San Pablo City

Located on the southern portion of Laguna province, the landlocked city of San Pablo is one of the oldest cities in the country, having been established during the early sixteenth century. But despite being landlocked, there are seven lakes here for visitors to freely explore, hence San Pablo’s nickname, “The City of Seven Lakes.”

Sampaloc Lake is by far the most popular one among tourists, as it’s the easiest one to get to. It’s also the largest of the seven lakes.

A number of fishing pens and stilt houses dot the area, as Sampaloc is home to a number of freshwater species. Don’t worry though, you can still take a dip in the lake’s clear blue waters.

Aside from swimming in the lake, you can also rent a bike to explore Sampaloc Lake’s perimeter.

The other lakes to explore are the twin lakes of Pandin and Yambo, the neighboring lakes of Mohicap and Palakpakin, and the secluded lakes of Calibato and Bunot. You can easily explore these lakes within a single day, by booking a tricycle tour.

If water isn’t really your thing, consider paying a visit to the San Pablo Cathedral. Established and built by Augustinian friars over 200 years ago, this church is famous for its neoclassical facade and interiors. Also found nearby are a number of Spanish colonial-era buildings like the town library and a couple of ancestral houses.

There’s also the Dona Leoñila Park, which offers a fantastic view of Sampaloc Lake. Another place that offers a great view is the garden restaurant, Cafe Lago.

Visit the city during the month of January to experience San Pablo’s Coconut Festival. It’s a week long Mardi Gras-like celebration that commemorates the feast day of the city’s patron saint, St. Paul the First Hermit.

There’s plenty of places to wind down and relax in San Pablo, whether it’s one of its seven beautiful lakes or its wonderful heritage sites. You can also take some time to stroll through the town’s quiet streets to gather your thoughts. Or you can always just hop on a balsa (bamboo float) and let all your worries float away.

Top Rated Restaurants in San Pablo City Browse All

  1. Sulyap Gallery Cafe
    4.4 Stars
    Filipino
    20 Reviews View
  2. Si Christina
    4.2 Stars
    Bakery
    17 Reviews View
  3. Patis Tito Garden Cafe
    4.3 Stars
    Asian
    7 Reviews View
  4. Cafe Lago
    4.3 Stars
    Café
    4 Reviews View
  5. SUKI Alfresco Restobar
    4.0 Stars
    Japanese
    5 Reviews View
  6. La Pizzeria
    4.5 Stars
    Pizza
    2 Reviews View
  7. Palaisdaan Kamayan sa Ilog
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View
  8. Bonete King Bakery
    5.0 Stars
    Bakery
    1 Review View
  9. Labassin Waterfall Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View
  10. Middle Eats Bistro
    4.0 Stars
    Mediterranean
    2 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in San Pablo City Browse All

  1. Hidden Valley Springs Resort
    4.6 Stars
    Hotel
    13 Reviews View
  2. Casa San Pablo
    4.7 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  3. Bato Springs Resort
    4.4 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  4. Sitio de Amor Farm Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  5. Casa de Alitagtag Bed & Breakfast Boutique Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  6. Auravel Grande Hotel and Resort
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  7. Tahanan Ni Aling Meding
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in San Pablo City Browse All

  1. Pandin Lake
    4.6 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    16 Reviews View
  2. Sulyap Gallery Cafe
    4.4 Stars
    Filipino
    20 Reviews View
  3. Hidden Valley Springs Resort
    4.6 Stars
    Hotel
    13 Reviews View
  4. Si Christina
    4.2 Stars
    Bakery
    17 Reviews View
  5. Serendipity Tea Bar
    4.5 Stars
    Tea
    6 Reviews View
  6. Patis Tito Garden Cafe
    4.3 Stars
    Asian
    7 Reviews View
  7. Casa San Pablo
    4.7 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  8. Bato Springs Resort
    4.4 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  9. Cafe Lago
    4.3 Stars
    Café
    4 Reviews View
  10. Sampaloc Lake
    3.9 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    7 Reviews View