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The heritage city of Vigan is popular because of its Spanish-style houses and old-fashioned vibe. While it embraces its traditional past, Vigan is also home to hip and modern restaurants. Here are a few of the newly opened restaurants that tourists may try when they visit the city.
Operating hours: 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Budget: PhP295 per person (buffet)
BarTech is located along Calle Crisologo.
If you want to enjoy good food and good music and still be in the center of the heritage city, BarTech is the place to go to. With its strategic location, you can choose to dine right in the middle of Calle Crisologo. BarTech is known as the only restaurant in Vigan that offers an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet, plus alcoholic drinks. After all, its name is derived from the Ilocano word bartek, which means “to be drunk.” Acoustic Night is every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On some days, a live tiger can also be seen tied onto one of the benches of the restaurant.
Rhyss and Robin’s is the restaurant for you if you love to have your breakfast anytime of the day. Aside from the all-day breakfast meals served with Ilocano delicacies bagnet and longganisa, they also have rice meals that are inspired by international cuisine. Rhyss and Robin’s is a good place for groups as well because they offer set meals.
Their main branch is located at Jose Singson Street, just a few steps away from Partas bus station and Vigan City Public Market. Nevertheless, their newly opened branch is just along Calle Luna, one of the streets adjacent to Calle Crisologo.
Operating hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Budget: PhP200 per person
The kibin-kibin is a local delicacy of Vigan.
Whether you just want to have a light snack or eat a full meal, Café Isabelita has a lot to offer. If you are looking for traditional delicacies, there are a number of food items you can try at this cafe: kibin-kibin, a glutinous snack made of rice flour and topped with coconut shavings; torta, a type of sponge cake; canatillo, or rolled bread with filling; and masa podrida, or shortbread cookie with filling. Not all restaurants in Vigan sell these delicacies.
For heavy meals, they have longganisa (Filipino-style sausage) burger, buttered chicken, and pancit (noodles), among other offerings.
Operating hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Sunday to Thursday; 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM, Friday and Saturday
Budget: PhP200 per person
Bistro 23’s Tokwa’t Bagnet can be eaten with rice or as pulutan.
Located a few streets away from Calle Crisologo and Plaza Burgos, Bistro 23 is a place to hang out with your friends after a whole day of touring the city. They have a wide variety of food to choose from. They serve alcoholic mixes and pulutan (snacks) to go with the drinks, rice meals, and dessert.
While waiting for your order to arrive, you can read the quotes adorning the walls of the restaurant or listen to the live band. If you want, you can also join the band and live out your dream of being a singer.
Vishal Indian Restaurant
Operating hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Budget: PhP100 per person
Samosa is best dipped in the sweet sauce to balance out its spicy taste.
If you’d like to try Indian cuisine, Vishal Indian Restaurant is a good place to visit. The restaurant is strategically located in front of the main entrance of the University of Northern Philippines , where there is a growing number of Indian medical students. While the place is not the fancy type of restaurant, with their Monobloc chairs and tables, you’re sure to sample authentic Indian dishes here. They have meat and vegetarian dishes as well as desserts. A must-try is their samosa, a mix of mashed potatoes and spices inside a deep-fried dumpling wrapper.
Operating hours: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Budget: PhP100 per person
Frozen iced tea from Boon-docks Cafe to cool you down after a day’s tour.
Just outside Vigan City, Boon-docks Café is near the entrance of the Shrine of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad (Bantay Church) and its famous bell tower. After climbing the stairs of the church bell tower and taking photos under the heat, you can cool off at Boon-docks Café with their frozen iced tea or apple cooler. They serve pasta, sandwiches, and rice meals.
La Jenns Hotel and Resto Grill
Operating hours: 24 hours daily
Budget:PhP200 per head
The interior of La Jenns Hotel and Resto Grill
La Jenns Hotel and Resto Grill is a just few meters away from Bantay Church. The resto grill is located at the hotel’s roof top. Guests can enjoy the view of Vigan’s night sky while listening to an acoustic band. The acoustic band starts performing at 7:00 PM from Sunday to Thursday, and 8:00 PM during Friday and Saturday.
The restaurant offers local and international cuisine, serving snacks as well as heavy meals. Aside from their ala carte offerings, La Jenns Hotel and Resto Grill also has a snack bar and a buffet option. A drink worth trying is their white choco mint martini.
Whether you want to try some traditional Ilocano cuisine or a twist on the original recipe, these restaurants are a good place to have your cravings satisfied. Mangantayon! 
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Prices may change without prior notice.
Ilocano term for “let’s eat.”
About Zofia Leal
Zofia is from Quezon City and presently residing in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, the town near Vigan City. As an outsider who has adopted Bantay as her hometown, she feels like a perpetual tourist in the Ilocos region, always looking for places to go to and activities to do.
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