Food & Cuisine in Boracay
Boracay is a great place to experience a smorgasbord of dining choices. The island has a wide variety of food to offer, even to the traveler with a discerning palate. There are four miles of beachfront restaurants in Boracay, offering every kind of food you can imagine from Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Spanish, Mexican, French, German and Korean, to the local Filipino fare. No matter how much your budget is, you are sure to find a restaurant with sumptious meals within your price range.
The restaurants and nightlife in Boracay are vibrant, with many options for food, drinks, and entertainment until the early hours of the next morning!
Shopping in Boracay is fun and can surely work up an appetite, so after you've shopped to your heart's content, check out our restaurant and food guide below for all your dining needs on the island. Relax and experience our exotic food. Check out our list of Boracay restaurants, bars and cafes Boracay Restaurants or our Philippines Restaurant guide for more information about the country's food and cuisine.
Food and Cuisine in Boracay
Deli Food in Boracay
Heidiland Deli next to the main plaza at the D' Mall Phase IV is a fully air-conditioned European style deli selling all kinds of deli food, such as cheeses, cold cuts, salami, yoghurt, wines and much more. Their reasonably priced sandwiches are very popular.
For many years, A Loja Delicatessen was the only deli on the island. A Loja Deli, working hand in hand with Heidiland Deli, today caters more for the wholesale market, but also offers a nice quiet place to eat sausages, sandwiches and drink wine in a quiet garden, away from the crowded front beach area. Wholesale prices also apply to visitors who buy in bulk.
Crafts Deli is new to the deli scene and now has a huge variety of imported meats and cheeses, including flavoured cheeses, double Glouster, imported steaks, fresh juices a huge range of Marks and Spencer treats and sauces and old favourites from home.
Local Delights in Boracay
What may delight one may be utterly repulsive to someone else. But for the adventurous at heart and stomach, Boracay does have a lot of novel and immensely delicious things to offer.
One of these is a delicacy called Balut. It's a young embryo of a duck which is cooked while it is still inside its shell. Immensely loved by those who enjoy it, Balut also has another claim to fame - rumours have popularised it as an aphrodisiac! Vendors thronging the beach in the evenings keep Balut as one of their steady items for sale.
Evening beach vendors offer other interesting snacks too. One of them is chicharon - a crackling mixture of peanuts and pork. Usually served with spicy vinegar, it tastes great with beer!
Another interesting speciality is the Lechon - and that's an entire pig for you - roasted on a spit till it's really nice and crispy on the outside and extremely fatty on the inside. You can often find the Lechon roasting away at parties. Siopao is also quite popular and very tasty too. Well, for the curious, it's just meat and gravy sauce filled inside white bread.
Odd or Unusual Treats
There are cuisines you may or may not appreciate, but this is where the test of celebration of cultural diversity really comes into play! A small example: A pig's ear or chicken's foot or a strip of intestines barbecued and stuck on a stick ready to be chewed on like a lollipop.
Please remember to always be respectful by not pointing at the food, screwing up your face and sticking out your tongue - this is someone's dinner! Think about the traditional foods in your own country!
Drinks & Party Scene in Boracay
Boracay has a thriving nightlife, with lots of bars and restaurants to choose from. The more noisy bars are located around boat stations 1 and 2, where you can spend the whole night partying away. Boat station 3 is quieter and more relaxed and is quite popular with Boracay regulars and longstayers. It has small local eateries and bars dotting the area, offering a laidback alternative to the hectic pace of the former locations.
Cocomangas, near station 1, is a boisterous place that is quite popular among the students. What it's really known for is its "Still standing after 15" challenge. All you have to do is drink up 15 shots and win a plaque on the wall and a T-shirt to take home with you.
Nearby, the Red Pirates Pub offers a laidback and friendly atmosphere. It's the kind of place where you can meet other travellers and exchange notes over drinks and live music. It's a native style beach bar, and if you are lucky you could be treated to a spontaneous tribal jamming session, with bongo drums and various kinds of native instruments!
Guillys is a very cool newly opened bar down past station 1. It appears to be high on the 'must go' list of places to eat and drink at.or a busy dance floor vibe go here.