Tucked away in the unspoiled landscape of Surigao Del Norte, Siargao has evolved into a emergent haven for thrill-seeking surfers, adrenaline junkies, and tourists alike.
Known as the Surf Capital of the Philippines, stretches of white sand beaches, pristine lagoons, and numerous surf breaks have attracted tourists who flock the island from July to November — the surfing season. As if Siargao’s abundance of natural beauty wasn’t enough, the tear-drop shaped island on the southern tip of Mindanao has also gained acclaim for its fantastic food and array of restaurants that’ll probably lift you to cloud nine!
So if you plan to visit either to ride the waves or to fall in love with the charm of the island, we’ve narrowed it down to our top picks of healthy restaurants to visit in Siargao.
1. Shaka Bowls
Cloud 9, Siargao Island/Aloha Beach, Bohol
Shaka is an upbeat, all-day healthy breakfast joint that serves up the rainbow in the form of colorful power bowls, cold-pressed juices, and other vegetarian or vegan delights!
Shaka’s power bowls are a signature dish – particularly the Bom Dia, Green Out, and Cloud 9 Kook.
Founded by Australians, who eventually made Siargao their home, Shaka takes pride in having zero plastic waste. Papaya stalks are used instead of plastic straws while takeaway isn’t even an option unless you have reusuable cups or dinnerware.
Shaka can be fun for people watching too! This healthy haunt is frequented by the who’s who: Sebastian Duterte, Erwan Heussaf, Erich Gonzales, celebrated surfer, Luke Landrigan among many others.
On top of all these, Shaka also sponsors local champion surfers who are making their mark in the surfing world.
The future looks bright for Shaka as they opened their second café at Aloha Beach in Bohol with an extended menu including pies, cakes, and salads while still maintaining a 90% vegan menu offering. What’s even more marvelous is that their mouth-watering burgers are 100% vegan, including the buns!
The owners would like to keep their cards close to their chests for the moment. But expanding to Luzon, Western and Central Visayas, and Palawan is something that they are excited about.
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2. Pleasure Point Café
General Luna, Siargao Island
Pleasure Point Café started with its owner’s love for a good ol’ cup of joe. When Dominika Bojova, arrived in the island three years ago, she realized that she missed sipping on quality coffee as 3-in-1s were typically served around the island. With the coffee culture still in its infancy, she opened Pleasure Point Café ─ billed as serving the “best coffee on the island.”
Café au Lait, French Press Java, Macchiato to Kopi Luwak ─ name it and they have it all! A particular coffee favorite of patrons is the Cococcino, which is an espresso served with frothed coconut milk.
Noticing that the laid-back island needed a healthy breakfast spot, Dominika also added healthy food options to the menu. Their Chia and Coconut Pudding is the bestseller of the house. Other popular items include: the Tropical Porridge with Coconut Milk, Parfait with Homemade Yogurt, and Vegetarian Crepes. A new vegan menu is also in the works!
Pro tip: It would be wise to make a reservation in advance because the place has only 68 seats and gets filled-up easily.
3. Greenhouse Resort
General Luna, Siargao Island
Greenhouse offers a menu set that is created from scratch on a daily basis. Among the myriad of offerings of the restaurant, the Japanese Curry Bowl is the main attraction of the place.
If you wish to have your meal there, the restaurant personnel are more than glad to shop for fresh ingredients from local organic farms and local fishermen, while also ensuring your food is cooked without additives.
The restaurant is attached to Greenhouse Resort and is usually open to in-house guests only. However, there are also special nights when the doors open for outside guests so that they, too, could experience the serenity of the place. The resort opened to the public seven years ago.
What are your favorite healthy dishes or restaurants in Siargao? Share with us in the comments section below!