The Best Food in Iloilo (Culinary City of The Philippines!)

This is your ultimate guide to Iloilo, Philippines and we are sharing the best eats as recommended by the locals! Iloilo City was recently declared by UNESCO as the first City of Gastronomy in the country—a testament to the city’s dedication in preserving its culinary traditions. Let’s venture into the city’s famous restaurants and hidden eateries that serve the tastiest La Paz Batchoy and the freshest seafood as we learn about the city’s rich heirloom ingredients from Chef Rafael “Tibong” Jardeleza Jr.. But that’s not all, we’ll also be uncovering the secrets of the rare artisanal Miagao “Budbud” Salt that is traditionally handmade in the province!

Aside from the usual spots for Batchoy like Deco’s, Alicia’s, and Netong’s, we also paid a visit to another foodie institution: Roberto’s. This was one of the best surprises of our visit, so stay with us until the end. Do you want to see more of these travel videos? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to hit that like and subscribe button! Thanks for watching!

Flavors of Iloilo
You can buy the book from the Manila Hotel or directly from Chef Rafael Tibong Jardeleza: 09176206900

Cyril’s Eatery
Iloilo Central Market, Iloilo City

Nora’s Eatery
Solis St., Danao, Iloilo City

Jr. Rawit’s Native Lechon Manok
Iloilo Central Market, Iloilo City

Beige Eatery
General Hughes Street, Iloilo City
Bruce Buenafe, 09608568271

21 Avenue Place, Diversion21 Hotel, Diversion Road, Iloilo City

Breakthrough Restaurant Iloilo
Sto. Niño Norte, Villa Arevalo District, Iloilo City

Deco’s Original La Paz Batchoy
La Paz Public Market, Iloilo
FB page: Deco’s La Paz Batchoy

Netong’s La Paz Batchoy
La Paz Public Market, Iloilo City

Ted’s Oldtimer La Paz Batchoy (Since 1945)
La Paz Public Market, Iloilo City
FB page: Ted’s Oldtimer Lapaz Batchoy

Popoy’s Batchoy (Since 1978)
Robinsons Iloilo, De Leon St, Iloilo City
FB Page: Popoy’s Batchoy

Alicia’s Restaurant
Washington St., Jaro, Iloilo City
FB page: Pueblo de Alicia’s Restaurant Jaro

Mamaca Frozen Yogurt
Festival Walk Parade, Megaworld Iloilo
FB Page: Mamaca Frozen Yogurt

Coning’s Talabahan
Calaparan, Villa Arevalo, Iloilo City

San Jose Street, Villa Arevalo, Iloilo City

Iloilo Coffee House
77 Quezon St, Villa Arevalo District, Iloilo City

Neighbor Coffee
The Shops at Atria, Mandurriao, Iloilo City

Roberto’s Siopao
61 JM Basa St, Iloilo City Proper, Iloilo City

Buho Bakery
University of Rizal St, Iloilo City Proper

Valeria Street Food Strip
Valeria Street, Iloilo City

Kalan PH
Javellana Extension Rd Jaro, Iloilo

Iloilo Today, “102 Years of Inggo’s La Paz Batchoy” by Nonoy Taclino (July 3, 2022)
F&B Report, “The story behind the La Paz batchoy offers up questions about authenticity and its limits” by Catherine Orda (June 18, 2018)

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