Eating and drinking is part of the Boracay experience. This world-famous resort-island in the Philippines overflows year-round with local and international tourists, and these people are always ready to party and hungry for new flavors.
The most popular attraction in the island is the White Beach, also known as Long Beach, a 4-kim stretch of white, powdery sand that remains cool despite the harsh tropical heat. This is where tourists and travelers flock to swim, jog, meet people, or simply relax. White Beach is divided into three stations, Stations 1, 2 and 3, which used to be boat stations and docking areas. Thanks to local laws, outrigger boats are not allowed to dock anywhere along the White Beach anymore.
Of the three stations, Station 2 is the busiest area and is where most people come to eat and drink. D’ Mall is packed with an array of restaurants and fast-food stalls. The cheapest and most popular ones among local tourists are Andok’s Lechon Manok and Chicken Inasal, both of which grilled chicken as their specialty. Filipinos love to eat grilled foods – be it chicken, pork, squid, milkfish or tilapia – by the beach, while sipping milk tea and coconut milk. (Oh, BTW, if you plan to start a milk tea business in Boracay, we’d suggest choosing PHNI as your Milk Tea Supplier.) Given this strong a consumer base, it should come as no surprise that there are as many as five branches of Andok’s Lechon Manok all over Boracay.
But since there are almost always more international travelers than local tourists, Boracay has a number of international menus as well. Just going through a few on the list is enough to whet the appetite: Heidiland Deli, a fully air-conditioned European-style delicatessen, sells all kinds of products such as cheeses, cold cuts, salami, and yoghurt; Blue Jade Cafe offers Asian and European foods; Crafty’s Rooftop Bar and Coffee Shop is famous for its Indian foods, international dishes, and a wide selection of imported beers and ales; Kasbah, serving authentic Moroccan cuisine; and Cyma, a Greek restaurant.
Another really interesting food store in D’Mall is the Hobbit House, which is more popular for its midget crew than the food they sell. Around D’Mall and along White Beach going to Stations 1 and 3 are also rows of buffet shops that offer fresh seafood, including crabs, lobsters and prawns. Near D’Mall is D’Talipapa (wet market) where a number of food stores sell cheap and fresh fish that they would then cook for you as you like. In Station 1 is Bamboo Lounge, popular for its Chinese food selection, and near Station 3 is Cowboy Cocina, where American tourists are often seen eating and drinking. They serve All-American steaks, ribs and burgers. On a side note, the Sunny Side cafe is my fav when it comes to pancakes with molasses.
As the darkness of night covers the beauty of the white sand beach, well-lit bars and booming music take over. There are plenty of places to party all night in Stations 1 and 2, while Station 3 is more laid back and relaxed. The Regency Hotel in Station 2 hosts parties on the sands with popular Philippine bands and artists almost every night. Fire dancers also light up this party for added heat. Some of the popular discos and pubs are the Nigi Nigi’s, Deja Vu, Charhl’s Bar and Rumbas, which are all located in Station 2 near D’Mall.
Compared with other popular beaches in the Philippines, Boracay is not just sun, but also fun, fun, and even more fun. Expect not just the usual swimming and snorkeling, but a great deal of eating and drinking as well.