Panciterias (which mainly serve noodles) are the oldest food establishments in Santa Cruz. Although set up by Chinese merchants, the chinese word ‘pansít’ became a spanish word ‘panciteria’ due to the Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines at that time. Although millenials and ex-gens now prefer eating in more modern food establishments (e.g. Mcdonalds, Jollibee, Shakeys) or other culture inspired establishments (e.g. Samgyup, French/ Italian restos), there are still a lot of existing panciterias in Santa Cruz.
I suggest you still give a try eating in a Panciteria. Here are our top 5 Panciterias in Santa Cruz, Laguna, Philippines!
2.) Nene’s (Riviera Pancitan)
3.) Oro Restaurant
Note: Their best seller is the sweet and spicy pancit!
4.) 3JLO’s Restaurant (Previously Known as Riviera Restaurant)
5.) Columbia Garden
6.) Dolores Pancit Palabok
Note: You can only order through take-out or delivery though for Dolores Pancit Palabok branch in Santa Cruz. It is one of the delicious palabok we have tried though so far.