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What's Fresh in Bacolod: Newly Opened Stores This 2020 to Visit

Expect a lot of fresh offerings from Bacolod with this list of new must-try shops in the city!

By: Shanice Reyes | January 17, 2020
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A great way to begin the decade is by trying new things in the city.

Image: LION PEARL Bacolod Facebook Page

At the beginning of the year, people want to try something new, to discover and tick off untried things on their list. And in Bacolod you will find something new as early as now, as newly opened stores this 2020 innovate the food scene and leisure activities for the Hiligaynon community. In this list are a Korean food attraction, a Japanese clothing brand, a modern Filipino restaurant, a Taiwanese milk tea store, and a relaxing spa that recently opened in the City of Smiles. These newly opened stores for 2020 are only some of the most exciting developments that the city has to offer. If you’re curious about these new points of interest in Bacolod, scroll down!

1. Samgyupsal Chango

Where: 15 La Salle Avenue, Villamonte, Bacolod City
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday; 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM


A new restaurant that serves thinly sliced pork that’s charred to perfection.

Image: Samgyupsal Chango Facebook Page

Operating between two schools along La Salle Avenue, Samgyupsal Chango is one of the newly opened restaurants in the city. Bacolodnons are known for being foodies, so it’s not surprising that the Korean food culture has become a hit among the locals. Samgyeopsal is a popular Korean cuisine in which the diners grill slices of meat at the table, including a variety of side dishes like bean sprouts, pechay (Chinese cabbage), kimchi (spicy pickled cabbage), and more.

Other than having unlimited Samgyeopsal and Korean barbeque, Samgyupsal Chango has a different concept. Instead of customers grilling their own food, the restaurant’s cook does it for them and the pork is brought to their tables. Customers get to dine without inhaling the smoke since it is an open restaurant.

How to get to Samgyupsal Chango: Get on an Eroreco-Central Market PUV along Burgos Public Market. Then, get off at Samgyupsal Chango beside Quan Restaurant located along La Salle Avenue. Once you get off, cross the street to reach the entrance of Samgyupsal Chango.

2. Uniqlo Ayala Malls Capitol Central

Where: Ayala Malls Capitol Central, Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City
Operating hours:
Monday to Thursday; 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday to Sunday; 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

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Uniqlo is the go-to fashion wear for most millennials these days.

Image: Ayala Malls Capital Central Facebook Page

Japanese global retailer Uniqlo has opened its 60th store in the Philippines and 8th in the Visayas, in Ayala Mall Capitol Central. The international brand’s reputation has significantly grown as people continue to love the quality, simplicity, and the innovation of its clothing products. If fashionistas like you love casual and affordable wear, then this brand should occupy your wardrobe. This is the second branch of Uniqlo in Bacolod, the first being in SM City Bacolod. Since most of the consumers in the city are young, the brand believes that this clothing line will receive a warm reception from the community.

How to get to Ayala Malls Capitol Central: Hop on a Bata-Libertad jeepney if you are at the North Ceres Terminal. Tell the driver that you have to get off at the main entrance of Ayala Malls Capitol Central. Once you have reached the mall, proceed to the information desk located at the entrance of the mall and ask for directions going to Uniqlo.

3. X Bar.Café.Grill

Where: Lot 6 Block 12, C.L. Montelibano, Villamonte, Bacolod City
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday; 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

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If you can’t decide what to eat, try asking for the chef’s recommendations!

Image: X Bar.Café.Grill Facebook Page

Z Bistro’s subsidiary, X Bar.Café.Grill, extends its mouthwatering menus at an affordable price. Located near the University of St. La Salle, students and office workers can easily access the restaurant. The restaurant boasts of its best-selling Sisig (grilled parts of a pig’s head and liver) in a pouch—small but exploding with savory flavors. They also have merienda (light snack) that comes at budget-friendly prices.

How to get to X Bar.Café.Grill: From South Ceres Terminal, cross the street and get on a Shopping La Salle-Libertad jeepney. Ask the driver to drop you off at the Villamonte Tricycle Terminal. Once you’ve boarded a tricycle, ask the driver to bring you to the old HQ Restaurant near Nena’s La Salle.

4. Lion Pearl

Where: The Billboard Complex, 23rd Lacson Street, Bacolod City
Operating hours:
Monday to Saturday; 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Sunday; 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

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Lion Pearl got its name from the animal’s furry face that forms when the caramelized syrup with tapiocas mixes with the thick milk.

Image: LION PEARL Bacolod Facebook Page

Craving for authentic Taiwanese milk tea? Lion Pearl roars its name in the heart of Bacolod. Conveniently located along Lacson Street, students, young professionals, and milk tea enthusiasts can easily find the newly opened haven near the business and commercial district. In case you don’t know, Lion Pearl is the most popular milk tea in Taiwan and it aims to claim its throne as the king of Bacolod’s milk tea jungle.

The establishment’s warm ambiance is suitable for barkada (a group of friends) hangouts, group studies, and casual meetings. You can line up at the counter and find a variety of milk teas, from concoctions to coffee-based teas, that will keep you coming back for more.

How to get to Lion Pearl: From the University of St. La Salle, walk towards McDonald’s La Salle branch and hop on a Northbound Terminal jeepney heading north. Get off at The Billboard Complex along Lacson and there, you will find Lion Pearl located at the front side of the complex.

5. Spa Alhambra

Where: Hi-Strip 3, 2nd Floor, Villa Angela Building, Circumferential Road, Bacolod City
Operating hours:
Monday to Friday; 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Saturday and Sunday; 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM

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Spa Alhambra also specializes in facial and nail care.

Image: Spa Alhambra - Beauty and Wellness Facebook Page

Self-care and pamper sessions—these are growing in demand and popularity, and Spa Alhambra is one of the well-known names in the game. They welcome customers with a relaxing environment, accommodating staff, and rejuvenating services. They offer different types of massage like Athlete’s Care, Traveler’s Retreat, Aroma Wellness, Chi Hot Stone, Ventosa, and Mind and Body Bliss. The stress-free sanctuary also features the Lazyboy high-end chairs where you can relax in comfort. So, after a long day of errands and hustles, you know where to go.

How to get to Spa Alhambra: Find a Homesite-Central Market PUV if you are at SM City Bacolod. Ask the driver to drop you off at Hi-Strip 3 Villa Angela near the Bacolod Government Center. Once you get off, cross the street and walk towards the building. Find the stairs going to the second floor and look for Spa Alhambra.

Drop a word out to your friends and visit these new entertaining spots in Bacolod.

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About Shanice Reyes
Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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