Naga

Motorized tricycles outside Naga City Central

Where to stay

  • CBD Plaza Hotel, Ninoy and Cory Ave, CBD II, Brgy. Triangulo; +63 54 472 0318; cbdplazahotel.com. Find comfortable and reasonably-priced rooms at this hotel, which is located near a major mall, and bus and jeepney terminals.
  • Nagaland Hotel, Elias Angeles St; +63 54 473 2111; thenagalandhotel.com. Situated near attractions like E-Mall and Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, this hotel serves as an excellent base for visitors to explore the city and its surrounds.
  • Villa Caceres Hotel, Magsaysay Ave; +63 54 473 6530; www.villacacereshotelnaga.com. The hotel is located near the city’s finest entertainment and dining spots.

Where to eat

  • Aling Cely’s Kinalasan, Barlin St. Slurp down a bowl of kinalas (pig or cow’s head noodle soup). This hearty dish is best devoured with either hot baduya (banana fritters) or toasted siopao (steamed buns).
  • Bigg’s Diner, Sta. Cruz, Elias Angeles St; +63 54 473 1212; www.biggsdiner.ph. Enjoy the restaurant’s 1950s ambience while you chomp on Bicolano specialties and western dishes like hamburgers and pizzas.
  • Bob Marlin, Magsaysay Ave; +63 54 473 1339; www.bobmarlin.ph. Serves up Filipino and Bicolano food, including one of the best crispy pata (deep-fried pig trotters or knuckles) in the Philippines.
  • Casa Soriano Family Heirloom Cuisine, 39 Concepcion Grande (inside Lisam Goodyear Servitek); +63 928 893 3083; facebook.com/casasoriano.ph. A hidden gem specializing in homely food like baby back ribs and kare-kare (traditional Filipino stew with a thick, savory peanut sauce).
  • Cordova’s Kinalas, Dayangdang St; +63 908 724 9125. Home to one of Naga City’s most popular dishes, kinalas (noodle soup served with pig’s brain).
  • DJC Halo Halo and Snack Bar, Magsaysay Ave; +63 52 472 0446. Serves up a glorious rendition of halo-halo, a Filipino dessert with shaved ice, milk, fruits, beans and various toppings.
  • Geewan, P. Burgos St; +63 54 472 3888; www.geewan.ph. Serves up authentic Bicolano food like pinangat (minced freshwater shrimp, wrapped in taro leaves and cooked in coconut milk).
  • Naga Garden Restaurant, Panganiban Dr; +63 54 811 8805. One of the oldest restaurants in town, Naga Garden serves up great toasted siopao (steamed buns) and pancit (fried noodles).
  • Red Platter, Magsaysay Ave; +63 54 472 9933; redplatter.ph. If you’re a veggie lover, you should treat your tastebuds to the Laing Pizza, topped with chilli and laing (dried taro leaves and coconut milk).

What to do

  • Basilica Minore de Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, Balatas Rd. A historic church with pretty stained-glass windows. Naga is known for its devotion to the Virgin Mary and for the Peñafrancia Festival every September, but this place is worth a visit at any time of the year.
  • CamSur Watersports Complex, Provincial Capitol Complex Cadlan, Pili; +63 54 477 3344; cwcwake.com. A state-of-the-art facility with a cable wakeboarding park, a skate park, a swimming pool and a man-made lake.
  • Day trips. Book tours to Caramoan Island and CamSur Mountains. Contact Kadlagan Tour Services (+63 916 655 8913; www.kadlagan.weebly.com) for more info.
  • Haciendas de Naga Resort, Carolina, Uptown Naga City; haciendasdenaga.com. At this resort and adventure park, you can participate in activities such as ziplining, pili-nut picking, wall-climbing and more.
  • Malabsay Falls, Zone 6, Brgy Panicuason. Take a habal-habal ride to this beautiful waterfall at the foot of Mt. Isarog.
  • Mount Isarog. Climb this 2,000m-tall stratovolcano, and admire its natural waterfalls and springs. The best time to visit is during the dry months of January to April.
  • Naga City People’s Mall, +63 54 811 8198. Go shopping for pasalubong at this mall, formerly known as the Public Market. You can buy everything from pili nuts to second-hand clothes.
  • Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, Elias Angeles St; +63 54 473 1836. A four-century-old, baroque-style cathedral that’s the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres.
  • Panicuason Hot Spring Resort, Zone 5, Panicuason Rd; +63 918 737 9236. Unwind by taking a therapeutic dip in the hot and cold pools at this resort, situated at the foot of Mt. Isarog.
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