The major attraction in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur is the Calle Crisologo and Vigan Heritage Village. Calle Crisologo (Crisologo Street) brings back the Old Spanish Atmosphere featuring a cobblestone streets and ancestral houses built during 18th century that is now occupied mostly by antique souvenir shops, restaurants, hostels, Horse-Drawn Carriage or Kalesa, and wandering Tourists.
Calle Crisologo in known as the Mestizo District in Vigan City where some of the rich Chinese Filipino built their homes and are still intact today. Calle Crisologo was inscribed in the prestigious UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1999 for being the best preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia.
These cobblestone streets, old Spanish ancestral houses with its European architectural design such as the bricked walls, authentic tiled roofs, massive hardwood floorings, arched entrances and sliding windows made of capiz were converted to restaurants, hostels and souvenir shops where you can buy Vigans Best products such as antiques, woven products, basi wine, burnay, jewellery, sweets, Iloko Vinegar and local Delicacies. The best time to explore the cobbled streets is probably 4pm onwards.
Visitors can walk or ride on one of the many Horse-Drawn Carriage or Kalesas roaming around if they want to experience being transported back to this period in Philippine Spanish Colonial Time. By night Calle Crisologo is one of the romantic place to stroll with your sweet heart and family. It is full of bright fluorescent lights on the streets and a quiet calm fills the fills the place because most of the souvenir shops have shuttered. Calle Crisologo is also the perfect place for those looking for cozy dining. Streets dining at night are also one of the reasons why people keep on coming back to Vigan. One of the famous restaurants in Calle Crisologo is Café Leona.