Eating & Drinking Sagada

With most of the accommodations in Sagada having a common kitchen, most tourists just buy their food from the local market and cook it inside the building. But if you have the budget and want to taste some local food, there are a number of good priced restaurants scattered throughout the town. Service may not be as good as the restaurants elsewhere in The Philippines. What is also interesting about the eateries in Sagada is the variety of rice that they use. Here, they use red rice instead of the white rice variety which is healthier and tastier than the white rice counterpart. Red rice is native from Sagada wherein the rice is grown and picked traditionally from the mountains and the lush green rice terraces. They also sell some of these rare rice variety within the shops and it costs 50php per kilo.

Yoghurt House - This cozy restaurant is popular among travelers who want to have a good coffee and yoghurt before or after hiking or spelunking. It's only a few minutes walk downhill from the tourist center and bus station. Operating hours are from 7:00am up to 8:30pm with breakfast being served only until 10:00am. Aside from yoghurt, they also have vegetarian pasta dishes and sliced fried potatoes on their menu. A must-try is their Hiker's Delight (140php), which is a crepe with banana and yoghurt, topped with strawberry preserves. It is also served with a toast, 2 eggs cooked to your preference and coffee or tea.

Log Cabin 0920 520 0463 - As the name implies, this restaurant is designed like a log cabin and regarded as the most popular restaurant in Sagada due to its great tasting food which is has an elegant presentation and menu variation that changes from time to time depends on what inspires the chef. Every Saturday night they also have a dinner buffet wherein for only 350php, you can have as many courses as you want which is prepared by the chef and owner himself Chef Aklay, who is a French native and already a local of Sagada. They also have a decent wine selection to pair with your food. It a must though to pay a deposit of 100php per person if you want to reserve a seat for dinner.

Bana's Cafe - This small cafe which opened just last 2008 is located below the Traveler's Inn and is the best place to have a roasted coffee and a hearty breakfast specifically their omelettes. Their wooden interior also gives it a homey atmosphere and their open terrace at the back gives you a good view of the Sagada greens. For starter, try their Bana's Vegetable Mushroom Soup (50php) and for the main course there's the Buttered Chicken (70php) and Creamed Chicken (70php).

Masferre Inn and Restaurant - This restaurant is conveniently located at the center of the town and mostly serves Filipino food. Although the food and service maybe a bit so-so to some people, what makes the place unique and must-visit is the collection of photographs that is displayed on the wall of the dining area mostly of Igorot people and the Rice Terraces. These pictures are taken by the late Sagada-born photographer Eduardo Masferre.

Strawberry Cafe - A small yet clean cafe located just across Log Cabin which offers simple Filipino dishes like Arroz Caldo (45php), which is basically a rice porridge with chicken and Mami (45php), that can be either chicken or pork and is a noodle soup dishes. Distilled drinking water is also free to drink for customers. For a sweet treat, try their selection of Fruit Shakes and delicious chiffon cakes like Chocolate, Strawberry and Carrot (65php/slice).

Lemon Pie House - As the name implies, this restaurant is made popular for its Lemon Pie (25php/slice; 180php/pan). Aside from lemon pie, they also have egg pie, brewed coffee and other dishes like Cheesy omelet with garlic rice and longganisa or hotdog (100php). You will pass Lemon Pie House en route to the caves so it cannot be easily missed. They also have a complimentary wi-fi connection for their customers.

Persimoon Cafe - Perhaps the only place in Sagada which is open from late night up until the last customer leaves. A favorite hangout for locals and tourists alike and the place to have a late chat over a cold bottle of beer.