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Pension Ivatan

This thatched little oasis is, hands down, the best place in town to sample Batanes' specialities – from coconut crab and kinilaw (ceviche) to uved balls (banana root balls with bits of garlic and fish) and vunes (f…
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Phil's Brew

Watch the hours pass in this magical cafe in the garden of a traditional stone Ivatan home. Owner Imee makes all her own treats, including tres leches sponge cake, chocolate cake and suman (an Ivatan dessert made fr…
Filipino in Basco

Beehon

Opens reliably and has a great menu of basic Ivatan specialties to try; it easily becomes a regular haunt when in Basco. Try the paco (fern) salad, grilled fresh fish and filling Filipino breakfasts. All the dishes …
Filipino in Basco

Ela Food House

Basic little eatery on the corner of National and Lopez. The mother-and-daughter team cooks up classics such as lechón kawali (deep-fried pork belly) and crispy pata (deep-fried pork hock or knuckles), as well as fr…