The municipality of Taal is coined as a heritage town; thus, it is oftentimes referred to as “the heritage town of Taal”. The name is fitting as Taal is the site of numerous ancient structures in the Philippines such as the 16th- to 20th-century Fil-Hispanic ancestral houses; many of which are “bahay na bato“. Its town center or the poblacion is recognized as a National Historical Landmark. However, this quaint town is still under the radar.

The town of Taal used to cover Lemery, Santa Teresita, and San Nicolas (the town at the edge of the Taal Lake, then called Domingo Lake). At present, Taal is linked to the town of Lemery by the Pansipit Bridge.

Aside from being known as the Barong Tagalog Capital and Balisong Capital of the Philippines, the town is also the home of Taal Basilica (Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours), said to be the largest church in the Philippines and in Asia. Other historical landmarks are the Our Lady of Caysasay Church and the ancestral houses such as Casa Villavicencio, Agoncillo White House, and Apacible Museum. For other museums, you can visit Galleria Taal and Marcella Agoncillo Museum.

While exploring the heritage town of Taal, try the different dishes and specialties such as the panocha, suman salehiya, tapa, and local longganisa. Sinaing na Tulingan and Adobo sa Dilaw originated from Taal. Here’s a list of some of the food establishments in town.

Note: The list is chiefly for directory and reference purposes only. Please give us a heads up for other restaurants that we missed or those that have just opened for business.

100 Degrees Sizzling House

Antonio and Rafael’s

Cafe @ The Ranch

Cafe G

Casa Cecilia Heritage Hotel & Restaurant

Don Juan Boodle House

M.Y. Diners

Paradores del Castillo

Taal Bayview Bistro

Vuelo Cafe

Top Taal Hotels

Paradores Del Castillo

Taal Imperial Hotel and Resort

Casa Cecilia Heritage Hotel

Plantacion Isabelle

Batangas Hotel Discounts