The 5 best places to eat in El Nido | Palawan, The Philippines

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The small village of El Nido on the island of Palawan is one of the most famous places to stay in The Philippines, because of its perfect location in the beautiful Bacuit Archipel. However, El Nido is also infamous for food poisoning. In this article, I’ll share my 5 favorite places to eat in El Nido, so you won’t get sick.

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Big Mama’s

You can find Big Mama’s on the Calle Hama and it’s right on the beach. They serve Filipino food for a great price. It’s a very basic place (plastic chairs on the beach), but the food is good, cheap and the location is great. I highly recommend the sisig and the adobo.

Lucky Afola

Places to eat in El Nido - Lucky Afola

There are many places in El Nido that don’t serve Filipino food, and if you’re into burgers or Burritos, Lucky Afola is the place to be. The place looks great, has beautiful furniture and a nice bar. It’s more expensive than the places that serve Filipino food, but they still serve great food for a good price.

Maa’s Grill

Maa’s Grill is probably one of the cheapest places to eat in El Nido. It serves basic Filipino food, and they grill it on the doorstep. It’s very basic but cheap and good. The perfect spot if you just want a quick meal.


Artcafe is probably the most popular place to eat in El Nido, all the tourist go here. It has a great atmosphere, a big terrace, and awesome food. This is one of the few places I dared to drink fresh juices and salads. It is the most expensive place to eat (and to drink), so skip it if you’re on a budget.

Angel Wish

Places to eat in El Nido - Angel Wish

My absolute favorite in El Nido: Angel Wish. I was really skeptic when I first stepped into this restaurant because it’s quite dark. But at the oceanside, there is a long table (you’re hanging over the beach) and here you’ll have the most amazing view of the rocks around El Nido. The food is absolutely fantastic. Great coconut sauce and the fish is grilled perfectly. It’s also one of the cheapest places to eat in El Nido, so you can’t go wrong here.


Food poisening

El Nido is known for many cases of food poisoning because the tap water is really bad. Here are some tips how you can avoid getting sick:
– Don’t drink cocktails or drinks filled with ice cubes, most of them are made from tap water. Stick to canned or bottled drinks.
– Buy lots of bottled water, use it also to brush your teeth.
– Don’t eat fresh (fruit) salads. They may seem perfect because of the heat, but there is a big chance the fruits and vegetables are washed in tap water.
– Are you feeling a bit nauseous? Drink Coca-Cola, it helps!

More travel tips for The Philippines

Check out these articles if you’d like to read some more about The Philippines:
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