I can still clearly remember the first time I stepped foot at Sonya’s Garden Tagaytay back in 2014(ish). The aroma of their freshly baked bread is just hard not to track.
Instead of Tagaytay’s traditional buko pie pasalubong. I bring home their panaderia’s famous Spanish bread. Me and my family simply loves it! Before, all breads were in its own baskets displayed in the middle of their panaderia. But due to COVID, they chose to box their bread for hygiene purposes.
Their Spanish bread costs P200.00 per box of 10. Same price as their hopia. Their breads are heavy and soft at the same time with just the right amount of flavors. My personal favorite is their Chocolate Muffin (P170 per box of 5). It’s heaven in every bite! Look how moist it is. Who would say no to that?
Another reason why i kept coming back to Sonya’s Garden Tagaytay Panaderia is because of their pure wild honey and peanut butter.
This is the first time me seeing a small bottle of honey in their store. I usually get the bigger jar that costs P999 and there was no other choice. This time, the small honey bottle costs only P350 and the bigger bottle costs P800.00. Of course, I got the small bottle.
I tried buying from a grocery store before, claiming it was a real honey from Palawan but sad to say it isn’t. So, whenever I drop by I always make sure to grab a bottle of honey. The peanut butter was just an extra and it’s the first time i bought this brand. When i tasted it, believe me… it taste so natural with no preservatives and no tremendous amount of sugar added. It was a good buy.
Sonya’s Garden Botanical
After buying breads, I usually take a casual stroll around their garden. Upon entering, you will see some of the organic produce offered by Sonya’s Garden organic farmers.
They also have a wide variety of fresh herbs that you can purchase. I am no green thumb so I didn’t bother grabbing any of those.
I can’t even keep a succulent alive and a cactus gives up on me on its 3rd day! Even though a friend told me that Sage is the easiest herb to grow and it works will with any culinary experiment. Nope, cooking not my thing anyway.
To be honest, I enjoyed this place a lot more than ever before. Now, its way less crowded and peaceful. Yes, the place isn’t as lush and as colorful compared before. (Take a look at the photos of their Panaderia. Notice the huge difference from 2017 vs 2021?)
From 100% how good it looks back then compared to how it currently looks like, the place seem like it went down to 45%.
But to me, it’s good enough to escape the city life for awhile, have a quiet moment, relax, recharge and enjoy the smell of nature. A little bit of serenity (of any kind) will do us better during this pandemic season.
I don’t think i will stop enjoying their breads and spreads. Sonya’s Garden is worth the visit and will always be in my itinerary every time I travel to Tagaytay. Also, the place is Instagramable without any entrance fees. Best to visit during weekdays.
They also have other shops inside and a restaurant which i haven’t tried. When I do, I will surely update this post.
This place is a different world on its own. I really hope they can restore it back to how it was.