Central Luzon's Bulacan is known as the "Northern Gateway from Manila." Due to its rich historical heritage, the province has become an ideal tourist destination that houses popular historical sites, nostalgic old houses and churches, idyllic ecological attractions, religious monuments, bustling festivals, and a wide selection of native crafts and local delicacies.
It is also home to the Philippine Arena in Santa Maria. This 55,000-seater venue is the world's largest indoor arena, making it an ideal concert venue that can meet the high volume of Filipino fans. The problem with the Philippine Arena is it's not the most commuter-friendly destination. Meaning if you want to make the most of your money, you'll need to plan for more than just accommodations.
So if you're attending a concert there or just found yourself wanting to explore Bulacan, why not go for a quick detour to any of the province's famed food establishments?
To complete your visit, here are nearby Bulacan localities with aesthetically "sulit" cafés—the convenient mix of the hottest restaurants and coolest coffee shops all at once.
Stride Coffee prides itself as the "best coffee shop in town." Recognizable for its shipping container architecture, it offers a range of hot drinks including coffee, cold beverages like frappe, as well as cakes and pastries, among other food options.
Stride Coffee is located at Lot 17, Igulot Road, Turo, Bocaue.
The family-style restaurant also doubles as an events venue that interested customers can book for special occasions. It introduced a new variety of food choices this year while maintaining classics in its menu, including starters, salads, soups, bread and waffles, signature pizzas, pasta, mains, vegetarian choices, extras, cakes, pastries, coffees, ice-blended drinks, tea, juice, sparkling and sangria, fresh fruits and green smoothies, as well as party trays.
Cafe Nenzo is located at the ground floor of Esperanza Mall, McArthur Highway, Meycauayan.
Monchéri Cafe & Bakery
Looking for a brunch place? This chic two-in-one café and bakery offers starters, healthy bites, pasta favorites, all-day breakfast, brunch specials, home kitchen specials (mains), coffee, non-coffee beverages, tea, milksnow, refreshers, and breakfast bowls.
Monchéri Cafe & Bakery by Kuh Meal is located at Villa Dulalia Executive Village, Meycauayan.
139 Mamu's Foodcourt
139 Mamu's Foodcourt offers rice meals, snacks, coffee, milk tea, and other specialty drinks. The establishment's highlight is its bahay kubo, elevated dining area, and multiple table and lighting options to accommodate groups of any size and occasion.
139 Mamu's Foodcourt is at 139 Paliwas Road, Paco, Obando.
Sili Cafe offers a view both indoors as well as in its outdoor al fresco area. Their menu consists of all-time favorite meals, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, pancakes, sides, cakes, signature drinks, ice-blended beverages, flavored coffee, hot coffee, other drinks, salads, and home-baked goodies.
Sili Cafe is located at 10 Mahogany Street, Mahabang Parang, Santa Maria.