What not to miss in Iloilo

When you visit Iloilo, you don't go home without bringing some pasalubong or delicacies to take home most especially when it's your first time. From old churches, La Paz batchoy, scenic tours, seafood and its Dinagyang Festival, there's more to this city that you can try visiting, staying or eating.

1. Margec's Cream Horn
Located at E. Lopez st. (across Jollibee near San Jose Catholic School) in Jaro district, this humble store won't surely disappoint. The goods are really mouthwatering and delicious most especially their main product, the Cream Horn. Though the recipe came from a German friend of the owner's late father, they have been perfecting this sweet treat for years. It's open even on Sundays until 7pm.

They also have Napoleones that comes in different flavors- really tasty! Their apple pie is also my favorite.

2. Richmonde Hotel Iloilo - It is located at Megaworld's Iloilo Business Park beside the Iloilo Convention Center. It is one of the latest hotels to open in the city and its contemporary design is award-winning. The rooms are spacious and pool dech has a wonderful view of the 72-hectare property. Truly one of the best places to stay and dine when in the city.
Thanks to Ms. Ana Manansala of Mode Devi's Experience Travel and Living, I was able to contribute an article about the hotel last year. 

Aside from their famous ensaymadas, The Granary on the ground floor also offers this delicious Banana Walnut Loaf. I just love it!
3. Roberto's

In the decades-old with art-deco style Javellana building in Calle Real or J.M. Basa st. in downtown Iloilo is where Roberto's sole shop stands. An old-time business run by a local Chinese family, this place is known for serving affordable and yummilicious meals that's obvious because of their patrons lining up to bring home their famous meatball, pancit and the big-time Queen Siopao. Madame Claude personally manages the cashier many times and he's really funny and entertaining. Don't ever make a big mistake of asking for a sauce for your siopao because the wall signs obviously screams so. Lafang! Lafang! Lafang!