If you’re aching for a getaway not too far from the city, consider an escape to Antipolo instead. The “Upper East Side” has a whole lot to offer: a couple degrees of cooler weather, delicious food, fun activities, and quiet that only the mountains can provide.
Round up your girls, take a short drive, and head over to any of these must-hit spots. Spend an afternoon relaxing or learning something new, but make sure not to leave before squeezing in a quick DIY photo shoot sure to up your Instagram game.
BODYFOOD All-Natural at Antipolo Bee House
Spend an afternoon or two learning all about soap, scrubs or balm making with resident Teacher Ana. Gather materials straight out of the garden and their own bee house, and learn the chemistry of all things natural. The comprehensive workshop is sure to be a treat not just for your mind but also your senses.
The Antipolo Bee House is located along Beverly Hills Avenue in Beverly Hills Subdivision. Follow @bodyfoodallnatural on Instagram, or contact them at 09178821223 to register for their workshops.
This Antipolo landmark was made popular by the song “Tayo Na Sa Antipolo.” It has gone through a facelift in recent years, bringing back the waterfalls to its former glory. Be prepared for a 15-minute hike down the stairs to see it. Trust us, it’s worth your while.
Hinulugang Taktak is along Taktak Road off of Sumulong Highway.
Le Blanc Hotel & Resort
Opt for a staycation instead at the Le Blanc Hotel & Resort. Cozy up in your room, chill poolside or chow down some good food at the bistro. Le Blanc, as the name implies, offers nothing but corner to corner white. For crisp, clear photos, that’s exactly what you need. You can also head up to the roof deck
Le Blanc Hotel & Resort is located at 3 Taktak Road.
Crescent Moon Café & Studio Pottery
Try your hand at pottery in this restaurant and art space. Make it a double feature: try out their always-delicious Southeast Asian lunch buffet, then spend a couple hours making your own ceramics. Crescent Moon is the perfect blend of nature and color, making it a great photo spot that’s so very Antipolo.
Crescent Moon is located along Sapang Buho Road, and is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Pinto Art Museum
Of course, Pinto can’t be left off this list. After walking through the endless rooms of art, you can’t help but be inspired and sneak in a few photos. Don’t forget to try the pizza at the safé as you wait for the sun to set.
Pinto Art Museum is located at 1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights Subdivision, and is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.