San Sebastian Cathedral, Bacolod (Photo: Lester Ledesma)

Where to stay

  • Seda Capitol Central, North Capitol Rd cor Lacson St; +63 34 703-8888. The latest, 4-star business hotel offering 154 rooms, a signature restaurant, a roof-deck bar, swimming pool, gym, function rooms, and meeting rooms.
  • Avenue Suites, 12th Lacson St; +63 34 435 7777. A value-for-money boutique hotel with large, comfortable beds.
  • Go Hotels Bacolod, Lacson St; +63 34 441 0506. Conveniently located 30 minutes away from the airport, and behind Robinsons Place Bacolod.
  • L’Fisher Hotel, 14th Lacson St; +63 34 433 3731. A four-star hotel offering a range of accommodation types, from regular deluxe rooms to suites. There’s also an on-site spa, pool, and fitness center.
  • MO2 Westown Hotel, San Juan St corner Luzuriaga St; +63 34 709 8899. A downtown hotel located a few blocks away from Robinsons mall.
  • Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City; +63 34 495 0808. A modern resort with the majestic Mt. Marapara as its backdrop.
  • O Hotel, 52 San Sebastian St; +63 34 433 7401. Walking distance to the central wet market, public plaza and the San Sebastian Cathedral.

Where to eat

  • Aboy’s Restaurant, Liroville Subd, Singcang; +63 34 435 2340. Bestsellers at this Filipino restaurant include the blue marlin, grilled scallops, and sinigang na managat (red snapper), among others.
  • Aida’s, Manokan Country, Fr. M. Ferrero St cor Rizal St. Serves up some of the best chicken inasal (grilled chicken) in Bacolod City.
  • Bar 21, 21st Lacson St; +63 34 433 4096. Serves up a richer, fine-dining version of batchoy (pork organ soup).
  • Calea Pastries & Coffee, 1/F Robinsons Place Bacolod, Lacson St; +63 34 441 0505. This legendary sweet spot is known to make some of the city’s finest cakes. You can’t go wrong with the marshmallow ice cream cake and the white-chocolate cheesecake — or any of its other delectable offerings, for that matter!
  • Chicken House, 24th Lacson St; +63 34 434 9405. Another establishment that’s famous for its chicken inasal.
  • El Ideal Bakery, Brgy. III, 118 Rizal St; +63 34 495 4430. Set in the ground floor of a 1920s-era home, this no-frills restaurant has served classic Negrense baked goodies for generations. Try the sweet, chewy piyaya patties along with the tasty mango tartlets.
  • Felicia’s Pastry Cafe, Doll Bldg, 6th St; +63 34 433 6586. Indulge in sans rival (a dessert cake made with layers of buttercream, meringue and chopped cashews) in a variety of delectable flavors, such as peanut brittle, mocha and salted caramel.
  • Imay’s Bar and Restaurant, 6th Lacson St; +63 34 434 5113. For Filipino favorites like crispy pata (deep-fried pig trotters or knuckles) and baked talaba (oysters).
  • Lord Byron’s Back Ribs, 21st Lacson St; +63 34 433 2469. Sink your teeth into the juiciest ribs in town.
  • Malaspina Inasalan, Malaspina St, Brgy. Villamonte. Chicken inasal (grilled chicken) so tasty and affordable that locals and tourists alike flock here for their fix.
  • Masskara Chicken Inasal, BS Aquino Dr; +63 34 435 1749. Another local favorite for chicken inasal.
  • May’s Organic Garden, Sitio Aning, Brgy. Pahanocoy; +63 34 431 3800. A place to learn about organic farming and indulge in Ilonggo cuisine, Filipino food and organic produce.
  • Museum Cafe, Gatuslao St. Make your way here for a Western-inspired menu of open-faced sandwiches and fresh juices.
  • Nena Rose II Chicken Inasal, Father M. Ferrero St; +63 923 248 3125. This open-air eatery pairs its signature barbecued chicken with buckets of fresh oysters.
  • Pendy’s Snack Bar, Lacson St; +63 34 434 0269. Head here for mouthwatering napoleones (flaky pastry filled with custard cream and topped with sugar). If you’d like to take some home, visit the shop the day before you leave  — they’ll gladly have them ready for pick-up before you go.
  • Rau-Ram Café, Prk. Marapara 1 Zone 2, Brgy. Bata; +63 34 707 0255. Sample Vietnamese cuisine like banh mi (sandwich) and com chien (fried rice), along with other Asian-fusion dishes.
  • Sharyn’s Cansi House, C-58 Narra Ave, Capitol Shopping Center; +63 34 433 1374; Visit this restaurant for the best cansi, the llonggo version of bulalo with a tangy sinigang flavor. Other must-try dishes are the bakareta and lechon kawalt.
  • Terrasse Bistro, F114, The District, Ayala North Point, Talisay City; Helmed by noted chef Nico De Asis Millanes, this classy restaurant is ideal for a high-end dining experience. Order the Kitayama Wagyu Prime Rib and Squid Carbonara.
  • Virgie’s Homemade Products, 59 San Sebastian St; +63 34 434 1588. Sample a mindboggling array of baked sweets, from durian chips to mango jam, at this popular store.

What to do

  • Bacolod Karting Zone, Bacolod Hacienda; +63 922 860 9344. Satisfy your need for speed at this arena, open to both kart and motorcycle enthusiasts.
  • Campomanes Bay; Sipalay; +63 908 646 7495. Campomanes Bay is an excellent site for water sports like diving, boating, kayaking and jet skiing.
  • Campuestohan Highland Resort, Sitio Campuestohan, Brgy. Cabatangan, Talisay City; +63 34 702 0964. Plenty of family-friendly activities abound, such as swimming, horseback riding and ziplining.
  • Hofileña Ancestral House, Silay City. Feed your artistic curiosity at this national historical landmark, which features the eponymous family’s heirloom pieces and precious art collection.
  • Laguerta, Home Of The Vintage Glasses Museum, Brgy Sum-ag; +63 917 309 8895. Here, you’ll find American florist Tomas Casiano’s gorgeous collection of glasses in different sizes, shapes, and colors.
  • Mambukal Mountain Resort, Murcia; +63 34 473 0610. A mountain resort with hot sulfur springs, a biplane, a lagoon, and viewing decks. Trekking to Mambukal’s seven waterfalls is a must.
  • Museo Negrense de La Salle,, University of St. La Salle, Gate 1; +63 34 434 5998. An intriguing museum that features an extensive collection of religious art pieces, as well as a textile gallery.
  • Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation, South Capitol Rd; +63 34 433 9234. Learn more about endangered endemic animals of the Negros-Panay Faunal Region, such as the Visayan warty pig and Visayan spotted deer.
  • Negros Museum, Gatuslao St. A woefully undervisited gem, this museum showcases local art, artifacts and handicrafts. Visit the Museum Café for delicious snacks after.
  • Negros Showroom, 9th St; +63 34 433 8833. Pick up beautiful souvenirs such as woven bags made of water lilies, abaca slippers and other accessories made in the region.
  • Silay City. Take a day trip to nearby Silay City and marvel at its well-preserved heritage houses, located near the town hall. You can even take a ride on a steam locomotive at the Hawaiian-Philippine Milling Company! Visit the tourism office to get recommendations and a DoT-accredited guide.
  • The Ruins, Talisay City; +63 34 476 4334. While away a few hours exploring the grounds of this stately mansion, which once belonged to a sugar baron. It was destroyed during World War II, but has since been restored. Guided tours are available.

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