San Juan, La Union, is one of the premier surfing destinations in the Philippines because the waves here can go as high as 6 feet during peak season. Whether you’re a surfer or not, San Juan is a great place to travel! It’s easy to go here, and you can experience a lot, even on a short trip – learn how to surf, watch the sunset at the beach, visit nearby towns, or you can just eat all day! Aside from being one of the best surfing spots, San Juan has vast arrays of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and other instagrammable food stalls that serve good food.
I made a list here of the food places where you can eat if you’re going on a trip to San Juan anytime soon. All of these are located near the beach, and they are accessible along the highway. Most of them are just walking distance from many of the hotels and surf resorts, so there’s no reason for you not to try these!
If you are craving for Filipino food combo, you can satisfy your cravings at Tagpuan sa San Juan or simply known as Tagpuan. This eatery in San Juan is famous for its comforting Filipino dishes at very reasonable prices. They serve rice bowls topped with our favorites like tapa, pares, bagnet, and chicken adobo flakes.
Just beside tagpuan, there’s a burger joint that serves mouthwatering burgers! Not just burgers, they also serve onion rings, fries, and drinks. The place is an open area and has limited tables.
Surf Shack is more of an outdoor bar than a proper sit-down restaurant. The menu lists mostly bar favorites like pizza, buffalo wings, and other finger food delights. Part of the restaurant’s charm is bolstered by the live band’s music at night.
They said that good and authentic Mexican food and surfing make a good pair. Located on the right side of the road, you will see this Mexican Taqueria that has a huge skull mural. Olas Banditos is co-owned by Luke Landrigan, a pro-surfer. I must say, this is a place to be if you’re craving Mexican food! They serve freshly made tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadilla, fries, and churros to go with your post-surf beer, margarita, or mojito.
The place is genuinely instagrammable with all the festive colors and patterns from the murals to the tables and chairs.
A trip to San Juan will not be completed without a healthy fruit smoothie bowl made with different types of fresh fruit and homemade granola. They also have chia bowls, fruit shakes, pressed juices, and popsicles. They moved from their corner at Flotsam and Jetsam Artist Beach Hostel to their own space at the Great Northwest Travel Stop & Viewing Deck.
El Union Coffee
What’s life without coffee? Also located in the great northwest, there’s a famous coffee shop that serves pretty good coffee with excellent service. El Union is definitely one of my favorite food places in San Juan! The area is just very chill and humble. Its laid back ambiance encourages every visitor to make a good conversation over a cup of good coffee and desserts.
Their S’ mores is a must-try!
These are just a few of the food places that you can try. Just walk around the area, and you’ll find great places where you can eat! I’m looking forward to seeking more restaurants on my next visit!