Antipolo in Rizal Province is a popular weekend getaway because of its proximity to the Metro. It is home to many rustic restaurants, private villas, and other spots that are perfect for a romantic date while enjoying the view from the town’s hilly terrain. Antipolo has everything you need, whether you want an art-filled weekend, a rejuvenating trip, an adventurous afternoon, or if you're just looking to satisfy your taste buds.
Check out these romantic places in Antipolo:
FOR THE ARTSY
Pinto Art Museum
1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights Subdivision, San Roque, Antipolo City, Rizal
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission fee is at P250
Pinto Art Museum houses a number of art galleries, all separated by a series of doorways—you won't even notice which way is out or which way is in. All that matters is that the doors lead from one welcoming art space to another, thus the name. The structure was designed by architect Antonio Leano after art collector Joven Cuanang expressed his desire to build a place where he could exhibit his acquisitions and showcase Philippine art. Besides local art pieces, there are a number of pocket gardens with outdoor chairs and sofas, perfect for spending a relaxing afternoon.
Crescent Moon Café and Studio Pottery
Sapang Buho Road, Barangay Dalig, Antipolo City, Rizal
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Recreate that famous Patrick Swayze-Demi Moore scene from Ghost (or maybe not—because of social distancing and all) at this café-slash-pottery studio in Antipolo. After a fun pottery workshop, you can feast on their farm-to-table Southeast Asian fusion dishes like the Alagao Appetizer—which has been on their menu for 23 years—Steamed Pompano with Nuoc Cham Sauce, or your dessert of choice among Suman at Mangga, Suman a la Mode, Suman Itim, and Suman at Tsokolate.
FOR THE FOODIE
Burrow Café at Antipolo Beehouse
113 Beverly Hills Avenue, Beverly Hills Subdivision, Antipolo City, Rizal
Open from Wednesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Going to Burrow Café is often likened to going down the rabbit hole and ending up in Wonderland. Customers have to go through a narrow staircase that leads to an underground restaurant with huge windows, drop ceiling lights, colorful chairs, and rustic tables. The cozy ambience close to nature (with a river nearby) encourages diners to linger after a meal. Drop by for brunch to start your romantic weekend.
Vieux Chalet Swiss Restaurant
456 Taktak Road, Sitio Sampaguita, Santa Cruz, Antipolo City, Rizal
Open from Friday to Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Vieux Chalet has been around since 1984, and for good reason. Their homey vibe, the view of the city especially at sunset, and their menu keep customers coming back for more. Some of their top dishes are the Home Smoked Pork Chop in Mushroom Sauce, Cheese Fondue, and Braised Beef Shanks in Fresh Tomato Sauce and Basil.
22 Loresville Drive, Lores Farm Subdivision, Barangay San Roque, Antipolo City, Rizal
Open from Friday to Sunday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; with day service from Saturday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tahanan Bistro, as the name suggests, looks like a traditional Filipino home. It's a family-run business built from reclaimed wood salvaged from old houses and bridges. Wood sculptor and furniture maker Benji Reyes designed the place and also happens to be the owner. Don't miss their take on the binagoongan or crispy pork belly in rich tomato puree and shrimp paste. They've capped seating at 10 people at a time for an exclusive experience.
FOR THE LAID-BACK
Seven Suites Hotel Observatory
Block 1 Lot 2 Hollywood Hills Subdivision, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City, Rizal
Rates start at P4,000
Seven Suites Hotel Observatory lets you enjoy breathtaking views of the Metro from its location up in the mountain ridges of Rizal. It is known for its wide open viewing deck and large telescope, which guests can use during a romantic night under the stars. You can also have a candlelit dinner arranged on the hotel's rooftop.
Luljetta Hanging Gardens and Spa
Sitio Loreland, Barangay San Roque, Antipolo City, Rizal
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rates start at P1,150
Dubbed the first and only hanging garden spa in the Philippines, Luljetta's Hanging Gardens Spa has everything you need for a relaxing weekend with your S.O. They reopened in November with new normal protocols, such as early reservation, wearing of PPEs, and health declaration forms. You can avail of their day tour packages, which start at P1,150 per head or stay the night for P3,420.
Mount Purro Nature Reserve
Purok 5, Barangay Calawis, Antipolo City, Rizal
Rates start at P3,500
Get away from the city and come closer to nature at this eco park. Rooms are inspired by the traditional bahay kubo, with cogon-thatched roofs and wide windows for natural air-conditioning. Cottages for two start at at P3,500 per night, but you can also pitch your own tent for P750 in their garden.
FOR THE ADVENTUROUS
Singalong Nature Campsite Hill
Sitio Singalong, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal
Rates start at P800
Spend the night literally under the stars then wake up to a sea of clouds at Singalong Nature Campsite. You can snuggle up with your S.O. in a tent for two at P800, which is inclusive of beddings, foam, pillows, and blankets.
Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal
Rates start at P1,500
While not exactly within Antipolo, Masungi Georeserve is just a couple of minutes' drive away from the city. Go for an adventure in one of their exciting trails, which include a challenging terrain, rope courses, and hanging bridges. Minimum booking is for five people, so you may want to go on a triple date with other couple friends. (Or a why not a triple date, even?)
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.