Softer, fresher and tastier
Lacks freshness and texture isn’t so great
Simple yet elegant
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?
Where to Find Napoleones?
Questions & Answers
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.