As you step onto Calle Crisologo, you will definitely feel like you have time warped into another century. This long, cobblestoned street has been preserved and remains as it was when it was first built.
Now home to souvenir shops, restaurants and even a club that rivals some in Manila, it still hasn’t lost its charm and has become one of Vigan’s main attractions.
Though you will find familiar names such as Mang Insal and Max’s Chicken along this road, everyone who rents a space is free to fix the interiors as they please, but must keep the façade the same.
Empanada, bagnet and Vigan bacon!
There is no lack of choices of places to eat here either. Head over to Irene’s for the original Vigan empanada and okoy but don’t come too late, as they are sold out as early as 6 p.m.
Café Leona along Calle Crisologo is named after poet and playwright, Leona Florentino, who was born and lived in Vigan. Here you will find local delicacies alongside pizza, Japanese food and regular Filipino fare.
If you keep walking down this street, you will find many stores selling the infamous bagnet, so take your pick.
If you want to bring home some yummies, head over to EJ’s and pick up a few packs of Vigan bacon—you won’t regret it.
Sights along the way to your next food stop
If you want to get out of the main square and areas easily accessible by foot, rent a kalesa for P100-150 an hour and ask them to take you to the Bell Tower built in 1591. There, you can climb up the stairs and get a great view.
If you are interested in seeing where the woven blankets, pillowcases, table runners and other home stuff are made, ask to be brought to Christy’s, which is about 15 minutes away.
Lastly, stop over at Hidden Garden, an outdoor restaurant, for a merienda of halo-halo before heading back to your hotel.
Although this place might not be top of mind when planning a getaway, it’s high time people start considering coming to Vigan to check it out. It’s small enough to allow tourists to see most of the main areas on foot, and has an old world charm that’s pretty hard to resist.
Plus, the food is a definite high point alongside all that walking around.
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Erica Paredes has been working in the publishing industry for almost a decade as a fashion and beauty editor, newspaper columnist, stylist and make-up artist. Nowadays she juggles her time between food and fashion, beauty and travel plus mommy duties to her 8 year old daughter.
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