Everyone is looking for a fresh start in the form of a quick break, and for some, a trip to Baguio is easily that fresh start.
The go-to place for travelers searching for a weekend retreat, the City of Pines is the first thing that comes to mind for families seeking home away from home in a place so familiar it will spark not just happiness but a collection of fond memories as well. A city filled with colorful hubs and thought-provoking activities, Baguio guarantees a worthwhile visit every single time with the many things you can see and do, whatever your mood and interests.
Hoard Le Chef’s raisin bread
For many foodies, it’s not a trip to Baguio without getting their hands on Le Chef’s bestselling raisin bread. Le Chef has perfected their recipe to give guests a well-balanced flavor that will go well with your favorite Benguet Arabica coffee or tsokolate de batirol. If you’re taking several loaves home with you, it is highly recommended to call in advance to make sure you get your hands on freshly baked loaves.
Loakan Road, Baguio
(074) 424 0931
Tickle your taste buds at Sinner or Saint Café
Baguio is home to many humble cafes with their own specialty dishes. At Sinner or Saint Café, pique your curiosity about the stories behind their food—what’s in it, how it’s made, and maybe how you’ll cope with the cravings once you’re back in the city. Try their pinikpikan pasta, a dish inspired by a unique Igorot cooking method, and their tapey ice cream, a dessert infused with Igorot rice wine. Sinner and Saint is also where you’ll find the best camote cake, a moist chiffon cake made with freshly harvested sweet potatoes.
R and L Building
KM 3, La Trinidad
(0999) 878 0811
Have the best breakfast at Patch Café
To see the sights sans the crowds, it might be smart to take a stroll early in the morning to beat other tourists to the best views. If you find yourself at Bloomfield Hotel along Leonard Wood Road, nestled inside their lobby is Patch Café, open bright and early at 7 AM to serve you your favorite bread and pastries. They take the classic Filipino dishes for a spin with their Pindang, a carabao meat tapsilog, and a Pork Crackling Binagoongan bursting with flavor that you’ll definitely come back for. Stay a little longer and have some warm pastries alongside your iced coffee. It’s always a good idea to take a few steps back to simply realign with your goals through a quiet morning at a peaceful café.
3 Leonard Wood Road
Brgy. Salud Mitra, Baguio
(074) 446 9112
Brunch and chill at Timmie’s Kitchen
A breather from the colorful and busy Baguio streets, Timmie’s Kitchen draws you away from the crowds and lets you settle and recharge in a restaurant with a light and cozy ambience. If that’s not enough to make you stay, they also host daily breakfast and brunch buffets at a price you can’t say no to. Remember to save some space for dessert: their cakes and pastries pair well with a hot cup of coffee, perfect for a chill morning outside.
382 Magsaysay Ave.
(074) 244 8704
Sip on a strawberry shake at Forest House Bistro & Café
There’s nothing like a trip to a classic Baguio restaurant. Forest House might have a number of delightful takes on your favorite Filipino dishes and a dedicated vegetarian menu, but we still highly recommend ordering a glass or two of their Strawberry Shake. They use only locally grown, freshly picked strawberries for this, to ensure that every drop tastes authentic—none of that artificially flavored stuff.
Forest House, Loakan Road
Camp John Hay, Baguio
(074) 447 0459
Drink up at Speakeasy by Baguio Craft Brewery
There will always be this one great place for drinks in every city. It might be a popular watering hole or a secret spot tucked behind an unassuming place. Wherever it is, locals will always take time to visit for a round of the best drinks in town. Do as the locals do and let loose amidst an air of mystery and the grandeur of the roaring ‘20s, plus a fine selection of whiskeys, cocktails, and wines.
4 Ben Palispis Highway
KM 4, Baguio, Benguet
(074) 620 2278
Visit the newly restored Baguio Museum
Diving deep into the culture and tradition of the Ifugao people and of Baguio as a city, the Baguio Museum is a treasure trove of artifacts that educate guests on the Cordillera region. Dioramas give a sneak peek into the communities, houses, and sources of livelihood of decades past. As part of further cultural preservation and the restoration of the museum’s many artifacts, Baguio Museum underwent a three-year rehabilitation, and opened the Cordillera gallery to the public last July 4.
Dot-PTA Complex, Gov. Pack Rd.
(063) 444 7451
Spark your imagination at Mt. Cloud Bookshop
Enter this bookshop and step into imaginative worlds as you peruse their collection of novels, tread through famous personalities’ unabridged anecdotes, and wonder about the reality you know with poems, tales, and legends. Most of the titles at this cozy little nook are from Filipino authors and publishers, actively promoting Philippine literature and supporting local artistry.
Keep an eye out for special events the bookstore has lined up as well, including an open mic every third Monday of the month, and an activity called #ShelfAwarenesss, wherein every Sunday until their anniversary in August, they hide a book in one of their shelves—and you get it for free if you find it using their clues. Some of the books are even signed by the authors!
1 Yangco Rd. cor. Brent Rd.
(074) 420 9154
Stock up on alfajors from Good Shepherd
Hailed as the best place in Baguio to visit for pasalubong and all sorts of treats, Good Shepherd is beloved by several generations. Ube Jam and Peanut Brittle might be your no-brainer top picks here, but if you haven’t yet, give their Alfajor cookies a try. With creamy dulce de leche sandwiched between two buttery soft shortbread cookies infused with a bit of a citrusy flavor to balance everything out, it’s the guilty pleasure of choice for everyone with a sweet tooth, and a great snack on the trip back to Manila.
(074) 424 2496
Score style steals at an ukay-ukay
Aside from changing our views on fashion and making us more mindful of sustainability, thrift shopping or ukay-ukay is a creative process that challenges our ability to mix and match patterns, colors, and styles. If shopping is your therapy of choice, make your way to the several thrift establishments alongside the famous Baguio Night Market. One of the more famous ones is Bayanihan Lodge Commercial Center, a haven for all kinds of fashion finds that sells everything from flowy blouses (that go for as low as ₱20!) to winter coats. Street style more your thing? Check out Baguio-based online vintage shop Retrograde PH, whose pieces are pictured above, to give you an idea of the rare gems a thrifting adventure in the City of Pines might unearth.
Discover and rediscover this beloved city with our Baguio Travel Guide.
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This article was last edited on September 26, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.
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