5 new foodie spots you can try in El Nido, Philippines

Check out these delicious and Instagrammable eats


Tambok’s serves an authentic chicken inasal (roast chicken)based on an old recipe, but also some inventive dishes like a sisig (sizzling pork) burger, since beef is hard to source, and they prefer to work with local ingredients.

IG: @tambokselnido

Happiness Beach Bar

Five years ago, Eliran El-Hai (who’s also one of our cover models), an Israeli, opened Happiness Beach Bar, now hugely popular for its vegan, vegetarian and Mediterranean fare, as well as its friendly atmosphere.

IG: @happinessbeachbar

Taste El Nido

This fully vegan café in the heart of town,serves delicious coconut milk lattes, a wicked eggplant lasagne with cashew cheese and a hearty Mexican rice bowl. Even carnivores will be amazed.

IG: @tasteelnido

Gusto Gelato

What’s a hot day at the beach without a scoop or three of ice cream? Serving a wide range of gelato flavors, waffles and crêpes, Gusto hits the sweet spot. Apart from the outlet in town, there is a branch on Nacpan beach.

IG: @gustogelatoelnido

Trattoria Altrove

Consistently rated as having the best wood-fired pizza in El Nido, Altrove has become something of an institution and has even opened a branch in Paranaque City, Manila. You need to leave your slippers at the door.

IG: @altrovepizz

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This article first appeared in the December 2018 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Audrey Carpio

Photographed by

Sonny Thakur

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