Davao City is a patchwork of markets, beaches, and nature. City, farm or sea? Take your pick.
Banana Beach & Lanikai Resorts
Hijo Estate Resorts has two retreat options; Banana Beach and Lanikai. Both tucked away amongst a 177-hectare banana plantation, 92-hectare coconut plantation, 60-hectare forest, and a 4.5-kilometer river. Banana Beach is situated on a stretch of beach overlooking Davao Gulf, with design inspired by traditional architecture. Lanikai, on the other hand, is the original plantation house built in the 1920s. The heritage house has eight spacious guest rooms with décor incorporating indigenous tribal detail. With abundant wildlife, rich orchards, hiking trails, beaches, river cruises, and recreational activities; don’t forget to take the time to relax.
There is a creek that runs through and traverses the 9,000 square meter property of Malagos Garden Resort, and the story goes that the barangay of Malagos was named after it: “malakas na agos.” To be one with nature is the resort’s mantra, and it is alive in every little nook and cranny, from its organic, single origin tablea to the open-space bird show. This isn’t your typical hotel. Originally popularized for their assortment of local orchid varieties, Malagos Garden Resort now offers what they have branded as a “unique farm experience,” and the modest resort resides nearby the Puentespina farms, where it sources its produce. From farm to resort, the entire process is closely monitored and cared for. The result is an organic, energizing, and unassuming experience that is difficult to find elsewhere. The attraction is fairly simple: Life here is good, from the food you eat to the environment that surrounds you.
Seda Abreeza has prided itself on being the first urban lifestyle hotel in the city. Located at the heart of Davao city, and a short walk from the Abreeza shopping center, enjoy a complete shopping experience with a range of dining options. Although the walk doesn’t need to be much more than a quick elevator ride. Miso, the restaurant located on the ground floor, is open all-day. Our one rule: if you have to sleep in, do it after breakfast. Their selection, including cheeses from Malagos, is worth getting off those super soft pillows
The southern region prides itself as an agriculture haven with an abundance of world-renowned farms. It doesn’t get fresher than this.
Claude’s is a staple in fine dining, serving the best and most authentic French cuisine with small accents of Philippine flavors, as embodied in their dessert crêpe with hints of durian. While the food is more than enough reason to add this to your itinerary, there is much to be said about the ambiance, settled in the well-maintained Oboza Heritage House. The warm lighting adds much to the cozy experience, although the kicker is the level of attentiveness of the staff and family management. Claude’s began in 1966 as a passion project, but it has turned into a longstanding affair.
Garden by the Bay
A trip to Davao is incomplete without tasting the freshness of their seafood, and there’s hardly any place better to do that than right by the water. Located by the seaside of Pampanga, Garden by the Bay offers a rather classic experience: eating fresh seafood on banana leaves, washing it down with a sweet and frosty fruit shake, all while enjoying a cool breeze and acoustic jams.
Harana Native Restaurant
Harana Native Restaurant is not a new kid on the block. A constant since the 1970s, it remains a popular go-to for its barbequed specialties, grilled seafood and Filipino dishes. Not to mention the added bonus of the backyard garden and playground for those looking for a family-friendly atmosphere. If you want to dine like the locals do, this one is definitely a favorite.
F. Torres St
+63 82 221 9021
A midnight liquor ban might sound like a nightlife killer, but this scene will prove you otherwise.
Huckleberry Kitchen & Bar
A late-night curfew doesn’t always have to dampen the party, and Huckleberry Kitchen & Bar makes a good case for it. On a regular night the place is packed with people looking to make the most of their happy hour, and Huckleberry does more than satisfy. A row of bottles of their own flavored liquor lines the bar, in odd flavors like pineapple, chili, cacao or mango. If that’s a bit too much of a kick for you, don’t worry, they have comfortable booths that you can wait the ride out on. With its brick walls, wooden bar and red accents, Huckleberry looks every bit like the place where cool kids hang out. Located on the floor right below Claude’s, it also makes it easy to go from dinner to after-party, with time to spare.
Roxas Night Market
Junction of C.M. Recto St. and Quezon Boulevard, Roxas Avenue
If your idea of a great night out is cheap food and a wide selection for secondhand shopping, the only place you need to be at is the Roxas Night Market. A nightly affair, the streets of C.M. Recto and Quezon Boulevard are filled with stalls selling every kind of street food you can imagine and piles of pre-loved clothes (ukay-ukay) ripe for the picking.
Junction C.M. Recto St. and Quezon Blvd.,
Aldevinco Shopping Centre
This is one for the travelers who need to bring something back home. While the public markets are great for bringing home boxes of fruits, there isn’t any place better to go than the Aldevinco Shopping Center if bags and cloth-based products are more your fancy. The entire space is occupied by different stores that sell all kinds of products inspired by native designs, including some handwoven materials. Bring home a malong or two.
C.M. Recto Ave.,