Café Leona is one restaurant in the heart of Vigan that is amazingly sensible. The facade deceives tourists into thinking that it might be either a European-style coffee shop or an Ilocano restaurant. Well, it’s both plus a lot more. They serve Japanese, Thai, Italian, Filipino and Continental cuisines. In terms of space, the place is rather small, but surprisingly, they consistently have everything written on their menu. Talk about modern sensibilities… they have tinapa (Filipino dried fish) pizza alongside smoked salmon pâté on crackers and other not so well heard dishes.
The restaurant has been in existence since 1997, and continues to attract tourists and locals alike. According to a waiter, Ilocano dishes like sinanglao, pinakbet, Vigan-style morcon and longaniza are still their bestsellers. Also popular is fish tamales, an Ilocano delicacy made from tiny ipon fish available only in the cold months of December, January and February.
Café Leona accepts catering for all occasions within Ilocos.