“Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.” So says Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and author. Such good food of the simplest kind can be found in abundance in Camiguin. This island province located in the northern tip of Mindanao is surrounded by picturesque bays fronting iridescent seas. It is the second smallest island of the Philippines formed out of volcanic eruptions. However, it’s big on tourist attractions that keep travellers coming back for more.

Pristine beaches, natural waterfalls, amazing flora and fauna plus refreshing hot springs define Camiguin’s beauty. When there are people, there’s always good food to be found. As such, there is a variety of good restaurants serving local and international cuisine. Get ready for a taste of everything delicious in Camiguin.


Top Camiguin Restaurants To Keep Palates Satisfied

Well recommended by travellers, these restaurants take top spots for culinary creations in Camiguin. Moreover, they are well known for their good food, friendly service and warm ambience.

1. Paradiso Hillside Restaurant And Cottages

Al fresco dining area facing green landscapes and blue skies
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Nothing brings people together like good food. And this little food paradise in Camiguin has brought people together to taste the delights of Paradiso Hillside Restaurant. Located only 10 minutes from the highway in Agoho, Upper Cogon, Paradiso is an excellent Italian restaurant.

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Amazing food choices on the menu include the signature Paradiso Pasta, Spaghetti Prawns and Mushroom Fettuccine. Pizza lover? Try the Pizza salsiccia e funghi and Margherita with home-made salsiccia napolitana. When Italian is not your style, there are Western meals such as burger and fries to tempt any kid or kid-at-heart.

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What makes the food more delicious? The breathtaking views of the Bohol Sea and Camiguin white island with rolling green hills all around. Not just an exceptional place to stay, the on-site restaurant serves in-house guests and walk-ins on the foodie trail.

  • Address: Upper Cogon, Mambajao, 9100 Camiguin, Philippines
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paradisohillside/

2. La DOLCE VITA, Camiguin

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The good life begins at La DOLCE VITA. Just like its name implies, customers keep coming back for the simple yet scrumptious wonders. In fact, this restaurant earned the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016-2018. Avid travellers and locals frequent the place thanks to its strategic location just across from the local airport.

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What to order? The pizzas. Why? The Italian owner-chef uses only the finest quality ingredients to fire up thin-crust pizzas in a brick oven. The wide selection of pizzas, home-made pasta and ravioli make this a must-stop place in Camiguin. Highly recommended is the Pizza Capricciosa made with ham, sliced olives, mushrooms and artichoke.

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For vegetarians, there is also a healthy choice of vegetarian pasta to dine on. Further, there are salads and antipasto to complete your meal. For sweet endings, try the home-made desserts such as their signature pannacotta. Better yet, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. So, you’ll never go hungry.

  • Address: Camiguin Circumferential Rd., 9100 Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/La-DOLCE-VITA-Camiguin-573897679382025/

3. Casa Roca Inn

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Escape from the ordinary and step into an extraordinary world at Casa Roca Inn. Located just off the National Highway and about 5.5 km from Mambajao town, the restaurant is popular. It’s known for their ever-changing daily specials and market-fresh seafood dinners. Moreover, customers also get to wash it all down with island shakes, beers and cocktails from their full-service bar.

Signage of Casa Roca Inn showing opening times and specials
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What to expect? The unexpected as the menu offerings keep changing. So, guests dine on a variety of local cuisine, Western mains and desserts. Available on most days are the steaks that range from Wagyu Steak to Grilled Pork Steak. Equally delicious is the Roast Beef, Stuffed Pork Loin and Grilled Catch-of the-Day.

Beef steak with herb garnish in black pan
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Making your meal more enjoyable is the setting that overlooks dazzling sunsets and spectacular views of Camiguin Island.

  • Address: National Highway, Naasag Mambajao, 9100 Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Casarocainn/

Cheap Eats And Local Cafes In Camiguin

You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. That certainly is the case in Camiguin where culinary creations are wallet-friendly.

4. Peninsular Kape Art

Cake and coffee served overlooking the sea
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Art. Artistic food. Awesome ambience. Peninsular Kape Art is one of the more popular Spanish restaurants in Camiguin. It serves signature Tapas, Paella and a variety of Spanish cuisine. What makes this place amazing? The home-style cuisine made from freshly-caught seafood. Also, the local ingredients make every dish spectacular.

Specialty cakes and bread slice served with jam and butter
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Surrounded by beautiful views of nature overlooking the vast ocean, guests call it an oceanic playground. Even more amazing is enjoying your meal with the sounds of waves all around. Have coffee and cake or tea-time snacks by the sea. Here, you can enjoy all these without too much expense.

  • Address: Yumbing, 9100 Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeninsularKapeArt/

5. Hayahay Cafe – Perfect Spot for Vegans and Vegetarians

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Perfect for vegans and vegetarians, Hayahay Cafe is a gem find on Camiguin. Specializing in healthy food, this cafe serves up the most delightful smoothie bowls. There are also fresh fruit shakes and home-made ice cream. Everything tastes as good as it looks. That’s because only the freshest, organic and preservative-free ingredients are used to make their meals.

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What to try? High on the menu are the Chica Loca Smoothie Bowl, Home-made Mango Ice Cream and Fruit Smoothie served with passion. Better yet, the cafe serves brekkie, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee. So, you can feed on all-natural goodness all day at affordable prices.

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  • Address: Camiguin Circumferential Rd., 9100 Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hayahaycafesacamiguin/

6. The Beehive Driftwood Cafe

Al fresco dining area of cafe facing the sea
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Unlike any other cafe, The Beehive Driftwood Cafe takes pride in its holistic permaculture garden. It provides the lovely herbs, spices and fruits that accompany the meals derived from farm to garden to plate. Further, there is a diverse menu that ranges from fruit smoothies, home-made ice cream, waffles with honey, fish and chips, as well as burger and fries.

Healthy burger with fresh basil leaves, vegetables & chicken patty
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Just like its name, the cafe features driftwood in its interiors for a warm, welcoming ambience. Undoubtedly, the cafe also offers guests 100% natural raw honey to take home. Produced and harvested by the chef, the honey is a delicious treat.

Traditional Fish & Chops on white plate
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  • Address: Zone 1, Catibac, 9104 Catarman, Camiguin, Philippines
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Beehive-Camiguin-Driftwood-Cafe-290606081366214/

7. Kurma Eco Beach Lodge

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Kurma which means turtle in Sanskrit features a healthy menu for vegetarians and meat lovers. Where cooking with love provides food for the soul, Kurma Eco Beach Lodge serves up love aplenty. Top on the menu is their coconut burger where the patty and bread are made from coconuts. Equally tasty are their breakfast platters, pasta and sandwiches. Just as delish is the vegetarian steak and signature iced tea.

Mambajao omelette serves with bread and butter
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What makes them tasty? Using fresh and local ingredients, the chef creates great tasting meals. Simple yet delish is the Mambajao omelette served with bread and butter on the side. When meat matters, try the Nasi Lemak and Naked Beef Pie that’s perfect for carnivorous eaters.

  • Address: National Highway, Yumbing, 9100 Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kurmafreedivecamiguin/

8. Viola’s Snack Bar

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Good food is all the sweeter when shared with good friends. At Viola’s Snack Bar, friends gather to enjoy the pretty desserts and delightful cakes. Known best for their Halo-Halo, the popular Filipino iced dessert is hailed to be the best in Camiguin. Perfect after a long day walking in the sun, this dessert is a must-try.

Local specialty served with shrimp and eggs on top
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Also famous for their pasta, sandwich platters and native delicacies, Viola’s Snack Bar brings you a taste of local Camiguin specialities at affordable prices.

  • Address: B. Aranas Bldg., JP Rizal St., 9100 Mambajao, Camiguin, Philippines
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Violas-Snack-Bar-214905638865361/

Go Food Hunting In Camiguin

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