5 of the best places for halo-halo in Metro Manila

Food and lifestyle writer Margaux Salcedo shares her picks of the best halo-halo in the metro, from the stylized version at Nobu to the no-fail classic at MilkyWay 

By Celia Nachura

1 Nobu

The Filipino dessert gets a makeover at the City of Dreams Japanese hotel and restaurant Nobu. It's a modern and Japanese-inspired take on the beloved halo-halo, one that Salcedo names as her current favorite. "They use very finely shaved iced coconut milk instead of the regular shaved ice, add mochi balls on top, and bury the ube gelato under the ice," she said. Plus, it's a huge serving, so make sure you've left enough room to enjoy it.
Try the Nobu Style Halo-Halo for P420 ($9) at Nobu Restaurant, City of Dreams Manila, Roxas Boulevard corner Asena Avenue. For reservations, call +632 691 2882.

2 Little Quiapo

Photo from Little Quiapo on Facebook

The Little Quiapo halo-halo is a classic, one of the best in the city. Choose from three different variations of the old-school favorite: the regular without ube ice cream, special with ice cream and fiesta with extra toppings.
Little Quiapo's halo-halos costs from P100. Little Quiapo is at 90 Malakas St., Diliman, Quezon City.

3 MilkyWay Café

Another well-loved classic is MilkyWay's halo-halo. The restaurant was originally known for its wide selection of ice cream flavors, so it's not surprising they developed a popular version of the Filipino cold treat. Ask for avocado ice cream topping or the traditional topping of purple yam or ube.
Get the MilkyWay halo-halo for P175 at the 2nd floor, MilkyWay Building, 900 Arnaiz Ave. (Pasay Road) corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.

4 Icebergs


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Icebergs' Super Halo-Halo does not scrimp on the toppings and overflows with macapuno balls, cornflakes, peaches, bananas and more.
Try the Super Halo-Halo at Icebergs for P128.

5 Chowking

Chowking is a no fuss choice, but a goodie. Those who want a quick halo-halo fix can just pop in any branch of the fast-food joint for the SuperSangkap Halo-Halo. It's available in three different sizes and is packed with leche flan, pandan jelly, red sago, pinipig and other toppings. As an alternative, try the Milky White Halo-Halo with macapuno and sweetened banana.
Chowking's SuperSangkap Halo-Halo costs P53.

About our insider
Margaux Salcedo is a food and lifestyle writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Check out her online journal Margauxlicious. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

Cover photo is a screengrab from @tna_appetit on Instagram.

Published August 2016