Aside from the cool breeze and the pine trees, the Summer Capital is frequently visited because of its culinary scene.
From fine dining to hole-in-the-wall eats, the city boasts a diverse range of eateries that will cater any craving or preference. Here, we list 8 must-try bites and sips that are distinctly Baguio.
1. Bulalo Steak, Sage
One of Baguio’s young but reputable restaurants in the city is a quaint restaurant named Sage. Sage offers classic fusion dishes with a twist. The Bulalo Steak is one prime example.
When one speaks of bulalo, it’s all about the bone marrow and its soup. Sage takes away the latter and substitutes it for a creamy sauce with gravy on the side which further enhances the bulalo flavor we all have come to love. Yes, it’s different but still manages to hit so close to home.
95 Military Cutoff Rd
(074) 422 2954
Daily, 10AM -9PM
2. Baguio Longganisa, Dipasupil
When it comes to longganisa, Baguio has gotten quite the reputation. It has a rich history that dates back to the ‘40s marked by the discovery of its own native longganisa, the Baguio Longganisa. This original longganisa is called Dipasupil which is named after its founders, and has been the go-to recommendation for many locals and celebrities.
The meat could be found at the Public Market. The founders perfected its recipe for the garlicky de recado and the sweet hamonado variant. It’s also good to note that it's only made of pork and spices with no preservatives added.
341 Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City
(0922) 800 3250
3. Patatim, Rose Bowl
Nearly everyone’s family has a Chinese restaurant they always go to. In Baguio, that restaurant would be Rose Bowl. Rose Bowl is home-grown and started out as “Rice Bowl” back in 1945. Patatim is the dish we think best represents the restaurant. This hearty dish comes with lean meat in brown soup with a side of kangkung that's perfect for sharing with family.
88 Upper General Luna Road
(074) 442 4213
Daily, 10AM - 10PM
4. Strawberry Shortcake, Vizco’s
It almost doesn't need an introduction. Vizco’s popular Strawberry Shortcake is considered one of the best not only in the City of Pines, but also in the whole of Philippines. The cake has always been sweet but perfectly balanced. It’s light yet oh so irresistible!
Unit 108, Puso ng Baguio Building
Porta Vaga Mall, Session Road, Baguio
Friday-Saturday, 7AM - 11PM
Sunday-Thursday, 7AM - 10PM
5. Ube Jam, Strawberry Jam & Peanut Brittle, Good Shepherd
If you're bringing home a taste of Baguio, Good Shepherd is your one-stop shop for all your pasalubong treats. Ube Jam, Strawberry Jam, and Peanut Brittle never fail to put a smile on any receiver’s face. It’s sweet and just outright fun to snack on. Eat the jams with bread or on its own. From personal experience, it's best to get an extra jar or two!
Good Shepherd Place
Gibraltar Road, Baguio
(074) 424 2496
Daily, 8AM - 5PM
6. Raisin Bread, Baguio Country Club
If there’s any treat a Baguio local would recommend that isn’t Good Shepherd, it would probably be the raisin bread from Baguio Country Club. For years, the exclusive group has been producing this scrumptious pastry that's well-loved by locals and visitors alike.
Baguio Country Club
Country Club Road
Camp John Hay, Baguio
(074) 619 2050
Open 24 Hours
7. Hot Chocolate, Choco-Late de Batirol
Some say a trip to Baguio would not be complete without visitng Choco-Late de Batirol at least once. This rustic restaurant tucked in a quiet area of Camp John Hay. The traditional hot chocolate is a perfect treat to Baguio's cold weather, instantly warming the body with its signature sweet and distinct taste.
If you're a chocolate purist, stick to the House Blend or Baguio Blend. They also have other interesting flavors such as Cinnamon, Cointreau, and Kahlua!
Choco-Late de Batirol
Igorot Park, Camp John Hay
Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Daily, 7AM - 10PM
8. Message In A Bottle, Baguio Craft Brewery
Baguio’s finest craft beer is the perfect way to cap off the list. At the outskirts of the city is Baguio Craft Brewery. They have 21 craft beer taps and are known for their use of fresh local ingredients and uniquely-produced, handcrafted beers.
They have notable beers like the Message in a Bottle which is a dark India Pale Ale and the Lagud, a sweet strawberry beer you'll be craving for long after your Baguio trip has ended.
Baguio Craft Brewery
4 Ben Palispis Highway
KM 4, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
(074) 620 2278
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