#WonderfulMindaNOW: 10 Things Not To Miss In Davao6/26/2014
Davao has been a home to me for 27 years but it wasn't surprising to know that there are still new places to discover and new things to try in my hometown. With the Kadayawan Festival fast approaching this coming August, I am pretty sure that tourists will surely flock again to Davao City for the celebration, so if you're going to be one of them, this post might be helpful.
As mentioned in my previous blog entry, I took some time off from my blog and wandered around Davao for 10 days to discover new places and experience both new and old ideas of what not to miss when you're in Davao. So here's my list of happy 10 which truly makes Davao City deserving of being in #WonderfulMindaNOW.
A store, a market and a cafe rolled into one, Echostore brings more than just delectable organic dishes and sustainable food. And for every meal you order from the store, you got to feed a community of farmers. They also sell organic products which are proudly Philippine-made and guaranteed safe.
Don't forget to try: Everything!
Location: Door #1 Lenel Building, Robinsons Highlands, Diversion Road, Buhangin, Davao City 8000
Contact No: (082) 302 1656
2. LETICIA BY THE SEA
Davao is indeed very blessed to have a neighboring island which you can run to should you wish to take a Vitamin Sea break. A quick respite from the hustle of the city life, Leticia By The Sea offers a captivating view, sparkling blue waters, an expanse of white sand and privacy, which you can't get from any other resorts.
Don't forget to try: Water Activities and their Seafood Platter
Location: Talicud Island, Island Garden City of Samal
A sweater and bed weather, like what Davao is currently enjoying, deserves only the best congee + tokwa't baboy + fresh lumpia from Davao Dencia's Restaurant! I always wish they'll also deliver food!
Don't forget to try: Congee + Tokwa't Baboy Combo, Fresh Lumpia
Location: General Luna Street, Davao City
Location: General Luna Street, Davao City
Contact No: (082) 226 4336, 227 8667
4. MATINA TOWN SQUARE
For music, booze and good food, head on to Matina Town Square where a variety of dining establishments to choose from is situated. During the morning, it's a silent sanctuary but when the sun sets, it transforms into a venue of music and booze. Definitely one of the coolest spots in Davao City to chill!
Don't forget to try: music at Taboan and occasional Yoga and Zumba at the park
Location: Matina, Davao City
5. ALING FOPING'S
An established name when it comes to offering the best halo-halo in town, Aling Foping's is definitely not a thing you should miss when in Davao. But for this adventure, I ordered Mais con Yelo, for a change, instead of the usual famous Halo-Halo here in Aling Foping's and oooooooh did it steal my heart away! One serving isn't enough!
Don't forget to try: Mais con Yelo, DIY Halo-Halo, Chili con Carne
Location: Matina Town Square, Matina, Davao CityContact No: (082) 299 2992
Newest discovery: Tasty and affordable grilled chicken at Beestop. Originally from General Santos City, Beestop has reached out to Davaoeños with their affordable yet flavorful chicken delicacies and so much more. Basta Beestop, sure na masarap!
Don't forget to try: their best-selling Garlic Chicken
Location: Sta. Ana Ave. corner Leon Guerrero St. Davao City
7. MAJID'S KABAB
Made a quick stop at Majid's Persian Kabab! Unassuming yet they definitely serve the best kababs at a very affordable price!
Don't forget to try: Beef Kebab, Cholo Kebab and Biryani Chicken
Location: Rizal St. Davao City
8. BARRIO BISTRO
Hungry for Pizza? Then satisfy your cravings at Barrio Bistro. No need to wait for happy hour to avail of their Buy 1 Take 1 pizza because they're offering it all day long.
Don't forget to try: Three-Cheese Pizza and Potato Wedges
Location: Gov. Duterte St., Davao City9. FRUIT STALLS
Davao is very abundant with fruits which you can easily find in fruit stalls in almost every corner of the downtown area. Thou shall not leave Davao without having a taste of the fresh durian and pair it with an ice-cold bottle of your favorite soda.
Don't forget to try: Native Durian
Location: Rizal cor. Iñigo St, Davao City
10. MASSAGE AT THE PARK
Capping off my adventure with nothing but the best foot massage on the street along City Hall Drive. It was actually my first time to try the massage along the streets as I was always used to having it in a spa. Meet Carlo of Master Therapists, a college graduate and a Tesda-trained massage therapist. For only Php 60, you get to enjoy a very relaxing 30 to 45-minute foot massage. If you happen to drop by here, look for Carlo!
Don't forget to try: Foot massage
Location: City Hall Drive, Davao City