5 Hip Restaurants to Visit in Baler

Surf, eat, repeat!
by | April 19, 2017

Groundswell Cafe at Charlie Does

You can find Charlie Does Surf Shop, which also contains a hostel and small cafe, right behind Costa Pacifica. Groundswell Cafe is a cozy surfing-inspired hangout that serves pastries, cheesecake, a few savory snacks and good coffee. Coffee lovers rave about their Peanut Butter Coffee and Salted caramel Coffee.

Beer drinkers, on the other hand, will be happy to know that the cafe also serves their own microbrewed beer from Baler Brewing Company. Their signature Baler Brew is a light and refreshing afternoon beer with a touch of wild honey. They also serve bottled craft beers perfect for the beach like Summer Sessions from Craftpoint and Tropic Haze from Nipa Brew.

Charlie Does. Buton St, Baler, Aurora

Press Start Cafe

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Hidden away from the rest of the main beachfront restaurants, Press Start Cafe located at Surfhouse Baler embraces its natural surroundings with a nipa hut-styled cafe and an outdoor seating area.

The cafe promises to kick-start your beach vacation with flavorful dishes like Blue Fin Tuna Sambal, Tuna Pasta and Beef Pastrami. Everything here is homemade. They even make their pizzas from scratch!

Press Start Cafe. Alley 2, Buton Street, Baler

Kusina Luntian

Another hidden gem in Baler that has gotten good reviews from visitors, Kusina Luntian serves budget-friendly eats in a rustic setting. Their menu is written on a surfboard while meals are served on banana leaves with steamed rice, salted egg and pako (fern) salad.

Kusina Luntian puts a local spin on the names of the dishes including Wapang-wapang na liempo (pork belly barbecue), Akkaw longganisa, Adoooy chicken adobo and ‘Wang patawad na tapa. There are no utensils here! Diners dig in with bare hands for that authentic kamayan beach experience.

Don Badong St., Brgy. Sabang Baler, Aurora


Kara Santos is a freelance writer and photographer. When not on the road or motorcycling off somewhere for the weekend, she’s leveling up her experience points in the latest PlayStation RPG. Read about her real-life and virtual adventures on her blog Travel Up.

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