Bacolod City

An hour away by plane from Manila, the city of Bacolod in the Western Visayas is known by many names: The City of Smiles, the Sugar Bowl of the Philippines, and Chicken Country.

Head to the city during the third week of October and you’ll be welcomed by a party. The streets are filled with people in colorful costumes and masks, all wearing a perpetual smile. This is the Masskara Festival. Started in the 80’s by the local government after a series of tragedies, the festival is a true testament to the resilience of the Bacolod people and further cements the city’s reputation as the “City of Smiles.”

Bacolod is sugar country, so it’s no surprise that there are hundreds of dessert places here. One local favorite is Felicia’s Pastry Cafe, whose butter sansrival (dessert cake) is one of the best in the city. There are also the cheesecakes at Calea Pastries and Cakes and Bacolod Cupcake Cafe’s salted caramel cupcake.

One of Bacolod’s most beloved dishes is chicken inasal. It’s chicken barbeque marinated in lime juice, pepper and vinegar and always served with a generous serving of rice, vinegar and soy sauce.

The best chicken inasal is at Manokan Country on Rizal Street. The chicken here is grilled to perfection so that the meat remains tender and juicy. Don’t even bother with the utensils as inasal is best eaten with your hands.

Or better yet, get your chicken to go and have a picnic at the Capitol Grounds and Lagoon. A popular spot among locals for jogging and Sunday picnics, the park features a man-made lagoon where people can feed the fish living there.

Another popular destination is The Ruins in Talisay City. The Ruins was a mansion built in the 1920’s but it was burned down during World War II to prevent the Japanese troops from using the place as their headquarters. Only the skeletal structure of the mansion remains. The Ruins offers a beautiful view of Talisay City and has a restaurant that serves Mediterranean cuisine.

Before you leave Bacolod, make sure to pick up some pasalubong (gifts). A favorite store is Merzci, which offers travelers a 10% discount if they show their plane, bus, or ferry ticket. Bring home some of the famous Bacolod Napoleoñes, a puff pastry filled with custard cream, or anything else that catches your sweet tooth.

Top Rated Restaurants in Bacolod City Browse All

  1. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    92 Reviews View
  2. Aida's Chicken Bacolod
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    35 Reviews View
  3. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    29 Reviews View
  4. Pendy's Snack Bar and Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    26 Reviews View
  5. 21 Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    38 Reviews View
  6. Byron's Backribs Grille & Co.
    4.5 Stars
    BBQ Joint
    16 Reviews View
  7. Aboy's Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    17 Reviews View
  8. Felicia's Pastry Café and Steak Room
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
    31 Reviews View
  9. Chicken House
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    11 Reviews View
  10. Manokan Country
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    16 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Bacolod City Browse All

  1. Avenue Suites
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    9 Reviews View
  2. L'Fisher Hotel
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    14 Reviews View
  3. Pleasant Travelers Pension House
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  4. Bacolod Business Inn
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  5. Go Hotels Bacolod
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    6 Reviews View
  6. O Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  7. Casino Filipino Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  8. Caribbean Waterpark & Resotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  9. Circle Inn
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  10. Planta Centro Bacolod Hotel & Residences
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Bacolod City Browse All

  1. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    92 Reviews View
  2. Aida's Chicken Bacolod
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    35 Reviews View
  3. Calea Pastries and Coffee
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    29 Reviews View
  4. The Ruins
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    42 Reviews View
  5. Pendy's Snack Bar and Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    26 Reviews View
  6. 21 Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    38 Reviews View
  7. Byron's Backribs Grille & Co.
    4.5 Stars
    BBQ Joint
    16 Reviews View
  8. Aboy's Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    17 Reviews View
  9. Felicia's Pastry Café and Steak Room
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
    31 Reviews View
  10. Chicken House
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    11 Reviews View

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