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48 Hours in Baguio: A Weekend Itinerary

by Sonya Sison

It comes as no surprise that Baguio is a popular destination for vacations or even as a quick escape from the city's concrete jungles.

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Even if you only have a weekend to enjoy what the Summer Capital has to offer, it's never too short. Here's an itinerary of what you can do!

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HOW TO GET THERE

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BUS

Today, there are several bus stations that go directly to Baguio. From Metro Manila alone, there are 6 bus liners with around 4 stations. A bus trip usually takes around 5 to 6 hours depending on traffic. Price tickets range P445-P760.

To make the most out of your weekend, I recommend leaving Manila after midnight. This will save you a lot of travel time since there will be less traffic. Choose the non-regular bus type that does not have any stops to save up to 2 hours of travel time. (Don't worry, there's a CR inside the bus!).

TIP: The First Class Deluxe Victory Liner Bus at the Pasay terminal leaves at 1:15 AM!

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For a truly VIP experience, the Genesis Transport's JoyBus Premiere Bus is your best bet. This luxury 28-seater bus boasts lazy boy recliner seats plus a personal touchscreen LCD monitor with movies, games, and music, and Wi-Fi! We recommend taking the 3:30AM bus at the Pasay terminal. Book in advance, because this slot fills up quick!

PRIVATE CAR

A private car’s travel time is usually much shorter with around 4 to 5 hours depending on traffic. Just like if you're traveling by bus, leave Manila after midnight to avoid traffic.

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GETTING AROUND IN BAGUIO

Taxi cabs and jeepneys are the main modes of transportation in Baguio. You can find taxi cabs anywhere and you will find that the rates are much cheaper than those from Metro Manila. The drivers are also kind and accommodating; you will never have to worry about drivers not giving back the change!

If you’re planning on using the Grab app, Grab drivers often times don’t really use the app and you will have better chances of getting a taxi by hailing one yourself.

Jeepneys, of course, are the more affordable option with fares that start at P8.50. Similar to taxi cabs, you can find jeepneys almost anywhere and their routes cover tourist destinations as well.

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However, Baguio City is a walking city. You can access a lot of places just by going around yourself. Traffic is a growing problem in the city, so if you think you can get to a certain destination on your own, opt for the more scenic route.


DAY 1

7AM - Arrive at Baguio

7:30-8:30AM – Get breakfast at Little John’s

While the ribs are the main attraction, not a lot of people know that their breakfast options are just as crave-worthy.

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Insider Notes:
- Located in the Commissary of Camp John Hay
- Best for families
- Serves both Filipino and Continental dishes
- Try their signature Baguio Longganisa
- They have crayons and sketchpads that you can draw while you wait for your orders

Budget:
P150-200 per person

Little John's
Commissary, Camp John Hay
Baguio
Daily, 7:30 AM to 8PM


10AM - Tap into your adventurous side at Tree Top Adventure

Go on a thrilling nature trip that's jam-packed with outdoor activities of all sorts.

Tree Top Adventure

Insider Notes:
- Zip lining, treetop climbs, and cable car rides are available
- Perfect for families and team building
- Prices per ride range from P100-300
- Outdoor Adventure packages of 2-4 rides each ranges from P400-900

Budget:
P100-900 per person

Tree Top Adventure
Loakan Road, Camp John Hay
Baguio
Daily, 8AM to 5PM


12NN – Lunch at Everything Nice

This café restaurant serves comfort food, cakes, and coffee in a homey setting.

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Insider Notes:
- Their cassava cake is their best-selling dessert (you can even bring home a box!)
- Their version of Baguio Longganisa is also a must-try

Budget:
P200-300 per person

Everything Nice
Ayala Technohub, Camp John Hay
Daily, 7AM - 10PM

2:30 PM – Rest and picture taking at The Manor at Camp John Hay

The No. 1 hotel in Baguio it sits right at the center of one of the City of Pines' most iconic tourist destinations.

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Insider Notes:
- Visit the Manor’s garden area where they have a playground and lawn chairs
- Prefer something more active? Go for a jog or scenic walk along the Yellow Trail - Or, opt to visit some of Camp John Hay's Historical Core that includes Cemetary of Negativism, Bell Ampitheater, and Bell House

Budget:
P60 (Entrance Fee)

The Manor at Camp John Hay
Camp John Hay, Loakan Road, Baguio City
(02) 584 4911
(02) 584 4892

3:45 pm – Coffee at Picarre

This Instagram-worthy become the neighborhood joint for those in search of good coffee and comfort food.

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Insider Notes:
- Their coffee is local & freshly brewed
- They also serve Italian cuisine such as pasta & pizza

Budget:
P300–400 per person

Picarre
Outlook Drive, Baguio
Daily, 10AM to 10PM


5PM – Pasalubong Shopping at Good Shepherd Convent

A trip to Baguio won't be complete without buying pasalubong here.

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Insider Notes:
- Best known for their strawberry and ube jam, crinkles, and snow balls
- Buying directly from Good Shepherd helps pay for the tuition fee of scholars
- There's also a view deck with a gorgeous view of the Cordillera range that's perfect fo for picture-taking

Budget:
P200 – P500

Good Shepherd
Gibraltar Road
Daily, 8AM to 5PM


6PM – Tourist Mode at Mines View Park

You won't run out of things to do at this popular tourist haven.

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Insider Notes:
- The best thing to do in Mines View Park is to watch the Cordillera mountain range
- There are different activities in Minesview such as eating street food, taking selfies with the horses, trying on the traditional costume, and trying your luck at the wishing well

Budget:
P50-100

Mines View Park
Daily, 5AM to 8PM


7:45 PM – Dinner at Hill Station

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This restaurant is one of the most famous establishments in Baguio. Savor fine dining specialties that blend Old World Europe and New World America flavors.

Insider Notes:
- Their desserts and coffee are the best way to end the dinner
- If you’re looking to kill time, there is also a cinematheque featuring local film and Mt. Cloud’s bookshop featuring local authors

Budget:
P300-500 per person

Hill Station
Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio
(0915) 829 2166
Monday-Friday, 7AM - 11PM
Saturday- Sunday, 6:30AM - 11PM


9 PM – Relax at North Haven Spa

Reward your tired body at this spa that highlights Cordilleran culture and tradition. Best of all, it's located right next to Hill Station!

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Insider Notes:
- Try their indigenous massage and body scrubs
- They make use of local products such as strawberries, coffee, and rice

Budget:
P500-600 per person

North Haven Spa
Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio
(074) 300 5022
Daily, 1PM to 1AM


12 AM – Ukay-ukay shopping at the Night Market

One man's trash is another man's treasure. Shop for unique secondhand clothing and locally-made goods at this night market that stretches out along Harrison Road.

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Insider Notes:
- Bring a flashlight
- Be careful of your bags as people often get pickpocketed here

Budget:
P200-500

Baguio Night Market
Harrison Road, Benguet, Baguio
9PM - 2PM


DAY 2

8:30 AM – Breakfast at Café by the Ruins Dua

This is the second branch of the well-loved Café by the Ruins that was hit by fire last April. Just like the original, it is decorated with Baguio art installations. However, there are noticeable differences, such as the second floor and open kitchen.

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Insider Notes:
- Known best for their bread and pastries like strawberry shortcake
- Also try their teas as they are fresh

Budget:
P220-300 per person

Café by the Ruins Dua
225 Upper Session Road, Baguio
Daily, 7AM to 9PM


10:00 AM – Get artsy at BenCab Museum

This 4-story building is where you can appreciate the personal collection of National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (or BenCab for short).

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Insider Notes:
- There is also an eco-trail located at the bottom floor of the museum
- Picture-taking is welcome
- There are guided tours for the museum too

Budget:
P150-500 per person

BenCab Museum
6 Asin Road, Tuba, 2602, Benguet
(074) 442 7165
Tuesdays - Sundays, 9AM - 6PM


11:30 AM – Early Lunch at Café Sabel

Located inside BenCab Museum, this cozy café provides both a closed and alfresco setting to enjoy fresh food and coffee. Ingredients are sourced fresh daily from BenCab's organic farm.

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Insider Notes:
- Try their Bencab’s Chicken Paprika pasta
- You can also buy their homemade jams, chocolate, and atchara
- Their signature coffee blend is sourced from the farm's coffee trees

Budget:
P250 per person


1PM - Buy woodcrafts at Ifugao Woodcarvers’ Village

Tiny figurines and practical furnishings are just some of the souvenirs you can find here.

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Budget:
P50-500 per person

Ifugao Woodcarvers’ Village
Asin Road, Baguio


2:30PM - Spend an afternoon outdoors at Burnham Park

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People from all walks of life go to Burnham Park to enjoy some outdoor recreation.

Insider Notes:
- What can you do for free? Jog, walk, stretch, or lay out a mat and simply just people watch
- Don't forget to check out the Rose Garden (no entrance fee required)
- For a bit of exercise, rent out one of the swan boats or bikes

Budget: P30-P150 per person


4PM – Merienda and More Art Appreciation at Oh My Gulay!

Hit two birds with one stone at this vegetarian restaurant that also houses an art space.

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Insider Notes:
- For food, they also serve vegan cuisine
- This is the brain child of Kidlat Tahimik so this cafe is full of creativity

Budget:
P250-300 per person

Oh My Gulay!
108, Session Rd
Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Sunday-Monday, 11AM - 7PM
Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM - 8PM
Friday-Saturday, 11AM - 9PM


5:30PM - Early dinner at Chaya

This homey restaurant is a go-to place for visitors and locals who are craving Japanese.

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Insider Notes:
- Make sure to try their Negi Toro Maki

Budget:
P300 per person

Chaya
72 Legarda Road
Barangay Campo Sioco, Baguio
(074) 424 4726
Daily, 10AM to 8:30 PM

7PM - Head back to Manila

BY BUS

Victory Liner
Victory Liner's last Regular bus bound for Metro Manila (Pasay terminal) is 6PM.

Check bus schedules here

Genesis
Genesis' JoyBus Executive Buses have buses scheduled for Metro Manila (Pasay and Cubao) terminals every hour from 7PM onwards. Their Premier Bus has a 9PM slot for both terminals.
Check bus schedules here


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About Sonya
Sonya is a creative who loves to eat, travel, and create. A girl of many homes, Sonya was born in the Philippines, raised in both Saudi Arabia and Baguio City, and studied in Manila. If you don't find her working, you can find her in cafés watching videos or creating them on seekertravels.com

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