Tuesday 8 January 2013

Palawan New Years 2013: Day 4 - The Gypsy's Lair Art Cafe

After the Underground River Tour, we went to the TripAdvisor number one (out of 48)  rated restaurant in Puerto Princesa: The Gypsy's Lair Art Cafe. (La Terrasse was #2.)

The Gypsy's Lair Art Cafe.

The place is crammed with art by local artists.
They seem to have a 'creepy doll' theme when we were there.
I had a guyabano shake. It was delicious. While we waited for our food we had a surprisingly intelligent conversation with our server about the socioeconomic impact of growing tourism and political policies. Like I mentioned in a previous post, Puerto Princesa is touristy, but in a different way.
Evan had the "burrito". It was a basically a chicken wrap with a few beans. It was nice and fresh but not much for flavour. He said the salsa verde was very good. They do green tomatoes great here.
My plate was fantastic! Garlic rice, ground beef with red pepper and raisins, plantains and a fried egg! I mixed them all together. It was great.

Thus concludes our adventures on Palawan. The only thing we didn't do was the firefly watching in the bay. The city itself isn't that exciting, but the restaurants are great and the tours very interesting. I would definitely recommend this as a vacation destination. Maybe not over the holidays as a lot of places were closed for New Years, but it is worth the trip! 

We'd like to come back to Palawan someday but hit up a different location. We would LOVE to dive the Tubbataha Reef (another UNESCO site) but that is a P70,000 adventure. Bit much for our budget right now! Most likely we'd visit Coron and El Nido in the North. They also have great diving.

Thanks for reading about our experiences!


  1. I'm your newest follower in anticipation of the A-Z challenge :)

  2. Beautiful colours! Sounds like you're having a fabulous time in the Phils. Have you learned any tagalog? My MIL taught me the most important phrases, like "go away" and "what's taking you so long". Ha!

    For you, my friend: http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episode/nuts-about-squirrels.html

    (Hope the video works overseas!)

    1. In my area of the Philippines Cebuano (aka Visayan) is the predominant language. We are taking lessons. I could see those phrases being useful in Tagalog, especially if you are in Manila. :P Where we are "thank you" is the best to know because the people are super friendly and helpful!

      I'm actually in Indonesia right now (new posts to come soon) but it does say "video is view able in Canada only". I'll see if I can find it on YouTube or something and if not, I'll see if my super-geek hubby can help me out. We have servers in the US already and he said he was thinking of getting a Canadian server anyway. Somehow I will see the squirrels!!! Thanks so much for thinking of me.