Since I’ve spent significant years living here, I have earned the experience to recommend my favorites in Baguio.
This is a treasure I found in Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan,Tuba, Benguet. It is a 15-minute drive from Baguio City center and visitors may opt to ride a jeep to Asin from a jeepney terminal near Baguio market.
BenCab, or Benedicto Cabrera, a Philippine national artist curated this paradise. So far it has been my ultimate art experience– the artworks, the place, the mini details, the landscape, the weather–everything just breathes art, beauty, passion, greatness.
Bencab Museum’s backyard. Awesome, I know!
With the national artist himself– Benedicto Cabrera (Bencab)
With Cafe Ysabel, the in-house cafe and restaurant, as our backdrop, I had the pleasure to have a photograph and signed souvenir from the great artist.
Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan,Tuba, Benguet
It’s another artsy place (well that’s one thing I love about Baguio, people breathe anything artsy and beautiful). We love going to places where art is alive, the energy is contagious. The brilliance is contagious. It’s a “village” because it showcases the natives’ way of life–the huts, how they cook, where they sleep, how things are done.
It’s approximately 10-minute jeepney travel away.
366-C Pinsao Proper 2600 Baguio City, Philippines
Telephone: 074) 446-2949
Do not leave Baguio without the Good Shepherd’s ube! Plus you get to enjoy scenic landscape and well-manicured garden inside.
5 Gibraltar Road, 2600 Baguio City
Telefax (074) 442 3865 – Center
Just beside the Victory Building in uptown Session is a little space of heavenly Arabic sandwich. I don’t know but this has got to be the best shawarma my mouth has tasted so far. It must be the garlic sauce!
Post Office Loop, Baguio City
I know the spelling is as complicated as fuchsia! This is a local Starbucks of some sort. Cozy ambiance where you can play board games while seated on bean bags, with live acoustic music playing on the background. You can sing onstage to your heart’s delight!
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Photo by Melai Cabauatan
Sagittarian Unique Bldg.39 City Camp Rd. Baguio, Benguet, Philippines (a minute walk from Caltex)
(+63 74) 442-5056, (+63 917) 528-5282
Cafe by the Ruins
This is another local Starbucks of some sort built on ruins of the tragic 1990 Baguio earthquake that almost erased Baguio on the map.One thing that’s great in Baguio is the ambiance, whenever, wherever. You can just seat and talk over a cup of hot batirol and the day is instantly perfect.
Cafe by the Ruins
Chuntug Street, Baguio City
Tel. No. 442 4010 firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Food in Mines View
Ahh, cob corn, grilled squid, squid balls. Life’s simple joys.
I always crave for this white corn with milk, sugar, and shredded coconut flesh whenever in Baguio, walking down Session Road, chatting and laughing with friends. Cheap thrills.
Well, walking down Session Road
I never leave the place without doing so. It’s nostalgia. It’s peace of mind.
Haha, I never thought I’d include this on my list I miss about Baguio, but yeah, this comfort food after simbang gabi in Baguio Cathedral every December has become a habit. It’s beside the old Victory Liner terminal near the souvenir/ pasalubong shops. It’s a happy memory.
Camp John Hay
It’s another place of peace for me. You can just walk around the lush green grounds and clear your mind.
Burnham Park, Burnham Lake specifically
This may sound cliche but other than a place to jog, Burnham Park has been a witness to a lot of chill out days with college friends over chips and soda/beer, life story sharing, poking fun with each other, and cheap happiness like mangoes, fishballs, and other things sold on street, even the thrill of tumbling down the boat.
The reason why I love Pesto now. It’s that mini feel-grand place along Session Road. The clear glass windows overlooking Session, the yellow warm light, the mini cozy ambiance together with classic comfort food pizza, waffle, pasta among others, make it the favorite chill out place among the young and the vibrant.
Oh My Gulay
The home of legendary artist Kidlat Tahimik along uptown Session, collaborating Baguio artists and creating a sanctuary of various forms of art. It is dine, music, art in one.
La Azotea Building, Session Road, Baguio City
Home Sweet Home
It’s that tiny chapel up in a slope across Ibay’s Silver Shop at the back of UP Baguio where early chilly morning mass becomes extraordinary. It’s a feel-good chapel being beautiful, tiny, and homy. I have a thing for anything ambient and cozy.
Gov. Pack Road, P.O. 42, 2600, Baguio City
Pink Sisters Convent
In very close proximity to Brent International School and 50’s Diners, Pink Sisters is my refuge when I’m in desperate need of help and peace of mind. The deafening silence inside and the angelic voices of the nun (when you’re lucky) help me find my center back.
PS. Urban legend says never go there with your boyfriend/girlfriend. They said those who do end up breaking up. (So letting you in to a little secret, friends who want to break up with their partners just bring them there to attend mass and let the legend do its curse. : ] )
Pink Sisters Convent
Brent Road, Baguio City
It used to be the rollerblading waiters 50’s diner to my mind. Now it has become the staple to-go to place when in Baguio for the giant meals, the milk shakes, the diner set up, among others.
It is a bonus to note that there’s a flea market on Sundays just outside the diner (see tents on photo below). It’s a mix of vintage finds from old Baguio residents, collectors’ items, imported goods, classic vinyls, accessories, and clothes. So while we wait to be seated, we feast on bargain deals.
Photo by Melai Cabauata
92 Upper General Luna Road, Corner Brent Road, Baguio City, Baguio City, Philippines
Phone: +63 916659555565230
Almost always identified with Baguio Country Club but it has been an old local family pastry recipe that people never leave Baguio without buying in bulk!
The time of the year (Feb) when the famous stretch is closed for motorist and gets occupied by variety of stalls. Festive, food trip, shopping spree, free band concerts, new product discovery opportunities. Session Road in Bloom is fiesta!
Several kilos of strawberries dipped in all-purpose cream with condensed milk in a cold weather (Dec-Feb), DVD-marathoning with friends.
These are a few of my favorite things in Baguio. Any place, no matter how beautiful, makes no memory without the people. I love the people who have become my second family in my second home. Choosing Baguio for college was one of the best un-thought of decisions I ever made.