Satisfy your sweet tooth with the best confections the central region has to offer
Bulacan might be the dessert capital of the Philippines, but the Visayas — home to Negros Occidental, the country’s sugar bowl — is a confectionery haven in its own right, too. If you find it hard to resist a sweet or baked treat, here’s a handy guide to the best dessert houses in the region. Ready, set, eat!
Negros Island Region
Sans Rival Cakes & Pastries, Dumaguete
The silvana — basically a buttercream-layered, crumb-crusted cookie sandwich made from cashew-meringue wafers — is the main star of the show at this well-known pasalubong spot. The sans rival (a dessert cake made with layers of buttercream, meringue and chopped cashews) is a must-try, too.
3 San Jose St; +63 35 225 4440
This beloved dessert house boasts several outlets across Negros Occidental. Try the chocolate cake, marshmallow ice-cream cake and white-chocolate cheesecake for a real sugar rush.
Various locations, including 1/F Robinsons Place; +63 34 441 3835
Camiña Bahay nga Bato, Iloilo
Neither a dessert house nor a bakery, Camiña Bahay na Bato is actually an ancestral house that serves as a museum and art gallery. However, for just PHP150, you can get a tour of the main house and curio shop, plus an unlimited supply of the city’s thickest, creamiest and most decadent Filipino hot chocolate (aka tsokolate). The price includes an array of local biscuits for your dunking pleasure.
20 Osmeña St, Villa de Arevalo; +63 33 336 3858
Dulgies Desserts and Cafe, Iloilo
A hit with the locals, Dulgies is known for its dainty cupcakes and red velvet cake. Its cheesecakes are worth a try, too. The café prides itself on using only premium ingredients like Valrhona chocolate and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans, so you can be assured of quality treats.
La Salette Building, Valeria St; +63 33 338 3701; facebook.com/maepido
You’ll be spoilt for choice at Maridel’s, with its wide assortment of pies, cakes, and meringues. Can’t quite make up your mind? You can’t go wrong with bestsellers like the banoffee pie, the mango brazo ice cream cake, or the refreshing guava cake (which isn’t always available, so you’ll have to try your luck).
Plazuela de Iloilo, Diversion Rd, Mandurriao; +63 917 377 9788; facebook.com/Maridels.Iloilo
Los Filipinos Bakery, Iloilo
Looking for pandesal, the quintessential Filipino bread roll? Pop by the humble Los Filipinos Bakery, a long-standing hole-in-the-wall joint that specializes in the classic treat.
217 Iznart St; +63 33 337 3954; facebook.com/LosFilipinosBakery
La Marea, Cebu
This little coffee chain in Cebu is famed for one thing: its Warm Brownie Cup. Can you really say no to gooey, fudgy chocolate chunks? Other desserts worth sinking your teeth into include the pecan tart and the regular brownies topped with ice cream.
Various locations, including Paseo Arcenas, Banawa; +63 32 412 2577; kawalodesign.com/lamarea/index.htm
Leona’s Cakes & Pastries, Cebu
Another popular dessert spot in Cebu, Leona’s Cakes & Pastries is famed for its cheesecakes, which come in flavors like red velvet and Oreo. Diners also dig its chocolate bread, cream puffs and mango pie.
65 Juan Luna Ave, Manolo; +63 32 233 0386; leonacakespastries.com.ph
Miyara Patisserie, Tacloban
Customers can’t get enough of this cutesy bakery’s banoffee pie — and the same goes for its heavenly chocolate ganache. Cupcakes, biscuits and fresh Illy coffee are available, too.
P. Burgos St; +63 53 523 0027; facebook.com/MiyaraPatisserie
K Patisserie, Tacloban
This quaint little venue is a tea shop, cake store and snack bar all rolled into one. Cupcakes are its main draw, and you can choose from flavors like red velvet, Oreo, mango Graham, double chocolate chip and heaps more.
Gomez St corner Paterno St; +63 926 211 4748