Baguio City is fast becoming a favorite destination for foodies, visitors who thrive on good food and good dining experiences. Whether you are a serious food enthusiast or just a casual food lover, the Summer Capital of the Philippines has different types of food to offer, ready to satisfy whatever craving you may have. Find out the best places to eat in Baguio.
1. Cafe By The Ruins: modern take on traditional Cordilleran food
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For traditional Cordilleran food with a modern twist, drop by Cafe by the Ruins. The cafe has two locations in the city, and both offer its own style and ambiance. The original site of the cafe, along Shuntug Street, is where you will find the “ruins,” which is the reason for the cafe’s name. The cafe prides itself for serving traditional Cordilleran dishes but with a modern take, making them more palatable to an ordinary person’s taste. It’s version of a Cordillera chicken soup called “pinikpikan” is not as dark as the traditional version but tastes just as good. There is also “Bagnet,” which is deep-friend pork belly served with shrimp paste and tomatoes. Fresh and organic vegetables are also featured in the cafe’s salad menu, taking advantage of the bountiful vegetables available in the city. The cafe also prides itself for its home-baked breads such as its sweet potato bread, potato onion bread and basil bread. These are best eaten with their homemade liver pate, herbed cheese, fish roe pate or herbed goat cheese. They also serve a variety of local coffee and as well as locally made chocolate drinks.
Cafe By The Ruins
Address: Shuntug Street, Baguio City and Upper Session Road, Baguio City
Price: from 13 to 15 USD / ~652 PHP to 753 PHP per person for a full meal (appetizer, entree, dessert, coffee)
Opening Hours: 7 am to 9 pm. Everyday.
Access: Most local taxis are familiar with this local favorite
Facebook: Cafe By The Ruins
2. Passion means good food at Foggy Mountain Cookhouse
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Foggy Mountain Cookhouse is unlike any other restaurant in Baguio. It is actually the home of Marianito “Chef Babes” Reyes, which he opens to diners for lunch and dinner so that he can share his passion for good food. Chef Babes is not your usual chef but is actually self-taught and his travels to different parts of the world helped him learn how to prepare good food. Most of his dishes are Mediterranean and Moroccan inspired, and makes use of fresh ingredients and herbs and spices. To make sure your food is flavored right, he prepares it the night before, so that is the reason why you need to order your dishes one day in advance. Most of his main courses include a salad or an appetizer and a homemade pumpkin marshmallow dessert. The cookhouse has been named one of the best restaurants by reservation only in the Philippines.
Foggy Mountain Cookhouse
Address: St. Joseph Street, San Carlos Heights, Baguio City
Price: Main courses ranges from 12 to 20 USD / ~600 PHP to 1,000 PHP but are usually good for two people.
Opening Hours: 11 am to 3 pm; 6 pm to 11 pm; By reservation only, one day advance pre-order required.
Facebook: Foggy Mountain Cookhouse
3. Turning Japanese at Chaya
Chaya is Baguio’s premiere Japanese restaurant. Although there are several Japanese restaurants in the city, Chaya is the only one that makes it to the top restaurants lists and rightly so. The restaurant is owned by a husband and wife team (husband is Filipino and wife is Japanese), where the wife is directly involved in purchasing the food supplies for the restaurant, making sure it is very fresh. It is no surprise that sashimi and salads are best sellers here, as most people who try it always come back to Chaya for more. Gyoza, tempura and karaage are also on offer. Japanese expatriates usually recommend this restaurant as the go-to place for authentic Japanese food.
Address: 72 Legarda Street, Baguio City
Price: from 12 to 15 USD / ~600 PHP to 753 PHP per person per meal
Opening Hours: 10 am to 9 pm. Every day. Reservations recommended.
Access: Most taxis are familiar with this restaurant.
4. Have your cake and eat it too at Vizco's Restaurant
Vizco’s Restaurant is located along Session Road, in the city’s central business district. The restaurant is known for its affordable but good pasta dishes and pizza. A best selling pasta dish is gambazette past, which has tasty, Spanish-flavored shrimp. However, Vizco’s is better known for its delectable cakes, led by the all-time favorite strawberry shortcake. As strawberries are readily available in the city, the strawberries they use are fresh. The tangy tartness of the berries blend well with the creamy icing on a chiffon cake. Other cake varieties are also a hit such as their red velvet cake and their blueberry cheesecake.
Address: Ground Floor, Porta Vaga Mall, Session Road, Baguio City
Price: from 10 to 12 USD / ~500 PHP to 600 PHP for a main course, salad, dessert and coffee
Opening Hours: 7 am to 10 pm Sundays to Thursday; up to 11pm, Fridays and Saturdays.
Access: Find your way to Session Road, and look for Porta Vaga Mall.
Facebook: Vizco’s Restaurant
5. Family-style Chinese and Filipino food is best at Good Taste Restaurant
Good Taste Restaurant is a favorite among the Baguio locals and not just the tourists. If you want a family dinner that will not break the bank, this is the place to go. Most of the dishes here are Filipino-Chinese dishes such Chinese-style fried chicken, noodles as well as Filipino classics like crispy pata (deep fried pork trotters or knuckles) and lechon kawali (deep fried pork belly.) This is a family-style restaurant because each serving can feed up to three people. The place is always packed during mealtimes, but it will be worth the wait if you want a filling and cheap meal. Or you can always go during off-peak hours as it is open 24 hours a day. Good Taste has two branches in the city.
Good Taste Restaurant
Address: Carino Street, and Rajah Matanda Street, Baguio City
Price: for a full meal for 5 persons, around 30 USD / 1,500 PHP or 6 USD / 300 PHP per person
Opening Hours: 24 hours a day.
Access: Most taxis are familiar with this local restaurant.
6. Dine at one of the best: Hill Station
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Hill Station at Casa Vallejo will always find itself on the top 10 lists of the restaurants in the city. The restaurant is one of the older restaurants in the city, and it has created a name for itself when it comes to good food. Its menu boasts an interesting mix of Asian and European cuisines. Like most restaurants in Baguio, it also takes advantage of the seasons when certain vegetables and fruits are readily available, thus offering a dynamic menu with seasonal dishes. For light meals, you can choose from their many tapas, pasta or sandwiches. If you want a full meal, they have salads good for two and main dishes that feature slow cooked stews and curries. Their desserts feature homemade cake and ice cream, which is great paired off with a Cordillera Heirloom coffee.
Address: Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City
Price: from 20 to 25 USD / 1,000 PHP to 1,200 PHP per person for a full meal with dessert and coffee
Opening Hours: 7 am to 10:30 pm. Everyday.
Access: Most taxi drivers are familiar with this spot.
Website: Hill Station
7. Get your fill of barbecued pork ribs at Canto
Canto is Spanish for “corner” and in the Philippines, it usually signifies a familiar neighborhood corner. The restaurant Canto plays upon this name and prides itself of serving simple yet good food. The menu is mainly American food, and the star of the show is the pork ribs. You can get a half-slab, which is good for one or two people depending on your appetite. For a family, a whole slab would be enough. The ribs are served with Canto’s signature salad, with lettuce, alfalfa sprouts and watermelons and your choice of mashed potatoes or rice. Burgers are also available, which are best served with shoestring potato fries or even chili fries. The ribs are so moist and tender and flavorful, so it’s no wonder it is a best seller.
Canto Bogchi Joint
Address: Ketchup Food Community, Romulo Drive, Baguio City
Price: from 5 to 10 USD / ~250 PHP to 500 PHP per person for a ribs meal, with salad and drinks.
Opening Hours: 10 am to 8:30 pm. Everyday.
Access: Most taxis are familiar with this local spot.
Contact: +63923 878 4968
Facebook: Canto Bogchi Joint
8. Going Greek at Lemon and Olives Greek taverna
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Lemon and Olives is Baguio’s first Greek restaurant. The restaurant is located on Outlook Drive, giving it a good overlooking view of the mountains in the city. Apart from the view, most diners have been raving about the Greek food, which is what Lemon and Olives serves up. They serve everyone’s favorite, from traditional Greek appetizers like sausages and saganaki cheese with pita, to grilled souvlaki and gyros, down to to the baked main dishes such as the moussaka. They also serve the traditional Greek dessert, baklava. If you want a Greek feast in Baguio, this is the place to go. The restaurant also prides itself with having its own vegetable garden right on its premises.
Lemon And Olives
Address: 26 Outlook Drive, Baguio City
Price: from 15 to 20 USD / ~752 PHP to 1,000 PHP for a full meal
Opening Hours: 11 am to 3 pm; 5 pm to 10 pm. Everyday.
Facebook: Lemon and Olives
9. Country style fried chicken and more at Ozark Diner
Customer: How come you have 4 pieces of chicken per order, and not one, or two pieces like KFC or Jollibee. Me: Do you see me eating just one or two pieces per plate?Posted by OZARK DINER + BnB on Thursday, 8 December 2016
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Who would have thought that you can find Southern food in Baguio City? At Ozark Diner, you can. Owned by Chef Kevin Mize, it prides itself with keeping the traditions of the American South, while giving their own twist to the tradition. Among the diner’s bestsellers is chicken fried steak, country style fried chicken and its own BBQ plate. It also has hickory smoked chicken. All of its main dishes come with a choice of one or two side dishes. Most diners rave about a unique dessert at Ozark’s, which is its homemade dark beer cheesecake and its deep fried apple pie. If you are craving real Southern cooking, this is the place for you.
Ozark Diner + BnB
Address: Bareng Drive corner Bakakeng Road, Baguio City
Price: mains from 5 USD to 7 USD / ~250 PHP to 350 PHP
Opening Hours: 10 am to 9 pm. Every day.
Facebook: Ozark Diner + BnB
10. Cafe Yagam: traditional Cordilleran food at its best
Cafe Yagam is first and foremost a coffee shop, serving up coffee made from beans sourced locally. While its menu may include modern and more familiar dishes, such as sandwiches and pasta, their take on Cordilleran dishes is what one should try. First up is the smoky chicken stew called pinikpikan, which is cooked with salted cured meat called etag. The warm and flavorful soup is good for those cold days in Baguio. Up next is the pinuneg, a sausage made of minced pork and curdled pig’s blood, thus earning the name blood sausage. You can end your meal with local desserts made from sticky rice, and of course, coffee.
Address: 25 J. Felipe St., Gibraltar, Baguio City
Price: from 6 to 10 USD / ~300 PHP to 500 PHP per person
Opening Hours: 12 pm to 11 pm. Every day
Facebook: Cafe Yagam
Come and explore the North's foodie haven
With the wide range of choices of food in Baguio, Philippines, it is no wonder why it’s fast becoming a foodie destination. Many more restaurants are opening up, as locals and visitors alike become more adventurous in their food choices and their palates crave for more than just the usual fare.
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