Pampanga has all the ingredients to become the next megalopolis. You have the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone. It was even awarded by MoneySense magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the Philippines”. Since then, Pampanga has attracted visitors not just because of its bustling scenery, but also because of its growing local food scene with Angeles City at the helm.
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.
Angeles City Tour…
For one, 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 and a delight to walk when you’re wearing proper comfortable footwear like the Skechers GOwalk.
Another must-visit is Angeles City’s Museo Ng Kasaysayan Ng Panlipunan Ng Pilipinas, or popularly known as The Pamintuan Mansion. The museum was built by Mariano Pamintuan and Valentina Torres, as a wedding gift to their son, Florentino. The mansion has an 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, 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.
… And Taste
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. No need to worry too much about the calories if you decide to walk between some of these establishments which are nearby each other. Just remember to wear your comfiest walking shoes like the GOwalk from Skechers.
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.
For the original cheese bread in town, there’s nowhere else to go then LA bakeshop! Pair it with coffee or hot chocolate for a match made in heaven. 25 Seeds, also by the famous Chef Sau, is 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.
For dinner and beyond there’s Pigs and Pints; a Nose to Tail Gastropub, a concept re-introduced into the Western culinary mainstream here by Chef Henry Ferguson from the UK in 1999. They’ve got craft beer and excellent pub grub!
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