Baguio is one of the coldest destinations in the Philippines. It’s frequented by many especially during the summer not only for its cool weather but because the city on top of the mountains has a lot to offer. It’s a perfect destination for tourists and locals alike. Strawberry picking and visiting parks and museums are just a few of the activities in Baguio. They also have a good taste in food which brings us to these 9 restaurants that you need to see in the summer capital of the Philippines.
1. 50s Diner
Inside there is memorabilia and posters of pop icons, as well as a jukebox. They have a kind of the 50s atmosphere, but not really. 50s Diner is more of a restaurant than a diner. It’s quite spacious. And what sets them apart from other restaurants are their huge servings. It’s good value for the money because they offer affordable and delicious food. Visit them on weekdays and during lunch; they have too many customers during weekends.
Address: Gen. Luna Rd cor Brent Rd., 2600 Baguio City
Phone number: +63 9166595555
Business hours: 7 am - 11 pm
2. Amare La Cucina Restaurant
If you want good pizza in Baguio then visit Amare La Cucina. Located inside EGI Albergo Hotel, the restaurant bakes its pizzas in a brick oven. The pizza is really good; definitely worth a try. Amare also offers pasta to its customers and it is as good as the pizza.
Amare La Cucina Restaurant
Address: #1 Villamor Drive, Barangay Lualhati, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Phone number: +63 9163321522
Facebook page: Amare La Cucina Restaurant
3. Oh My Gulay
Oh My Gulay (Gulay means vegetables in tagalog) is living up to its name. Inside this small and cozy restaurant on the 5th floor of Azotea Building, Session Road is the eye-catching koi pond, a theater stage, a mini garden, and an Igorot inspired boat for dining. They serve only healthy vegetarian dishes. The restaurant also serves as an artist cafe and holds art exhibits. In fact, Oh My Gulay features a gallery of Mr. Victor Oteyza, a gifted artist based in Baguio. If you’re looking for a restaurant that offers both entertainment and nutritious food, this is your place.
Oh My Gulay
Address: 108, Session Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Phone number: +63 9399127266
Business hours: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Facebook page: Oh My Gulay
4. Eve's Garden
Eve’s Garden offers a set meal: soup, salad, main dish, and dessert. It costs about 15 USD for adults and 7 USD for a child. The meal is a variety of different organic vegetables with light dressings. For the main dish, it has to be chosen prior to making the reservation. They have delicious food and the coffee is really good.
Why organic food? Tita Eve, the owner, moved to Baguio and built an organic garden for her husband diagnosed with cancer. She wants to also promote healthy living so she decided to open a restaurant. Apart from food, the other best thing about this place is the location; it’s overlooking the mountains. And the food they’re offering? You’ll forget that you’re a meat-lover. The greens are just so overwhelming.
Address: Pico - Lamtang Rd, La Trinidad, Benguet
Business hours: 11:00am - 2:30pm, by reservation only
Phone number: +63 9175066264
5. Urban Kamote
Balbacua, a beef skin cooked for at least six hours, is a must-try. It’s a specialty at Urban Kamote and costs only about 1 USD. You will be delighted with the taste and how tender the meat is. Other meals are available which are just as delicious like smoked bacon and botifarra sausage. Chia Fresca (a drink) is another must-try.
Address: Benguet, Baguio, Kiwing na Kahoy Food Kommunity Ili Likha Artist
Business hours: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Phone number: +63 744424880
Facebook page: Urban Kamote
6. Foggy Mountain Cookhouse
Foggy Mountain is the ancestral home of the owner and chef. And they guarantee the tastiest Mediterranean dishes in Baguio. But that’s not the only thing to look forward to when you visit the restaurant; the view outside is stunning. Another dish that should be on your list is the Greek peasant lamb cooked in rosemary and wine.
Foggy Mountain Cookhouse
Address: Baguio, Benguet
Phone number: +63 9167674687
Facebook page: Foggy Mountain Cookhouse
7. Secret Garden
If you’re visiting Good Shepherd or Minesview Park, drop by Secret Garden located in the South drive road. The restaurant is visually appealing and cozy. They serve Asian food, pasta, and pizza. There’s a pond outside and a few pine trees - very relaxing. It’s a perfect place for couples actually. The view in the evening is perfect.
Address: 34 Paterno St., South Drive, Baguio, 2600
Phone number: +63 744420406
Facebook page: Secret Garden
8. Cafe Sabel
Here you can get an awesome view of the garden while enjoying Baguio’s cool weather. Cafe Sabel is inside BenCab’s museum that got its name from one of BenCab’s paintings named Sabel. They offer home-cooked meals and fresh produce straight from the farm. The interior is a combination of modern and old; some wooden furniture and colorful tables. Apart from selling pasta and rice meals, they also sell jams and native chocolates.
Address: Ground Level, BenCab Museum, Km 6. Asin Road, Baguio, 2603 Benguet
9. Mama's Table
Mama’s Table is strictly private dining by chef Vicky in her home in Baguio. Reservations need to be made at least a week in advance, with a minimum of 6 persons at 30 USD each. You get to enjoy an 8-course Degustation meal in the package. The place is kid-friendly and homey. They have large windows overlooking the beautiful garden. The chef offers dishes that you have not tasted anywhere else. All the ingredients are fresh and the meals served are exceptional. If you want an authentic Baguio experience, come to Mama’s Table.
Address: 888-A Ambuklao Road, La Trinidad
Phone number: +63 744421794
Baguio is for foodies
There are far too many good restaurants in Baguio. You should visit the place and taste a wide variety of dishes. And what else? Since Baguio sits atop of the mountains, most of the restaurants come with a good view. What’s not to love?
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