Feb 11, 2022

Tagaytay: Your Local Neighborhood Guide

Avid tourists from Metro Manila have this special love affair with Tagaytay. They probably have a thousand and one reasons to keep coming back for more. 

Just an hour or two away from Metro Manila, the City of Tagaytay in Cavite offers visitors a sanctuary from the pollution and the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

You have everything you need in Tagaytay for an idyllic getaway: a picturesque view of Taal Volcano, pine trees, cool weather, and fresh, crisp air. 

And it doesn’t stop there. Tagaytay is also home to many gastronomical wonders, religious sites, and historical and cultural relics.  

John Ong | Flickr

Tagaytay Neighborhood Guide

Here’s our special neighborhood guide for when you visit Tagaytay or are searching for a future home or a summer house outside the metro. 

What shaped Tagaytay? 

According to local legend, Tagaytay’s name originated from a story about a son and his father who were hunting down a wild boar in an intense chase. 

During the pursuit, the boar suddenly became aggressive and turned the hunt around, chasing the two instead. The son then cried out, “TAGA, ITAY!” meaning, “Cut him down, Father!” 

His loud voice was heard throughout the ridge by the other inhabitants of the forests. This vigorous encounter with the wild boar and the boy’s words became the subject of conversation among people for several days, giving birth to the name “Tagaytay.” 

Tagaytay City has come a long way from its provincial roots as it has developed into an urbanized area, but it has retained its naturally laid-back character. 

The city has evolved rapidly since it was established on June 21, 1938 by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 338. Tagaytay now has 34 barangays and a population of 85,330. 

Tagaytay has also become a major national tourist destination because it has the best vantage point for viewing Taal Volcano and accessing its lake. Its cooler climate is also a magnet for local tourists, and Tagaytay is made more desirable because of its close proximity to Metro Manila. 

Developers saw potential in this land, resulting in a rapid rise in real estate properties, restaurants, shopping centers, leisure infrastructures, and much more. Fortunately, despite this rapid urbanization, the city has not lost its natural beauty and charm. 

Carl Clasio | Flickr

Why should you live in Tagaytay? 

Tagaytay has become more than just a place to visit to get away from Metro Manila. It has also been a prime location for those looking for a place to call home. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should definitely consider living in Tagaytay.

Location

Choosing a place to live based on location is quite crucial, especially if you regularly go to the office for your work or your kids’ schooling. Tagaytay is therefore ideal because it is relatively close to Metro Manila. This means that everything you need in the metropolis is still accessible without having to actually live with the fast-paced city lifestyle. 

Cooler temperatures all year round

Tagaytay is considered as the Philippines’ second summer capital (after Baguio), also serving as a getaway from the country’s perennial summer heat. The average temperature in the area is 22°C–25°C and can go as low as 18.8°C in January and February. 

Colder temperatures have a soothing effect on people and offer a respite from a hot, humid, and sweaty environment. As a bonus, having a colder climate cuts down the use of an air-conditioning unit (and sometimes, even electric fans), resulting in smaller electricity bills. 

Francisco Daum | Flickr

A perfect mix of rural features with urban conveniences

What people from the city worry most about staying in the province, especially in the mountains, is the lack of modern provisions and access to basic necessities such as hospitals, potable water, and internet connection. 

Tagaytay, for its part, has been developing over the years, becoming a proper city complete with telecommunications, water supply, waste management, restaurants, shopping centers, and leisure facilities. 

One may assume that this rapid development and urbanization would compromise the environment and natural scenery. However, Tagaytay’s local government has anticipated this growth and been able to preserve the city’s most precious asset: natural beauty. As a result, you can live here and enjoy modern conveniences while still being surrounded by nature. 

Fresh, crisp air

It definitely would be a nice change to inhale air free from pollution, which is sorely lacking in Metro Manila or other highly urbanized areas. Tagaytay is the place to be when you’re seeking fresh air right outside Metro Manila, thanks to the preserved forests, fruit-bearing trees, and strictly enforced environmental protection laws. 

Andy Arciga | Flickr

Recreation and Shopping 

Avid tourists are well aware that Tagaytay does not only have exquisite views of the mountain top and lake, but also historical and cultural relics to visit and other leisurely activities to experience. Here is a list of points of interest you should check out when you’re in Tagaytay: 

Recreation 

  • Taal Volcano and Lake 
  • Picnic Grove 
  • People’s Park in the Sky 
  • Sky Ranch 
  • Museo Orlina 
  • Puzzle Mansion 
  • Sonya’s Garden 
  • Paradizoo 
  • Tierra de Maria 
  • Nurture Wellness Village 
  • Dreamland Arts & Café 

Shopping 

  • Ayala Malls Serin 
  • Fora Mall Tagaytay 
  • Mahogany Market 
  • Tagaytay City Fruit Market 
Francisco Daum | Flickr

Dining in Tagaytay 

Tagaytay is also well-known for serving a variety of cultures and flavors in its many boutique restaurants. Here is a quick rundown of 20 must-try restaurants in the area: 

  • Antonio’s Restaurant 
  • The Purple Owl 
  • Mon’s Restaurant 
  • Lime and Basil Restaurant 
  • Nurture Wellness Village 
  • Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant 
  • Marcia Adams 
  • Aozora Japanese Restaurant 
  • The Teahouse at Qiwellness Living 
  • Taza Fresh Table at Taal Vista 
  • Tsokolateria Artisanal Cafe 
  • Balay Dako 
  • Sonya’s Garden 
  • La Creperie Twin Lakes 
  • Bag of Beans Tagaytay 
  • Buon Giorno Caffe and Bistro 
  • Leslie’s 
  • Bulalo Point Turo-Turo Grill 
  • Memory Lane 
  • Cabana’s Dine and Bar Tagaytay 
Tagaytay Neighborhood Guide

Neighbors and Destinations 

Here are some details you need to know about the surrounding areas of Tagaytay if you’re on the hunt for a property there: 

Neighboring Cities 

As mentioned earlier, Tagaytay is only approximately 50-60 kilometers south of Metro Manila. Right across the Taal Lake are the cities of Lipa and Batangas, to the west is Nasugbu, and to the east are Calamba and other Laguna component cities. 

Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway 

Tagaytay is only 30-45 minutes away from Batangas using this route. Batangas is, of course, known for its beautiful beaches and diving spots. Along this route, you’ll pass by Mahogany Market, Puzzle, Paradizoo, Sonya’s Garden, and most of the Tagaytay hotels. 

Tagaytay-Santa Rosa Highway 

This serves as a route to Santa Rosa, Laguna from Tagaytay via Silang, Cavite. Santa Rosa offers tourist attractions such as the Enchanted Kingdom, Solenad, the Fun Farm at Sta. Elena, Nuvali, and many others. Along this highway, you will pass by People’s Park, Picnic Grove, and Good Shepherd. 

Francisco Daum | Flickr

Getting Around Tagaytay

To this day, there are no formal taxi companies plying Tagaytay, and Grab is still on its way to expanding its operations in Cavite. Until then, these are some modes of transportation you can rely on to get around the city if you don’t have a private vehicle.

Tricycle

Tricycles are the closest thing to a taxi service around the city. For a trip for one to almost any point in the city, it would cost you Php100. If you are sharing a ride among three or more friends or even strangers, the rate would be Php20 per person for a short distance. You can also take a tricycle down to the Taal Lake for Php200. 

Jeepney

When traveling around Tagaytay, riding the jeepney is the cheapest and most available mode of transportation. You can take a jeepney from Olivarez or Rotonda to various directions along the city. Fares start at Php9 and increase as you go further along. 

Bus

You may also get a bus ride from the Rotonda area to Mendez, Alfonso, Nasugbu, or any destination down the Nasugbu-Tagaytay Highway. 

Tagaytay Travel Time

Cost of Living 

The estimated cost of living per month for a single person in Tagaytay City is Php31,631.97, while the cost of living for a family of four is Php92,006.91. The amount may also vary depending on lifestyle, the size of your family, or where you will be residing. 

Tagaytay Cost of Living

Available Tagaytay Listings on Enta.ph 

Thinking of taking your relationship with Tagaytay to the next level from being a weekend retreat to your permanent home? Here are some listings you can check out on Enta.ph: 

Tagaytay Enta Residential Listings

Final Thoughts 

Tagaytay City is a safe haven where you can experience an environment well-suited for rest and relaxation, away from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila but without straying too far away. It’s a thoughtfully balanced place where you can enjoy the beauty of nature without giving up your modern-day lifestyle. 

Tagaytay has it all–a romantic ambiance, family-nurturing atmosphere, and room to grow your passion in creativity and culture. 

We hope this neighborhood guide will help you in getting to know Tagaytay as a tourist or even as a future resident.  

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