I swear I could stay at Yaru Art Gallery and Fip Cafe Batanes the whole day if I can. It’s a gallery and cafe in one, featuring the works of local Ivatan artists called yaru.
If you’re lucky, you just might meet some of the yaru artists themselves and have a little chit-chat.
What automatically caught my attention upon entering Yaru Art Gallery and Fip Cafe is their wall of paintings. For interested buyers, I think the paintings start at PHP 2,000 and go up to PHP 30,000.
I particularly loved the oil painting of this little boy for its blend of blue and green.
Another is that I love how it has a beach view—surely an amazing spot if you want to catch up on your artsy stuff like drawing and painting or writing a book!
The place is quite comfy as there are huge windows for open-air and natural lighting. I enjoyed how the space is not at all cramped.
What to try at Yaru Art Gallery and Fip Cafe
I was able to try their Shrimp Pasta (PHP 295) and Kamote Fries (I forgot the price!). I didn’t order another cup of coffee as I just had some from Honesty Coffee Shop.
The Shrimp Pasta, of course, boasts that shrimpy taste peppered with parmesan cheese. I’m not sure if it’s the actual pepper but it has that slightly spicy aftertaste, which ups the overall treat. If you’re more for a heightened seafood treat, I recommend you try their Arayu Pasta.
There’s nothing fancy about how they served the Kamote Fries but they’re quite addicting! I doubt there’s any MSG added but boy the sweet potato in its *maybe* purest form is something!
Yaru Art Gallery and Fip Cafe is located along the National Rd in Ivana, South Batan. They’re open from 10 AM to 6 PM.
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