Top things to do

Top Choice European in Davao

Claude’s Le Cafe De Ville

The polished wood floors, carved trellis work and white clapboard exterior make this beautifully restored colonial-era home one of Davao's treasures. Easily the most elegant and romantic restaurant in the city, Clau…
Top Choice Cafe in Davao

Malagos Farmhouse

The base for the growing artisanal cheese-making business of Olive Puentespina and her husband (Dr Bo, a veterinarian). Tastings accompanied by wine and Olive, a passionate and interesting fount of information on or…
Top Choice Beer Garden in Davao

Matina Town Square

A collection of outdoor bars and food joints, and a handful of more upscale restaurants and clubs, MTS is a lively and fun spot. On Tuesday nights there’s a free outdoor show of indigenous music and dance; other nig…
Top Choice Filipino in Davao

Balik Bukid

Three siblings – a chef, a decorator and a farmer – have opened up this 'barn to table' restaurant in which they've vowed to get back to the basics. Almost everything on the plate – except the fresh fish – comes fro…
Top Choice Museum in Davao

Museo Dabawenyo

An excellent museum with two floors of well-designed galleries exploring the complex patchwork of indigenous tribal groups, religions and ethnicities of Davao and Mindanao as a whole. Especially interesting are the …
Top Choice International in Davao

Victoria Plaza Compound

An unassuming sun-baked collection of low-slung buildings behind the mall of the same name. More than a dozen quality restaurants, including several large seafood (Sen Ton Whan Seafood, Grand Emerald Seafood and Ahf…
Top Choice Art in Davao

Got Heart Community Shop

Head up to the 5th floor, part of an outdoor plaza called the Peak, for this shop selling locally produced products such as organic cacao, coconut oil and ginger candy, as well as the work of local artists.
Top Choice Gallery in Davao

Kublai's Gallery

An unconventional setting for a fine-art gallery, paintings by artist Kublai Millan fill the walls of this large space. Take an elevator to the 4th or 5th floor of the ordinary Chinatown shopping plaza.
Zoo in Davao

Davao Crocodile Park

Around 5km north of the city centre is this large complex spread out along the Davao River. A combination conservation centre and zoo, there are croc ‘shows’, including feeding sessions, tightrope walking, a cultura…
Arts & Crafts in Davao

Aldevinco Shopping Centre

If you’re looking for handicrafts, shop around this rabbit warren of stalls with textiles, batik, weavings, carvings and jewellery. You can also pick up a malong, a traditional Mindanao tribal cloth used as a skirt,…