6 Establishments To Visit In Naga
Here are the Chosen Juan’s recommendations.
By Dave Agbayani
May 31, 2016
It’s not as glitzy as Manila or Makati, but Naga is a thriving city with its own charm. Aside from tourist attractions and friendly people, it also has establishments that are worth checking out. Allow me to recommend my top 6.
1. Avenue Plaza Hotel
The moment I stepped into the lobby of Avenue Plaza Hotel, I already knew it was a cut above the rest. Serving a glass of their refreshing lemonade, the staff welcomed me with a smile and the comfiest accommodation ever! This 4-star boutique business hotel would be the very definition of quality service. With 364 rooms ranging from Queen Rooms to Executive and Presidential Suites and an onsite swimming pool for good measure, you’re bound to experience leisure and luxury throughout your stay. For fitness enthusiasts, an upgraded gym will be opened later this year. The hotel also serves buffet breakfast to make sure that you’re ready every morning before exploring the rest of Naga City.
2. Barryman’s Coffee & Tea
Known for coming up with new things, owner Atty. Norman Barrosa added his own twist to the normal coffee shop. You may find yourself charmed by Barryman’s Coffee & Tea, thanks to its unique ambiance with the odd but fitting combination of books and soccer balls. This lovely café serves after-meal snacks like sandwiches, pasta, and brewed coffee, but what blew me away is their ginger latte, an original concoction by Atty. Barrosa himself. The perfect blend of the creamy latte and the hint of ginger has a bold and refreshing flavor that I never thought would work well with coffee. I could wake up to it every morning.
3. Woodstone Kitchen & Bar
A certified culinary destination in Naga is Woodstone Kitchen, owned and managed by Chef Ton Castillo who was the chef for the participants and crew of hit reality TV show Survivor: Caramoan. Bringing the adventurous atmosphere from the wild to the streets of Naga, his menu is all about his exciting take on Bicolano cuisine. Chef Ton’s version of Naga’s traditional pinangat—made with fish or shrimp, wrapped in taro leaves, and cooked in coconut milk—got a makeover when he covered it with breadcrumbs, deep fried it, and topped with chili pepper—now known as the extra delectable crispy pinangat! That’s just one of the many clever creations in this restaurant that you have to try.
4. Bob Marlin Restaurant & Grill
When you got signatures of celebrities displayed on its walls, then you know the place is good. And Bob Marlin Restaruant & Grill doesn’t disappoint a bit—it serves heaps of crispy pata, sinigang na hipon, bicol express with pineapple slices (you’ll love the sweet and spicy blend), and many more. This restaurant is all about the passions of its owner Mr. Jerome Palma: good food and reggae music, as you may have guessed from its name. Aside from dining, you can enjoy occasional music nights as well. One love!
5. Anselmo’s Restaurant
Who would’ve thought you could enjoy a buffet of home-cooked all-Filipino dishes for only 165 pesos? Anselmo’s Restaurant started out as something like a carinderia but with the restaurant-quality food. It became a famous stopover place for travelers who love satisfying meals but with affordable prices. For lunch, be sure to drop by between 10:00am and 2:00pm, while dinner is from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
6. Efifranz Health & Wellness Spa
After all the tours and thrills you’ll experience around the city of Naga, it wouldn’t hurt to have a little me-time and spend an hour or so of relaxation. Efifranz Health and Wellness Spa offers a wide range of relaxing services, from the 30-minute Hand, Neck, & Shoulder Massage to an hour-long Hot Stone Massage. Best of all, they’re all below 500 pesos! This spa also has non-massage services such as manicure, pedicure, and hair waxing.