Go Local: 10 Must Try Cafe and Restaurants in Legazpi, Albay
You’ll be surprised to know that in span of few years Legazpi City has reinvented itself with local food business that really gives unique feeling of being home. We went to treat ourselves to few of the many local food hubs, asked around foodies in town to rate best sellers and made this list to get you a whiff of what’s cooking in these awesome food hubs in Legazpi City.
Small Talk Cafe
Quaint, homey and welcoming. Pictures of Old Albay hanging on the wall welcomes you and take you right through old memory lane. They have showcase menu that sells to tourists well like, volcano shaped rice and pizza. The quality of the food is good, it is too much level-up for gourmet home cooked meals. Small Talk Cafe is a nice place to hold meetings, too. Price is reasonable for the food and service.
Must try: pasta pinangat, guinobatan longsilog, bicol express pasta, tuna carbonara, pork barbecue, laing, pork skewers in peanut dip, cordon bleu, chocolate mousse, blueberry cheesecake, baby back ribs
Get a decent array of buffet of buffet food for 250php! Waway’s Restaurant is the best place for you to spend for a sumptuous lunch or buffet dinner, without hurting your pocket and only hurting your stomach due to making it too full. I eat at this restaurant usually when there are special occasions – like when friends treat friends to celebrate their birthdays. There’s a lot in the menu buffet catering Filipino dishes. Juices are also unlimited, along with desserts.
Must try: crispy kangkong, lechon, liempo, dinuguan, menudo, bicol express, mixed veggies, pancit
Boklan Food Center
Comfort foods, classic go-to place for celebrations, affordable chinese food. One of the best family-run Chinese-Filipoino fusion restaurants in Albay. Best for family dinners. The place is also packed with people during lunchtime. Everyone who’s in for a treat without so much time can drop by real quick as it is located at the city proper.
Must try: buttered chicken, sweet and sour lapu-lapu, sinigang na hipon, chop suey rice and hototay soup
Easily the best iced tea blend in town!
Secret menu: they still make mixed veggies! In case you want it low-key, they have tasty goto with egg and chicharon bits. For breakfast, their is the bomb. Their experimental juice drinks, shakes and sweet cakes are well worth it too. For a fast food, they offer excellent sides like kimchi and cheesy potato. Interiors are well coordinated to give nostalgia for the 50s. large sized crispy chicken, steaks,
Must try: extra supreme burger, fries and ribs, bangusilog, Cajun flavor chicken, pork kebabs, tuna salpicao, korean spare ribs, green salad
1st Colonial Grill
Unlimited tinapa rice? Yes please. I love 1st Colonial Grill’s Sisig Meal which has vegetables and tinapa rice. For desserts, indulge yourself with their wide selection of sweets and spices – sili ice cream comes in 3 spice levels, tinutungan and pili ice cream taste too good too. Their blended chocolates and coffee drinks are as good as your local coffee shop too.
Must try: kare-kare, sili ice cream, laing, BBM6, tuna belly, vegetables spring roll, sisig pasta, liempo, ginataang chop suey
528 Ilawod Cafe
One of the best, if not the best cafe in Albay. Ilawod is quiet, cozy, clean, artsy, homey and it pretty much has all the qualities of the local coffee shop you are looking for. I love everything about this place, even their bathroom (especially their bathroom!) The owners and staff are so accommodating, they partner with local sellers and display their products. They prioritize and advertise local-grown coffee in their menu, and the ambiance is just so relaxing. Convenient to study or hold small group meetings.
Must try: affogato coffee, matcha flavored goods, chicken fajita, pasta, k&k rice, tapsilog, tinapa pasta, bacon & mushroom carbonara, adobo sa asin, salted cookies, yema tarts, classic bacon waffle, kimchi rice, korean beef
Balay Cena Una
If you are into ancestral home turned restaurant and you have a little more to spend, then this is the right place for you. They are tasty and i finished them in less than 10 minutes. That’s how good it is.
Must try: blueberry cheesecake, chicken pork adobo in rosemary, chicken lollipops
La Mia Tazza Cafe
Study nook, coffee and cakes! Located at the center of its hustle and bustle, its wooden chairs, classy interior, and spacious two-floor building will make you feel that you’re at home. Practically tried almost everything in their hot and cold beverage menu and i can say that this is good value for your 120php. Coffee lovers, may find their beverages sweet though, so you might want to ask the barista to tone down on the sugar level.
Must try: cold pili tazzino blended coffee, fresh lumpia, pili cake, brewed coffee, cafe mocha, chocolate, white mocha, matcha, chicken pasta, lasagna, salmon carbonara
Pizza and beer on a 1970s classic movie theme? If your answer is yes, then Godfather won’t disappoint. Their pizza is freshly cooked from the time you ordered it, it is cheesy, meaty and tasty. The ambiance is pretty cozy for a pretty small place too. It has an intimate vibe and an ideal place to catch up with close friends.
Must try: pesto pasta, tapsilog, brewed coffee, pizza
Good food and music close to the university. If you’re up for a quick lunch or date this place is a few steps a way from Bicol Unioversity. Pastries and coffee are good! Mixed reviews for fish fillet. Beef tapa is one of the most recommended.
Must try: tapa, spare ribs, fish fillet, iced mocha cafe, cheesecakes, chili con carne, freak shakes
All of these places could easily compete with national cafe and restaurants. Too bad for now if you are not from here, you’ll have to visit Legazpi City to get a taste of them but it’s only a matter of time before these establishments branch out next to you. Bicol Directories supports and promotes local businesses. Go local with your meals and food getaways and surprise yourself with homey treats!
Thanks to Jen Arbo, Quin Vargas, Yssa Sta. Ana, Macy Avila, Icon San Jose, Paulette Miraflor amd Karol Octeza for helping us with the reviews through their first-hand personal experiences and attention to detail and creativity.