Boho Dreams Grill & Cafe in Dumaguete is as adorable as it is delicious, with an enormous menu and generous portions. Funnily enough, we lived next to this place for 2 months at the start of the pandemic, but only managed to visit after we had moved. Had we known how tasty it was, we probably would have gotten takeout from here every night!
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WHERE IS BOHO DREAMS GRILL & CAFE
Boho Dreams Grill & Cafe is right in the heart of Dumaguete City, on E J Blanco Drive. You can follow this Google Maps pin, or check it out on the map below. If you’re taking a tricycle and they’re not sure where it is, just tell them Aberrise Country Villa & Pension House, since it’s right next to there.
THE VIBE AT BOHO DREAMS GRILL & CAFE
The ambience at Boho Dreams Grill & Cafe is the first thing we noticed when we arrived. It’s super charming, with fairy lights and murals painted on just about every wall. The alfresco dining area was set up under glittering lights strung across tree branches, and if you go on the right evening, there’ll be a live acoustic band set up.
We decided to eat in the small indoor area, which gave us more privacy for our romantic date night. It was decorated to fit the vibrant boho theme with bright prints and tapestries, tropical plants and feel good quotes.
THE FOOD AT BOHO DREAMS GRILL & CAFE
Owned by a well-travelled Australian and Filipina couple, the menu was extensive with dishes we haven’t seen in many other places in Dumaguete. We started with a charcuterie board overflowing with imported cheese, cold cut meats, pâté and pickles! The Aussie in Zowie was squealing with delight. You can get a platter for 1 – 2 people to share for $10 USD (499 PHP), or pair it with a bottle of wine for $25.
After we devoured our charcuterie board, it was time for the main course. Carson ordered the boho burger and fries and Zowie opted for the grilled chicken and rice. Both were delicious, and just writing this makes us crave it all over again. The boho burger with fries was only $3 meanwhile the grilled chicken with rice was $3.40. It was an absolute steal for the quality of food we got.
We enjoyed every bite of our meals at Boho Dreams Grill & Cafe and can’t recommend it enough to anyone and everyone in Dumaguete. We actually went back a few days later to try their breakfast menu and we were just as impressed with our smoothie bowls and English brekky. If you’re looking for an affordable and delectable restaurant for your next date night (or day!) you should definitely check out Boho Dreams Grill & Cafe.
WHERE TO STAY NEAR DUMAGUETE BOULEVARD
Most people who visit Negros Oriental are told to stay in Dumaguete, but what they really mean by that is stay around Dumaguete. True, Dumaguete City has plenty of tourist inns and budget hotels, but it’s the surrounding towns of Dauin and Zamboanguita that offer the best spots to stay. There’s not a whole lot to do in the city itself, so when you stay in the nearby municipalities there’s plenty of nature to explore whilst still being nice and close to Dumaguete City. Check out our top picks for accommodation near Dumaguete City.
LUXURY: Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, Dauin
Atmosphere Resorts & Spa in Dauin is the resort to stay at if you’ve got a big budget and fancy the finer things in life. Atmosphere has hosted its fair share of local celebrities and deep pocketed divers looking for the best beachfront luxury in Dauin.
MIDSCALE: Mike’s Dauin Dive Resort, Dauin
If you want to stay by the ocean without breaking the bank, Mike’s Dauin Dive Resort in Dauin is a comfortable midscale accommodation option perfect for diving enthusiasts. If you’ve never dived before, you can get your certification at Mike’s, and divers of all skill sets can enjoy the abundance of macro diving opportunities in and around Dauin.
BUDGET: Bongo Bongo Divers, Dauin
Bongo Bongo Divers is one of the most popular hostels in Dauin for backpackers looking for cheap accommodation in a convenient location. The rooms are simple, without any glitz and glam, but the vibe is fun and welcoming. They have a variety of room styles to choose from, ranging from couples rooms to AC or fan only dorms.
AIRBNB: Villa Amani, Zamboanguita
Villa Amani in Zamboanguita is the perfect holiday home for small families or groups of friends looking for privacy that a traditional resort or hotel can’t offer. The main house sleeps 4 with additional space for 2 in the guest house, or you can book the guest house separately if it’s just the 2 of you and you’re on a budget. The property has a swimming pool, an unbeatable view of Apo Island and kayaks to use whenever you want.