Escaping Manila's Humid Hubbub With Buko in Tagaytay, Philippines
A link on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Taal is one of the most violent and menacing volcanoes in the Philippines—responsible for a death toll of over 5,000. It periodically shows signs of agitation, including seismic activity, mud pots, and geysers. But in nearby Tagaytay, a favorite destination for summering Manilans, the focus is on relaxation—enjoying the cooler altitude and verdure, and escaping the capital’s traffic-clogged racket. Here at Josephine’s, visitors indulge in the much-loved buko (coconut) with ice cream, while enjoying an unobstructed view of the Taal Volcano. Having survived six eruptions since it opened for business, you know you’re safe from phreatic explosions and pyroclastic flows at this caldera-side café.