(This is an non-sponsored review of White Bean Cafe Naga when I visited Naga City.)
There are plenty of restaurants in Naga as per my internet research, but serendipitous encounters with nice restaurants make a travel experience more memorable for me.
I was having a solo walking tour in Naga City when I accidentally stumbled upon a place just in front of the Naga Land E-Mall with a very beautiful interior, White Bean Cafe. For somebody who will go places for Instagram (well, that was me before, but not anymore), I cannot help but check out the place. It turned out that it was a coffee shop located at the ground floor of Naga Land Hotel at Elias Angeles Street, Naga City. I was hesitant to enter the place at first (because guys, it’s really intimidatingly beautiful af), but I feel like I’m gonna regret not dining in here, so yeah.
The restaurant was not full of people when I came in, and I believe it’s an opportunity for me to enjoy some peace and quiet and take photos around as well. When you start to grow older, I believe you will get accustomed at seeking for some peace and quiet in this very complicated world and life.
(If you’re new in this website, well, you will see a lot of existential stuff like this one hehe)
I ordered Creamy Pesto Pasta for Php195 and Strawberry Milkshake for Php125. I was not able to take a photo of my meal because I was really stunned by the cafe’s interior, but I can tell you that the serving is big enough that I was not able to finish it. However, if you’re gonna realize, the food was a little expensive.
The staff will happily allow you to take photos around the restaurant. It is my habit to ask permission from the restaurant staff before taking photos around, especially if I could cause discomfort to other people dining in the place. Thankfully there are no big crowds at White Bean when I went there.
To be honest the place looks so prim and proper and therefore intimidating. It literally feels like being inside a doll house. Every corner is beautiful and fairy tale-ish. I don’t even want to touch anything inside the cafe because every corner is so beautiful!
I am thankful that beautiful restaurants in Naga like this existed!
I could use just reading any random book here and just relaxing while sipping some milkshake. I bet no other restaurants in Naga has this beautiful kind of interior. I’m in love!
I’m not sure if I will have another chance to visit Naga City again anytime soon, but if ever that happens, I will surely visit White Bean Cafe again.
Oh, look! They have a good selection of cakes! Looks yummy!
Do you know any other Instagram-worthy cafes anywhere in the Philippines and Southeast Asia like White Bean Cafe Naga? Please don’t hesitate to let me know by sending me a DM at my Instagram account @wheressherlyn. Happy travels!
Bicol Region, Philippines (composed of 6 provinces – Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Catanduanes) is one local destination I will always keep on coming back to travel – the food is great, the views are spectacular, the people are naturally kind, and there will always be new places to see. This is nothing but a typical provincial area in the Philippines, but there is some kind of a magic spell in this place which makes me go back here over and over again. Legazpi City would of course be my favorite, but Naga City is also a nice place, and I like the quaintness of Daet town.
Since I’ve been to this area a few times, I would like to share the spots I’ve been to when I went to travel to Bicol, Philippines, specifically in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur. Forgive me if I haven’t visited the rest of the Bicol region, but I will try my best to visit them next time so that I could complete this list. But in the meantime, enjoy the best spots on my list from the three provinces I’ve been to.
SPOTS TO VISIT IN BICOL REGION, PHILIPPINES
So without further ado, here are some spots in Bicol, Philippines that are worth snapping that Instagram photo when you travel to this beautiful region:
The sunflower garden atop Kawa-Kawa Hill is just a short (but steep!) climb from the foot of the hill, but all the sweat and energy are worth it. The City of Ligao celebrates the Sunflower Festival annually to commemorate its cityhood. The city government is also doing a good job maintaining the sunflower garden. Tip: the sunset view here is also perfect.
You can have a view of Mayon Volcano in many spots in Albay and Camarines Sur provinces. This time, I was able to view the volcano in a new spot – at Barangay Penafrancia, Daraga, Albay.
4. Cagsawa Ruins
Behind me is a remain of the former Cagsawa Church which was destroyed by Dutch pirates sometime in 1600s.
5. ATV Ride to Mayon Volcano
Several companies are offering ATV rides to the different areas of Mayon Volcano, and the guides are good photographers and videographers as well!
6. Albay Park and Wildlife
A place where families bond together, Albay Park and Wildlife is also a good place to familiarize yourselves with Kingdom Animalia.
7. Bigg’s Diner (various locations in Albay)
Bigg’s Diner is the largest food chain in the Bicol region with branches in Batangas province (Lipa City and Batangas City). What I love with Bigg’s are (1) its very beautiful retro-inspired interior, and (2) the food! I always make it a point to dine at Bigg’s everytime I visit Bicol region. Their must-try is their chicken – it can practically compete with either Jollibee Chickenjoy or KFC Chicken. Tip: try their garlic parmesan chicken. I promise, it’s worth it!
8. ‘Hepa Lane’ (Legazpi City)
There is a street near the Post Office and LCC Mall called the ‘hepa lane’ because you can have all kinds of street foods there – isaw, dynamite, barbecue, name it. The Master Sisig stall provides the yummiest sisig in hepa lane. You can buy a Sisig Rice Meal for only PHP40.
9. Penaranda Park
Just in front of the City Hall of Legazpi City is another ‘hepa lane’ at the Penaranda Park. The best time to go here is during sunset.
10. Lignon Hill
Lignon Hill is a nice place to hike (don’t worry the pavement is completely concrete!) and you will eventually be rewarded by this view!
Embarcadero is a shopping mall and a port area with a nice view of Mayon Volcano. Since Mayon Volcano is sometimes shy to show up, I just snapped a photo of the beautiful chapel there.
12. Daraga Church (Daraga)
Daraga Church is one of the historical treasures of the province of Albay. It is currently undergoing rehabilitation with the supervision of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts. The white coating is a lime coating meant to protect the outer layer of the church and will wear out over time to go back to its original color.
Located at the Municipality of Camalig, Albay, Sumlang Lake also provides a good view of Mayon Volcano while cruising in a bamboo raft (balsa). You also have the option to ride an aqua bike or kayak. Be sure to go hours before sunset becuase it closes at 6PM and people are lining up early.
14. Legazpi City Museum
Since most of you know that I am a museum person, this was my first stop upon arriving at Legazpi City. It is located inside the premises of the City Hall.
15. Chili Ice Cream Stalls (various locations in Albay)
Bicol Region is famous for its spicy cuisine. The sili ice cream is one of the most popular desserts in the region and is really a must-try. Some restaurants (like the 1st Colonial Grill, another restaurant chain in Bicol Region) serve sili ice cream. This time I got my sili ice cream in a cone from the kiosks at the foot of Kawa-Kawa Hill in the Municipality of Ligao, Albay.
16. 1st Colonial Grill
As indicated in the cart, 1st Colonial Grill is the home of the original chili ice cream. You can order either level 1, 2, or 3 of the chili ice cream. Oh, did I mention their laing is the best?
Jasmine Restaurant at the Oriental Hotel Legazpi serves delicious food and at the same time gives a nice ambiance with its beautiful interior and a nice view of Mayon Volcano at the same time. Their cookies and cream milkshake is really, really worth the money.
18. Legazpi Airport
My photo just did not give justice to what I’m about to say, but upon arriving at Legazpi Airport, you will be greeted by the beauty of Mayon Volcano. I swear, in other days, it’s there! 😀
The perfect place to chill when in Daet! Even if you don’t know how to surf, just sitting by the beach area is already enough.
3. Daet Municipal Library and Museum
This small place is where the city government keeps all artworks and memorabilia of the Municipality of Daet.
4. The First Rizal Monument in the Philippines
This was said to be the first memorial monument for Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero. Inscribed on each side are his novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, and his third but unfinished novel, Morga.
5. Martyrs of Camarines Norte Historical Marker
Where are you, history buffs? Are you like me who also gets excited seeing markers like this? 😀
6. Camarines Norte Provincial Government Building
Very, very typical pillared government office, right? But the vicinity is so garden-ish and looks like a nice park.
7. Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel and Resort (Daet)
This was one of the nice beachfront hotels in Daet and their restaurant area is nice. You can also use their swimming pool for Php100.
8. Mampurog River (San Lorenzo Ruiz)
I could use a peaceful morning by the river, and just the sound of the waters flowing at Mampurog River (and nothing else) was priceless.
9. Mang Bok’s Kinalas (Daet)
My desire to try some local food led me to try out kinalas, a local Bicolano food which kinda tastes like lomi in Batangas.
10. EATcetera Food Garden (EATc)
Located just near the Provincial Capitol area, EATc was a nice al fresco restaurant with very cheap but yummy food!
11. The 21 Cafe and Resto (Daet)
One of the nearest coffee shops at Calaguas Gateway Hotel, I had the chance to have a quick snack here before my bus ride going back to Manila.
12. Funfrappe (Daet)
My usual aimless walking around the towns I’m traveling to sometimes leads me to beautiful underrated cafes like this one.
13. Caramel’s Fried Siopao (Daet)
I heard this was famous in Daet, so I searched for it and gave it a try. And true enough, it’s very, very yummy!
14. Those restaurants near the Daet Public Market
Haha forgive me if I forgot the name of this place, but this was a random place I stumbled upon to chill and listen to nice music.
Naga Ecological Park is perfect for families and group of friends who want to spend some quality time. The area is very child-friendly and it has a huge playground built by Graceland, a local bakery and restaurant chain. Adults and kids-at-heart can also enjoy the playground, especially the hedge maze.
2. Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) (Pili)
I wish I can afford to write a separate blog post about CWC, but there’s just a lot to do here.
Just in front of the EMall, I couldn’t help but give this cafe a check because it really looks beautiful from the outside. It’s intimidating to enter the cafe because it’s very beautiful, but it has a home-y vibe once you enter.