10 Places To Visit When In Dumaguete | Travel Guide
Business and pleasure brought me to my feet and made me pack my bags up to venture on a six hours drive from the City of Smiles to the City of the Gentle People.
I’m back in Dumaguete, again, I love the fact how this city bridges me to all the beautiful beaches that are close to this island, such as Oslob, Siquijor, Apo, Sumilon Island. More than that, this place has a lot to offer, and here goes my list of the things to do and places to visit in the City of Gentle People.
Painitan sa Tiangge
Hot thick chocolate is served in small cup and freshly cooked puto, each sold for 10php. Some would choose to have it paired with mangoes, other option is to also try their budbod suman for 12php.
I recommend trying out Lourdes Eves store as one of my local friend in Silliman’s gave me that tip, it has one of the tastiest version of chocolate and puto.
Gabby’s Bed and breakfast
Gabby’s Bistro at Florentina Homes may be one of the go to’s of most tourist, but make sure not to miss to drop by at Gabby’s Bed & Breakfast. Their Rooms & Restaurant walls are fully colored with creative paintings. If you choose not to book your stay here at least try out their tasty big breakfast.
I can say that for a price of 160php this Gabby’s breakfast was worth every money that I spent.
Sans Rival Bistro
Their cup of cappuccino for 50php always brings me back to this place, I think I got a complete attendance for the whole week duration of my stay in Dumaguete.
The interiors are also simple, but to avoid all the noise inside the resto I always make it to a point to station at the terrace area, with a good view of the sea and sight the not so busy boulevard avenue where people walk their dogs while others awaits a good afternoon view..
They’re open till 11pm, I bought half a dozen box of Silvana’s for pasalubong.
Silvana is a Filipino Dessert that’s made from layer of buttercream sandwiched between two cashew-merigue wafers coated with cookie crumbs, and oh, it goes perfectly with a cup of coffee.
Bossing’s Tempura at Silliman University
You cannot leave Dumaguete till you try out the ever famous level 5 sauce challenge of Bossing’s Tempura.
I first encountered Bossing’s Tempura way back in 2010 and how time flies by that now he still has the same spot in the Uni but this time with a bigger signage.
His special sauce starts with a mild version of spiciness known as level 1, as the level increases so does the level of spiciness. The level 5 sauce are only made for the bravest soul in the campus, so if you’re one of them and you are up for the challenge don’t miss out in visiting Bossing’s Tempura at Siliman University.
Lucky for me it was Sillimans’ 115th Founders Week, a celebration in remembrance when SU first opeened its gates 115 years ago. Also I was able to witness the famoud Hibalag Booth Festival, there were activities all through out the day and students showcasing their talents.
The Bean Connection
And since we are talking about Siliman University, I was able to drop by at The Bean Connection just right beside the Uni. I had a glass of their Kiwi Apple Soda, not bad for a 60php drink. I’ve been to this place several times already, but I finally had the time to really sit down and look around the interior and how the crews do their job.
Interiors is really chic and fun, they have second floor as well, means that the place is really big. Both students and young professional can be spotted in this place.
I fancy the mini stage at the side of the café where they display images of popular music icons, and during one thirsty night after my visit in the Uni, I decided to grab another glass of kiwi soda. My friend and I were able to enjoy a good sound of music with their “Open Mic” acoustic band.
Sky gazing & Fishball at Rizal Boulevard
Long walks have never been my thing, but whenever I’m in Dumaguete, the boulevard seems to be pretty inviting. Don’t forget to bring your camera with you as you take short steps and long pauses while enjoying a breathtaking view of the sky.
As the place goes dark, there’s a line of numerous food stalls selling fishballs, tempura and balut, there’s a readily prepared tables and chairs as well which makes your stay more comfortable.
It was late night when I noticed this Kalesa parking at the side of the boulevard, they normally priced their passengers around 50php to 100php, and will give you a tour within the boulevard area.
Also found the newest restaurant in town! it may not look like as it is in other cities. Same good delicious burgers, sauges and back ribs, but the god news is, it’s way cheaper in Dumaguete.
My eyes were feasting to the interiors of this cafe, old cars turned into tables and rooms, and big old drum (container) turned into chairs. Kudos to the crews as well for being so accommodating and quick to our needs.
If you plan on a short catch up with friends in a quiet place with very good Asian fusion cuisine, then try out Kri Restaurant just across Silliman University.
Yes, a room full of wine bottles usually amuses me that’s why I decided to visit this place.
Dessert was on my list though, one sweet Mango pie with vanilla ice-cream to cap any stressful day.
And if you’re thinking where to stay when you visit dumaguete, I know that there’s a lot of options to consider with the number of hostels that has cheap and reasonable prices. But then there’s Harolds Mansion, where I stayed during my long week business trip. Their dorm type room for 300php was fully booked so I opted for the 400php single bedroom, this goes out for back packers like me who normally by day goes out to work or roam around the city then head back to the hostel by night time to rest.
Harold’s mansion turns out to be a hive for the travelers & foreigners, as they offer diving tour packages to different islands near dumaguete.
The place has good wifi signal, which I really need since I work online. My room was situated at the roofdeck area, 4th floor. They serve free breakfast for their customers, coffee, puto and pandesal. The place and surrounding is clean, it’s not too luxurious but I can assure you that the place is neat and clean. The roofdeck has a mini garden where they plant all sorts of vegetables and grasses.
Whether you’re staying for a day or two I know you will have the time to visit these places. The list can go on though, but that only means I will have to be back again to this city anytime soon to come up with another blog.
Till then, let’s continue to Pursue our Personal Passion.