Chateau Hestia’s restaurant

If you are thinking of a quick break from the hustle and bustle of big city life after the lockdowns, Tagaytay is the place to be. Tagaytay still tops the list of the hottest tourist destinations in the South because of its timeless beauty that continuously enchants travelers. The cool weather, the magnificent view of Taal Lake and Volcano, the thrill of discovering which restaurant or hotel offers the best view of this majestic caldera, and of course the competing staycation accommodations that mushroomed in the heart of the city.

But before we proceed to this lovely city, let’s have a stopover first in its neighboring towns. Silang, the closest town to Tagaytay, is another spot to explore. You would be delighted to check Acienda Mall for the branded products usually offered on bargain sale. Most of these products are often sold at half or seventy-five percent of the original price. People who love to hoard branded goods at a lower price come here often. For everyone who loves to watch Korean dramas and dreams of visiting Korea, you can set that aside for now, as international trips are still not advisable because of quarantine restrictions one has to go through. Instead, drop by the Korean Temple, and have that Korean feel. If you’re lucky, you could even borrow hanbok, Korea’s traditional clothing, and have some of your pictures taken in front of the temple. You might even think you’re in Gyeongbok Palace, and part of the Joseon royal family while wearing these customary garbs.

The green and airy space surrounded by the arboretum.

If you want to experience serenity and relaxation, spend some time in Chateau Hestia. For nature lovers like us, a quick visit isn’t enough. Said to be one of the South’s best-kept bed and breakfast garden restaurants, this forest-like sanctuary is here to impress. If it’s your first time to visit this place, starting from the parking lot, you will already know that a large proportion of Chateau Hestia is monopolized by the arboretum. Trees are all over except the greenish garden covered with beautiful grass in front of the proud two-story rustic restaurant. The restaurant’s first floor is quite spacious and very cozy. It has its own bar to serve drinks and another bar to display their delectable cakes and pastries. The large second floor is used for special events like weddings, birthdays, victory parties, and other important affairs. The garden we mentioned earlier can also accommodate intimate outdoor gatherings.

Chateau Hestia specializes in European cuisine and their food is something to look forward to. They offer mouthwatering dishes and having a taste of them is something you shouldn’t miss. We’ve got a long list on their menu of what we’d like to recommend but let’s save it for the next piece.

Chateau Hestia’s spacious restaurant.