The Philippine summer sun can be relentless, but fear not! There’s a cool haven just a short trip from Manila. Tagaytay, with its refreshing mountain climate and breathtaking scenery, beckons as the perfect place to escape the summer heat. Check out these Tagaytay spots where you can trade scorching cityscapes for breezy viewpoints, thrilling adventures, and delightful natural wonders. So, pack your bags, start the car, and get ready to discover a mountain destination that will redefine your summer.

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Beat the sizzle: Tagaytay spots to chill in this summer

1. Picnic Grove

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First up on our list of Tagaytay spots to chill in this summer: Picnic Grove! This place practically holds a lot of our favourite childhood memories by now. The sprawling park is perched on top of a ridge, with lush greenery carpeting the ground and gentle winds whispering through the trees. Here, you’ll find a breathtaking spot to view the panorama of Taal Lake and Volcano greeting you at every turn.

On a windy afternoon, bring out your picnic blanket and relax under the shade of towering trees, or rent a cosy cottage for a more intimate gathering with family or friends. Feeling adventurous? Challenge yourself to an exhilarating zipline ride or go on a leisurely horseback ride through the scenic trails. Picnic Grove offers an array of activities, making it an ideal spot to reconnect with nature and create memories for the summer.

2. People’s Park in the Sky

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Step back in time and embrace panoramic vistas as People’s Park in the Sky. This historic landmark was originally envisioned as a mansion. Today, it stands with an unfinished structure, its skeletal frame contrasting beautifully with the verdant mountainside. It’s one of Tagaytay’s highest peaks, so if you want to get 360-degree views of the city and its neighbouring towns, this is the perfect place. 

For a spiritual touch, visit the Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love, a testament to faith nestled amidst the clouds. Capture photos for the ‘Gram with Taal Volcano as your backdrop, or simply relax and take in the cool Tagaytay breeze amidst the summer heat.

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3. Tagaytay Highlands

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Next on our list of Tagaytay spots is an activity-filled escape — Tagaytay Highlands offers an unparalleled playground for kids and kids at heart. Try your shot at a new sport and tee off on world-class golf courses with Taal Volcano as your majestic audience. Challenge yourself to a heart-pounding Aerial Walk, a multi-level obstacle course that tests your balance and rewards you with a stunning view. After a day full of activities, take a refreshing dip in their numerous pools for an afternoon cooldown.

Tagaytay Highlands also boasts family-friendly spots and activities, like Animal Farm, where your kids can interact with adorable miniature animals like parrots, monkeys, and tigers from around the globe. Unwind with a much-deserved spa after a long day, and explore an array of delectable dining options, all while surrounded by Tagaytay’s refreshing embrace.

4. Twin Lakes Shopping Village

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Twin Lakes Shopping Village is an open-air complex that seamlessly blends shopping with its breathtaking scenery. Boutiques line the village with local finds from little trinkets to mouth-watering delicacies. Restaurants offer a variety of cuisine from Asian fusion of Japanese and Filipino to Italian and American. Need a caffeine break? Order a cup of coffee from the cosy Starbucks with an outdoor patio and let the cool weather of Tagaytay keep you company.

As the sun dips lower, catch a live performance at the fountain plaza, or take picture-perfect moments with the stunning twin lakes backdrop. This Tagaytay spot offers a unique retail experience that caters to your shopping desires while providing a nice place to chill and escape the summer heat.

5. Skyranch Amusement Park

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Add a shot of adrenaline to your summer escape at Skyranch Amusement Park! This vibrant park caters to thrill-seekers who want a refreshing and heart-pounding summer memory. Soar above the clouds on the iconic Sky Eye and take postcard-worthy photos for your IG feed. Scream at the top of your lungs on gut-wrenching rides like the Super Viking and Drop Tower. Not a fan of extreme rides? Take a more relaxed spin on the carousel ride instead. Alternatively, stroll around the park and grab a quick snack as you wait for the sun to set.

For the little adventurers, there’s a dedicated zone filled with rides and games that are perfect for kids. If you missed the chance to go on a zipline at the Picnic Grove, conquer it instead here! The ride is equally memorable and breathtaking, offering a unique perspective of the park and the surrounding vistas.

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6. La VeryOl’s Mountain View Garden

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Our list of Tagaytay spots is never complete without a place that’s perfect for serenity and rejuvenation. La VeryOl’s Mountain View Garden is a charming family-run haven that offers a unique opportunity to unwind amidst lush scenery and stunning mountain vistas. Unlike other Tagaytay spots that boast an expansive view of Taal Lake and Volcano, La VeryOl’s beauty lies in its tranquil ambience.

Picture this: soaking in a large cauldron filled with herbal water heated by natural fire. Experience a kawa bath like never before, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and let the gentle breeze melt away your stress. To cap off the rejuvenating experience, make sure to try their pampering massage treatments that use natural oils and techniques designed to leave guests feeling completely revitalised.

7. Puzzle Mansion

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Ever heard of a mansion that’s filled with different, possibly all kinds, of puzzles? Unleash your inner puzzle master at Puzzle Mansion! This museum is brimming with mind-boggling jigsaw creations. Visitors can stroll through rooms of completed puzzles in all shapes and sizes, from landscapes and famous paintings to pop culture icons and intricate 3D designs. 

Marvel at the pièce de résistance: a colossal 33,600-piece puzzle depicting a vibrant wildlife scene, or challenge yourself to a hands-on puzzle experience — the perfect way to conclude your puzzle mansion journey. The Puzzle Mansion is definitely a must-visit for anyone who wants to take a break from the usual summer activities.

8. Museo Orlina

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Calling all art buffs! Museo Orlina is a haven for contemporary art that showcases the captivating works of Ramon Orlina, the Philippines’ foremost glass sculptor. Marvel at his signature glass creations with intricate forms catching the light and playing with the viewer’s perception. The museum offers a kaleidoscope of Orlina’s craft. It will surely capture the hearts of art enthusiasts seeking an art-filled summer escape. 

You’re in luck if you catch a budding artist showcasing their work through an event, workshop, or seminar. Make sure to visit the roof deck, where you can bask in the cool mountain air while admiring the stunning views of Taal Volcano.

9. Tsokolateria

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A trip to Tagaytay is never complete without indulging in all things chocolate at Tsokolateria. This charming cafe isn’t just any desert destination — it’s a celebration of local cacao and Filipino flavours. Step into a cosy, nature-inspired haven with stunning views of Taal Volcano. Their menu boasts a plethora of chocolate creations, from the classic tsokolate de batirol (hot chocolate made with local tablea) to innovative treats like the Tsokolate Ah-Lechon Chicharon Disc (chocolate paired with crispy pork rind).

Tsokolateria offers a delightful exploration of cacao, so pamper your palate and embrace the cool breeze of Tagaytay in this chocolate-filled restaurant!

10. Starbucks Hiraya

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Going all the way to Tagaytay for Starbucks? Wouldn’t that be a waste?

Not if you’re going to Starbucks Hiraya. We all know how hyped this new branch was, but it truly isn’t your ordinary Starbucks — it’s a haven for coffee lovers and scenery enthusiasts! Nestled on a ridge overlooking Taal Lake, the store boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that frame a picture-perfect panorama. Sip on exclusive Starbucks reserve blends or indulge in handcrafted coffee and pastry creations, all while soaking in the cool mountain air and the majestic view.

While you’re at it, might as well take photos. With the iconic Starbucks logo against the mesmerising backdrop, it’s a guaranteed Instagram-worthy moment! Whether you’re seeking a quiet corner to enjoy your cup of joe with a book or a lively social space to catch up with friends, Starbucks Hiraya offers the perfect blend of caffeine and nature to complete your Tagaytay adventure.

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Ready to ditch the scorching summer heat and trade it for the cool embrace of Tagaytay? From the serene beauty of nature spots like Picnic Grove, People’s Park in the Sky and Tagaytay Highlands to the heart-pumping thrills of Skyranch, this list of Tagaytay spots offers something for every kind of adventurer seeking to escape the heatwave in the city. Explore the unique charm of Tagaytay and discover a haven where relaxation, excitement, and food go hand in hand.

Patricia Caleon

Patricia is a simple girl who likes to express herself through pictures and words. Not much for talking; writing and taking pictures have always been her way of telling people of her stories and adventures. On a normal day, you'll probably see her reading a good book in one hand and a cup of coffee in another.