7 places to eat in Boracay in 2021

Here are the island's buzziest restaurants – some new, some newly relocated and some simply worth a revisit

With more people gaining confidence to travel in the last quarter of 2021, Boracay is one of the more obvious choices for a holiday in the Philippines. The smart and safe traveler will be rewarded with pristine beaches that have benefited from the pandemic slowdown, as well as  restaurants that continue to make this island a legitimate culinary destination. From old-time favorites to newly opened establishments, from Boracay’s first and only vegan choriburger to the classic calamansi muffin that’s been kissing everyone’s lips for decades, here’s where and what you should be eating when you visit one of the world’s best islands this time of the year.

Merguez Sausage Pizza from the newly opened Sunny Side Pizza.

1. The Sunny Side Pizza

Sharing space with Supermagic Burgers is newly opened The Sunny Side Pizza at “Station X”, a concept space within Hue Hotels and Resorts in Station 2. Here you can dig into pizza, calzone and pasta with fresh twists and full-on flavor. Try the popular Bacon Hot Honey Pizza, made with house-made bacon that’s drizzled with housemade honey, or the Merguez Sausage Pizza which has Moroccan-style sausages, kesong puti and onions. Cheese-lovers will want to try the calzones which are stuffed with twice as much cheese as the pizzas. There is also a collection of delicious vegan pizzas for the ethical diner. fb.com/thesunnysidepizza

 

vegan choriburger
Vegan choriburger – the first on the island – from The Sunny Side Café.

2. The Sunny Side Café

This bright and cheerful all-day dining restaurant on the ground floor of Boracay Sands Hotel in Station 3 is famous for its all-day dining menu. Its pancakes have been always bestsellers and this month it added the Rose & Lychee Cream Pancakes with sweet and floral notes that you’ll no doubt fall in love with. Also new, the Bacon & Egg Bun was inspired by a trip to the Grand Central Market in Los Angeles and is filled with house-made bacon, fluffy scrambled egg, two kinds of cheese and Japanese mayonnaise. But the most interesting addition has got to be the first and only Vegan Choriburger in Boracay, its entirely plant-based take on the island classic, nestled in a soy milk bun. fb.com/thesunnysideboracay

 

Real Coffee & Tea Cafe in Boracay
Purveryor of calamansi muffins, the best pasalubong you can bring back home.

3. Real Coffee & Tea Café

A trip to Boracay won’t be complete without a cup of freshly brewed coffee and hot-from-the-oven calamansi muffin from Real Coffee & Tea Cafe in Station 2. Stepping inside this rustic café – first opened in 1996 at a different location on the island – is like imbibing the old charm of Boracay when it was all about the beach and the food, not the sleek interiors. Real Coffee & Tea Cafe is now located on the second floor of the Sea World Station diving school, where a fresh pot of coffee is always brewing behind the counter and the spacious seating allows for serious lounging until the sun sets. fb.com/RealCoffeeAndTeaCafe

 

Iconic Spanish-Filipino restaurant Dos Mestizos has a new location in Station 1.

4. Dos Mestizos

Another Boracay stalwart, Dos Mestizos is great for a special night out on the island, thanks to its delectable tapas-style Spanish-Filipino menu and decent stash of wines. The restaurant was on the verge of closing down last year because of the pandemic but managed not only to stay in business but also move to a more strategic and spacious location on the main road of Station 1 (across Seawind Resort) in December. The rustic interiors have largely remained the same – brick walls, dim lighting, wooden furniture and framed portraits of the island’s movers and shakers on the wall – as well as its warm and welcoming vibe. fb.com/dosmestizosph

Win the drinking challenge and get your name on the hall of fame by downing seven beers in five minutes.

5. Los Indios Bravos

Originally located on Bulabog Beach, this English-style gastropub is now tucked discreetly at the back of White House Resort in Station 1. Expect salads, burgers and fresh fruit shakes during the day, but starting from sunset, get into the night with bar chows such as croquettes, pizzas and breaded chicken strips. The real draw here is its lineup of eight Philippine craft beers on tap – including the exclusive Los Indios Bravos Pale Ale which combines heavy syrupy sweetness with light bitterness and a hint of sourness – and a drinking challenge to down seven beers in five minutes. The winner gets a t-shirt and their name on the wall, plus a 50%  discount on the challenge fee. fb.com/losindiosbravosboracay

 

Latin American flavors at one of Feliz Hotel’s dining establishments.

6. La Plaza

No other establishment in Boracay can compare to the chic and beautifully understated interiors and furnishings of this hotel restaurant, which overlooks a plaza with a fountain, similar to those found in Europe. Located on the ground floor of Feliz Hotel in D’Mall (Station 2), this is the place to go when you want to avoid a noisy crowd and prefer a grown-up evening. While the menu spans different cuisines, picks from the Medittareanean section, such as the jamon serrano croquettes and the antichucho trio, a combination of skewered meats served with grilled corn and fries, are memorable. fb.comfelizhotelboracay

 

piri-piri scallops
Piri-piri scallops from Spice Bird Piri-Piri Grill, now boasting a beachfront view.

7. Spice Bird Piri-Piri Grill

While this restaurant has been open since 2015, it only just recently moved to a much bigger location near the beachfront side of D’Mall in Station 2 where they can host 15 people inside and 22 outside. The piri-piri dishes that have earned Spice Bird a cult following are still on the menu – you can never go wrong with the crab or the pork-chicken combination – but there are new seafood dishes that are sure to win a spot in your heart. Think fresh oysters served with a vinaigrette dressing, oysters grilled with lemon, butter and a touch of garlic, or the piri-piri scallops pictured above. Make sure to ask for their hot sauces, which are now served only upon request, unlike before the pandemic when they were on the table. fb.com/spicebirdgrill

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