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Locals’ Recommended Stops for Breakfast and Snacks in Vigan

Get to know the recommended stops in Vigan and try out their Vigan empanada

By: Zofia Leal | May 25, 2017
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Vigan City is not just a cultural and historical destination. With all the local delicacies, it can also satisfy a foodie’s cravings. Away from all the glitz of the restaurants and fast foods in Vigan, locals have their go-to places for comfort food; whether for breakfast or a quick snack.

Get to know them in this list of the best places to eat in Vigan that you can try when visiting Vigan to feel the local vibe.

First Sinanglaoan

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Sinanglao (PhP50)

Located at the Vigan City Post Office grounds, the eatery only serves the Ilocano dish sinanglao (beef innards) ,skin soup, and rice. It is somewhat a place for adventurous eaters where patrons get to choose what part they want included in their sinanglao such as heart, eyes, or beef meat. The eatery is only open during morning as sinanglao is considered a breakfast meal. Locals like to eat their sinanglao with a serving of chopped onions and spiced vinegar mixed in the soup.

How to get there: First Sinanglaoan is located at Gov. A Reyes corner Bonifacio St. If coming from Calle Crisologo, turn right at Bonifacio St. until you reach the Post Office. It is also walking distance from Plaza Burgos. Gov. A Reyes St. is the one between Greenwich Pizza and Watson’s Personal Care Store.

Marichu’s Lumpianada

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Lumpianada (PhP25) (Image: Heritage City of Vigan)

A spin to the Vigan empanada, a lumpianada is a mixture of vegetable, egg, and longganisa (Filipino-style sausage) filling rolled inside a lumpia or spring roll wrapper. Marichu’s Lumpianada also offers miki or noodle soup, ginataang bilo bilo or glutinous rice balls in coconut cream, pancit, fried spring rolls, and barbecue. Locals usually have their snacks there as the eatery is open from 1:00 PM until around 5:00 PM only.

How to get there: Marichu’s Lumpianada is located at Rizal St., Zone 3, Bantay, a few meters away from Vigan. From the arc leaving Vigan, turn left and continue driving along Manila North Road until you see the Zone 3 arc in the left. It is the third street after the junction. There is a machine shop in the corner of Rizal St.

Irene’s Empanada

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Empanada (PhP25) (Image: Richen Canete)

For their empanada cravings, locals would go to Irene’s Empanada. Irene’s Empanada offers a wide variety of empanada fillings aside from longganisa such as beerpanada or empanada filling soaked in beer and bagnet or deep fried crispy pork belly empanada. Their latest offering is the adobo flakes empanada. Irene’s is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

How to get there: From Calle Crisologo, turn left to Salcedo St. and walk until you reach their eatery.

Ryan’s Miki Stand

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Miki (PhP25)

Ryan’s Miki Stand is more popularly known as Mikihan sa Sampaloc because of its location near a Sampaloc tree. Locals like to eat here as the miki is served fresh and hot. Patrons can also get a free refill of the soup. The place is usually packed with students and employees and is open until 5:00 PM.

How to get there: Located at Liberation Blvd., Ryan’s Miki Stand is a few steps away from “Simbaan a bassit” or the Vigan small church at Quezon Avenue. From Quezon Avenue, turn right until you see the miki stand after the Aniceto bus terminal.

Make sure to visit Yoorekka to learn and find out more about the popular delicacies of Vigan.

These are only a few of the eateries around Vigan where you can experience food the locals love. Though the food may seem simple and without much fanfare with only a couple of ingredients to it, these delicacies can satiate your curiosity and hunger.

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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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