Just when you arrive in Baguio, you will be greeted by the cool breeze and the scent of pine trees. A totally different site from the metro.
Here is a travel guide for Baguio that is perfect for the weekend.
Leave Manila at 2 AM so you arrive in Baguio just in time for breakfast at Cafe by the Ruins Dua. The original Cafe by Ruins was burnt down last April 30. Cafe Dua is the second and only branch left in Baguio. Try their a hearty breakfast meals to fuel up for the long day ahead.
Cafe by the Ruins Dua is located at 225 Upper Session Rd, Baguio. Contact them for reservations at (074) 422 9804.
The La Trinidad Strawberry Farm is one of the few places that plant strawberry in the Philippines. It is located just 30 minutes away from the center of Baguio City.
From November to May, the farm lets it guests experience strawberry picking. But this place is still a must visit when in Baguio because of the strawberry delicacies being sold in the area. Must-tries are their stawberry taho (fresh soft silken tofu with strawberry syrup and sago pearls) and their strawberry ice cream.
The Strawberry Farm can be accessed through Magsaysay Road, just follow the directional signs to Strawberry farm along the road.
You will pass by the Colors of STOBOSA mural art to and from La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. It is located along Magsaysay road. This mural project, STOBOSA, was made by by Tam-Awan Village Artists, Jordan Mang-osan, Clinton Aniversaryo, Ged Alangui, and Jenny Lorenzo with the help from the Department of Tourism and the Cordillera Administrative Region as part of their RevBloom (revitalize and bloom) campaign and was named after the three sitios of Stonehill, Botiwtiw, and Sadjap.
This cozy bookshop is located right next door to Hill Station and Casa Vallejo. It is home to both popular reads and rare finds. Although the special thing about this bookshop is their rich selection of works made by independent authors and small publishing houses. They also dedicated a special section for works featuring North Luzon and works of writers who have lived in Baguio.
Baguio is also known for its diverse dining scene. But one should not leave Baguio without trying it’s local cuisine and of course it’s local coffee, and the place to try these out is in Cafe Yagam.
Order their special pinikpikan, a smoky chicken stew with “etag” or Cordilleran salted cured meat. The perfect meal to warm your bellies on a windy afternoon.
Baguio Craft Brewery has the largest selection of local draft beers in the Philippines. It has over 50 brews and 21 craft beers on tap. It is the first and only craft brewery in Baguio City.
If you are overwhelmed by the selection and don’t know what to choose, get their tasting tray (6 glasses of craft beer) at PHP450.00 (USD9.00). Baguio Craft Brewery doesn’t just serve amazing beers they also pair it with good food. Their menu is filled with comfort dishes and traditional Filipino pub favorites with a twist.
Baguio Craft Brewery is located at 120 RKC Building, Marcos Highway, Km4, Baguio City. You may contact them at (074) 620 2278.
This hidden gem in Baguio is the perfect place to take the people close to you for intimate late night conversations over good coffee and a view of the city.
Hertz Tip: Café Sapore has various supplies of beans that they personally roast. If you want specific beans roasted just the way you want it for your daily morning coffee back home, call in advance so they can have it prepared just in time for your visit. Or you are not really specific about your coffee but you want to learn more, look for Sir Bernard the café owner, he surely knows his thing and he is delighted to be able to share his passion.
Cafe Sapore is located at 36 Legarda Rd, Brgy. Burnham – Legarda, Baguio, 2600 Benguet. You may contact them at 0905 669 6341.
Atop Mount Kalugong is a cultural village and ecology park. Here, you can stay and lounge in traditional cottages, you can hike up further to the peak of the mountain to enjoy breathtaking views of the city, and/or be surprised by a charming café. Drive your car until the end of the road and then go on your feet and follow these signs towards the top.
You will be greeted by these traditional cottages that you can rent out for PHP800.00 for 24 hours.
Head to the cottage area and you can find a trail going to the part of the mountain with amazing views. Come in your active wear and proper trekking shoes because the trail can be slippery. At the end of the trail is a small but charming café called Mt. Kalugong Kape-An.
Order their Iced Salted Caramel Latte and their carrot cake, it’s the perfect reward after a 45-minute hike.
Hertz Tip: You can also go straight to this café from the jump off point through makeshift stairs. Just ask the locals.
Oh, and besides the coffee and the food, the café has a balcony where you can see this view!
Mount Kalugong Cultural Villages and Eco Park is located in Barangay Tawang, La Trinidad, Benguet. You may contact them at 0949 898 0328. They are open from 4:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Kape-an is open from (9:00 AM to 6:00 PM).
Lemon and Olives used to be an old home that was turned into a restaurant. The interiors are modern rustic and extra homey. They also have an al fresco dining that offers a beautiful view of the property.
Their bestsellers: the Souvlaki Plate, Chicken Kebab and the Poikilia. Truly a Greek Feast.
Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna is located at 26 Outlook Dr S, Baguio, 2600 Benguet. Contact them for reservations at (074) 423 2278.
Tucked in Ambayao Road is Camp Riverside, an accommodations with four tiny loft houses and a cafe, Cafe Orilla. The cafe is open to non-guests. The cafe and the camp is located beside a river that fills with fog during some days thus a calming view.
Try their Coffee Beer for your caffeine and booze fix.
Camp Riverside is located in Purok 02, Ambayao Road, Barangay Irisan, Baguio, 2600. Contact them at 0920 949 9954.
Make your final meal in Baguio an amazing one and book a table at Foggy Mountain Cookhouse owned by Chef Babes Reyes. Foggy Mountain Cookhouse provides a private dining experience to guests. The restaurant only serves 20 guests per time slot which is why its recommended to reserve a table and pre-order dishes in advance.
Book a table at sunset and enjoy a beautiful view of the foggy Baguio skyline.
Foggy Mountain Cookhouse serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes. We highly recommend the Oven Roasted Chicken, Grilled Chipotle Pork Chop, and Crispy Squid Poppers. The perfect meal to cap off your weekend in Baguio guaranteed.
Contact Foggy Mountain Cookhouse at 0916 767 4687. Directions to the place will be sent to you once your reservation is confirmed.
Azalea Residences Baguio is a 4-star service apartment hotel in the city and offers room types ranging from deluxe rooms to three-bedroom apartment suites.
For a group of 4-5 people, we definitely recommend their two-bedroom apartment suite which comes with 3 bathrooms and kitchen facilities.
The master bedroom can comfortably fit 2 adults and comes with an extra thick and fluffy comforter perfect for the quick recovery nap before a fun night out in the city.
The second bedroom in the apartment is a single bed with an ensuite bathroom.
Azalea Hotels and Residences is located at 7 Leonard Wood Loop, Baguio. Contact them for bookings at (074) 424 8712.
For this trip, we recommend booking our Toyota Innova under the Full Size Wagon class.This Toyota Innova top of the line model with captain’s seats makes the journey through the winding roads to Baguio comfortable.