Nestled in the heart of Manila, Intramuros is a historic walled city renowned for its rich cultural heritage and a diverse array of traditional culinary treasures. While dining in Intramuros may come with a slightly higher price tag, tailored to the discerning tastes of tourists, the experience is worthwhile. Here, we present a list of five of the best restaurants in Intramuros that showcase the best of Filipino-Spanish cuisine.
Table of Contents
- 1. Ilustrado Restaurant
- 2. Patio De Conchita
- 3. Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant
- 4. Ristorante delle Mitre
- 5. 9 Spoons at The Bayleaf Hotel
1. Ilustrado Restaurant
Named after the Ilustrados, a group of enlightened middle-class Filipinos who pursued studies in Europe in the late 19th century, Ilustrado Restaurant stands as a charming testament to history. Housed in a converted Spanish residence within the El Almanecer Compound on General Luna Street, this establishment seamlessly blends nostalgia with culinary delight.
Specializing in Spanish-Filipino cuisine, Ilustrado is renowned for its delectable offerings, including the flavorful paella, crispy bagnet, timeless adobo, and the one-of-a-kind sampaguita ice cream. As you step into Ilustrado, you are greeted by an ambiance steeped in tradition, featuring an old-school, Spanish-style interior adorned with antique decor.
Ilustrado is open daily from 8 AM to 9 PM.
2. Patio De Conchita
Nestled on Beaterio Street, Patio De Conchita welcomes you with a charming rustic ambiance and a delightful menu showcasing Filipino cuisine. One of its specialties is the mouthwatering Lechon Kawali.
Embracing the traditional carenderia concept, Patio de Conchita follows the “turo-turo” ordering system, where customers simply point to the dishes they desire with their fingers.
Thanks to its inviting atmosphere and affordable prices, Patio de Conchita has become a go-to spot for local workers and students seeking a satisfying lunchtime experience. Operating every day from 8 AM to 9 PM, it’s a haven for those craving authentic Filipino flavors.
3. Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant
Barbara’s is a multifaceted establishment located within Casa Manila along General Luna Street. It seamlessly combines the roles of a restaurant, bed & breakfast, events venue, museum, and auction house. The restaurant features two separate dining areas – a cozy ground-floor space with outdoor seating and a spacious second-floor area within the house, exuding a Spanish-inspired interior.
At Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant, patrons are treated to an immersive experience that includes traditional folk music and dances, all while indulging in a delightful array of delectable dishes. Operating daily from 9 AM to 9 PM, this establishment invites guests on a sensory journey through the rich tapestry of Filipino culture.
4. Ristorante delle Mitre
La Mitra translates to “miter” or bishop’s hat in Italian, serving as the central theme for both the venue and cuisine at Ristorante delle Mitre. Located at the intersection of Real Street and General Luna Street, just opposite the historic San Agustin Church, the restaurant embraces a Catholic-themed ambiance.
Adorning the restaurant’s walls are emblems representing the Archdiocese of Manila, Cebu, and Zamboanga, along with symbols from the Jesuit, Augustinian, and Franciscan congregations. Ristorante delle Mitre offers a unique dining experience where patrons can indulge in dishes inspired by bishops. The menu includes Cardinal Vidal’s crispy pata, kare-kare, ukoy, and salpicao, and Cardinal Rosales’ shrimp and garlic pasta or pomodoro.
Open from 8 AM to 8 PM, Ristorante delle Mitre ensures a seamless fusion of faith and flavor for a harmonious dining experience.
5. 9 Spoons at The Bayleaf Hotel
Located within the Bayleaf Hotel at the intersection of Muralla Street and Victoria Street, 9 Spoons provides a relaxed dining experience accompanied by a breathtaking view of the Manila skyline. With two dining options to choose from—buffet or à la carte—this culinary gem is renowned for its Bistek Bulalo, Adobo sa Puti, and Bagnet dishes. Complementing the menu is an extensive selection of wines.
Whether you’re planning a business meeting, a private gathering, or simply seeking an ideal spot for afternoon snacks and cocktails, this place fits the bill. Operating from 6 AM to 4 PM daily. In addition to 9 Spoons, The Bayleaf Hotel boasts other dining establishments, such as Sky Deck, Raffaele Woodfired Pizza, and Cioccolata Churros Cafe.
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Among the listed establishments, Ristorante delle Mitre and Patio De Conchita are standout options that provide budget-friendly choices. If you prefer a more casual dining experience, Walls’ Famous Friedrich Spicy Chicken and Cafe Bloque come highly recommended.
Ron Lao is an engineering graduate with a passion for writing informative content and exploring new places, cultures, and food. He loves science, cats, badminton, and anything wellness-related.