When escape is necessary, but you don’t have enough patience or willpower to spend more than an hour getting anywhere in Manila, Antipolo is the easy answer. Just an hour away from Manila and yet not technically within it, Antipolo has been known for generations as a quick getaway from the city, with its proximity to mountains and rugged landscapes, as well as stylish cafés and spas in scenic locations. Here are some activities to make your day in Antipolo:

Pino Art Museum

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Photo courtesy of Nina Buenaventura

Photo courtesy of Nina Buenaventura

Antipolo has risen to fame as of late as being the home of Pinto Art Museum, a sprawling estate filled with exhibits and art installations, overlooking the rest of the city. It’s flocked by the young and old alike; every corner of the Pinto Art Museum just screams “instagrammable!” while its environment and design is calming to anyone whose bones are exhausted by the hustle and bustle of the work week, as well as making art accessible at the same time.

Go on a Nature Trip

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Ask any grandparent and they’ll tell you in jest that going to Antipolo means climbing up some mountains. And they’re not wrong; Antipolo has been widely regarded by city folk as the closest nature getaway since the colonial times. Visit the legendary Hinulugang Taktak waterfalls, spend the day in an organic fruit farm, or hike and bike some scenic trails while thinking “Woah, this is all just an hour away from Manila!”

Relax in a Spa

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Antipolo is also home to a number of spas and BnB’s that will make a perfect rest day for you and bae. Spend a day at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa, far away from your troubles, or stay at St. Moritz Inn and Spa for a Swiss-style spa experience—with the famous Vieux Chalet Swiss restaurant right across.

Chill and Dine

Entrance to Eggs for Breakfast | Photo courtesy of Eunice Reyes on Instagram

Antipolo is also home to several charming and stylish restaurants and cafés that serve unique dishes that are pleasing to both the eye and the stomach. Attend a pottery lesson at Crescent Moon Cafe and Art Studio, then eat a delicious organic meal right after, or get a full day’s serving of eggs at Eggs for Breakfast while mastering your flatlay game at the same time.

There are even more amazing restaurants and activities in Antipolo, a day won’t be enough. What would be in your Antipolo day trip itinerary? Share with us in the comments!

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Cover photo courtesy of Nina Buenaventura