Last updated on April 26th, 2019 at 09:07 am
Looking into the most treasured cities and islands, you may come across a place called Bacolod City. Though it may not be the most popular destination in the Philippines, it still ranks as one of the most visited cities in the country and today we will tell you our best restaurants in Bacolod City and where to eat in Bacolod City in our delicious food travel guide. Well, it may also be the savory home-cooked meals (not to mention the most delicious chicken inasal that originated in Bacolod).
How to get to Bacolod
Bacolod City is a 45-minute plane ride away from the capital city of the Philippines, Manila. Once you get to Bacolod-Silay Airport, you will then take a 20-minute shuttle or taxi ride that will take you to the heart of Bacolod. Most of the tourists traveling to Bacolod come from Iloilo City and Manila, but there are also plenty of foreign visitors in the city throughout the year. There are airlines like Philippines Airlines with flights from Manila, Davao and even from Clark (where we are based, in Angeles City) We bought a cheap airfare Clark-Bacolod City for 4000 PHP for the three of us with Philippine Airlines one way ticket. And also, Cebu Pacific Air offers flights from those coming from Manila and Davao.
If you’re traveling to Bacolod from Iloilo, you can take a fast craft ferry with regular schedules to and from both islands. The fees vary but the cheapest one you can get as a tourist is worth around 4.30 USD only. Taxis and shuttle buses/cars will not cost you more than 6 USD.
One of the many great things about traveling to Bacolod is how everything is really cheap and affordable! From the food and fares, this city’s affordability will keep your budget intact and will allow you to enjoy different things to do in Bacolod!
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Best Time to visit Bacolod
Bacolod can be found in Negros Island, on the Philippines’ Visayan region. It has been dubbed as “The City of Smiles” because of the warmth and friendliness of its people. Throughout the year, visitors from all over the country and foreigners from other parts of the globe flock to Bacolod to experience its people’s congeniality and the warmth of its tropical climate. It’s residents bask in the sun’s glory from December to May, which is the country’s dry season and is the best time to visit Bacolod tourist spots. The remaining months vary from light rains to thunderstorms, so it’s always best to plan your trip along those dry months.
For those looking for a street party, the Masskara Festival is held during the fourth Sunday of October each year. This is the city’s most important festival and is another great time to visit other Bacolod tourist spots.
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Daily Food Travel Budget in Bacolod
Those visiting Bacolod City are in for a treat. Many of the food and hotels in the city are inexpensive but more than satisfying. A full meal in the city can go for as low as 80 PHP per person while a bottle of beer can be bought for around 50-65 PHP. Restaurant food can be bought for around 500-800 PHP for two people. Pretty cheap, right? And if you only have 20 PHP in your pocket and you’re feeling pretty hungry, you can even buy plenty of street food with your cash.
Those who are looking for budget hotels in Bacolod and can find one on a promo for around 500-900 PHP. Three-star establishments go for around 1,000-2,000 PHP. That’s only $19-38 USD! For those who want a more luxurious stay, you can check in at very nice hotels at around $50-120 USD. You can also try AirBnB in Bacolod City.
Where to eat in Bacolod City: Best Restaurants in Bacolod City
1. Manokan Country
Inasal is Bacolod’s pride and joy, making it the #1 must-try food in the city. This unique version of charcoal-grilled chicken originated in Bacolod and is cooked with a marinade of calamansi, coconut vinegar, pepper and annato. All these herbs and spices give inasal its unique flavor that people from all over the world fall in love with. Since Bacolod is inasal‘s hometown, there’s no better place to try it than here. Head on out to Manokan Country, Bacolod’s street market that specializes in this delightful chicken dish. There are a few places where you can try chicken always full of people! For sure it’s the best place to go for dinner. Prices of orders are around 100 PHP chicken and rice!
If you’ve ever heard of bulalo, it would be easy enough for you to imagine what cansi is, the Ilonggo version of said Filipino dish. For those who think those two words sound made up, bulalo and cansi are basically dishes cooked with the same main ingredient: beef shank. However, the shank isn’t necessarily the highlight of cansi. The star is actually the bone marrow, which can be eaten by using the wrong end of your spoon/fork to scoop the marrow from the bone. Even shaking the bone downwards to let the marrow fall out might do the trick! Prices for order is around 350 PHP and it’s a complete soup full of meat that can be shared for a few of you.
There are oysters available in Manokan Country apart from the popular Inasal Chicken. The price is 60 PHP for a dish and the big is quite big. It was so delicious for a cheap price!
2. El Ideal Bakery
Another oldie but goldie in Negros is El Ideal Bakery. It is the oldest bakeshop and restaurant in the entire province and is located in the Cesar Lacson Locsin Ancestral House, which is another heritage site. Here, you can enjoy all kinds of meals served with bread or rice. Pastries and delicacies abound for tourists to enjoy; there are piaya, angel cookies and all sorts of pies. You will definitely want to eat your heart out in this local favorite.
3. 21 Restaurant
It only started as a merienda house in 1984. Now, 21 Restaurant is already an institution in Bacolod City. The restaurant serves seafood delicacies and authentic Ilonggo dishes. It is open daily from 11:00am to 11:00pm.
4. Imbiss Resto-Bar
Imbiss is located at Lacson Street in Bacolod, and is known for its gourmet sausages. You can also order delicious pastas, salads, different meat dishes and steaks. You’ll definitely love the German cuisine and beer they serve here! Prices are a little bit pricey though but worth it if you’ll dine with loved ones and friends.
5. Masskara Chicken Inasal
Located in B.S North Drive, this is one of the locals’ favorites for Chicken Inasal and other Filipino seafood dishes. They also serve ribs, pork barbecue and many more. Prices for chicken inasal meals range from PHP70 to PHP 150.
6. Cantina Mondo
Well if you love Spanish food, Cantino Modo is for you! You can find it in Robinson’s Place in Lacson, Bacolod. Dishes to try here include steaks, chorizo, ribs, lengua, estofado, salmon belly in teriyaki sauce and many more! They have a wide variety of both Spanish and Asian dishes so you’ll love it even more. Their prices are also reasonable, so you would definitely love dining with friends and family here.
7. Pizarro Pizza Goldenfields
You can also find affordable yet delicious Italian, Asian, American food such as pizza, burgers and Korean dishes in Bacolod City. Pizzaro Pizza Goldenfields is located at Goldenfield West Side. Many locals go here because of their pizza which is big in portion and comes in different flavors.
8. Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things
Another famous food stop in Lacson Street is Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things. As their name says, they offer a wide variety of chicken wings with different sauces. They also serve mojitos, beer, burritos, and many more. Prices here start from PHP 99.
9. Roli’s Diner
This restaurant that was established in 1940 is very well known for its Napoleones, a popular Bacolod delicacy that is usually given as pasalubong to friends and family back home. Napoleones is a sweet layered pastry with custard filling. Aside from that, it’s also a favorite restaurant for local dishes. Roli’s Diner is located in Villamonte, Bacolod.
More Best Restaurants in Bacolod City
10. The Original Lord Byron’s Backribs
Another barbecue spot that is in our list of best restaurants in Bacolod City is Lord Byron’s Back Ribs. According to the fans of this restaurant, they have the best baby back ribs in town! Their ribs are not just delicious but also affordable and big in portion. For less than PHP 200, two people can share one order of their famous ribs.
11. Balboa Restaurant
Located in Lacson Street, Balboa Restaurant is something not to miss when looking for best restaurants in Bacolod City. They have a wide variety of dishes to choose from- Asian, American, Italian, and many more! You should try their ribs, pasta, soups, angus corned beef, and lengua. Prices in Balboa Restaurant are affordable so you should definitely stop by here!
12. Bob’s Pastry Shop
This pastry shop is located at Robinsons Place Bacolod, Lacson Street in Bacolod. They serve affordable pastries that are loved by many locals and tourists! Perfect for pasalubong for loved ones and family!
13. Hyksos Pala-Pala Seafood Restaurant
In Hyksos Pala-Pala Restaurant in Bacolod Bayview Foodcourt in Burgos Street, you’ll have the chance to munch on those yummy fresh seafood of Bacolod! The process here is easy. You’ll choose which fresh seafood you want from the wet market area and just let them know how you want it to be cooked. Make sure to try sinigang na isda, kinilaw, and buttered shrimps.
14. Enting’s Special of Sagay
Lacson Street is really famous for good restaurants and Entings restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Bacolod City to go to! Locals love their cansi, kinilaw, and lechong baka. Prices are affordable if you go in groups. You can pay for as low as PHP 100 per person per meal!
15. SM City Bacolod
Of course, there’s no place like a branch of SM Mall in the Philippines to check out a lot of restaurants! SM City Bacolod is located along Rizal Street in Reclamation Area. You’ll get to choose from almost a thousand of establishments offering local and international food, clothes, different entertainment services, and many more! You should definitely visit a local SM Mall to maximize your dining and shopping experience in the Philippines.
16. Negros Museum Cafe
If you are heading in Gatuslao Street in Bacolod, don’t forget to stop by Negros Museum Cafe. They serve high-quality Filipino, French, Asian, and Mediterranean dishes for any meal of the day. You should definitely try their sandwiches, salads, steaks and many more. One good thing about Negros Museum Cafe is that they source their ingredients from local farms and markets!
Calea is our favorite place for desserts and coffee. You can find delicious cakes here for 100 PHP per slice and there are so many variants/flavors to choose from. It’s really a great place for coffee, located in the popular Lacson Street where you will find many restaurants around as well.
If you want to have another dessert place to go to, don’t miss Felicia’s in Lacson Street! They serve varieties of cakes, macarons, coffee and even pasta! Prices are a little bit more expensive but worth it!
19. Sofia Bread and Pastries
If you will be heading to a Bacolod tourist spot near Narra Avenue, then you should go visit a nearby Pastry shop at Hilado Street! Sofia Bread and Pastries offer delicious pastries that come in different flavors. They also have coffee, hot chocolate, and other drinks that will match your pastry! Prices for their food start at PHP 100.
20. Rau Ram Caf
And the last but not the least, one of the best options for vegetarians and vegans is Rau Ram Cafe. It’s a must-visit restaurant in Bacolod City because of the food they serve- which mainly compose of Vietnamese, Asian, Filipino and vegan dishes. Prices for their food start at PHP 100.
Street Food to Try in Bacolod City
Bibingka is another popular Filipino street food. This egg-based dessert is eaten alongside .It’s usually served on a banana leaf. Prices for mini bibingka start at 5 PHP and it’s filled with buko or coconut.
Apart from the ones mentioned above, there are plenty of other seafood available in Bacolod like shrimp and talaba (oysters). Of course, different kinds of fish also abound in Bacolod and they are prepared and processed in different ways. One famous variant of fish found in the region is danggit, or salted and dried rabbitfish. It’s crunchy and salty, perfect to dip in vinegar, eat with hot rice and fried egg in the morning. Yum!
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