10 must-try restaurants in Boracay (Eats Now or Never)

(This feature was published in Eats Now or Never last April 29, 2014)

What used to be a secluded paradise has now become one of the world’s best beaches: Boracay Island’s white beach. It boasts of powdery white sand, crystal clear waters, and an interesting food culture,too. Local and foreign visitors head to this piece of beach heaven to take in the sun, sand, and sea, and–since Boracay has also developed into a dining destination–to indulge in gustatory pleasures. The island has given birth to fine restaurants, some of which have branched out to the metro, and food finds that are worth traveling for. Let your taste buds take you on a journey to the top food finds in Boracay.

Real Coffee & Tea Café

Real Coffee & Tea Café has become synonymous to calamansi muffins—an original creation of the establishment. The coffee shop, which is owned by an American mother and daughter team Lee and Nadine, has been around since December of 1996. Since then, they’ve been brewing a blend of Filipino coffee and Italian espresso beans.

Get your caffeine fix by ordering Real Coffee (P100), a regular cup of brew with an added shot of espresso, and pair it with some muffins or brownies right out of the oven. The shop offers a mean breakfast menu that includes omelettes, pancakes, French toast, and fresh fruit bowls—all hearty ways to start your day right.

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Things to do in Boracay (TripTipping.com)

(This feature was published in Triptipping.com last April 3, 2013)

The Philippines boasts a lot of beautiful beaches and Boracay is usually top of the list. In 2012 alone, Boracay has seen the arrival of one million visitors—and the island is just around seven kilometers long. The powdery white sand beach though, is the main attraction, as well as the calm, blue waters that complement it.

Breakfast

Treat yourself to a fresh cup of Joe and some calamansi (local citrus fruit) muffins at Real Coffee and Tea Café. Most resorts and restaurants serve traditional and continental breakfast. Take your pick from the variety of establishments along the shore.

Real Coffee and Tea Café – Station 1, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines (near Island Foot Spa)

Morning activity

Simply walk around the beach or sunbathe by the shore to get a golden tan. While you’re at the beach, get a cute henna tattoo or shop at the various souvenir stalls.

Your vacation would be more fun if you try some water sports such as parasailing, kite boarding, helmet diving, and many more. It would also be nice to go island hopping to see the nearby places such as Crystal Cove and Puka Beach and go snorkeling in between.

 

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