“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

What to See in Davao City

After a quick getaway from Samal, we spent the rest of the afternoon going around the city of Davao. Here’s a list of things to see:

Museo Dabawenyo

It is a museum built by the family of the current mayor as a tribute to the wide spectrum of ethnicities from which the current dwellers of Davao city were from. Also showcased here are some artifacts reminding visitors of the city’s remarkable history.

D.I.Y. Davao City Tour

Museo Dabawenyo

San Pedro Cathedral

Just a short walk away from Museo Dabawenyo is this cathedral. Its modern design is devoid of the original structure’s native theme, yet it still feels like a sanctuary in this busy city.

City Council Building and City Hall

Across the street of the Cathedral is the statue of Peace and Unity, which serves as a marker to the city council’s building. A few steps away is the City Hall.

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Council Hall

People’s Park

For a dose of local life, head to this place. It’s the park located in the middle of the city, and where the locals frequent. You surely wouldn’t miss its entrance – the atom-like structure is striking!

Blugre Coffee

Ever tried durian? How about durian coffee? Blugre serves durian coffee at its best. I’ve read a blog post saying that going to Davao without tasting Blugre’s durian coffee is like not going to Davao at all. I loved it! The coffee was good, and the subtle flavor of durian complemented the hot beverage.

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Durian Coffee

Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague

Situated atop of a hill, this is a respite from the daily hustle and bustle of Davao. If you wanted to pray, meditate and commune with God, while being embraced by the tranquility of nature, hit this place.

Jack’s Ridge

Best viewed at night, this place offers a bird’s eye view to the city. However, the abundance of restaurants built here have already limited the view. I wish they left out a space where visitors can still enjoy an unobstructed view. I love their outdoor art, though. 🙂

D.I.Y. Davao City Tour

D.I.Y. Davao City Tour

For a little dose of shopping, head to Aldevinco Shopping Center for souvenirs.

Other things that you might want to include on your list are Davao Crocodile Park and K’Mindanawan Cultural Village, both located close to each other. The Davao Museum and the T’boli Weaving Center near Sasa wharf, which, to our dismay, we could just not find. Add the Japanese tunnel if you’re interested in history. You may also include Lon Wa Buddhist Temple.

Not interested in the city proper? You may visit the Philippine Eagle Center and Malagos Garden Resort in Calinan, the Eden Nature Park in Toril, or the beaches in Samal.

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