Tuesday, September 4, 2012

7 Places to Eat and Hangout in Puerto Princesa

Whether you're looking for a cheap eatery to grab a bite, a romantic dinner-place to treat your special someone, or a quiet corner to hangout and drink with friends, Puerto Princesa's got it. 

Here are some of the places that we ate and hung-out in:

1.  The Gypsy's Lair
It's the quaintest little resto ever! Interiors are awesome. The food isn't bad, too, considering that most meals are less than Php 150. After eating, you can even have a 30-minute palm reading session!

Try the Pin-Taki, a Filipino take on the Pad Thai. 

The Gypsy's Lair
Unit 20 Mercado de San Miguel,
National Highway, Puerto Princesa City

2. Bona's Chaolong
You'll notice a lot of Vietnamese restos around town. This is due to the influence of Viet refugees before. Locals say that this eatery is the best. Here, the food is more Pinoy with a Vietnamese twist.

The oil is worth it. Budget-friendly at Php 115 for everything I ordered.

Bona's Chaolong
Manalo St., Puerto Princesa City (behind Kinabuchs)

3. Kalui
Call to reserve a day or two in advance because it's always full. Kalui is an ideal place to have a nice dinner with friends or to have a romantic dinner with your special someone. 

The Tubbataha Salad is to die for!

369 Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City
(048) 433-2580

4. Badjao Seafront
It's a 15-minute trike ride from Rizal Ave. but the wait is worth it. As the name suggests, it's at the seafront. You'll see mangroves around when you do the catwalk leading to the entrance. 

Order the kinilaw (raw fish) or lato (seagrapes). 

Badjao Seafront
A. Abueg Sr. St., Puerto Princesa City

5. La Terrasse 
Diners are guaranteed that ingredients used are fresh and organic, sauces are made from scratch, and food is MSG-free. The place is posh, servings are huge, and prices are relatively on the high end. 

Order the clams or oysters. Try the adobo, too!

La Terrasse
Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City

6. Kinabuchs Grill and Bar
Have a round of drinks with your friends here. If you're up to it, try the famous tamilok

Fresh Tamilok (wood worms)
The most sought-after dish of our trip. Unfortunately, there was a a lack of supply when we were there.
(Photo by Jeff Victorino, eatandrun.com.ph)
We ended up trying the next best exotic-sounding dish: crocodile sisig. Very chewy!

Kinabuchs Grill and Bar
Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City
(Crocodile Sisig photo from spreadsomeawesome.com)

7. Ugong Rock Grill and Seafood Bar
Still searching for tamilok, we ended up here. Too bad they ran out, too. Fortunately, we discovered what became our favorite pulutan: Diablo. It's thin sashimi marinated in semi-spicy sauce!

Ugong Rock Grill and Seafood Bar
Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City (beside Kinabuchs)

All these places are relatively near each other. Very accessible by trike.


  1. I was really excited to try Tamilok when I was in Puerto Princesa. But when I saw one lady selling it by the Sabang Beach fresh and kicking alive, ugggghh!! I grossed out!

    1. Hi Ada!

      Yikes! Oo nga, no. I never thought of it that way--that they would actually be extra fresh to the point that they move. =/ Hhhhmmmm.

      Thanks for dropping by!


      PS. I love your blog! :) Bookmarked!

  2. Wow! Thanks for sharing... I'll be in Palawan next week :) Lunch muna after ng PP town tour before heading El Nido :D

    1. Hi Gelaikuting!

      Sorry for the extra late reply. I must have overlooked this. How was your trip?

      Hope this blog helped you plan your Palawan adventure.



  3. I'm going on a DIY Puerto Princesa and El Nido trip with my wife on September 14 to 19. This is one of the most informative and entertaining blogs I encountered while doing my trip plan.

    1. Hi Lee!

      Thank you for the kind words. Have fun in your trip! :)


  4. me and office mates will be in Puerto Princesa Palawan on march 5 to 8.Hope you could help me find a great bar so that we can enjoy and relax..is there a place where we can find a fire dance?....I also want to try the badjao seafront..yummy,,, :)

    1. Hi Anabelle!

      Try Kinabuchs Grill and Bar if you want to have a chill night with friends at night. The place beside it, Ugong Rock, isn't bad too. Those are the places where my friends and I hung out when we were there.

      As to fire dances... not really sure about that. Hopefully you guys will be able to find some there!

      Have fun in your trip!


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    1. Hi Marian, It's not too far. Not walkable. Pero everything there is a trike/jeep ride away lang naman :) Hehe.

  6. Wow!! I would like to try some of these foods.. Are these places near Palawan Uno hotel? My friend and I will try food hunting on our trip next week.. I'm getting excited!!!!

    1. Hi Charisse,
      I don't think food will be a problem since your hotel is located along National Highway :)
      Enjoy your trip!