7 Local-recommended Places to Relax in Davao City


While living at Verdon Parc continues to be like a dream, there are times when residents are wondering where they can go in Davao to have some time to unwind and relax.

The days leading up to summer are usually the most hectic ones. From work deliverables piling up after taking a break from the Holy Week, to school requirements that need to be submitted before the end of the semester – everyone is just looking for a place to kick back and relax.

Here are places to go and visit in Davao especially if you’re a condo owner looking for a place to unwind close to nature and the local culture.

Some popular and hidden gems and activities recommended by residents from the DMCI Homes’ condo property in Davao, Verdon Parc, include the following:

  1. Samal Island
  2. Eden Nature Park
  3. People’s Park Davao
  4. Panoramic View at Jack’s Ridge
  5. Roxas Night Market
  6. Mt. Apo
  7. Restaurants and Cafes in Davao City


Learn more about each of these leading vacation destinations in Davao:

1. Immerse yourself in Davao culture on Samal Island

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The Island Garden City of Samal located in Davao del Norte is known as the largest resort city in the Philippines.

Couples who are building a dreamy resort lifestyle in Davao may take inspiration from Samal’s pristine beaches that are perfect for those searching for a natural paradise near the city. It is also accessible since it is just around two hours away from Davao city.

Samal is also the home of two fun festivals where people of all ages can celebrate the local culture.

Parents who want to let their children be immersed in Davao festivities should consider bringing them to the Hugyaw Madayaw festival, which is a 3-day celebration filled and overflowing with local cuisines and performances by the Sama ethnic group and the Lumad.

Alternatively, there is also the Kabasan festival which is considered to be Davao’s largest festival that demonstrates the grandeur of the city.

Rediscover and learn about the culture that sets Davao apart from the rest of the country on Samal Island.

2. Go on an adventure in nature at Eden Nature Park

If you’re looking for a place to go in Davao where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city so you can reconnect with nature, then Eden Nature Park is the place for you!

At Eden Nature Park, adventure meets nature. They offer a diverse range of activities for you to enjoy as a couple or as a group of friends. It is located in Barangay Toril, Eden, Davao City.

One of the best activities recommended by residents at Verdon Parc is sky cycling and sky singing. Ride a bike as you are suspended in the air while enjoying the scenic view of the 100,000 pine trees that cover the entirety of Eden Nature Park.

Get up from your office chair at home and stretch those limbs while enjoying nature at Eden Nature Park.

3. Let the kids enjoy People’s Park Davao

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People’s Park Davao is hailed as the best public park in the Philippines.

The entrance to the four-hectare park is free–a feat, considering that it is one of the most expensive parks in the country as it is 72 million pesos in the making. It is located at Palma Gil Street, Poblacion District, Davao City.

Its beauty is evident as there are several locations in the park that are good spots for those who want to step up their Instagram stories and social media content. There are areas in the park that remind one of a forest. There are also interactive fountains as well as relaxing man-made waterfalls and ponds.

What People’s Park caters to best are the children. Inside the park is a library for children. In addition, there is a collection of statues scattered around the park with a giant replica of the Philippine eagle as the most remarkable focal point.

Indeed, an important element of a healthy condo living down South, especially for children, is exercise. So let them exercise their minds and bodies at People’s Park Davao.

4. Learn about history while dining at Jack’s Ridge

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For those looking to learn about Davao’s history while still enjoying the attractions in Davao then check out Jack’s Ridge.

Jack Ridge is built in the same area where Japanese forces set up their headquarters during World War II in the Philippines. One of the most visually striking things to see in Jack’s Ridge is the art installation by structural artist Lamberto “Obet” Acyatan. His artwork spells the word DAVAO by taking inspiration from the iconic landmarks in Davao.

Today, Davaoeños have reclaimed the area as their own as it houses top restaurants such as the Taklobo Bar Restaurant.

After an afternoon of learning about the historical significance of Jack’s Ridge, you can book and stay at their resort as you enjoy the hospitality of their staff.

Stand at the intersection and crossroads of the historic past and the modern and contemporary at Jack Ridge restaurant and resort.

5. Get lost with the Crowd in Roxas Night Market

Skewered Meats on GrillPhoto courtesy of Min An via Pexels

One good reason to consider looking for condos in Davao is the locale’s vivacious economy which is embodied by the Roxas Night Market.

The Roxas Night Market starts at the corner of Marco Polo hotel and extends about a kilometer down to Roxas Avenue.

Good news to both Davaoeños and tourists because the Roxas night market reopened on March 24, 2022!

The famous night market offers a diverse selection of food and interesting things you can purchase. Among these are street vendors and their ihaw-ihaw which you can enjoy as you walk around and shop in the different stalls. Some food stalls have also laid out tables and chairs for groups of friends looking for a place to hang out at night.

After enjoying the food, get lost shopping for trinkets, bags, shoes, and apparel that are inexpensive but of good quality.

Shopping at Roxas Night Market also provides you an opportunity to give back to the city and support small businesses and vendors who were drastically affected by the lockdowns caused by the pandemic.

6. Dare to reach the skies at Mt. Apo

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Mount Apo is locally known as Apo Sandawa. It is the highest mountain in the Philippines with a towering height of 2954 meters above sea level.

Mount Apo has attracted tourists all over the country, and even the world, who are looking to challenge themselves in hiking.

The Philippine Eagle, which is considered to be the Philippines’ national animal, resides at Mount Apo. If you are lucky, you might even get a closer look at them in their natural habitat as you hike to the top of Mount Apo.

Challenge yourself with something new by trekking on the Mt. Apo trail.

7. Try out Restaurants and Cafes in Davao City

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Those who can’t commit their weekends or free days to go on vacation may still find places in Davao to relax and destress from their tedious tasks at work or school.

There are several restaurants and cafes that Davaoeños recommend to tourists.

Some of this includes The 8th Diner which offers barkadas a nice place to hang out and chill outdoors.

That craving for fresh seafood would enjoy Yellow Fin Seafood Restaurant which offers the best-grilled tuna in town.

Meanwhile, those who are feeling classy and looking for upscale restaurants should definitely try out the wagyu beef at Bondi&Burke Davao Australian restaurant.

In addition, people with a sweet tooth would be delighted to try out the pastries by Annipie Baker Cafe where they can try their sampler box containing different flavors of cinnamon buns.

Finally, why let the opportunity pass when you can have a taste of Lachi’s signature sans rival!

Davaoeños are indeed lucky to be living in a place that offers people different opportunities to escape the stress and just relax. If you’re looking for a great place to invest property then Davao is the place for you.

Explore the beauty of the Philippines and discover the hidden gems in Davao this summer by visiting the attractions in this article.


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