City Guide: Iloilo

It was my first time in Iloilo and I love it so much. I wish I could live there in the future. Here’s my mini-guide for first timers like me.

IloiloWhere to stay? 

Diversion 21 Hotel 

We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights. The room was huge and everything seems new and maintained. It was a pleasant stay. We also had breakfasts here. Chicken tocino and longganisa are both good.

Highway 21 Hotel

Perfect for budget travellers

Seda Atria

Richmonde Hotel 

Where to eat? 

DoVa Brunch Place 

On our first night in Iloilo, we were brought to DoVa in Megaworld Iloilo Business Park and it reminded me of restaurants in BGC. It has that sophisticated ambience. Their pasta reminded me of Motorino’s. Everything we tried was great except for their salami pizza.


I highly suggest their baked scallops and oyster, aligue rice. So good! (Just a warning, I felt dizzy after eating here. The next morning, I also had a stomachache. I’m not really sure about the reasons.)

DITS – Desserts in the Sky

It has a cozy atmosphere. Best to bring your girls here! I’m 100% sure they would love it. They have a wide selection of cakes and cupcakes. I liked their ube cake. I also tried their penne (pasta) but it tasted like it was cooked days ago and jus reheated.

Coffee Break

I tried their caramel frappe and white mocha frappe. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love it because I did even if it’s actually way too sweet.

Madge Cafe

It has a nice atmosphere like a good cafe. I only tried their lemonade so I can’t really suggest much.

Netong’s Original Special La Paz Batchoy at Atria

Our friend Francis suggested us to try batchoy in Iloilo and it was indeed delicious. It was our first time to eat batchoy and we liked it. Hopefully we could try the one inside Lapaz Market next time (for a more authentic feel).

Ramboy’s Lechanon and Restaurant

It originated in Aklan but it has a branch (or branches) in Iloilo. Tried their liempo and lechon manok before. Yum!

What to do?

We only have 48 hours + in Iloilo so there’s not much time to go somewhere far so I’ll just share the places I visited first:

Miagao church  

SM City Iloilo 

Smallville Complex



Here’s my Iloilo bucket list for next time:

St Anne Parish Church

Hop on a ferry to Guimaras

Visit the beaches in Concepcion and Estancia

Explore San Joaquin

Museo Iloilo

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