WELCOME TO MY CAMIGUIN FOOD GUIDE! I have written down some of the restaurants that you might want to visit and some of the best local foods to try when in Camiguin. If you have no idea what exactly and where to eat in Camiguin, this food guide is definitely for you!
Trying local foods is one of the things that you must do when you are in a new place. This is one of the best things to do in order to observe their culture firsthand. Apart from Camiguin’s natural attractions, the island also boasts its excellence in terms of cuisine. They have got one of the best local and international foods as well. The island has its own unique way to attract local and foreign tourists by offering its one-of-a-kind cuisine. For sure, the food that you taste on the island is something unforgettable!
We stayed on Camiguin Island for four days and three nights. With that, I was able to visit some restaurants and try out some of their best cuisines while traveling around the island. Here are some of the best restaurants to visit and some local foods to try when on the island.
Best Restaurants in Camiguin
J & A Fishpen
J & A Fishpen is a seafood restaurant located in Brgy. Mahinog. The restaurant is near Benoni Port. You can go fishing in their pond for your meals as well. In addition, it is also a floating restaurant that serves fresh seafood and other Filipino foods. The floating restaurant has such a nice view of the lagoon. The lagoon is more commonly known as Tanguines Lagoon which is man-made. Sadly, I just noticed that they also serve parrotfish which is not supposed to be eaten.
La Isla Cocina
Situated in a heritage house, La Isla Cocina is one of the restaurants to visit on Camiguin Island. If you are up for something new to try, you can head over to this restaurant. It serves Mexican and Spanish food. Moreover, you would seriously love the vibe inside the restaurant. It just looks simple inside yet it looks so classy. I personally enjoyed our dinner here.
Northern Lights Restaurant
The best time to dine here is at night. The Northern Lights Restaurant serves delectable Filipino food. My personal favorites are Bulalo and Sisig! For me, this is one of the nicest places to go to if you do not know where to eat in Camiguin.
La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita is an Italian restaurant. The food that they serve is authentic. Owned by a native Italian, he serves homemade Italian food to the customers. I really enjoyed eating their pizza. Its taste is kind of different from other pizzas I tasted! The restaurant is very easy to find. It is just right in front of Camiguin airport.
Guerrera is the type of restaurant that serves different kinds of Asian cuisines such as Indian, Thai, Vietnamese foods, etc. In addition, they serve farm-to-plate food to the customers. Expect the fresh food served that comes directly from the farm! I have been to many restaurants around the Philippines, but Guerrera’s is one of the best. I find this restaurant really unique and amazing due to its perfect location. Guerrera restaurant is actually built in the middle of a farm field.
More to that, the restaurant offers the best views of the mountains and the sea. You could see a clearer view of Mount Hibok Hibok. You will certainly love dining at this restaurant! I really highly recommend this place to eat when in Camiguin. It is relaxing to stay here! Take note that you can’t just take videos inside the restaurant. I think the reason is that the owner doesn’t want it to go with the hype.
Apart from these restaurants – of course, you must never miss the local delicacies that Camiguin Island is offering!
Local foods to try in Camiguin
If you are fond of eating the lanzones fruit, you can find the sweetest lanzones fruit on Camiguin Island. The island is rich in volcanic soil which makes the fruit the sweetest.
I only tried dried pusit once when I visited Cebu, but Camiguin’s dried pusit also tastes delicious!
Obviously, one of Camiguin’s food pride is the lanzones fruit. Aside from the fruit itself, the locals produce other foods or products from the lanzones fruit. One of them is the lanzones wine. I tried it at the festival. It wasn’t that strong or something – but it tasted so good. Also, it didn’t taste bitter at all. The taste was perfect. I even smelled the aroma of the lanzones fruit in the wine. It was totally good!
Personally, this is my favorite delicacy! I really fell in love with the taste of Camiguin’s tart! I want to try it more! It is so delicious!
I didn’t get to try this but you may have this when you are in Camiguin. Lanzones Jam? I wonder what it really tastes! I would love to try it once I come back to Camiguin.
Pastel is Filipino bread that is filled with yema or custard. It is originated from the island of Camiguin. You can only have this on this island. Although you can buy pastel from some stores in Manila, it is still better to have it on the island! You can purchase it from Vjandep Store. They claim to have the best pastel which is I apparently tried, and it is somewhat true.
I also wasn’t able to try this. But according to our tour guide, there is also a candy that is made from lanzones fruit. You may want to try it as well.
This chicken surol is a famous cuisine in Camiguin. In fact, it is actually a chicken soup with coconut milk.
Lanzones Ice Cream
Surely, this is a must-try in Camiguin! It is special ice cream with the taste of lanzones fruit.
Kipling is like a simple pancake which locally made from Camiguin Island. It is very affordable and you can buy it anywhere around the island.
Your trip would not be complete if you didn’t get to try one of their delicacies. Another thing, if you go to the annual Lanzones Festival in Camiguin, this is the best time to buy lanzones fruit. It is because they sell it at a cheaper price during the festival itself. Make sure to try one of these foods, visit the restaurants I mentioned and get to fall in love more with Camiguin Island!
Check out my Camiguin travel guide to learn more about the island and to help with your future trip!
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