Your Guide to: Iloilo
Iloilo is a province in the Visayan region of the Philippines with a wide array of attractions and cultural heritage sites. With a tribal history fused with Spanish influences, Iloilo boasts a unique experience of the Philippines.
Check out our list of the best things to do, the best food to eat, and the best places to stay in Iloilo!
What to Do
- Molo Church – This beautiful Spanish-colonial church is one of the top heritage sites in Iloilo City. Fun fact: Molo Church is also called the “feminist church” because of the set of women saints lining the aisles #weshouldallbefeminists
- Gigantes Islands – “The Island of the Giants” is located in northern Iloilo, about a five hours’ drive from Iloilo City. While there, take in the beautiful seascapes and the relaxed and laid-back atmosphere of the island.
- Pintados de Passi – Held every third week of March, the Pintados de Passi festival celebrates the culture and heritage of the city of Passi. Check out this article to learn more!
- Sicogon Island – If you’re looking for blue seas and white sandy beaches, look no further than Sicogon Island. It’s your quintessential Philippine beach where you can go swimming in the clear waters or soak up the summer sun. And be sure to check out the sunrise on Buaya Beach – we hear it’s absolutely gorgeous.
What to Eat
- Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafoods – look no further for a delicious meal and a gorgeous view. Their menu boasts an array of Filipino classics that you can enjoy while staring at a beautiful beachfront view. Check out all the food that Garrett, Miristi and Mama Mel try at Tatoy’s here.
- Kusina Nanam – a quirky little restaurant complete with mismatched chairs and colorful décor. Not to mention a delicious menu of homey Filipino comfort food.
- Table Matters – Located right by Molo Mansion, this small outdoor café provides a cozy atmosphere to enjoy some artisanal ice cream. A must-try is an ice cream made from the blue ternate flower, which is not only delicious, but also has several added health benefits. Ice cream that’s healthy — two thumbs up from me!
- Madge Café – Found in the La Paz Public Market, Madge Café stands out as a classic among locals. It exudes charm; from its wall of personalized mugs to its simple old world décor, it’s like having coffee at your Lola’s house. Be sure to try some of their traditionally-made and locally-grown coffee.
Where to Sleep
- Sheridan Boutique Resort – a peaceful getaway in the bustling metropolis of Iloilo city. Try the food at the Ayanna Garden Restaurant or take a dip in the Azure infinity pool. With a rustic and cozy atmosphere, Sheridan Resort allows guests to find peace and relaxation.
- Urban Sands Iloilo – Luxury and sophistication right in the heart of the city. Feel the serenity of the beach and countryside while being steps away from downtown.
- Richmonde Hotel Iloilo – Located in Iloilo Business Park, you can expect nothing less than modernity and luxury from the Richmonde Hotel. Amenities and service are high quality yet affordable at the same time.
Do you have any suggestions for what to do, where to eat, or where to sleep? Let us know in the comments below!