Xeng is a researcher at the University of the Philippines where she is working on a dissertation for her Masters in Communication.
My Home, Antipolo
Antipolo is an emerging city located near Metro Manila in the Philippines. It's a fast-growing city with various shopping places, schools, restaurants, cafes, resorts, and many other amenities.
While I have lived in Antipolo my whole life, I still have so much left to discover. Being the foodie that I am, I feel like I have yet to try all the restaurants and eateries in the area. Here is a list of the places I've tried so far, and what I liked about them.
Note: Fast food and other chain restaurants will not be included on this list.
Read on to learn about some of Antipolo's tastiest eats!
Seisha Coffee Shop
Seisha, originally derived from the word shisha which means "an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water," 1 is a quaint little restaurant found along the streets of Antipolo.
True to its name, Seisha Coffee Shop offers its customers flavored hookah, which they can smoke while enjoying a steaming mug of cappuccino or a tall glass of white mocha frappuccino. The food is great and the prices are reasonable. Be sure to try out their famous Seisha Clubhouse sandwich—you'll definitely agree that it's one of the best clubhouse sandwiches that you've ever tried.
They also offer a variety of desserts and pastries for less than a hundred pesos with free wifi to boot. So, be sure to drop by if you're in the area.
1 Shisha definition retrieved from The Free Dictionary
The Coffee Place Andalucia
The Coffee Place Andalucia is on Circumferential Rd.—a stone's throw away from their other Seisha branch in Antipolo. However, despite its inconvenient location for some, The Coffee Place Andalucia's nice ambiance keeps its patrons coming back for more.
Also, unlike the cafe mentioned above, The Coffee Place Andalucia serves a whole lot more than your usual fare of just coffee and sandwiches. This charming little shop boasts of a wide array of food items that are sure to make you crave for more. This includes delicious rice meals, and pasta, among others. Their drinks also have quirky names, which add to the cafe's charm.
The Coffee Place Andalucia is located at the High Five Arcade, Circumferential Rd., Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City.
Cafe Cristina Bar and Resto
Cafe Cristina was originally the go-to cafe for the guests of the Cristina Villas Mountain Resort and Hotel. Now, with three branches all over Antipolo (one of which can be found along Marcos Highway) it caters to the gastronomic needs of not only the Antipolenos but also the Rizalenos in general.
The cafe serves huge servings of delicious crispy binagoongan, sandwiches, crispy pata, and offers a 2-piece fried chicken meal.
The upstairs function hall can also be used for meetings and other gatherings for the very fair price of only P3000. Be sure to drop by its branch near Shopwise in Antipolo. The homey vibe will make you come back for more.
Tiolo, as far as I know, is Antipolo's first BBQ and steaks joint. However, they have a variety of other offerings, as well. Craving pasta? Head to Tiolo. In the mood for some inexpensive but healthy and creamy soup? They have that, too! Feeling vegan for a day? Try out their fresh lumpia.
Tiolo has something for everybody, at fair prices too. You have a choice of cream of mushroom or creamy pumpkin soup for as low as 40 pesos ($1), and ribs for only 165 pesos ($4)! Head on over to Tiolo and get your mouthwatering steaks, and then some, for only a fraction of the cost.
Open from 10 am to 10 pm, Tiolo can satisfy your craving any time of the day. They also offer deliveries.
Tiolo is located at 2145 Circumferential Rd. Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City.
Louisiannah's Coffee Bar and Bakeshoppe
If you want to binge on a budget at a nice and cozy spot in town, Louisiannah's is the place for you. Where else can you find food for sharing below 100php ($2.5)?
Previously located at the 2nd floor of the building beside the Antipolo United Methodist Church in Rodriguez Ave, Louisiannah's Coffee Bar and Bakeshoppe recently re-launched at a new location near the Gems Hotel and Conference Center, still along Rodriguez Ave. in Antipolo. They're now even cozier, with brighter interiors.
The staff at Louisiannah's are very friendly and welcoming -- they're people that you can joke around with, even on your first visit to the place.
Food suggestions? Make sure to try their keema and keebdah with pita bread. It'll fill you up for cheap, without sacrificing taste or flavor. Louisiannah also offers pasta. Lastly, being that they're a bakeshop, they also serve cakes. They also have free Wi-Fi for their patrons.
It's the perfect place to bum around with friends. I'd love to head back here it if weren't so out of the way from me.
La Travieza Seafood Restaurant
La Travieza has been around for quite a while, and I finally was able to visit recently for a friend's wedding reception. We were treated to a sumptuous all-you-can-eat buffet, which costs around P280.00 per person. As is the case at most buffet restaurants, La Travieza has a policy against sharing, leftovers, and takeout.
While they are a seafood restaurant, the buffet also offers a variety of other foods, such as:
- Meat viands
As you can see, there's a lot of food offerings. On top of that, it's tasty. Their food style is more similar to home-cooking, while still maintaining enough of a restaurant-quality to satiate most appetites.
Aside from the buffet, there are also individual and combo meals for ordering. True to its name, most of these combos consist of seafood. However, in an effort to cater to different tastes, there are also meat offerings for short orders—they even have a grilled section featuring different cuts of steak.
La Travieza is a great restaurant to visit when you're in the mood to eat a hearty, endless meal.
Texas Embassy Burger & Fish and Chips
Texas Embassy is a fairly new addition to the growing number of restaurants and cafes in Antipolo City. As the name suggests, it is a burger joint that also serves fish and chips. Pretty neat, huh?
The place is located near Licos Park, along Circumferential Road. It used to be an eat-all-you-can place called MyPot which served all-you-can-eat home-cooked meals for only Php 199. This new restaurant, however, is a little bit classier that what was previously there, serving meals with prices ranging from Php 80 to Php 350.
While it was a burger joint that serves fish and chips, I decided to not order their bestseller. Instead, I went for the rib-eye steak which they were also offering. It was perfectly medium rare and the taste was fine. However, the plate it was served on was plastic and to be honest, it turned me off a little bit. To add to that, the knife seemed a little more like a butter knife than a steak knife which is why I had a hard time slicing my meat.
My boyfriend got a cheeseburger and found it tasty although he did not see the cheese anywhere. He later realized that the cheese melted in the heat of the patty.
Other Restaurants Worth Noting
As mentioned, there are still many restaurants in my town that I've yet to try. Once I do, I'll be sure to update this Hub. Here are some that you can look forward to hopefully reading about, soon:
- Calleza Grill
- Kampai Sushi Bar
- Mai Leaf
- Siena Cafe
- Crescent Cafe
Did I miss anything? Any other good spots that we should head to around the area? Let me know in your comments below!
Xeng (author) from Philippines on January 31, 2018:
Hey, Del! For a cafe with a view, you can go to Cafe Agusta, near Pinto Art Museum. If you're looking for ones along Sumulong Highway, you can try Cafe Lupe and Yellow Lantern Cafe, both of which can be found at the Comodaville compound. :)
del on January 30, 2018:
hi Xeng, any noteworthy cafe with overlooking view in Antipolo you may suggest? thanks
Xeng (author) from Philippines on July 15, 2015:
Hi Shay! Yeah, you're right. I haven't updated the hub in a while. I've been to Filio and it's also a good place. :) Need to update soon. Thanks for commenting.
Shay on July 12, 2015:
Coffee Place Andalucia is not existing anymore. It has been Filio Bistro for more or less than a year. I am not so sure if Lousiannah's is still operating because everytime I go to the area, it is close
poetryman6969 on January 26, 2015:
A real smoke shop? I would love to see it.
Xeng (author) from Philippines on August 24, 2014:
Hi Alrich. Yeah, why not? I haven't really tried any of the shops there yet so I'll probably go one of these days. Will let you know how it went. :)
Aldrich on August 24, 2014:
Hi. I would like to invite you to try Marison's its at the Village Center along ML Quezon Ave. Ext going towards Thunderbird
Xeng (author) from Philippines on April 08, 2014:
Nonikko, sorry to hear that about your experience in Giants. We've tried it once and the food was alright naman. You should've addressed the management about the "lapsed" or spoiled meals. Maybe next time? :)
Anyway, Giants wasn't mentioned here because it's fairly new and I've only been there once. :)
nonikko on April 02, 2014:
Try all of those restaurants and cafes wag lang sa Giants... Lapsed mga pagkaen na sineserve... Nakakadisappoint, mahal na nga tapos ganun pa!... #Giants #WalangKwentangPagkain #ServingLapsedProducts
Xeng (author) from Philippines on April 04, 2013:
:D back. hihi.
Nemi on April 04, 2013:
the article and the author. :D