La Union is known for its surf scene, however foodies know that it’s additionally a terrific place to go on a meals journey. Yow will discover a wide range of Filipino and worldwide delicacies right here catering to all types of vacationers, from weekend warriors on a finances, barkadas within the temper to occasion, and households with the entire clan in tow.
Whereas there are lots of new locations concentrated within the surf space of San Juan together with vegan-friendly cafes and craft beer spots catering to the youthful seashore crowd, you can too discover different eating places with distinctive ideas unfold out in La Union’s different cities.
I not too long ago acquired to pattern just a few new locations in La Union throughout the #NLEXLakbay Norte Media tour together with different mainstream media representatives and content material creators on a convoy of Mitsubishi Xpanders. Our cozy rides took us round native haunts in different cities like San Fernando, Agoo, Bauang, Luna, and Bacnotan for nice eats, together with sightseeing, memento procuring, and extra.
In case you’re planning to drive to Elyu quickly, listed here are just a few thrilling new eating places and a few previous classics you possibly can go to in 2024 and past.
Lomboy Farms established in 1972 within the city of Bauang is well-known for pioneering grape farming within the Philippines. You possibly can’t miss the indicators promoting grape selecting on varied farms alongside the street, lots of that are family-run companies of earlier staff who discovered to propagate grapes themselves. In 2019, simply earlier than the pandemic hit, Lomboy Farms launched Uvas Cafe, a country farm-to-table winery cafe.
Diners can decide grapes throughout harvest season (3 instances a 12 months), attempt wine tasting, and luxuriate in dishes and drinks infused with grapes and different farm harvests all 12 months spherical. Proper throughout the street from the principle restaurant is the Grape Barn, a sustainably-designed eating space constituted of upcycled supplies and al fresco seating. The bike-friendly extension space is right for internet hosting non-public occasions and gatherings with buffet-style spreads.
Signature dishes right here embody the Grape Pizza, Salad with Wine French dressing, Hen Pesto, Lechon Kawali with Guapple Sarsa, Grilled Fish with Grape Tartare, Stuffed Grape Leaves, and Focaccia Bread. Fruit wines embody Rosa Grape, Wild Blackberry Wine, Guapple Wine, Pitaya Wine, and Dragon Fruit harvested from their vineyards.
Uvas Cafe and Lomboy Farms, #68 MacArthur Freeway, Bauang, La Union
Lakay In the past is a nature park in Agoo with a small hobbit-inspired nook and an al fresco restaurant set in a hilly backyard space. This refreshing backyard and eco-park is crammed with totally different styles of Bougainvillea (La Union’s provincial flower), and provides a great spot for sundown views overlooking the city.
They provide tenting grounds and may function a venue for weddings, birthdays, and different particular occasions. Their restaurant serves mild meals and snacks like hen, pasta, pizza, iced chilly espresso and extra. In addition they cater meals for occasions with dishes like Pancit Batil Patong, Pan Grilled Clubhouse, Buffalo Wings, and Fishydobo.
Lakay In the past Nature’s Park. Brgy. San Agustin East Agoo, La Union.
Should you’re a fan of artwork galleries and and like searching down secret spots, Ciano Umok in Bauang provides a peaceable retreat. This artwork gallery cafe was based by visible artist Cesar “Ciano” Dumo in 2017.
“Umok” is claimed to be an Ilocano time period for fowl’s nest, which is becoming for a way peacefully nestled the work of native artists are on this open-air gallery amidst pure environment. The artwork gallery has a small cafe serving mild meals and refreshments like iced espresso and bestseller Halo-Halo.
Ciano Umok Gallery Cafe, Palugsi-Limmansangan, Bauang La Union.
Halo-Halo de Iloko, which has been round since 2004, is without doubt one of the traditional eating locations in San Fernando. Regardless of its distance from the principle browsing space in San Juan, locals and vacationers actually exit of their strategy to dine right here. It’s at the moment situated in an ancestral house-turned-restaurant, however plans are underway to maneuver to a much bigger location quickly.
This standard resto serves Ilokano delicacies that makes use of all-natural, contemporary and regionally sourced components. We acquired to attempt specialties like Okoy Tikyosko (Shrimp Fritters), Sinampalukang Buknok (Simapalukang Manok with Buko), Binagoongan, Pinakbet, and extra.
Their signature Halo-Halo, which makes use of native fruits, wafers, and topped with cheese, could be very filling. In addition they have a twist on the favored dessert with their Fried Halo-Halo, which makes use of typical halo-halo components wrapped an fried in a lumpia wrapper, topped with ice cream, ube, cheese and a cherry on prime.
Halo-Halo de Iloko, Zandueta St, San Fernando, La Union.
Should you’re within the temper for conventional Filipino meals and classic vibes, remember to take a look at Don Segundo Home of Antiques & Restaurant. This vintage home, occasions house, and restaurant which opened in 2019, serves scrumptious and inexpensive Filipino and Ilocano dishes.
Guests can go searching an previous home/museum that shows an eclectic assortment of artifacts from the proprietor’s non-public assortment or do rustic and vintage-themed photoshoots.
Don Segundo serves scrumptious variations of Dinakdakan, Kare-Kare, Pigar-Pigar, Pork Sisig, Tofu Sisig, and extra in a diner-themed al fresco space. Meals right here was very inexpensive for the standard and portion measurement, so it’s a superb possibility for households and teams who need worth for cash meals.
Don Segundo Home of Antiques and Restaurant. Resurreccion St, Luna, La Union.
Nice Northwest Journey Cease is a coastal commune and meals park in San Juan with an evolving lineup of start-ups and cafes.
El Union, a homegrown espresso store and roaster that’s been serving craft espresso since 2013, is the best choice for a espresso repair within the surf city. Bestsellers embody the Horchata, Soiled Horchata, Spanish Latte, Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon Jam, Chilly Brew Espresso, and ‘Smores. I recognize how their espresso is served in cups which are absolutely plant-based and compostable.
The advanced additionally comprises different outlets, a neighborhood hub, and different restos like Kermit La Union and Sabong Fried Hen, which serve Monkey Eagle craft beer in bottles and on faucet.
Nice Northwest Journey Cease, MacArthur Nationwide Freeway, San Juan, La Union.
Waves Level provides a brand new and distinctive Peruvian beachfront expertise proper alongside the preferred surf strip of San Juan. This resto bar that opened in June 2023 provides flavorful and vibrant delicacies influenced by Spanish, Chinese language, and Japanese flavors, with a definite island vibe.
The big and ethereal restaurant with ample parking is situated proper in entrance of Mebuyan’s Vessell, a public artwork set up alongside the seashore.
We acquired to attempt among the scrumptious bestsellers together with Arroz Chaufa, Bomba Camarones, Pollo a La Brasa, Jalea Mixta, Tuna Cremolata, amongst different dishes. In addition they serve a refreshing Frozen Margarita.
Waves Level is pretty new, and the meals, vibe, and repair listed here are nice, so it’s undoubtedly a must-try particularly for barkadas. It’s a terrific place to relax by the seashore watching the sundown, listening to music, or taking pictures a sport of pool.
Waves Level Resto Bar, Brgy. San Juan, La Union
Fancy a calming view of the river earlier than heading dwelling? LU River Farm Resort in Bacnotan is a seafood restaurant that provides river cruises.
You possibly can cruise alongside the Baroro River aboard their floating cottages and get refreshing views whereas having fun with Filipino dishes like Kare-Kare, inihaw, seafood paella, dinengdeng, and extra.
You’ll want to climb as much as the boat’s higher deck for a greater view and to benefit from the breeze. LU RiverFarm Resort additionally provides common cottages docked alongside the riverside and of their most important restaurant on agency floor.
LU RiverFarmSeafood Restaurant, Km 282 Baroro, Bacnotan, La Union.
Know the place to gasoline up and take restroom breaks
Relying on the site visitors, time you allow, and variety of stopovers, and different components, the drive from Manila to La Union can final anyplace from 5 to eight hours. There are fuel stations conveniently situated alongside NLEX, SCTEX, and TPLEX so that you can refuel, seize fast eats or espresso, and take restroom breaks.
PTT SCTEX, alongside the northbound lane of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway in Concepcion, Tarlac is an effective mid-way level for a restroom break on the best way to La Union, with its Photo voltaic 20 restroom, an expensive, air-conditioned, solar-powered public pay rest room. You too can discover a department of Café Amazon, the preferred espresso chain in Thailand right here.
Should you’re Southbound and want a espresso repair earlier than reaching Manila, there’s a Shell station in Mexico, Pampanga with a Starbucks together with different fast-food choices. Right here’s a really helpful NLEX SCTEX Northbound stopover information.
Lower your expenses with fast-food favorites
In case you get hungry in your lengthy drive on the best way to and from La Union or arrive early or late earlier than common eating places open, fast-food joints in fuel stations and main cities are all the time a protected wager for pit stops.
Pinoy favourite Jollibee has branches in main fuel stations and a number of branches round La Union together with in Agoo and a newly renovated department in Sevilla the place you will get bestsellers just like the Chickenjoy Breakfast, Tuna Pie, sundae, fries, crispy hen burger, and extra. Their Combine & Match Combos (which let you decide a favourite most important and a facet) solely prices P75 pesos! That is accessible for dine-in, take-out or drive-thru.
Don’t neglect to pack snacks and drinks
It all the time helps to deliver snacks like crackers or potato chips and preserve them within the automobile particularly when you’re touring with the entire household. Munching on one thing can ease crankiness and tedium and will help you move the time on the street.
Don’t neglect to hydrate. Carry a conveyable cooler to maintain water and canned juice drinks chilly for the lengthy drive. These further drinks may come in useful on the seashore and whereas going round La Union.
Hold necessities useful in a small bag
As an alternative of bringing a big bag, preserve your typical journey necessities like your telephone, a powerbank, cable, medicines, hand sanitizer and extra in a compact bag like Jansport’s mini-backpacks. Carry your individual tissue and small cash or payments in case you could pay to make use of restrooms in varied stops.
Whereas some institutions settle for GCash or playing cards, you could have money available for smaller purchases like souvenirs, drinks from stalls, or ideas for locals who assist take your photographs. Locals at Baluarte Watch Tower supply to take panoramic pictures and human drone video clips inside and outdoors the tower.
Until subsequent time, Elyu!
NOTE: The #NLEXLakbayNorte journey to La Union was organized by the NLEX Company in partnership with the Division of Tourism, DOT-Area 1, La Union Surf Membership (LUSC) and with the help of Jollibee, Jansport, Mitsubishi Motors, Regionally, and Leslie’s Snacks.
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