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Taste Great Ilocano Cuisine Fused with Japanese and Italian Cuisine at Cafe Leona!

Serving Local Heritage Cuisine! 

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Want to go back in the old times and be fascinated by how beautiful Filipino houses are? Cafe Leona will not only let you stay inside this vintage house but also dine inside! This picturesque restaurant let’s you taste authentic Ilocano cuisine and blends it with Japanese and Italian cuisine! Wonder what Bagnet Maki tastes like? Grab some at…

Cafe Leona


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Cafe Leona has been serving local heritage cuisine since 1997.It is located at the heart of Vigan, Calle Crisologo near the statue of its owner, Leona Florentino. Leona Florentino is Vigan’s well known Ilocano poet. Cafe Leona serves famous Ilocano specialty dishes like Bagnet (deep-fried pork belly), Sinanglao (beef skin and innards soup) , Fish Tamales (fish wrapped and steamed in banana leaf) together with Japanese, Thai, Italian and continental cuisines!  


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Cafe Leona has been attracting tourists because of its vintage facade. Just by its looks it can be a historical landmark or a European coffee shop. Cafe Leona is beautifully nostalgic outside and inside.

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They didn’t drastically change the original interior. Making it so that it still has the same charm and feel of the old times. It has lovely decorated walls and precious antique tables and chairs. Every corner is like a scene from an old classic movie.

Menu Recommendations

Vigan Longganisa Pizza (Not Vegan)

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There’s two prominent kinds of longganisa in the Philippines. One is sweet and the other is a savory garlicky one. Vigan Longganisa is famous for their distinct garlicky taste. It’s made of minced pork, spices and lots of garlic! Imagine a pizza topped with a Vigan Longganisa. Go have a satisfying flavorful bite! 


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Of course, you can’t leave Vigan without trying a hearty plate of Bagnet! This deep-fried pork belly is a specialty of Ilocanos and an all-time favorite of Filipinos. It is seasoned with garlic, bay leaves, garlic, black peppercorns and salt! 

Sizzling Seafood

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Sizzling Pork Sisig is great but a sizzling plate filled with assorted seafood is phenomenal! Take a mouthful of seafood like shrimp, squid, mussels loaded with spices! Be careful though, it’s a pretty hot and spicy dish. This Sizzling Seafood of Cafe Leona can be a perfect dish paired with rice or a tasty pulutan (dish paired with alcoholic beverages)!

Special Bagnet and Bacon Maki

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Maki is already good on its own. But wrapped in Bacon with a juicy Bagnet in the center? This sounds too good to be true! This dish is our favorite Cafe Leona foreign dish fused with Ilocano cuisine. At first, you wouldn’t think these two dishes would work but somehow they do! The slightly salty fresh seaweed and rich garlicky Bagnet is harmonious! 


Preserving the Beauty of our Local Heritage

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Time may pass but Cafe Leona preserves the beauty of our local heritage by highlighting Ilocano specialty dishes and keeping its original facade and interior. This restaurant also shows how versatile Filipino food is by fusing it with foreign cuisines! Are you in Vigan right now or still planning to go to Vigan? Stop by at Cafe Leona and taste great Ilocano cuisine fused with Japanese and Italian cuisine!

Contact Details

Address: 1 Crisologo, Brgy 2, Vigan City, 2700 Ilocos Sur

Business Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm on Mondays to Sundays

Contact Number: 0920 906 8144

Social Media: Facebook

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Parking Space: Please note that Cafe Leona has no parking space. 

Affordability: The prices of the dishes are reasonable based on taste, presentation and the ingredients used.

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Written by Megrez San Juan

Hi, I'm Meg! I'm a very artsy person. I draw, act, sing, dance and write. I believe art makes life worth living. Art is my home. I've also mastered the art of eating. I'm a big foodie!


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