No other place sparks nostalgia as swiftly and as vividly as the City of Pines.
We all have our favorite Baguio memories from our childhood: that swooping feeling as the family car zigzags through the mountains, deep green foliage looming around you; the thrill of riding your first pony, the gentle one with pastel pink hair and a strawberry perched on its forehead; the calm that descends as you inhale the scent of pine and taste the crisp air on your tongue, all bundled up in a thick sweater that was two sizes too big and always too warm to wear back home.
Now that we’re older and wiser, the city still hasn’t lost its charm. But whereas in our younger years, it was a place of endless wonder, these days Baguio is a place of respite—a place in which life seems to move at a slower pace, slow enough for you to catch your breath and hit reset. Find inner peace at any of these cafés, and fall in love with the magic of Baguio all over again.
The Coffee Library
Take your pick among traditional Italian blends or Vietnamese brews—try the Caphe Bak Siu (coffee with coconut milk), Ca Phe Sua (coffee with condensed milk), and Caphe Sua Chua (coffee with yogurt), with beans all sourced from Hanoi—or Kapangan Coffee, which proudly comes from Kapangan, Benguet. If you’re in the mood for more Vietnamese offerings, you can’t go wrong with a plate of Vietnamese spring rolls or a steaming bowl of pho. This raved-about café is replete with interesting touches, such as the use of reworked vintage sewing machines as tables.
G/F Rex Hall Student Residences
Upper Bonifacio St. cor. Gen. Luna
(0917) 503 7962
A sprawling rustic home flooded with natural light and embellished with knickknacks and antiques, Arca’s Yard will make you want to curl up with a good book all day (and you can do just that in the café’s mini library). Secure a spot on the veranda so you can soak up the pretty view as you sink your fork into the Sweet Potato Pie A La Mode along with a cup of strong Benguet Blend Coffee, or the soothing Cloud Tea with Cream and Wild Honey.
777 Tiptop City Limit
(0929) 325 1868
(074) 442 9706
Café de Angelo
Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack and a tall glass of joe to tide you over until the evening, this charming nook tucked in a cozy corner of Marcos Highway is a favorite hangout for locals and tourists alike who simply want to catch up and chill in a quaint setting. The Java Madness will satisfy both your sweet tooth and your caffeine craving.
54 Chapis Village
(0915) 345 4855 (0905) 487 9711
Exhausted from all the sightseeing? Take a moment to breathe in your surroundings, along with a reenergizing cup of this secluded coffee shop’s Flavored Lattes—choose from choco macadamia, salted caramel, and more. The Turmeric Latte lends a unique, spicy kick that will jolt your senses, while comfort food such as rice bowls and mac ‘n’ cheese while make you feel right at home.
Long Long Feder Rd., Pinsao Proper
(0917) 830 3042
(0917) 875 5803
Café by the Ruins Dua
A spin-off of the beloved Café by the Ruins (which reopened last year after a heartbreaking fire in 2017), Dua upholds its predecessor’s commitment to delicious food, excellent coffee, and the celebration of local art. The famous Ruins Coffee is infused with cardamom and cinnamon, making for an invigorating brew you’ll want to keep coming back for. Savor the enticing aroma of freshly baked breads and pastries wafting from the kitchen, with the cheesy, fluffy Lola Luisa’s Ensaymada leading the pack.
225 Upper Session Rd.
(074) 422 9804
Fueled by their dreams to uplift and empower local farmers and share the Cordilleran culture to as many people as possible, this café champions the rich heritage and traditions through its delicacies and ambience. Trust their skilled, passionate baristas to serve you only top-notch brews as you relish your time away from the urban jungle. Must-try beverages on the menu are the Iced Hazelnut Latte and Korean Citron Tea.
2/F Il-Lengan Bldg.
(0917) 526 8403
Beans Talk Bistro
Can’t decide whether you’re craving breakfast fare, a slice of cake, or a cup of coffee? Indulge in all of the above at this well-stocked, centrally located bistro. The Black Forest Frappe and Java Chip Frappe are best sellers for a reason. A sweet bonus? Guests rave about the warm, friendly service—a nice contrast to the chilly Baguio air.
City Center Hotel
(074) 422 3637
Gossip Coffee Shop
A little caffeine and a lot of great conversation—doesn’t that sound like the recipe for a perfect afternoon? Catch up with friends at this cozy café in the heart of the City of Pines, and lose track of time as you sip on a good ol’ Café Latte and tuck into a plate of Smoked Cheesy Pesto. Plus, with its bright sunset-orange walls and Instagrammable menu offerings, you’ll rake in all the double-taps. XOXO!
76 Upper General Luna Rd.
(074) 422 8661
With its name a curious amalgam of the stages in the process of coffee making—grind, dose, and tamp—you can be sure that this café is absolutely legit. You can choose to either brew your own drink (the beans are sourced locally) or sit back and relax as their attentive baristas serve you a Spiced Chai Latte or the trendy Selfieccino, which makes for a good laugh once you get over the strangeness of seeing your face on your coffee. They have all-day breakfast and super fast wi-fi, too!
1 Villamor St.
(074) 661 9080
Step inside a wonderland explosion of pastels, prints, and dainty, feminine touches. This café nestled inside the equally pretty French-inspired Kamiseta Hotel looks and feels like a dream, with an extensive menu and crowd-favorite desserts such as the Dulce de Leche Cupcake and Nutella Fudge Sundae, which you can wash down with a tall glass of Iced Cold Brew Caramel Macchiato.
Love the dollhouse setting so much, you want to live in it—at least for a day? These exclusive deals for a stay at the boutique hotel come with ₱500 worth of F&B from Vanilla Café, so it’s a win-win.
Kamiseta Hotel Baguio
20 Villamor St., Brgy. Lualhati
(0915) 384 6987
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This article was last edited on September 9 by the DG Traveler team.
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