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21 Great Places To Go To In Cavite That Are Not In Tagaytay

Because there is more to Cavite than just Tagaytay! Here are 21 leisure and heritage places in Cavite to visit, eat at, shop, and swim.

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Photography: Cafe Marcelo & Museo de La Salle Facebook pages (Main Photos)

Cavite may be considered a weekend destination, but its dozens of leisure and heritage spots, plus its proximity to Manila makes it an ideal province to visit (or live in) any day of the week. Tagaytay may be everyone’s immediate daytrip of choice, but there are loads of other places to go to in the districts nearby.

TO DO

Museums, historical sites, bazaars, resorts, and beaches—they are all a short drive away.

1. Museo de La Salle


Inside the De La Salle University-Dasmariñas campus is a lifestyle museum, which preserves antique family heirlooms such as furniture and decorative objects in recreated 19th century rooms. De La Salle University Campus, Dasmariñas

2. Kadiwa Park

It may not be as huge as the one in the movie, but this version of Jurassic Park does not scrimp on the size of sculpture and animatronics.

Congressional Road, Dasmariñas

3. Kidz World

This membership-only “edutainment” and adventure club resort has more than 88 creative and interactive games that promote family bonding and a deep love for learning. Emilio Aguinaldo Highway cor. Governor’s Drive, San Agustin 1, Dasmariñas

4. The Orchard Golf & Country Club


The picturesque sight of the mountains serves as a bonus to this 18-hole championship golf course.

Km 27 Aguinaldo Highway, Dasmariñas   

5. Immaculate Conception Parish Church

This church, which dates back to the Spanish colonial period, has a portico in front and two bell towers on each side.

P. Campos Ave., Dasmariñas

6. Qubo Qabana


Coconut trees surrounding the pool and a row of bahay kubo-themed cottages give this place a relaxing resort vibe.

Km 29, Aguinaldo Highway, Dasmariñas

7. Aguinaldo Shrine


The site of the Philippine declaration of independence, this well-conserved home of the country’s first president Emilio Aguinaldo has a mix of Hispanic and American Colonial design elements, as well as secret compartments and passageways.

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Manila-Cavite Road, Kawit

8. Cuenca Ancestral House

Also called Bahay na Tisa because of its roofing made from baked clay, this ancestral home is also known as Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo’s temporary residence before his office was transferred to Malolos, Bulacan.

Gen. Evangelista St., Bacoor

9. Museo ng Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio


Life-size dioramas that depict the historic trial of Andres Bonifacio in a military court are housed in this museum.

Col. C. Riel St., Maragondon

10. Boracay de Cavite

An unlikely beach resort located inside the Gregorio Lim Marine Base, this destination also gives a view of Corregidor Island and the Mariveles mountain range in Bataan. Calumpang, Ternate

11. Paniman Beach

Remember Puerto Azul Beach Club? There’s a secluded beach area inside the property you can have (almost) all to yourself.

Puerto Azul Beach Club, Ternate

12. Bacoor Family Ecopark



Find a playground, a lagoon for fishing and boat riding, several kubo-type huts, and even a multipurpose hall for social gatherings here at this leisure park.

21 De la Cruz St., Phase II-A, Bacoor

CHAT & EAT

Cavite is known for its many delicacies, and also for its unusual, heritage-themed restaurants that make dining out a total experience.

13. Calle Real 


One of Tanza’s oldest houses was transformed into this well-loved restaurant. It serves traditional Cavite dishes (like squid pancit or pancit choko) all made using recipes handed down from generation to generation.

8 Sta. Cruz St., Tanza

14.  The Black Apartment


Imus is having a foodie renaissance of sorts, and The Black Apartment doesn’t disappoint. An all-black façade complements the black-and-white interiors, with blackboard walls highlighting its menu of cheeseburgers, chicken, and fries.

Jed Padre Apartment C Osteria St. Medicion 1A, Imus

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15.  Big Ben's Kitchen


Don't be fooled by this small, no-frills resto. Its walls that are covered in graffiti from the notes of its adoring diners will attest to the deliciousness of its specialty: its sinful, garlicky, Imus longganisa. 

385 Medicion 1D, Imus 

16. Casa del Celo


Inside this restaurant (which is part of an old house that is the restaurant Café Marcello) that serves almost all your favorite comfort food—from cheeseburgers to chopsuey—is a bookshelf covering an entire wall, which makes for a perfect backdrop for a few tufted accent chairs.

104 General E Topacio St., Imus

17. Café Antix


The antique items used as décor in the café bring about a nostalgic feel. Their coffee (along with its latte art) is delicious, and don’t forget to order their Cavite specialty—Bacalao Pizza—a few days in advance.

5125 P. Burgos Ave. cor. Cabuco St., Caridad, Cavite City

SHOP HERE!

Malls and shops in and around the neighborhood are a dream come true for those who want to get things done, stat.

18. Robinsons General Trias

The mall’s concept is all about keeping it local—in fact, it veers from the typical box-type design and its interiors feature elements that honor the town’s patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi. Tejero, General Trias

19. V Central Mall

It’s the mall around the corner, convenient for a quick run to the grocery store or for grabbing a bite at one of the restaurants. Molino Road, Molino Blvd., Bacoor

20. Furniture Republic


With the new subdivisions sprouting left and right in Cavite, having a Furniture Republic in the middle of a major highway is a Godsend. Shop here for a wide selection of contemporary and modern furniture at friendly prices.

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404 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Anabu, Imus, Cavite

21. The District Imus


Ayala’s retail concept that brings local and foreign brands together to a major thoroughfare that links Manila to Cavite, this shopping mall also has open-air spaces for a refreshing shopping experience.

Daang Hari Road cor. Aguinaldo Highway, Bgy. Anabu II-D, Imus

The original article "Living In Cavite" appeared in the June 2017 issue of Real Living Magazine. 

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