Eating & drinking Boracay
There are 100's of restaurants, outlets and bars scattered all over the island serving food from all corners of the world. The best and most expensive restaurants are attached to international chain hotels. Good fresh seafood, at an affordable price can be found in the wetmarket of D' Talipapa. Coffee shops gain popularity and brew your favourite coffee together with a pastry or sandwich . Beer is cheap and available on every corner, while most of the up market and mid-range restaurants have a wine list with Australian and South American wines.
The local food chain Andoks is specialized in roasted chicken (Lechon Manok) and has 6 stores in Boracay. The roasted chickens are mouthwatering, especially after a evening of heavy drinking and will set you back 5 USD. Beef or pork main courses with rice start as low as 2 USD.
Sumptuous all-you-can-eat dinner buffets are held on the beach and start around 19 hours. Cost are 5 USD to 10 USD depending on the variety and quality of the food, including unlimited ice-tea.
Fresh seafood can be bought at the wetmarket in D'Talipapa and prepared the way you like in the restaurants surrounding the market. It is very popular with local tourists and a good option if you don't mind some haggling. Expect to pay 3 USD per person for the fish and 3 USD for preparation and rice.
For a good Paella, Tapas like Jamon Serrano and chorizo sausages or many other Spanish dishes go to Dos Mestizos in D' Mall. Meals are around 15- 20 USD. They also have a large selection of imported wines, the price for a bottle of wine starts at 20 USD.
Another midrange place in D' Mall selling authentic Italian food is Aria Cucina Italiana. There wood-fired oven is creating superior pizza's and Focaccia bread. Other dishes on there menu include pastas, anti-pastas and various salads. Pizza's cost around 10 - 14 USD, salads and pastas are slightly cheaper.
Seabreeze Cafe is located beachfront in Station 2 and is Boracay Regency’s main restaurant. Every dinner, they set-up a beachfront dining complete with a music band and the most extensive dinner buffet you can ever find in Boracay.
Compared to Manila’s hotel dinner buffets, for 730php netto (drinks not included), you can enjoy unlimited beachfront dining which consists of local and international cuisines like their most sought after US Angus Steak which is made fresh from the grill. Aside from its extensive spread, what makes it stand-out from all the other beachfront dinner buffets in Boracay is that every night, the chefs present a special dance number for guests to enjoy and have a break from eating.
Tucked away on the second floor next to Starbuck is Gerry's Grill in Station 1. They also possess a small strip of beach in front of the building so you can choose between sitting in- or outdoor. Filipino food is on the menu and includes Sisig, Beef Kare-Kare and Bangus. Service is quick and we loved there Pancit Palabok. Count on spending 10 USD for a meal including dessert and a drink or two.
On Station 1, the restaurant in the Ambassador in Paridise hotel boasts local and international cuisine that whet your appetite. The ambiance is superb and tables are positioned on the white-sanded beach amid coconut trees. Bring your creditcard and don't forget to add the tax and service charge.
Completely on the north end of White beach is where Fridays Boracay is located, another top-end hotel with a restaurant serving food from around the globe. The best time to go there is on Friday as the name suggests when there is a generous barbecue on the beach including a cultural show. It's good value for 20 USD.
French haute cuisine is prepared in La Reserve restaurant on station 2. Their a la carte menu has a range of specialties that include lobster, goose liver with truffles, smoked salmon and caviar. They claim to have the largest selections of wines on the island with 3000 bottles stored in their wine cellar. You can choose between Indoor A/C seating or outdoor under banana trees. Expect to pay 20 USD for a meal excluding drinks, if you still have money left, end the evening in style with Havana cigars and cognac.
You can start your day in several coffeeshops with a strong coffee and sweet pastry. On station 1 is a Starbucks serving their usual selection of espresso based drinks, fruit juices and cakes. Cafe del Sol is located at the beach front of D'Mall and has a similar selection of food and beverages.
Real Coffee & Tea Café Station 1, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan (Located in a small alley in between Zuzuni and Astoria) 288-5340 – It may not be as posh looking as the other coffeeshops in Boracay nor is it located beachfront, but Real Coffee is one of the most popular café’s within the island. Even if the place is just an open-air hut located in a small alley, this place is always packed with tourists.
Their calamansi muffin is widely known and is their most sought-after product. Being sold at 45php a piece, you might think that it is an expensive price to pay for a plain-looking muffin. But do not be deceived as this regular looking muffin is so in-demand that you have to reserve at least 2 days in advance just to get a taste of it. Most people buy it in boxes and bring it to their loved ones in Manila as a souvenir from Boracay. Aside from calamansi muffin they also have other pastries like carrot cake and peanut butter brownie.
Drinking and Entertainment
Along White Beach there are a bunch of bars and Discos. Happy hour is the perfect way of saving some money and starts around sunset through 19 hours. Bom Bom Bar between station 2 and 3 is definitely the most laid back bar in town with bean bags to relax on and live bands playing a wide range of music reggea to rock.
Located at Station 2 is Boracay Regency’s Wave Bar and Lounge. Wave Bar has 2 areas, one is indoor where you can dance all night while enjoying your drink and music while the beachfront side or the outdoor area is where you can chill, enjoy the music and watch some firedancers perform in front of you. The bar’s main selling point is their happy hour which they now extended from 3:00pm to 10:00pm, the longest duration of happy hour within Boracay where you can get 2 drinks for the price of 1. For example, 2 bottles of SanMig Light will only cost you 80php instead of 160php. This is a very good deal considering you get to sit on their comfortable sofas and enjoy one of the nicest spots in the island.
The Nigi Nigi resort also at station 2 has a lively bar located on the White beach walk path where you can sip a cocktail while watching the people pass by.