Top things to do

Top Choice European in Dumaguete


One of Dumaguete’s most popular restaurants, Casablanca tries its hand at most cuisines, but is known primarily for its hearty Austrian dishes. In a lovely spot on the waterfront, it serves up crispy and succulent r…
Top Choice International in Dumaguete


This chic contemporary restaurant, where the chef works in a glass cube, offers sophisticated dining at affordable prices. The highly international fusion menu defies easy synopsis, but don't worry, there's somethi…
Top Choice Korean in Dumaguete

Two Story Kitchen

What, never been to a two-storey Korean cafe? The upstairs teahouse is the draw, with elevated floor seating in semi-private stalls cushioned by cosy floor pillows. The menu is double-sided: standard cafe fare (sa…
Top Choice Seafood in Dumaguete

Lab-as Seafood Restaurant

Loud and lively, this Dumaguete institution has expanded from a small seafood restaurant in 1988 to a diverse culinary, drinking and entertainment complex. Tanks of fresh seafood are on hand, as well as a steakhous…
Top Choice Bar in Dumaguete


In a cluster of bars and restaurants on the waterfront 2km north of Bethel Guesthouse, Hayahay is known for delicious fresh seafood and rockin’ reggae Wednesdays. On weekends the live music continues until 4am.
National Park in Dumaguete

Twin Lakes National Park

About 20km northwest of Dumaguete, the twin crater lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao offer some wonderfully scenic hiking. The area is virgin forest and full of wildlife, including monkeys and birds; if you're lucky y…
Bakery in Dumaguete

Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries

Don’t leave town without trying the addictive silvanas (cookies filled with buttercream) or a slice of cake from this long-term bakery (1977). Unfortunately the nearby Sans Rival Bistro, with its picture menu, does…
Zoo in Dumaguete


Opposite the hospital is this small zoo and research centre housing 16 species of indigenous mammals, reptiles and birds, including the critically endangered Negros bleeding-heart pigeon, Philippine spotted deer and…
Museum in Dumaguete

Silliman University Anthropology Museum

Set in an unmissable American stick building salvaged from a New York theater, this very nice anthropology/ethnobotany collection on the university campus includes artefacts from the indigenous Negritos and the Isla…
Italian in Dumaguete

La Bella

Go ahead, treat yourself to a decent meal; you deserve it. La Bella is an import from Cebu that serves mouth-watering pizzas, pastas, meaty Italian mains and rich breakfasts like eggs Benedict, all cooked by an Ital…