La Union is legendary for its surf scene, however foodies know that it’s additionally an incredible place to go on a meals journey. Yow will discover quite a lot of Filipino and worldwide delicacies right here catering to every kind of vacationers, from weekend warriors on a finances, barkadas within the temper to celebration, 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 seaside crowd, you may also discover different eating places with distinctive ideas unfold out in La Union’s different cities.
I just lately bought to pattern just a few new locations in La Union through the #NLEXLakbay Norte Media tour together with different mainstream media representatives and content material creators on a convoy of Mitsubishi Xpanders. Our comfortable rides took us round native haunts in different cities like San Fernando, Agoo, Bauang, Luna, and Bacnotan for nice eats, together with sightseeing, memento purchasing, 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 may 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 may’t miss the indicators promoting grape choosing on numerous farms alongside the street, a lot of that are family-run companies of earlier workers who realized to propagate grapes themselves. In 2019, simply earlier than the pandemic hit, Lomboy Farms launched Uvas Cafe, a country farm-to-table winery Cafe overlooking the vineyards.
Diners can choose grapes throughout harvest season (3 instances a yr), attempt wine tasting, and luxuriate in dishes and drinks infused with grapes and different farm harvests all yr spherical. Proper throughout the street from the principle restaurant is the Grape Barn, a sustainably designed eating space constructed from upcycled supplies. This space is right for internet hosting personal occasions or gatherings with buffet-style spreads.
Signature dishes embrace the Grape Pizza, Salad with Wine French dressing, Rooster Pesto, Lechon Kawali with Guapple Sarsa, Grilled Fish with Grape Tartare, Stuffed Grape Leaves, and Focaccia Bread. Fruit wines embrace 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 completely different types of Bougainvillea (La Union’s provincial flower), and presents a great spot for sundown views overlooking the city.
They provide tenting grounds and might function a venue for weddings, birthdays, and different particular occasions. Their restaurant serves gentle 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.
For those who’re a fan of artwork galleries and and like looking down quiet and unassuming secret spots, Ciano Umok in Bauang presents a peaceable retreat. This artwork gallery cafe was based by visible artist Cesar “Ciano” Dumo in 2017.
“Umok” is alleged to be an Ilocano time period for chook’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 hosts a small cafe on the premises serving refreshments like iced espresso, and 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 basic eating locations in San Fernando. Regardless of its distance from the principle browsing space in San Juan, locals and vacationers actually exit of their option to dine right here. The 2-story restaurant is positioned in an ancestral house-turned-restaurant, however plans are underway to maneuver to a much bigger location quickly.
This go-to resto serves Ilokano delicacies that makes use of all-natural, recent and domestically sourced components. We bought 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.
For those who’re within the temper for conventional Filipino meals and classic vibes, head over to Don Segundo Home of Antiques & Restaurant. This vintage home, occasions house, and restaurant which opened in 2019, serves scrumptious and reasonably priced Filipino and Ilocano dishes.
Guests can try an previous home/museum that shows an eclectic assortment of artifacts from the proprietor’s personal assortment or do rustic and vintage-themed photoshoots.
Don Segundo serves scrumptious variations of Dinakdakan, Kare-Kare, Pigar-Pigar, Pork Sisig, Tofu Sisig, and hundreds extra in a diner-themed al fresco space.
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 embrace the Horchata, Soiled Horchata, Spanish Latte, Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon Jam, Chilly Brew Espresso, and Smores. I recognize how their cups are all plant-based and compostable.
The eco meals hub additionally incorporates different retailers, an open-air artwork gallery, and different restos like Kermit La Union and Sabong Fried Rooster, which serves Monkey Eagle craft beer on faucet.
Nice Northwest Journey Cease, MacArthur Nationwide Freeway, San Juan, La Union.
Waves Level presents a brand new and distinctive Peruvian beachfront expertise proper alongside the most well-liked surf strip of San Juan. This resto bar that opened in June 2023 presents flavorful and vibrant delicacies influenced by Spanish, Chinese language, and Japanese flavors, with a definite island vibe.
The massive and ethereal restaurant with ample parking is positioned proper in entrance of Mebuyan’s Vessell, a public artwork set up alongside the seaside.
We bought to attempt a few of 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.
This restaurant is pretty new, and the meals, vibe, and repair listed here are nice, so Waves Level is unquestionably a must-try! It’s an incredible place to sit back by the seaside watching the sundown, listening to music, or taking pictures a recreation of pool.
Waves Level Resto Bar, Brgy. San Juan, La Union
Fancy a soothing view of the river earlier than heading residence? LU River Farm Resort in Bacnotan is a seafood restaurant that gives river cruises.
You may 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.
Make sure you climb as much as the second deck for a greater view and to benefit from the breeze. LU RiverFarm Resort additionally presents common cottages alongside the riverside.
LU RiverFarmSeafood Restaurant, Km 282 Baroro, Bacnotan, La Union.
Know the place to gasoline up and take restroom breaks
Relying on the visitors, time you permit, and variety of stopovers, the drive from Manila to La Union can final wherever from 3.5 to six hours. There are fuel stations conveniently positioned 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 efficient mid-way level for a restroom break on the way in which to La Union, with its Photo voltaic 20 restroom, an expensive, air-conditioned, solar-powered public pay rest room. You may also discover a department of Café Amazon, the most well-liked espresso chain in Thailand right here.
For those who’re Southbound and wish 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 way in which 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 secure wager for pit stops.
Pinoy favourite Jollibee has drive-thru 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 may get bestsellers just like the Chickenjoy Breakfast, Tuna Pie, sundae, fries, crispy hen burger, and extra. Their Combine & Match Combos (which let you choose a favourite fundamental and a aspect) solely prices P75 pesos! That is out there for dine-in, take-out or drive-thru.
Don’t overlook to pack snacks and drinks
It all the time helps to deliver snacks like crackers or potato chips and hold them within the automobile particularly for those who’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 overlook to hydrate. Convey a conveyable cooler to maintain water and canned juice drinks chilly for the lengthy drive. These additional drinks may come in useful on the seaside and whereas going round La Union.
Preserve necessities useful in a small bag
Don’t overlook the standard journey necessities like your telephone, a powerbank, cable, medicines, hand sanitizer and extra in a compact bag like Jansport’s mini-backpacks. It helps to deliver your personal tissue and small cash or payments in case you’ll want to pay to make use of restrooms in numerous stops. Whereas some institutions settle for GCash or playing cards, you’ll want to have money available for smaller purchases like souvenirs, drinks from stalls, or suggestions for locals who assist take your photographs.
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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