Girl holding coffee drink in a hut
Kate was here.

Bistro Des Amis is Boracay’s Belgian-Mediterranean Haven

Whenever I’m at the beach, I like dining in spots where I can (over)stay a while—meaning it isn’t too crowded, so I won’t feel pressured to immediately leave after I’ve devoured the last morsel off my plate. Maybe I’ll casually chat with the locals or my fellow backpackers. Maybe I’ll read the magazine or book I brought, order a dessert and coffee, and soak in the ambience. In Boracay, that new place for me is Bistro Des Amis.

Exteriors of tropical restaurant
Bistro Des Amis opened in Boracay in November 2022.

Girl sitting by window seat of bistro
One of the best seats of the house is by the window so you can watch the Boracay sunset.
Bistro Des Amis Boracay’s tropical-Mediterranean interiors

Tucked in Angol Road, Station 3 in White Beach, this Belgian-Mediterranean restaurant opened in November 2022. Run by Olivier Stassen, who is from Belgium, and his wife Manilyn Talingting, who is from Cotabato, Bistro Des Amis serves a mix of Mediterranean and Belgian appetizers, salads, sandwiches, soups, entrées, and desserts. For brekky lovers such as myself, they have all-day breakfast fares that you can pair with their coffee or, whether or not it’s happy hour, some cocktails and beer.

Girl holding coffee drink in a hut
Kate was here.

Fun activities to try in Boracay

With Olivier Stassen, one of the owners of Bistro Des Amis

I came over on a Sunday afternoon for a late lunch and asked for the specials. I ordered the tuna steak with buttered vegetables. I initially wanted to go Belgian-French and have it with frites, but the Filipino in me chose white rice. Lightly brushed with oil, lime juice, and seasoning, the fresh slab was seared into medium-well perfection. No liquor for me that afternoon, just an iced soda to cool down.

From this month’s specials: tuna steak with rice (or fries) and buttered veggies, ₱680

Sugar syrup pouring into iced latte
If you’re there for Happy Hour, ask about their aperol spritz, mojito, and sangria. As for me, iced latte is life!

Post-lunch I got an iced latte from the bar, lingered to admire the bistro’s tropical interiors, did a bit of people watching, chit-chatted with some locals, and then looked for a spot along the less-crowded Station 3, where I fell asleep on my beach mat while waiting for the Boracay sunset. It was a great afternoon.

Corner of bistro with menu on the wall
Some nights the bistro turns into a little party and events place.
Bistro Des Amis Boracay’s bar serves cocktails, gin and tonics, and their own brew, Biere Des Amis.
Rows of beers
Biere Des Amis will be officially launched this May. Be one of the first to try it at Bistro Des Amis Boracay. I have my eye on the Red Den, their fruity beer.

But some nights are busier than the others. You might catch DJs spinning the night away as customers chug on Oli’s Belgian-made brew, Biere Des Amis, which will be officially launched in the Philippines this May. Beer connoisseurs, this is a must-try when you’re in Boracay. Santé!

Bistro Des Amis is located on Angol Road, Station 3, White Beach, Boracay Island, Philippines