On our first day in Vigan, Tim and I initially planned to go to Baluarte ni Chavit, Chavit Singson’s collection of really cool animals and remembering that there is a really good restaurant inside, we decided to sleep till a little late on Monday morning so we could have brunch at The Cafeteria.
Unfortunately, when we got there the restaurant was closed due to a private catering event and mind you, it’s one thing that I’m not myself when I haven’t had coffee, but I’m a different sort of monster when I’m also hungry.
It wasn’t my first time in Hidden Garden, I must have been there twice before but I actually forgot about it until it was suggested to me that morning. Quite a lot of things have changed but its cool and breezy ambiance despite the high afternoon sun and heat made it the perfect place to have brunch and coffee.
We had a simple lunch there with Mang Eddie, trying out a couple of popular Ilocano dishes. We ordered their famous empanadas (60php each) for starters, then Bagnet (250php), Sinanglao (245php), and Vigan
We paid less than 1200php for all of those so roughly around 400php per head. A little pricey but I guess we ordered too much for three persons, the empanada alone is already a meal on its own and we ordered too much rice for three people. Ha ha!
Hidden Garden of Vigan features a lavish backyard garden hidden from its visitors, hence the name. From the outside it looks like a typical place where one can buy Vigan delicacies, upon entering one might think that it’s just a plant and pottery shop, but in its heart is the actual restaurant and deeper in it is the amazing garden where various plants and herbs can be found.
If you want to visit Hidden Garden, you may do so by taking a tricycle ride from the town proper or plaza, it’s very well known so it’s easy but if you’re going to use a private vehicle, here are further details:
Rafaela “Glo” Flores (Owner&Manager)
Brgy. Bulala, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur (Located At The Heart Of Hidden Garden Vigan)
(0906) 332-8309 ; (0928) 965-9190
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