27 Places To Go To In and Around Santa Rosa, Laguna

There’s much to see, do, eat, and discover in this popular residential and recreational town in Laguna

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador Photography: Santa Elena & Lucina Home (Main Photos)

Santa Rosa and its outlying areas in Laguna have become the new residential area of choice away from the chaos of Metro Manila. The area has all the conveniences of the city (malls, CBDs, hotels) combined with a laidback provincial lifestyle and wide-open spaces. You might even consider making this weekend destination your home in the future!


Santa Rosa is the perfect place for an active lifestyle. Explore its combination of indoor and outdoor spaces that cater to barkadas and families alike.

1. Lake activities

Go back and forth on a water taxi or bike ride, and keep the little ones entertained with a fish feeding activity.

Nuvali Lake

2. Off-road biking and running trails

Hard-core bike enthusiasts can practice at four-cross and pump bike tracks, with scenic views of Mount Makiling, Laguna de Bay, and the Tagaytay Ridge. Running trails also abound in the area.

Nuvali, Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road

3. Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary

This 17-kilometer long portion of Nuvali is being preserved to allow flora and fauna to flourish. Get physical on the biking and jogging trail, and take a break at the gazebo or at one of the view decks.

Nuvali, Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road

4. The Fields

Engage in a game or two in these vast spaces for playing soccer, volleyball, and baseball. Nuvali, Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road

5. Seda Hotel

Relax in the contemporary-style guestrooms of this hotel, which treats guests to stunning views of the lake and the landscape beyond.

Lakeside Evozone, Nuvali

6. Life n’ Arts

Catch an art show by upcoming artists, or join the scheduled arts, music, and dance classes. Academic tutorials are offered, too.

San Lorenzo South, Phase 1

7. Holy Carabao Holistic Farms

Tour this organic farm and learn about how healthy food is grown, plus get tips on caring for the environment.

Sta. Elena Golf and Country Estate

8. The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena

Have some all-natural, outdoorsy fun with the kids at the Fun Farm, where you can picnic, ride the zip line, go horseback riding and carabao cart riding.

Sta. Elena Golf Club, Cabuyao, Laguna

9. The Coca-Cola Pavilion

The fascinating exhibits of Coca-Cola memorabilia (there’s a vintage soda fountain!) in this museum and theater complex will give you a massive dose of nostalgia.

Coca-Cola FEMSA Bottling Plant, National Highway, Sta. Rosa


10. The Skidcart Circuit

Get behind the wheel of the kart of your choice and go for a drive no matter the weather. Solenad 3, Nuvali


You’ll find there’s more to Santa Rosa than its famed bulalo. Just check out these charming, laidback cafes and restos.  

11. Bake n’ Bacon

Have your fill of everything bacon; and while you're at it, take a moment to appreciate the Scrabble letters set on the wall, as well as the pretty rope drop lights.

Nuvali Blvd., Don Jose

12. Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria

Their freshly made Italian fare makes the dining experience authentic, as do the brick walls, brightly-colored café chairs, and the patterned floor tiles.

Solenad 3, Nuvali

13. Café Arabelle

Come in for pizza and pasta, and also for a look at the cozy combination of bricks and wooden accents in its interiors.

Solenad 3, Nuvali

14. Harry’s Café de Wheels Inc

Get more than just servings of poutine and country-style chicken in this food truck-inspired Australian resto that serves dishes from down under.

Solenad 3, Nuvali

15. Milky Moustache

The makeshift porch railing at the entrance makes you feel instantly at home. Choose any of the bestsellers on the milkshake menu, and take your seat at the country-style dining area.

Solenad 3, Nuvali

16. The Pig Pen Restaurant and Bar

A sister resto of The Black Pig in Metro Manila, the place exudes a more laidback vibe. The prices are reasonable, too.

Solenad 3, Nuvali

17. The Morning After

This all-day breakfast place brings the outdoors in with a garden-themed dining area featuring grass-lined walls and faux flower boxes on a brick wall.

Solenad 3, Nuvali


You don’t need to order your living room set from Manila, because just about everything you need design-wise—from building your home to furnishing it—are right here. More home stores are opening to address the building boom in the district.

18. Paseo de Sta. Rosa

A go-to place for outlet shopping in the area, this lifestyle mall carries brands like Pottery Barn, Marks & Spencer, and Debenhams.

Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Don Jose

19. Design Armoire

Head here for beautifully handcrafted furnishings, and unique lighting fixtures and accessories (most of the big pieces are from Pampanga) that fit into both classical and contemporary-modern homes.


Solenad 3, Nuvali

20. Lucina Home

Paul Baes and Joel Salazar’s second store (the first one is located along Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Higway) is like a cabinet of curiosities filled with a collection of European-inspired, sophisticated, classical, and one-off furniture pieces and artwork.

Solenad 3, Nuvali

21. Qach Lifestyle & Garden

This newbie store (it opened last November 2017) carries a lovely selection of minimalist modern planters from Europe and Scandinavia, plus potted plants that are perfect for the Laguna clime.

Solenad 3, Nuvali

22. Our Home

If you’re lucky, you can score comfortable and fashionable furniture and accessories on sale at this popular home store.

G/F, SM City Sta. Rosa

23. Furniture Republic

This store, which carries various contemporary-modern pieces, also has a notable collection of children’s furniture.

Solenad 3, Nuvali

24. AllHome

Come to this one-stop shop for home building, furnishing, decorating, and other improvements. The furniture pieces are incredibly affordable.

Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Sto. Domingo

25. Homeplus Furniture

On top of a selection of contemporary furniture, this store also offers free design services. 2/F Waltermart, Tagaytay Road, Pulong Sta. Cruz

26. Robles Heritage

Scour the racks for export-quality, handmade products like lighting and décor, mostly created from the indigenous material capiz.

Arcadia, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road

27. Wilcon Builders Depot

Use the Wilcon Digi inside this one-stop-home-store to gain access to a portal with practical home tips to aid in your shopping.

Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Pulong Sta. Cruz

The original article “Living in Laguna” appeared in the April 2017 issue of Real Living magazine. Minor updates have been made by the editors. 

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