A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO DAGUPAN CITY: 8 Tips and Tricks for First-time Travelers

Dagupan Pangasinan Travel Guide

Mica is a certified "Dagupeña" and a well-known travel and lifestyle blogger from Dagupan City, Pangasinan. She writes and shares her travels and food adventures in her awesome travel blog senyorita.net which has been one of my personal favorites when it comes to anything about Dagupan and the Province of Pangasinan. What to do, where to eat and what not to miss in Dagupan City? Check out this interview we had with Mica as she shares to us some of the must-do activities, best hotels to stay, best places to eat and some useful travel tips that will surely be very helpful when planning a trip to Dagupan City, especially for first time travelers.

DAGUPAN TRAVEL GUIDE: 8 Tips and Tricks for First-time Travelers

Hotels in Dagupan City

1.Where are the best places to stay in Dagupan City?

Being one of the prime business districts of Northern Luzon, there is a growing demand for hotels in Dagupan City. I highly recommend Hotel Le Duc (Check rates online), which is located just in front of Lyceum-Northwestern University. Staying in this area also means you can explore Tapuac's fast-rising food scene! I also recommend Lenox Hotel (Check rates online) and Star Plaza Hotel (Check rates online) being the well-known accommodations and Hotel Monde (Check rates online) for the young budget travelers.


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Where to eat Restaurants in Dagupan City

2. Where to eat in Dagupan City?

Dagupan City is now being dubbed as the "Kitchen of the North." Foodies will enjoy their stay in our city especially if they love seafood and the famous Bangus! My favorites include Matutina's Restaurant, Mang Peping's and Kuya Max for seafood. I am also a big fan of Dagupena Restaurant and Panaderia Antonio Bakery and Restaurant which is just outside Dagupan (Calasiao).

Things to do in Dagupan Pangasinan

3. Places to visit in Dagupan City?

Visit the Bonuan Tondaligan Beach if you want to escape from the busy city life. The sunset view and strong waves washes the stress away even just for a little time.

4. Must-do activities in Dagupan City?

The Dagupan Tourism recently launched the Island Barangay River Tours, which I haven't tried personally (but I will when I go back home soon!). A kalesa ride at night is also recommended especially for families. The top thing to do for me is to just check all new food establishments and coffee shops. Eat and drink your worries away!

Things to do in Dagupan City

5. What are the "Secret spots" in Dagupan City?

Pugaro :)

6. How to get around in Dagupan City?

Dagupan City is easily accessible through jeepney and tricycle.

Best Pasalubong from Dagupan City

7. What are the best pasalubong from Dagupan City to bring back home?

Dagupan's Bonuan Boneless Bangus, Gourmet Tuyo, Calasiao Puto, Bagoong and Tupig. :P

SEE ALSO: Tupig, a Favorite Native Delicacy for Snack and "Pasalubong" from Pangasinan

8. Where to shop in Dagupan City?

You may check out CSI The Citymall or Nepo Mall. There are also good independent pasalubong shops within the A.B. Fernandez Avenue :)

Get more travel tips from Mica by visiting her travel blog senyorita.net and by following her Instagram account @senyoritamyx where she shares her travels and food adventures around the Philippines and beyond.


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