Halo halo, literally translated to “mix-mix”, doesn’t actually originate from the Philippines. Rather, inspiration may have come from the Japanese dessert called “kakigori”, as seen in other Asian icy desserts like Singapore’s “ice kachang”, Malaysia’s “cendol”, and Vietnam’s “che ba mau”. The idea of putting sweetened toppings and creamy syrups or liquids may have come from outsiders, but it has evolved into a unique and truly Filipino favorite that has, and will, last generations. The trusty halo halo is a classic that every Filipino knows and loves, especially on a hot day.

We all have a go-to place for halo halo, especially when the craving gets too strong. But I teamed up with American Tourister to find the best of the best around the Philippines, and the first question we had to tackle was: where can you get the best halo halo in Manila?

I rounded up some restaurants that often come up when people talk about the BEST HALO HALO. Watch the video and check out the full list that follows so you can try them out for yourselves:

  1. Kabigting’s Halo Halo (Banawe, QC and Marikina): P75
  2. Aristocrat (Quezon City, Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasay, Ermita): P125-150
  3. Razon’s (Makati, Quezon City, Pasig, Ermita): P110
  4. Chowking (branches all over Metro Manila): P47-110
  5. Milky Way Cafe (Makati): P175

Obviously, and unfortunately, we couldn’t visit every single restaurant that served halo halo. Did your favorite halo halo make the list? Let me know where yours is in the comments below, and we’ll try to tackle them in the next video!

I want to give special thanks to American Tourister for their support and help in making this series possible. Check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to see the other videos we made together. You can find American Tourister stores in Quezon City, Manila, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, or in select Samsonite stores around Metro Manila.

Erwan Heussaff
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