In its 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards, Conde Naste Traveler just validated what we’ve long known: Boracay is the best island in the world.
With fresh new attention given to Boracay, it’s time somebody puts together a legit list of the best places to eat and drink on the island. Here’s a good mix of old and new.
A quick disclaimer: Not on this list because it is long been a given is the island’s famous Chori burger. It is available in various food carts lining the beach at night, so please, help yourselves.
1. Two Seasons. Two dishes that will compel you time and time again to head out to Two Seasons in Station 1, if not book yourself a pricey room here: Oyster Sisig and Four Cheese Pizza. The creamy and briny sisig is insanely delicious, while the pizza, cheesy good. They make for one of the best, if not the best meal on the island. Station 1, White Beach, Boracay, Aklan. +036 288 4384
2. Mañana. Many people claim Mañana to be the best Mexican restaurant in the country. While that slightly borders on hyperbole, Mañana really does serve incredible Mexican meals, big in size and bigger in taste. Witness exhibit A: The beef and chicken burrito is a massive affair. Its lightly toasted tortilla is filled to the brim with rice, meat, veggies, and sauce. It’s best to split among three people so then, you can order more. Is that a good strategy or is that a good strategy? Station 2, White Beach, Boracay Malay, Aklan. +63362885405
3. The Sunnyside Café. All-day breakfast is such an attractive restaurant concept, especially when you’re on an island known for its parties. Sunnyside’s well-executed pancakes, with creative flavors to boot, make for a happy run to Station 3. The Espresso Caramel Pancake is divine, as the Apple Crumb variant and the Malagos Chocolate one. Pair that up with specialty coffee from EDSA BDG and you’d be happily walking back to whichever part of the island you came from. Station 3 Beachfront, Boracay, Malay, Aklan. +036 288 2874
4. Aria Cucina. Before Wholesome Table, there was Aria Cucina, Bianca Elizalde’s Italian restaurant at the beachfront of D’Mall. With its safe Italian fare, Aria makes for a good option for lazy days when you don’t feel like venturing all through White Beach. But for whatever reason you’re here, please don’t forget to have a slice of its Tiramisu. Layers of mascarpone cheese, cream, and espresso will prepare you for a long night ahead. D’Mall Station 2 Beachfront, Boracay, Malay, Aklan. +036 288 5573
5. Sushi Shi-Ro. If you’re tired of all the usual seafood being served at the tourist-laden long beach head for Bulabog beach, where this impeccable Japanese restaurant hides. Unlike the usual dampa-style cooking, chef, owner, and all around rock star Mr. Andy himself crafts the less-than-12-hours fresh seafood catch into immaculate pieces of sushi and sashimi. If you’re lucky, the boss chief, who has 15 years of experience as a Master Sushi Chef, will even prepare your meal for you. How’s that for fresh seafood? Road 1-A, Bolabog, Boracay, Malay, Aklan. +036 288 2587
6. Hawaiian Bar-B-Que. Ribs at the beach?! No wonder the place it always packed. Really tender fall-off-the-bone meat, slathered with sweet sauce, fired up at the grill, and then paired with the famous pineapple rice? Allow us to emphasize the place is really busy, so it’s best to eat and go. Station 1, Beachfront, Boracay, Malay, Aklan. +0907 340 8345
7. Spider House. Don’t get us wrong: Any place in Boracay is a perfect place to catchy happy hour sunset. That’s just a fact of life. But with a really good crowd radiating really good energy, Spider House, which hangs on the edge of a cliff over at Diniwid Beach, might quite possibly be the best spot to catch the world-famous Boracay sunset. Diniwid Beach, Boracay, Malay, Aklan. +036 288 2350
8. Exit Bar. Exit Bar does low-key and unpretentious so well that tourists, locals, and expats continue to gather at this Station 2 watering hole night after night for the past eight years. It plays an excellent mix of music, too which either gets its patrons dancing as though they were in a club, or sitting down engaged in chill conversation. Station 2, White Beach, Boracay, Malay, Aklan.
9. Los Indios Bravos. At the street level of MNL Boracay hostel is this bar specializing in local craft beers. With 12 different styles, Los Indios Bravos boasts of having the largest selection of local craft. For good measure, it also has a huge menu, with its nachos, beef mushroom pie and chicken tikka garnering two thumbs up reviews. Road 1-A, Bolabog, Boracay, Malay, Aklan. +036 288 2803
10. Real Coffee. Real Coffee is a necessary Boracay stop thanks to all the Calamansi muffin pasalubong requests. But it would be a mistake to swing by here without having Real Coffee’s delicious sandwiches. It must be the way they toast the bread — suddenly, the plain ol’ cheese sammie becomes a grand affair. Have one as you wait for your take-home order. 2/F Seaworld, Station 2, Boracay, Aklan. +6336-288-5340
11. Jonah’s Fruitshakes. Even if you feel all fruitshake’d out, the glaring sun will make you want to get some anyway. Jonah’s is thankfully back to the beachfront — where it belongs, if we may add — serving hella refreshing shakes. Mango is a no-fail, but if you’re feeling decadent, the Banana Choco Peanut shake should do the trick. Beachfront, Station 1, Boracay, Aklan.
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