Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, the capital of Laguna province, is generally known for its landscapes and coastal areas. Given the abundance of their natural resources, agriculture and fishing are its primary industries. Santa Cruz might be easy to overlook because Laguna is usually associated with hot springs, the famous Mt. Makiling mountain, and other natural formations.

However, like most underrated places, it is a hidden gem with its own quirks and wonders. For example, the famous “kesong puti” or white cheese, usually wrapped in banana leaves and eaten with pandesal, comes from Santa Cruz. Every March, the city even holds a Kesong Puti Festival in commemoration of the product they love to eat, and which has also made an impression on other Filipinos and foreigners who have tried it. Another fun fact is that the famous Bella’s Patis Labo - a great companion to a hot bowl of sinigang or nilaga-is also a product of Santa Cruz. “Bugok” or “Bibingkang Itlog” is also filed under the must-try for the adventurous foodie, where duck eggs are mixed with spoiled eggs. Don’t be quick to judge the dish for its smell because it is often said to be quite tasty.

The Laguna Sports Complex would also be a nice place to jog or walk around leisurely. It also has the tallest monument of the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal, who stands at around 8 meters tall (26 feet) which makes for a great photo.

Top Rated Restaurants in Santa Cruz Browse All

  1. Ted's
    4.5 Stars
    American
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  2. Columbia Garden Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    Chinese
    4 Reviews View
  3. Jookin's Cafe 108
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    3 Reviews View
  4. De Chef
    4.5 Stars
    European
    2 Reviews View
  5. Sophia's Lil Kitchen
    5.0 Stars
    Snack
    1 Review View
  6. Max's Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View
  7. Big Boss
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View
  8. Lam Hung Chinese Food
    3.5 Stars
    Chinese
    2 Reviews View
  9. Nanot's Spaghetti House and Pizza
    3.5 Stars
    International
    3 Reviews View
  10. Greenwich
    3.0 Stars
    Pizza
    2 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Santa Cruz Browse All

  1. Ted's
    4.5 Stars
    American
    14 Reviews View
  2. Columbia Garden Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    Chinese
    4 Reviews View
  3. Jookin's Cafe 108
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    3 Reviews View
  4. Fun Tea House
    4.5 Stars
    Tea
    2 Reviews View
  5. De Chef
    4.5 Stars
    European
    2 Reviews View
  6. InfiniTea
    5.0 Stars
    Tea
    1 Review View
  7. Sophia's Lil Kitchen
    5.0 Stars
    Snack
    1 Review View
  8. Max's Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View
  9. Big Boss
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View
  10. Kami No Ishi Spa
    3.5 Stars
    Day Spa
    2 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Santa Cruz

  1. Pagsawitan

    Pagsawitan

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