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 Bag of Beans, Tagaytay City Bag of Beans is one of the must visit places in Tagaytay City. I am witness to how Bag of Beans has grown from a small coffee shop to an established dining place that it is now today.  Bag of Beans has also opened several branches along the Tagaytay City tourist stretch with six branches as of this writing. Bag of Beans caters as events venue and is one of the preferred wedding venues in Tagaytay City. Bag of Beans is also now into Bed and Breakfast accommodation. For this particular visit, me and my Family came for lunch. The food is really nice! Of course coffee and dessert after lunch is a must!  It was definitely worth the travel! Photo Credits: Bag of Beans Here is a short video of our latest visit to  Bag of Beans (Main) in Tagaytay City. Here are some photos taken during our last visit to Bag of Beans. This is an alfresco area with Italian theme. This is another side with English County vibe. This is an alfresco area with Italian theme. This is the

Explore MyPHILIPPINES: How to go to TAGAYTAY CITY from MANILA: Private Transportation via the South Expressway Route

How to go to TAGAYTAY CITY from MANILA:
Private Transportation via the South Expressway Route

There are different routes and several modes of transportation for going to Tagaytay City. This guide will focus on on How to go to TAGAYTAY CITY from MANILA using a Private Transportation via the South Expressway Route. This is your Travel Guide to Tagaytay City.


If you are coming from the Manila or somewhere from the northern part of Luzon, this is somewhat the most preferred route. This is because the route is quite simple to follow.

Since it will be difficult to start from where you are exactly located right now, then this guide will start from the Mantrade which is in a way the entrance to the South Expressway, from EDSA. If you are coming from Manila, then you may just use Mantrade as the point of origin for your travel.

Depending on where you are, you can make use of your entry points to the South Expressway as your point of origin and just pick the pace up from the guide below.

Stage 1: Mantrade to Sta. Rosa Toll Exit

  1. From Mantrade, take the entry going to the South Expressway.
  2. You will then go up the flyover and down to the Magallanes commercial area.
  3. From this point you will have two options, you can either go via the SkyWay or just go along the South Expressway. Now your decision on which way to go will be a big factor depending on the traffic situation at the South Expressway. Another difference is the toll rate, as the SkyWay toll is much more expensive.
  4. If you choose to take the Skyway, then you have to enter the SkyWay section which is just after the Shell Magallanes Station. This will take you down to the Bicutan Exit, which is actually going back to the South Expressway.
  5. If you choose to go straight the South Expressway, then this should also be fine, but make sure you have assessed the traffic situation very well, as this can take a lot of travel time.
  6. Travel time from Mantrade up to the Sta. Rosa Toll Exit will take around at least an hour. Well, this depends on the traffic condition in the South Expressway.
  7. If you are keen on monitoring landmarks to help you estimate how far you have gone, please take note of the following South Expressway exits. Counting from Mantrade: (1) Merville Exit (2) Bicutan Exit (3) Sucat Exit (4) Alabang Exit (5) Susana Heights Exit (6) San Pedro Exit (7) SouthWoods Exit (8) Carmona Exit (9) Mamplasan Exit (11) Sta. Rosa Exit.
  8. After the Sta. Rosa Toll Exit, turn right. Landmark is the Coca-Cola Bottlers Plant.

Stage 2: Sta. Rosa to Tagaytay City

  1. From the Coca-Cola Bottlers Plant, you will cruise along the Sta. Rosa - Sto. Domingo Road, you can again monitor your travel by taking note of the following land marks. You will pass by the following land marks as you travel. Laguna TechnoPark, Georgia Club, South Forbes, PNP Academy. When you see a market and several stalls selling fruits, will have turn to the right going towards the Tagaytay Rotonda.
  2. When you reach the Rotanda, this section will already have several restaurants and place of interest along this stretch. The left side will be overlooking the scenic Taal Volcano. You can take note of the places and alight whenever you feel comfortable with the place you choose. List of places of interests are listed in another blog entry. Please go check it from my blog. Title: Places to go in Tagaytay City.
  3. This trip will take at least 45 minutes to at least an hour from the Sta. Rosa Toll Exit.


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