ILOCOS SUR | Hidden Garden Vigan ~ Food & Nature Tripping

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vigan Hidden Garden

Every single time someone in the group asks where we would go next, J would go, To Vigan’s Hidden Garden! I don’t know what’s with him and gardens, but on our last day in the city, we finally relented and went to the place. Honestly, I’m really not that keen on revisiting it since I really didn’t find it that interesting the first two times I went. But okay, since we have nowhere else to go, to the Hidden Garden it is.

Vigan Hidden Garden

Vigan’s so called Hidden Garden is not really hidden at all. Well, it is way out from the city center, and one needs to either ride a tricycle or hire a calesa to access it, so I guess it is partly hidden in a way.

The sprawling garden started out as a personal venture for retired engineer, Francis Flores. It started to really blossom and guests started to pour in. Eventually, he opened the place to the public in 1991 and it became one of the usual stops with the calesa tours in Vigan.


Vigan Hidden Garden

Hidden Garden is really intended for people with green thumbs. Here, one can find all sorts of ornamental plants for one’s landscaping needs. Yes, they are for sale. Every plant mama and plantita who has a small patch of ground would definitely love this place. And while I’m not really interested in horticulture, I find their collection of bonsais to be really nice. Believe it or not, I even attended a free workshop once on how to grow them—or hinder them from growing, to be more precise.


Vigan Hidden Garden

For photographers, it is a paradise for macro photography. We visited the garden after lunch, the time when most insects are hiding and resting, but we still saw quite a few of them buzzing around. Don’t forget to bring your macro lens and arrive early in the morning when the bugs are most active.


Vigan Hidden Garden Lilong & Lilang Restaurant

But since I’m also not that keen on shooting macro, my favorite place at Hidden Garden is their restaurant. Curiously named as the Lilong and Lilang Restaurant, it sits at one of the corners of the garden. The open-aired café looks really cozy with its native-inspired design.

Vigan Hidden Garden Lilong & Lilang Restaurant

During my previous visits to Hidden Garden, I got totally enamored with their Vigan longganisa. Lilong and Lilang Restaurant has one of the best ones I’ve tried in the whole of Vigan. I usually order three pairs of them whenever I visit.

Vigan Hidden Garden Lilong & Lilang Restaurant

But since everyone already reached their quota of Vigan longganisa, they begged off and we ordered the restaurant’s other offerings.

For our late lunch, we asked for a plate of sizzling bagnet sisig (₱255.00), poqui poqui (₱115.00), bagnet (₱220.00) and a bowl of Hidden Garden Fried Rice (₱150.00).

Vigan Hidden Garden Lilong & Lilang Restaurant

Serving size was huge, especially the rice. We were four in the group and it was more than enough for everybody. The massive mound was topped with bits of longanisa.

Vigan Hidden Garden Lilong & Lilang Restaurant Bagnet Vigan Hidden Garden Lilong & Lilang Restaurant Poqui Poqui

The poqui-poqui was superb, so was the sizzling bagnet sisig. My favorite however is their plain bagnet. It was amazingly crispy, almost chicharon-like in its crunchiness. Of course, it comes with the KBL dip which comprises of kamatis (tomato), bagoong (fish sauce), and lasona (shallot).

Vigan Hidden Garden Lilong & Lilang Restaurant

If you’re no garden lover like myself, Vigan’s Hidden Garden still has something to pull you with. A meal at Lilong and Lilang Restaurant inside the garden would definitely make your visit worthwhile. Everyone agreed that besides the dinner we ate at Café Uno Vigan, this is one of the best meals we’ve had in town.

Vigan Hidden Garden Lilong & Lilang Restaurant Location MapHidden Garden Vigan | Lilong and Lilang Restaurant ►MENU
Address: Brgy. Bulala, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact No.: (077) 722-1450 | (0917) 922-2827
Opening Hours: 6:00AM to 6:00PM
GPS Coordinates Map: 17.559658, 120.364789


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