Garden Restaurants for Delicious Destressing
Greenery serves as an escape for the weary. Now, a person who grew up in the city may disagree, but there’s actual science proving that being in (or even just looking at) nature soothes the mind and body. So if you’re stressed out of your mind and nearing your breaking point—a visit to these beautiful garden restaurants just might be the break you need.
8. Concha’s Garden Café
Mother Earth Gardens, Sta.Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Silang Cavite
0936 441 6089, 0917 848 1120, 0932 591 0444 | Facebook
Open on the weekdays from 7:30am to 9pm, weekends from 10am to 9pm
Concha’s Garden Café is a restaurant hidden inside a huge, enchanting plant nursery. Its colorful glass panels, floral murals and wooden furnishings will amaze you, but it is the great heirloom Filipino recipes of Laoya, Sinigang Short Ribs, Kare-Kare (and more!) that they serve here that will truly captivate you. Breakfast in this setting will be a truly enchanting experience.
7. Designer Blooms Café
Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
(02) 808 9569 | Facebook
Open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 9pm, Friday from 10am to 12mn, Saturday from 7:30am to 12mn, Sunday from 8am to 10pm
Budget for two – P700
Designer Blooms Café—the very first fresh flower shop café—just might be prettiest place to eat in. While Designer Blooms is well-known for freshly-picked plants, their café is making a name for freshly-prepared comfort food. As you enjoy your meal, you’ll be surrounded by pleasant fragrances and gorgeous flower arrangements.
The café is also an awesome place to get some work done, sans the stressful environment. When you start to get tired, simply look up from your laptop and look around this eye-candy of a cafe.
6. Hillside Café and Juice Bar
Cedarhills Garden Center, 57 Mother Ignacia St., Paligsahan, Quezon
0915 647 4706, (02) 374 1117 | Facebook
Open every day from 11:30am to 8:30pm
Budget for two – P800
Hillside Café and Juice Bar is nestled in a lovely gardening store. The restaurant’s façade provides an apt peek at the refreshing, comforting meals that allow you to indulge without the guilt. They offer healthier and equally-tasty versions of pumpkin soup, mac & cheese, teriyaki, soft tacos, etc. And generally, all dishes are made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients.
Make your de-stressing retreat complete by sampling Hillside’s cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies and wellness shots.
5. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine
66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(02) 426 0301, 0917 530 2580 | Facebook
Open every day from 11am to 2pm then 6pm to 10pm
Budget for two – P1,500
You may be thinking densely-populated QC is a bad idea for a breather. But at Ninyo Fusion Cuisine—there are private gazebos, lush greenery and exciting European-Asian dishes waiting for your tired soul. Get the full gastronomic experience, and try their awesome tasting menus. Go on; you deserve it.