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Mel's Davao Food Tour

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Mel's Davao Food Tour
Contact:Mel Pangan
Meeting Place:Bahay ni Tuding Inn and Resto
160 San Pedro St. (behind Mercury Drug),
Davao City 8000
Meeting Time:Morning: Breakfast to Lunch - meets at 8:30 a.m.
Afternoon: Refreshments to Dinner - meets at 2:30
GPS Waypoint:N07 03.958 E125 36.478
Member Since: Oct 31, 2013
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This is a 6-stop, 5 1/2 hour tour covering breakfast, lunch and coffee in different neighborhoods that are centrally located. The 1st stop is the market to get some freshly cut pineapples from Davao's Pineapple Samurai. Be amazed at the art of slicing pineapples in less than 30 seconds from complete fruit to chunks! This is followed by Kinutil breakfast, a chocolate drink laced with tuba (coconut toddy). After breakfast, there will be time to drift along the flower stalls to inspect, haggle and buy some local flowers. After all, Davao has a cutflower industry exporting orchids and other ornamentals which is highlighted annually by the Kadayawan Festival. The tour aims to bring greater depth to the experience of the tourist who wants to know more about Davao than just its usual attractions and sights. This is about savoring and licking the goodness that Davao produces.

Special Baterol Tablea

Hot native chocolate drink is hand-whisked using the traditional baterol for that creamy rich chocolatey indulgence. Have fun at Mel's Davao Food Tour learning about Davao's unique cuisine by wading into the Bankerohan Public Market and other neighborhoods to discover food & drinks locals enjoy.


  • 1 pax - Php 3200
  • 2-3 pax - Php 2000/pax
  • 4-10 pax - Php 1500/pax
  • 11-18 pax - Php 1300/pax


  • jeepney ride
  • native bag (bayong)
  • fresh sliced pineapples
  • breakfast consisting of drink and sticky rice cooked in coconut milk (puto maya)
  • fruit - choice of durian or marang at the Magsaysay Park fruit stand
  • lunch - drinks not included
  • local Artisan Ice Cream
  • Add-on: cheese tasting at the Malagos Gardens - Php 1800 per group

How to get to Mel's Davao Food Tour

NOTE - meeting place for the tour is at Bahay ni Tuding Inn and Resto. The hotel is NOT visible from San Pedro Street. There is a driveway beside Mercury Drug. Take that driveway and the hotel is neatly tucked inside a private compound
  • from the airport by cab - less than P200, 30 mins
  • from the airport by jeep - take the jeep with the sign "Landmark" and ask to be dropped-off at Rizal St. corner Ponciano St., P15, 45 mins. Walk in the direction of City Hall, turn right on San Pedro St.
  • from the Ecoland Bus Terminal by jeep - take the jeep with the sign "Magallanes" and ask to be dropped-off at Claveria St. corner San Pedro St., P8, 15 mins. Walk in the direction of Jollibee until you reach Mercury Drug. Take the driveway.
  • from the pier by cab less than P200, 30 mins
  • from the city - board a jeep with the signboard "San Pedro" and ask the driver to drop you off at Mercury Drug, ~P8/pax

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Reno Lim star rating star rating star rating star rating
(Nov 14, 2013) I would highly recommend to all my friends to come and visit Davao and join Mel's Davao Tour. Its worth to taste davao's best foods, see some tourist spots and buy some souvenir stuffs for pasalubong!!!

Rob PinzonRob Pinzon star rating star rating star rating star rating star rating
(Nov 5, 2013) I went to Davao with my wife without an itinerary, we just thought of having a food trip. Luckily when I booked a room at Bahay ni Tuding, Mel's Davao Food tour was introduced to us by the owner. Without hesitation we said yes, this could save us time asking around of where to go and what to eat in Davao. The kinutil and puto maya for breakfast, the durian, the kinilaw and panga for lunch and the durian coffe for merianda. It looks like we were serenaded of what Davao has to offer for tourists. /me Burp! :) In kapampangan its manyaman (masarap)!

Jojo VitoJojo Vito
(Nov 2, 2013) The food trip was really fun! I love the "Kinutil" , the "Durian Eating" and of course it was fun discovering "Luz Kinilaw"...highly recommended. Please watch out for our full review of this experience at www.thehappytrip.com

Runel Zeth ReyesRunel Zeth Reyes star rating star rating star rating star rating star rating
(Nov 2, 2013) I love the tour. It was my first time to stay for a week in Davao City. It was only here at Mel's Davao tour that I was able to experience doing Market in Davao. Experience drinking Kinutil made from Cocoa, fresh egg and, coconut wine and partner with poto maya, only in Davao. And watching the fastest pineapple peeling and slicing I ever seen is only in Davao, 30 seconds. And next is entering the souvenir shop at Aldevinco. The Antique shops are really amazing, because different native material and souvenir are all in there. Our next tour was at Magsaysay Park eating Durian Fruit. Then we went to buy Grilled Tuna Luz Kinilaw, the restaurant was really famous for their grilled Tuna. Then went back at Bahay ni Tuding and have our lunch. Our last trip was at Crocodile Farm. Trying the Ice cream made from crocodile's egg. The egg that was being used in making the ice cream is made from crocodile's egg. And this food is only in Davao. The best experience in Davao City that is only offered by Mel's Davao Food Tour!!!

Irene BalchinIrene Balchin star rating star rating star rating star rating
(Oct 23, 2013) It was real fun. The chocolate drink laced with coconut wine called kinutil is something of a novelty after all the commercialized drinks in the market. The puto maya brings back my childhood days. Hobnobbing with the 'masa' in the wet market especially for tourists is euphoric in contrast to just to malls. This is one experience someone new to Davao City would cherish. Simple pleasures but leaves a sweet taste in your mouth.

John BalchinJohn Balchin star rating star rating star rating star rating
(Oct 23, 2013) Davao is famous for the Phil Eagle Park, tuna, Crocodile Park, etc. but this is the first time that I am aware this kind of tour exists. We really had behind the scenes in downtown Davao which was a unique experience for visitors. The breakfast was interesting for an expat like me, the chocolate laced with coconut wine was different. It was also fascinating to watch the pineapple samurai where the vendor peeled and sliced the fruit within 20 seconds. I would recommend it as a different experience for an average visitor/tourist.