Just a few days before this year’s summer is officially over, we were invited to visit Vigan, hosted by Metro Vigan Inn, which is located beside the city. The Road Trip to Vigan is a two day trip which showcased the newly opened Metro Vigan Cafe, boasting their Ilocandia Cuisine and their Kalesa Tour, a day trip to Vigan’s famous tourist spots.
Travelling to Vigan certainly hints a throwback feel since it was one of the few remaining Hispanic towns left in the country. Famous for their unique architecture, cobblestone streets and don’t forget their delicacies.
After a nine hour drive from Manila, we have reached Metro Vigan Inn at around 12:30nn because of too many stop overs, which is a bit late for our itinerary.
Tired and hungry, we were welcomed by the friendly staff at the newly renovated Metro Vigan Cafe. The best thing who welcomed us are these little bagnet burgers to ease the hunger we’ve felt, while they’re preparing our lunch.
Since Vigan is famous for its richness about history, culture and delicacies, I have listed down the must places to visit and places to eat around the city.
METRO VIGAN INN
is a budget friendly hotel that provides quality accommodation with notable Ilocano hospitality. Whether for vacation or business , you're sure of a comfortable and memorable stay. Accessibility, affordable rates, unique architecture, unparalleled rooms and service and hospitable staff, Metro Vigan Inn is the good choice. Staying at Metro Vigan Inn is a good compliment to your Vigan City experience.
Twenty one (21) room accommodations to cater to the needs of all kinds of travelers and the ever growing Ilocos Region tourism industry. Rooms are equipped with amenities ensuring a serene and cozy atmosphere of Vigan. Brights, spacious while keeping it on the budget.
1) METRO VIGAN CAFE
A not too spacious cafe but really has a lot to offer. From the famous Kare Kare Bagnet, to Metro Vigan Chicken, and Spring Roll Longaniza, I must say that you will never regret trying the foods on their menu. Not to mention that the price ranges are around P150 – P300 per order.
2) SAINT AUGUSTIN CHURCH or BANTAY BELL TOWER, built in 1951 was used a as the city’s watchtower. It allows you to see the 360 degree view of Vigan City.
As you enter the bell tower, locals are very eager to guide you and tell you about its history and culture.
3) CALLE CRISOLOGO
One beautiful amazing street that is surrounded by old houses turned into inns, coffee and souvenir shops. Calle Crisologo also called the Heritage Village was considered a UNESCO Heritage Site to save and maintain the cultural part of the famous street.
Full of woven products, antiques and wood crafts, it is definitely the best place to buy your pasalubongs and souvenirs.
4) HIDDEN GARDEN
More than just a restaurant, coffee shop and a garden, the place is full of potteries and Vigan souvenirs. There is no doubt that the owner of this place is a landscape artist. Hidden Garden is really a place where everything felt perfect because of the cosy feel of the area. What’s the good thing about the place? They have wifi and the original Vigan Empanada is on their menu.
Famous for their home made delicacies, Senorita Dulce is a place where it’s best to buy bibingka, brownies and their very special Miki that we can’t resist. It’s a bonus if you visit the place during the afternoon since you can get a picturesque view of the sunset.
Just a few minutes away from Calle Crisologo, Plaza Salcedo offers a lot of fast food chains and stores like Jollibee, Mcdo and who would've thought they have Guess there too! The best time to visit the place is around 7pm, just in time for the city’s newest attraction which is the Dancing Fountain Show that made us all in awe.
Just a few blocks away from Calle Crisologo, Hotel Luna has the best Sinanglao, which is the local’s version of papaitan.
Baluarte, a man made zoo with over 80 hectares of land space is owned and developed by Gov. Chavit Singson. Visitors are free to ride the horses, encounter and feed the animals for FREE.
9) MARSHA’S DELICACIES
Heritage river cruise in Mestizo River
See abel weavers in action
Visit Father Burgos' house
Indulge your sweet tooth at Leila's Cafe
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Krizelle Marie Pari-An
Krizelle is a young professional working in the hospitality/hotel/travel sector and often serves as a correspondent of pusangkalye.net. She is also a budding photographer. She loves events and socializing with people. Read Krizelle's other correspondent work on this blog here.