Tagaytay has long been known for being a prime vacation destination. Its refreshingly cool climate, its abundance of recreational spots, and its natural, nigh picturesque beauty has charmed people from all over the country and beyond. So, it should come as no surprise that many have also regarded it to be a primary area for those looking to buy a home for sale; Tagaytay’s close proximity to Manila and its inherent riches in terms of entertainment and leisure make it the perfect place for a weekend break with the family.
Tagaytay Highlands, the most sought-after luxury residential developer in the area, provides a multitude of themed family-friendly homes to choose from. In addition, numerous amenities and recreational activities – all situated within the complex itself – await its members and their guests. Get all the perks and comforts of home with all that Tagaytay has to offer in one complete package!
But regardless of whether or not you’re looking to spend a month or just a quick weekend in your Tagaytay home, picking up a souvenir or two never hurt. Especially not for your friends and family who’ll receive them!
Take a look at our top souvenir suggestions:
This wildly popular board game is sure to delight its receiver, especially if they are the type who are fond of arts and crafts. It traditionally takes the form of one long, boat-like wooden board with 7 rounded depressions at set intervals, and 2 large depressions at each end. Woodworked and hand-painted designs often accentuate the board, giving each one a unique look. In order to play on it, the use of decorative – yet uniform – shells or round marbles are required. These also come in a wide spectrum of designs, ranging from conventional plain white shells to shining glass marbles.
These are a common find in Tagaytay, often sold in stalls that specialize in souvenirs. Kultura Butik, found on the East Wing, Ground Floor of the Taal Vista Hotel, is one such shop. Another is the 1 Love Gift Shop, located down the road (towards the Rotonda).
Wearables & Accessories
Filipinos are known worldwide for their expertise in craftsmanship. Many souvenir shops dotted around the city sell varied handmade products – wearables especially. This can range from scarves, to shirts, to even handbags. Keychains are another prominent tourist souvenir; what better way to prove to your friends that you’ve been to Tagaytay than by giving them colorful, handmade guitar keychains with the city – and their names – artfully painted on them?
The People’s Park in the Sky and Picnic Grove, both popular tourist spots, have souvenir shops overflowing with these items and more. There are also a couple of stalls that have these items situated behind the Starbucks along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. Last but not the least – Olivarez Plaza, located along the Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, is another well-known shopping center for such items and more.
Dried fruits, baked goods, preserved meats – you name it, they have it. Tagaytay is a popular hub when it comes to traditional Filipino food. Buko pies, pastillas, biscuits, and other goodies are easy to find and purchase as the shops that sell them are often found on the side of the main roads.
The Tagaytay-Santa Rosa Road, in particular, is dotted with shops that sell these treats. Maria’s Pasalubong, Balai Pasalubong, and Fernando’s Delicacies there are a definite must-try. Colette’s, found along the Tagaytay-Calamba Road and near the Rotonda, is another pastry shop worth checking out – they have the best buko pies in the area.
Flora, Fruits, and Vegetables
Tagaytay’s amiable climate isn’t just good for the people, it’s good for the vegetation, too. There are a considerable number of plant shops in the area, selling all kinds of flora that are hard to find anywhere else. Orchids, Cacti, Ponsettias, small trees, bonsais, and a staggering variety of both house and garden plants are only some of the many that are available for purchase there. The Mahogany Market is a lovely place to go plant shopping as everything you’ll want is in one place; fruit bearing trees, herbs, ornamental plants, and flowers of all kinds are available right there. On the part nearest to the rotunda, the Tagaytay-Calamba road is also lined with small-time flower shops.
On the other hand, small stalls that sell fresh fruits and vegetables can also often be found along roads with considerable traffic. For example: those coming from the Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road are bound to have seen small-time vendors peddling their goods at the roadside, often right in front of the very fields in which they came from. But for those who want a central hub to shop in, then the Tagaytay City Market – found along the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road – is definitely the place to go.