When you hear about the province of Negros Occidental, the first thing that would pop into your mind would probably be Bacolod. But like most provinces here in the Philippines, Negros Occidental apparently has something more to offer. To be honest, I’ve never heard of Don Salvador Benedicto before. I just see it in some of my Negrense friends’ Instagram feed. When I finally got the chance to visit Bacolod again, my friend Therese gladly toured me around.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this here on the blog before but I am OBSESSED with coffee. My usual idea of a cool scenery for a coffee shop would mean fast Wifi or industrial lights — often filled with students cramming papers with their apple product insight. *hashtag Manila girl* A hardcore coffee shop for me would only mean the Starbucks in Tagaytay with the overlooking view of the Taal Volcano, that was already astonishing for me.
During my visit, I entrusted my itinerary to my local friends. (You know what they/I say — #LocalsKnowBest) On the side of an unnamed road, a simple sign welcomed us. It was refreshing to see a change of scenery, far from the flashing neon logos competing for marketing strategies.
For Php80, I got to try one of their specialties which is their Vietnamese Iced Coffee. It was one of the best coffee investments I’ve ever made. (No, I’m not exaggerating)
Most of the time, they also sell some local kakanin (Sticky rice cake) for merienda; it goes perfect with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tablea hot coco.
The view is mesmerizing, I felt euphoria just by feeling the wind hit my face. The simple bamboo lined flooring and chairs; reminded me of genuine happiness. Far from what I experience in Manila.
Honestly, this was one of the best local food trip experiences I’ve had. If you happen to be in Bacolod, don’t even hesitate to drop by. #NoRagrets
*Sadly I don’t know how to go here without a car, but I’m pretty sure the locals can help you with that.*