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Top Choice International in Port Barton

Jambalaya Cajun Cafe

A homey and quirky vibe and a great beachfront location makes Jambalaya the place to hang in Port Barton. Yes the signature seafood jambalaya (P350) and gumbo (P300) are expensive, but they just about feed two. Deli…
Beach in El Nido

Nacpan Beach

To escape the crowds, head north by tricycle or motorbike to this golden-hued 3km beach. Development is limited to a few snack shacks and some basic lodging, but change is imminent so enjoy the peace while it lasts.…
Top Choice Filipino in Puerto Princesa


Kalui has a lovely Balinese ambiance – wooden floors, colourful paintings, sculptures and masks adorn the walls, and there’s a general air of sophistication. Choose from a few varieties of seafood, all served with v…
Top Choice Italian in El Nido

Trattoria Altrove

This Slovenian-owned place does the best pizza in El Nido, made with imported mozzarella in the street-level brick oven. A dozen types of pasta (P230, from Italy), plus T-bone steak and other meat dishes on the menu…
International in El Nido

El Nido Boutique & Art Café

Everyone ends up here at some point. Rightfully so. The large 2nd-storey dining room is a warm and relaxed place to eat, drink and get your bearings. Especially good are the salads (using lettuce and arugula from it…
Top Choice Restobar in Puerto Princesa

Kinabuchs Grill & Bar

This is where a good chunk of Puerto goes at night. It’s a large open-air property with several billiard tables, big-screen TVs and an extensive menu (mains from P100), though most people come for the cheap beer and…
Top Choice Filipino in Puerto Princesa

Badjao Seafront Restaurant

Perched over the water at the end of a raised boardwalk over mangroves, Badjao's sea and mountain views are truly mesmerising. A long lunch gnawing on whole grilled fish and other seafood (crabs, shrimp, squid etc) …
Beach in San Vicente

Long Beach

One of the longest undeveloped beaches in the country is the 14km white-sand Long Beach on the mainland near San Vicente. Rumors that an airport with international connections and Boracay-like hotels are imminent ha…
Filipino in Puerto Princesa

La Terrase

This is a sophisticated open-air dining room with a small menu of pasta, seafood and grilled meats (including pan-grilled organic duck breast). Attention is paid to organic and locally sourced ingredients. Sandwiche…
Top Choice Bar in El Nido

Pukka Bar

The most happening bar in El Nido features live reggae, buckets of Red Horse and bands of drunken backpackers spilling onto the beach. It also offers five small, well-kept backpacker rooms (fan/air-con P700/1700).