There’s more to the province of Laguna than its famous hot springs, natural attractions, and historical landmarks. Foodies here don’t miss the chance to taste and take home some of their all-time favorite pasalubong and food from local grown restaurants, such as buko pie, espasol, and kesong puti. Its provincial capital, Santa Cruz, celebrates its signature delicacy—white cheese made from carabao’s milk—through Kesong Puti Festival.
Less than three hours away from Metro Manila, the first-class municipality of Santa Cruz in Laguna is regarded as the commercial and business center of the province’s eastern part. Here, you can visit Immaculate Conception Parish Church, look at Agueda Kahabagan’s historical marker, and catch the sunset at Laguna de Bay.
Tourists can also go food tripping by checking out some of the eateries and cafes in the area. And it will be much better if you’re a resident of Camella Sta. Cruz, which is accessible to a plethora of dining options that you can explore. You’ll read about some must-visit restaurants near the upscale community in this list.
If you’re searching for a restaurant that ticks all the boxes: savory main dishes, delightful cakes and pastries, and eye-pleasing aesthetics, this shabby chic diner nestled on National Highway is an idyllic place to be.
The vintage-themed furnishings and countryside ambiance will be perfect for your carefully curated Instagram feed. While the interiors of the American restaurant are a feast for the eyes, Ted’s Kitchen doesn’t compromise on the taste of its food, not to mention its lovely garnishing.
You’ll have plenty of options here—all-day brunch, Angus burger, buffalo wings, pasta, baked Norwegian salmon, smoked US barbecue ribs, artisan sourdough pizza, and more. Don’t forget to try its best-selling desserts, such as Brazo de Fernando, pistachio sans rival, avocado cheesecake, mango kasuy, and Sta. Cruz bibingka cheesecake. The restaurant is only four minutes away from Camella Sta. Cruz.
Aurora Filipino Cuisine
Craving for dishes that feel and taste like home? Aurora Filipino Cuisine, an ancestral home-turned-restaurant in Santa Cruz, is something you don’t want to miss in Laguna. This family-owned eatery headed by sibling chefs Gel and Day Salonga is also in charge of Ted’s Kitchen, famed for its Western food. Named after their grandmother Aurora, the restaurant offers local and heritage delicacies from the province.
So if you want to revisit your roots by going on a culinary adventure, this place in the town proper is your best bet. Aside from tasting authentic Tagalog cuisine, you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled back in time while looking at the historical accents of the antique house. Tasting its minanok—banana heart cooked in coconut milk and banana fritters—is a must when you’re here.
Other delicious dishes that you can try are ensaladang Santa Cruz, pata estofado, inalamangang baboy, and tinuto. You can order halo-halo, palitaw, bibingka cheesecake, or kesong puti cheesecake to complete your meal. Aurora Filipino Cuisine is just eight minutes away from Camella Sta. Cruz.
Big Boss Boodlefight
Another hit among Filipinos is the popular military-style communal dining; it’s a local tradition known as boodle fight or kamayan, where an overflowing feast is served on banana leaves.
It is best enjoyed with a big group, and people eat with bare hands. If you’re up for a boodle fight—something delicious and filling to the tummy—you can take your whole family to Big Boss Boodlefight, located on Bagumbayan Road, only six minutes away from Camella Sta. Cruz.
This local favorite offers mouthwatering dishes, such as crispy kare-kare, sizzling sisig, pork binagoongan, grilled liempo, buttered shrimp, daing na bangus, grilled chicken wings, and more.
These are served in Small Boodle, Big Boodle, Pigout, Big Boss Boodle, Boodlefeast, and Mini Boodle, depending on the number of persons eating and their choice of food. Suppose you’re celebrating a special occasion or want to indulge. In that case, you can also order pancit bilao (pancit canton or bihon), pork barbecue, and lumpiang shanghai.
A Home Close to Many Dining Options in Sta. Cruz
Proximity to modern conveniences such as restaurants is something you’ll experience if you choose Camella Sta. Cruz as your next home in Laguna. Offering gorgeous Italian-Mediterranean-inspired house models on National Highway, Barangay Bubukal, the safe and secure community is an ideal place to live in this progressive city of Sta. Cruz.
Camella Sta. Cruz is a strategically located residential development close to schools, malls, hospitals, and churches, making it easier for homeowners to access their lifestyle needs. Bubukal Elementary School, Sun Star Mall, Laguna Doctor’s Hospital, and Sta. Cruz Church is less than 30 minutes from the village. UP Los Baños is 44 minutes away.
Laguna University and Laguna Sports Complex are 10 minutes away from Camella Sta. Cruz. Bus terminals via National Highway are accessible too. Suppose you want to discover what the area has to offer. In that case, you can explore tourist attractions, such as Cavinti Falls, Hulugan Falls, Caliraya Lake, Japanese Garden, and Liliw Church of Christ—all less than an hour away from the property. You’ll also be close to the hot springs of Pansol.
Experience a Peaceful Ambiance in Camella Sta. Cruz
For your peace of mind, it is worth noting that the gated community has perimeter fencing, a 24-hour CCTV at the entrance, and round-the-clock roving security personnel within the subdivision. Here you can also enjoy a plethora of family-friendly amenities, such as shooting hoops on the basketball court with your siblings, having a refreshing swim in the pool to beat the heat, bringing the children to the playground, and taking a breather at the pocket parks when you’re feeling cooped up at home.
The 17-hectare house and lot community offer various house models from the Grande Series (Greta and Freya) and Easy Homes Series (Ella, Dani, Dana, Cara, Bella, Aliyah, Alli), and Lessandra Series (Ezabelle and Criselle). All will cater to your unique needs as a homeowner.
Greta is the best choice for you if you’re looking for a spacious abode for your growing family. This two-story modern house comprises five bedrooms, three toilets and baths, a living and dining area, a kitchen, a laundry and service area, a balcony, and a two-car garage.
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