Top things to do in Iloilo

Top Choice Filipino in Iloilo

Buto't Balat

Even with SM City across the street, mall-themed restaurants feel worlds away at this atmospheric thatch-roofed pavilion. Munch on Ilonggo specialities such as tinuom (chicken in banana leaves) and seafood – most se…
Top Choice Church in Iloilo

Miagao Church

Built between 1787–97, this impressive church, with its striking pyramidal towers, served as a fortress against Muslim raiders. Damaged over the years by fighting, fire and earthquakes, it was finally restored to it…
Top Choice Historic Building in Iloilo

Casa Mariquit

A massive banyan tree looms atmospherically over the entrance to this grand home built in 1803 by Philippines VP Fernando Lopez (Mariquit was his wife's nickname). Photos of meetings with Emperor Hirohito, Chiang Ka…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Iloilo

Camiña Balay nga Bato

This beautifully restored Spanish home (1865) offers private tours of the upstairs living area (P150, minimum five people) and a downstairs shop where the ancient art of weaving hablon cloth is practised. The shop s…
Top Choice International in Iloilo

Wawa Heritage Restaurant

Situated amid the historic homes of Jaro, this charming locavore's delight feels like a 19th-century living room, and serves a tasty and inexpensive mix of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish 'heritage dishes'. The eclect…
Top Choice Cultural in Iloilo

Dinagyang Festival

Celebrating the Santo Niño with outrageous costumes and dances, this three-day, Mardi Gras–style party takes place in the fourth week of January. If you miss it, see the colourful exhibition at City Hall.
Top Choice Seafood in Iloilo

Breakthrough Restaurant

An enormous, wonderfully atmospheric open-air restaurant by the ocean. Select your victims from huge tanks or mounds of ice, then have the chef cook it all for you. Expect to wait.
Top Choice Japanese in Iloilo

Sulu Garden

The multitalented Sulu Garden manages to successfully combine a Japanese teahouse with a fish farm, butterfly hatchery, artist studios and sushi restaurant.
Top Choice Historic Building in Iloilo

Nelly's Garden

Iloilo's most famous historic home resembles the White House. You'll need to give three days' notice of your visit.
Top Choice Market in Iloilo

La Paz Market

A bit of a maze to navigate, but otherwise the shops are well-ordered and a delight to wander.