It seems that Baguio City is the place that was spared from summer’s scorching heat here in the Philippines. Located at 5,050 feet above sea level and roughly 250 kilometers away from Manila, Baguio became the country’s undisputed summer capital.
Since summer has made its presence strongly felt and most of us love to travel where cold temperature and cool activities meet, we have found ideal places for you to hang-out with family and friends in Baguio City.
11 places to check out in Baguio might sound a lot but, we assure you that it will be definitely worth the time!
Fulfill Your Strawberry Craving at Strawberry Farm
We placed this on top of the list for a visit to Baguio will be incomplete without the strawberry – picking experience. The Strawberry farm is located in La Trinidad, Benguet, which is 7.5 kilometers away from the city proper. There’s nothing but pure delight in picking strawberries which are bursting in red. Although there are other fruits and vegetables in the farm, the strawberries take the center stage since it is a rare sight in the Philippines. So, prepare your baskets!
Go Back in Time in Baguio Museum
If you are in a mood for a trip down the memory lane, then Baguio Museum is one of the places that you should not miss. The 4 level museum focuses on the 4 groups that dominated the Cordillera provinces. Aside from photos, various artifacts are collected and displayed, providing a glimpse on the way of life of people living in Ifugao, Mountain Province, Abra and Kalinga Apayao. If you still have a bit of time, there is also a library to satisfy your curiosity.
Have a Fun-Filled Day in Burnham Park
Lovingly dubbed as the “mother of all parks”, Burnham park is consist of 12 clusters providing different sets of activities. The 32 hectares land in the city center not only provides recreation to tourist but a lovely green spot for locals who needs to unwind from their daily activities. Some classic Baguio experiences are made here at Burnham Park such as horseback riding, ice-skating and boat paddling by the lagoon. Otherwise, you can just relax and let the cool breeze embrace you as you watch people pass by.
Visit Ketchup Food Community
Strategically located along Romulo drive that serves Asian fusion, Japanese and Thai cuisines, Ketchup Food Community is similar to Streat Maginhawa Food Park in Quezon City. While in Ketchup Food Community in Baguio, you will love its inviting ambiance with mouth-watering cuisines freshly made by five different food stalls in this establishment. There are also acoustic live bands and outdoor parties to keep you entertained.
Check out Tsokolateria
Located at Upper Session Road in Baguio City, Tsokolateria aims to be the ultimate food haven for those people who’d like to have a taste of different chocolate recipes with the twist. It also features alfresco area perfect for the cool weather of Baguio City. To satisfy your cravings, Tsokolateria is proud to serve you some of their best-selling drinks and foods:
- Tsoko Mallows
- Frozen Hot Tsoko
- Sili Labuyo Tsoko Blend
- Strawberry Fondue
Grab a Cup of Coffee in Arca’s Yard Café
An Instagram-worthy café located in Ambuklao Road where diners can enjoy the picturesque view of the mountains and the sky, a home for every artist at heart. People prefer to visit Arca’s for cultivating their minds and de-stressing away from the busy life in the metro. Enjoy sipping your favorite cup of Joe, cakes and rice meals with paintings and portraits everywhere in the vicinity.
Experience Creepy Chills in The Diplomat Hotel
Aside from enjoying your gastronomic adventure while in Baguio City, the city is known for having thousands of horror and thrilling stories, one of them is the Diplomat Hotel. An abandoned building in Dominican Hill Baguio, where everyone is living nearby always hear the sounds of clattering the dishes, screaming ghosts and most of all the wild banging of both windows and doors.
Relax at Mt. Cloud Bookshop
For book lovers longing to have a new haven in the middle of the cold weather of Baguio City, visit Mt. Cloud Bookshop where vintage wine bottles, a classic typewriter and lots of local books await you.
Be a Full-Blown Tourist at Bell Church
This is filled with a perfectly maintained landscape garden, pagodas, and temples where both local and foreign tourists can pray for good fortunes. Walls at the Bell Church are painted with Chinese characters in red; these are the Filipino and Chinese families who contributed money to establish the temple in Baguio City.
Get Your Adrenaline Pumping at Tree Top Adventure
If you’re longing for a fun-filled day when in Baguio City, Tree Top Adventures should be in your wish list. Guests can enjoy the following activities for as low as Php350.00
- Superman Ride
- Trekking & Skywalk
- Treasure Hunting
One of the newest activities you should try in Tree Top Adventure would be the Silver Surfer which is a 60 – degree diagonal motorized zip line.
Serious Shopping at Harrison Road Night Market
If you are not scared huge crowds and in search for bargains, then this is the place for you! Baguio’s night market transforms Harrison Road into a bargain hunter’s paradise from 9:00 pm – 12:00 midnight. The stalls are filled with whatever items you can think of, such as brand new and pre-loved clothes (ukay), souvenir items, shoes, bags and more! Feel free to test your haggling skills although it is not completely necessary since it’s already cheap.
Once you have drained all your strength, head to the food stalls and try some Pinoy street food classics. If you want to play safe, settle for barbecues for 5 pesos per stick.
Now that you have our list of places you should visit when in Baguio City, there will be no dull moments with family and friends. For those who would like a hassle-free vacation and explore North Luzon, let us take care of your vacation by clicking here.
By: Judith Martin (with minor edits).
Cover photo credit by roamulofied.up.com
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