Must-Try Local Foods This Kadayawan (Part 2)

A culinary adventure in Davao will never be complete without sampling the city’s delightful delicacies. Check out our top choices to satisfy your dessert cravings!

All Things Durian

First on our list is what locals revere as the king of fruits—the Davao durian. It reigns all year round, but it is most abundant during Kadayawan. For first-time tourists, we highly recommend the Cob variety, which is pleasantly sweet and fleshy. For most locals, though, nothing beats the bittersweet notes of the native durian.

The Magsaysay Fruit Stand is located just outside Chinatown, beside Magsaysay Park.

If you’re not ready for the fruit, then why not try durian as a cappuccino? Blugré Café’s signature brew puts a unique twist to your usual coffee experience. Established nearly two decades ago, this pioneering coffee shop continues to lure tourists and locals alike with its wide selection of coffees and desserts.

Blugré Coffee has branches at Landco Corporate Center, Matina Town Square, Abreeza Mall, and SM Lanang Premier.

Another alternative for the curious first-time durian eater is the Lachi’s durian cheesecake. This rich cheesecake tastes like durian yema and is a pleasant introduction to the king of fruits.

Lachi’s is located along Ruby Street, Marfori Heights Subdivision.

Fresh Fruits

If durian is not your thing, don’t fret. Davao has a wealth of fresh fruits available all year round, peddled at very affordable prices during Kadayawan. The Bankerohan Public Market offers the city’s widest selection of succulent pomelos, mouth-watering rambutan, exotic mangosteen, sweet lanzones, and juicy marang.

Bankerohan Public Market is located along corner A. Pichon St. and E. Quirino Ave.

Mango Charlotte

When it comes to cakes and pastries, Bistro Rosario is an institution. The homegrown restaurant’s Mango Charlotte is a staple in most celebrations. They also offer a variety of flavors of this bestselling cake, like ube, pandan, durian, and blueberry.

Bistro Rosario is located along F. Torres Street.

Suman and Sikwate

If you’re looking for a quick break from the city, head out for a BUDA road trip! The Seagull Steakhouse and Coffee Shop is about two hours away from the city. Their famed suman, served and topped with crunchy pinipig, and sikwate (hot chocolate) are perfect for the cuddle weather. Take time to also explore the beautiful scenic spots at the nearby resort.

The Seagull Steakhouse and Coffee shop is located at Bukidnon-Davao Road, Brgy. Lorega, Marilog District


Halo-halo in a coconut shell? Why not! Nothing beats the heat—summer or not—than this icy dessert. You can enjoy this popular Filipino dessert served with a twist at Falubi, the newest snack house downtown. If you want more than the classic halo-halo, you can also try their other offerings like the mais con yelo, buko pandan, buko salad, and buko durian.

Falubi Halo-Halo and Snack House is located at Brgy. 33-D Mabini-Artiaga St.

Make this year’s Kadayawan an epic one by enjoying the seasons’ bountiful blessings. Tell us about your experience and let us know which dishes and delicacies you liked best.

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