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Around Town: Lapaz, Iloilo City Edit

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You know what they're famous for...

They say that to enjoy traveling, one must live like a local and fully immerse in their culture; hence if you’re wondering where Ilonggos savor really good food, then you must check out La Paz


Similar to Jaro, many of the cheapest finds in Iloilo can be found in this area. Needless to say, life in this part of the city is more laidback, yet still lively.

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Lapaz Public Market

At the infamous La Paz market is where the sinful bowl of noodle soup with pork organs, chicharon, and soup originated. Many tourists would often visit this area in their quest to find the best Batchoy in the city, and the usual contenders include Netong’s, Deco’s, and Inggo’s.


With its buto-buto broth that has been slow-cooked for hours, fresh meat, bulalo mixed with guinamos or shrimp paste, crushed chicharon, garlic, egg noodles, liver, intestines, and bone marrow, it easily falls as one of the most sought after Ilonggo guilty pleasures; but one must find the stall that suits their taste and preference.

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Lapaz Batchoy

Madge Café, Iloilo’s iconic coffee shop can also be found at the La Paz Market. Years have passed and they still use the same prewar recipe concocted by Vicente de la Cruz. Aside from its unique coffee and food, what sets the café apart is the entire ambiance of the place. Far from commercial coffee shops with air-conditioning and modern designs.


 Madge offers a very homey, laidback appeal. It also houses customized mugs of their regular customers, and these have become too symbolic that the owners even deliver the mugs to the respective families of their departed guests.

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Madge Cafe 

The market may resonate a very busy, noisy impression; but the Ilonggos find their peace of serenity at this humble café.


For a lifestyle that is free from grandeur, but filled with positivity and simplicity, the district of La Paz happily treats every traveler like a true local.


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