Discover The Hidden Gems Of Angeles City In Pampanga
Known as the culinary capital of the Philippines, Pampanga is a foodie’s paradise and Angeles City is the place to be if you want to experience some of the scrumptious dishes that Pampanga has to offer. If you don’t have the time to go all over the province, Angeles City is your one-stop-shop for the ultimate Pampanga food trip. Aside from the cuisine, it’s worth knowing that this first-class city is home not only to both established and trendy new restaurants and bars but also to several cultural and historical spots so it’s definitely worth visiting to walk around and explore.
If you’re a history junkie and want to get to know the city on a deeper level, you can take part in the Heritage Walk. During this tour, you’ll get to see some of the most historical places in Angeles City such as the Pamintuan Mansion, Old Municipal, and the 141-year-old Holy Rosary Parish Church. The church has been declared as one of the most important cultural properties by the National Museum. Along the way you’ll find some restored cobblestone roads which add to the quaint feel of the place.
Another must-visit is Museo Ng Kasaysayan Ng Panlipunan Ng Pilipinas, or popularly known as the The Pamintuan Mansion. The museum was built by Mariano Pamintuan and Valentina Torres, as a wedding gift to their son, Florentino. The mansion has interesting history as it used to be the headquarters of General Antonio Luna in April 1899, and the headquarters of General Arthur Mac Arthur in 1899 as well. It was also the site of where Philippine Independence was first declared.
There’s also the Bale-Balayan Museum For The Poor Center For Transformation Through The Arts founded by Peter De Vera, which is home to more than 40 aspiring and talented kids. While you’re there, you’ll be treated to a performance by the children and are able to give back to the wonderful city that is Angeles.
As for the best of Angeles, Pampanga’s cuisine, here’s a rundown of choices you can visit for the definitive Pampanga food trip: Café Fleur, LA Bakeshop, 25 Seeds, Toll House, and Pigs and Pints.
Café Fleur by Chef Sau del Rosario features avant-garde Kapampangan cuisine in a simple and cozy setting. If you want a modern and fusion take to traditional fare, this café delivers. And while eating, you can enjoy some good Kapampangan music serenading you in the background.
For the original cheesebread in town, be sure to drop by LA bakeshop! The Spanish bread is also a must-try. Pair it with coffee or hot chocolate for a match made in heaven.
25 Seeds, also by Chef Sau, located in an ancestral house and is centered on farm to table concept which puts a premium on fresh, wholesome and sustainable food creations.
Toll House is a favorite family run restaurant popular for desserts and nostalgic comfort food. It’s been around since 1988 and has been quite an icon since. It’s a family business and the recipes are mostly heirloom. Their cakes and pastries are named after each family member.
For dinner and booze, Pigs and Pints is the place to go and hangout with friends. They’ve got craft beer and excellent pub grub!