If paying for your Boracay accommodations (hotel, inn or guesthouse) have diluted your funds, don’t worry because you really won’t have to shell out a lot for food. Yes, there are yummy and expensive restaurants out there but there are also several more affordable go-to places. This way, if you only need to stay alive enough to enjoy scenery, the people and the activities, you know it does’t have to burn a hole through your pockets.
For breakfast, you can head to Shenna’s (Station 2) for Filipino favorites at less than a hundred pesos. When I was there, i picked among many silog choices and ended up with a very hearty meal. If you are on a no-rice diet, there’s Deco’s batchoy (it was really good!), pastry shops, shawarma stalls and specialty pizza places that sell good-for-2 pizzas for only less than 300. Personal favorite: Andok’s. They have a huge array of local dishes that all go for less than P100 as well! Hit the Station 2 compound and you’ll find a lot of nice choices there.
For lunch and merienda, it depends on your mood actually. At Dmall (the only mall inside the Boracay stretch), there are several choices of affordable karinderia-like food. There are also small foreign cuisine cafeterias; I vividly remember Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Italian. Along the station 2 and 3 shoreline, there are also cheap hotel cafes that you can check out. Lastly, for refreshments, there are siomai stalls that sell yummy gulaman juice for only P20 and you can also hit the convenience stores (along the beach) for cold softdrinks, bottled juices or water.
For dinner, this is usually the most enjoyable part of your Boracay meals. If you want to splurge a little, dinner is where you should devote most of your budget for. While I was walking through the beach restaurants, I noticed a couple of barbecue stalls that sell fresh seafood and good looking meat barbecue meals. All the staple kanto- bbq food choices are there: isaw, gizard, pork, chicken, chicken feet (adidas), etc. And get this, all were very affordable. Isaw and gizzard were only P10, pork was P20 and chicken was P55. The sauce was also very good! I gobbled my dinner up (one and a half cups of rice) and was delighted to see that my personal bill was only a hundred. That gave me the luxury of ordering the island’s famous fresh fruit shake.
If you can splurge a little…
If your budget can now be stretched for dinner–because you’ve been scrimping on day meals– you can also check out the mongolian buffets. They usually go for less than P350 per head only. Some beachside restos even have dancing chefs to entertain you while you eat.
For sweet treats, I loved hitting the fresh fruit juice stalls and the gelato kiosks (nothing beats real Italian gelato!) Both have prices that start at P65.
See, not so bad right? Now you can finally be assured that you won’t get hungry there even if your food budget is only a little over P500/ day. In fact, my friends and I used to tell ourselves that there’s a Julie’s bakeshop there so even if our budget is only P100/day for food, we don’t have to starve. Haha! So yeah…I know how much budget you set aside for partying and drinks, anyway. 😛