Coming from Manila, I was never a huge fan of big cities. What made enjoy being in the highly urbanized Davao City? There’s no traffic. You might laugh upon hearing this but I am dead serious about this. Like I have mentioned, I come from Manila and getting somewhere is always such a mission.
Exploring Davao was stress-free for me. Taxi drivers are honest and I don’t feel harassed when taking a cab. It was okay for me to explore downtown by foot as multi-cabs here are not smoke belchers unlike most of the jeepneys in Manila. I also felt safe walking around and locals are approachable.
Below are the 5 Things I enjoyed in Davao City
Museum Hopping – To me, both Museo de Dabawenyo and D Bone Collector Museum are worth dropping by. They are conveniently located at the heart of the city. You can go from one museum to the other by simply walking.
For a museum-goer like me, I love the fact that it’s free to visit Museo Dabawenyo. It is small but enough to give you a glimpse of Davao’s soul. Davao City has a colorful history and rich culture, it’s waste if you don’t get to know them.
- Address: Corner Pichon-C.M. Recto Streets, Andres Bonifacio Rotonda (near Osmena Park) Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur
- It is open from Tuesday to Sunday – 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, and 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
D Bone Collector Museum is a special interest Museum that tops Trip Advisor’s list of things to do and Davao. Its bone collection impressed me. I didn’t expect that they have 3 stories of animal bones of all sorts (6,500 specimens on display!). The tour was so informative and entertaining that I felt like I was on a National Geographic show. Entrance Fee is 150 pesos for adults and 130 pesos for kids.
- Address: San Pedro St, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur
- The museum is open from Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 1-5 pm and they are not open on Sundays.
Sugba Dinner at Roxas Night Market – Roxas night market is all about locals having dinner at the boulevard where they will have “Sugba” which means grilled seafood.
You can choose if want Blue Marlin, milkfish, prawns, catfish or stuffed squid. Eat them with rice wrapped in banana leaf and kinilaw or seafood salad on the side. Don’t forget the Durian and black charcoal ice, flavored butchi and exotic local fruit for dessert. There goes your Sugba dinner. As they would say “lami” which mean delicious.
- Address: Roxas Ave, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur
- Starts from 5pm til 12mn
Hangout at Jack’s Ridge – Overlooking place is always a good idea especially at night. Well, we went to Jack’s Ridge around lunchtime but we still enjoyed it. Food is tasty, service is impeccable and, the view is perfect for a cold bottle of beer.
- Address: 117 Shrine Hills Rd, Talomo, Davao City, Davao del Sur
- They are open everyday from 10am-11pm
Healthy eating at Balik Bukid – Craving for something healthy, traditional, and organic? This eco-friendly restaurant is not to be missed. Their wholesome meals are not only body nourishing but authentic as well. Take note: they don’t serve alcohol but they have free flowing tuba.
- Address: Sandawa Plaza Brgy, 8000, Quimpo Blvd, Davao City, Davao del Sur
- They are open everyday at 11am-2pm and 5pm-10pm
Enjoy a coffee afternoon at Glasshouse – What better way to spend your afternoon than having a good cup of coffee and being surrounded by beautiful plants. Glasshouse is a small and charming cafe tucked into Oboza compound and smack in the middle of downtown. Its glass walls and lush tropical setting will make you feel like you’re inside a terrarium. By the way, there’s no flavored coffee here just the good old classic coffee selection for those coffee purists.
If you want to catch up with your reading or kill time while waiting for your night flight, I’m sure you’ll find a cozy spot in this lovely and tranquil cafe.
- Address: At the Garden of Oboza Heritage House, 143, Rizal St, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur
- It is open from Monday to Saturday at 9am-11pm and Sunday at 1pm-10pm