If you’re a first timer in the City of Pines or just didn’t have the chance to roam around, here’s a list of places you may choose to check out during your trip. From the basics to the new ones for a maximum adventure.
Note: This list is comprised of the places we were able to go to in 3 days time.
Wright Park / The Mansion
What I like with the parks in Baguio are the large trees and the minimum to zero pollution in them. There are some structures which I find really nice and Instagram-worthy backgrounds.
Location: Leonard Wood Road, Baguio, Benguet ; Romulo Dr, Baguio, Benguet
Baguio Botanical Garden
This is a personal favorite. It’s basically just like the Botanical Garden in Rizal Park, but nicer due to the abundance of trees and flowers plus the Chinese structures and little Buddhas along one of the walkways. I just find it a great place to spend a lot of time in. Very relaxing and serene. If it wasn’t for the fog, the drizzle and the time, I’d want to stay longer here.
Location: Tavera, Baguio, Benguet
Mt. Cloud Bookshop / Cinematheque Baguio
A haven for bookworms and movie enthusiasts, these two hip spots are must go-tos. Mt. Cloud Bookshop offers a wide variety of Filipino-written books suitable from pre-schoolers to adults. Journals, planners and artsy items are also sold here. They also host open mics and poetry events.
When you’re done shopping for books and cute journals, you may want to drop by at Cinematheque, which is just behind Mt. Cloud Bookshop. They have regular screenings and a wide variety of film genres. You can check out their official Facebook page for schedules.
Location: Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Rd, Baguio City, Benguet
I’ve been here quite a number of times already since we stayed here during some of our retreats. The boyfriend wanted to reminisce some good old days he and his high school buddies have spent here, backtracking on how they would escape so they can go on night outs during school retreats. Oh, boys!
Location: Leonard Wood Road, Baguio, Benguet
Laperal White House
For only PHP 50 each, we braved to enter this famous haunted house which also now happens to be a home for a bamboo gallery. We spent around 5-10 minutes at the small gallery but only less than 5 minutes inside the house that really gave me goose bumps. FYI: I posted a photo of the house on my Instragam account and a psychic (based on her username and profile) left a comment saying, “That house does not want any visitors”. I still have goose bumps while writing this.
Location: Leonard Wood Road, Baguio, Benguet
The topmost item on my list of go-to places in Baguio. I’ve seen a lot of posts on Instagram about this place and the artworks living in this museum and I knew I just can’t miss going here.
I love how there are a lot of emotions and ideas inside this place. From the wholesome of things to the “private” ones. Filipinos are known to be conservative people but some have drifted to liberality and openness to things. A certain exhibit in this museum celebrates body art (and by body art I do not mean tattoos, I mean body parts designed by the Creator) and sexuality. If you check out this exhibit, please have an open mind. The paintings and sculptures were not meant to be “obscene”, they were meant, in my belief, to be monuments of appreciation of the wonders of sexuality and the body itself.
My personal favorite amongst all the pieces in the museum is a painting entitled “Chinamoy (Season)” by Cawaon Cablog.
Outside the museum is a nice garden with ponds and a great view of the mountains. A restaurant is also found on the lower level.
Location: Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
Camp John Hay
I’ve also been here like twice, I think, but only to play mini golf and that was it. Now, the place have evolved but the basics are still preserved.
1 IT Park
Just like crops, IT parks have sprouted all over the country to further open career opportunities to our countrymen. Along with the corporate buildings in IT parks is a great number of food joints and restaurants to eat at. Also, there were shops such as ROX and North Face outlets and spas located in the place.
2 The Manor
We thought that this certain café we were looking for was located inside this prestigious hotel, however, it wasn’t. But since we were already there, we checked out the restaurant and dessert place inside. Since we already have plans on where to eat, we’re trying this restaurant when we go back to Baguio. And besides, we both want to stay in this hotel in the future, so we will have to plan it out when that time comes. Haha.
3 Historical Core
This is also one of my recommended places to go to if you haven’t been here yet. There’s too much history and information and scenery.
Okay, entrance to the Historical Core is PHP 60 per head and you’re free to explore the whole place.
Read more about the Historical Core here.
Location: Loakan Road, Baguio City, Benguet
Mines View Park
I’ve been here a few times and from the last time I’ve been here which was three years ago, the only significant change I noticed was that the vendors of grilled corn cobs and dried squids are gone. *sob*
Location: Outlook Dr, Baguio, Benguet
Good Shepherd Convent
Where else would you find the BEST pasalubongs in Baguio? At Good Shepherd, of course! Good Shepherd Convent has been known for years now for their mouth-watering treats. My personal favorites are the strawberry preserves and ube. They also sell a wide variation of sweet goods such as jams, snowballs, lengua de gato and the likes. They also sell Ifugao Coffee and Musang Coffee. I prefer buying food treats here than in the market as I already know the quality and freshness guaranteed on each purchase.
Location: Gibraltar Rd, Baguio, Benguet
For all those who have already set foot in Baguio, Burnham Park is the most well-known (redundancy check!) park in the city. This is where people of all ages go to for picnics and other activities such as kite flying, cute boat-riding and biking. Of course, we had to do something new for the first time. Since we both have not yet tried a tandem bike, *drumroll* tandem bike-riding it is! We paid Php 50 for a 30-minute tandem bike ride experience. The experience, however, became an “expectation vs. reality” kind of thing. You see, tandem bike riding in the movies seemed so easy and smooth, however, ours was not. Haha. I guess every couple / pair would have different experiences from the others.
If you’re not into the koreanovela / 500 days of summer-ish feel, you can opt to rent Japanese bikes or tricycles instead. They have a wide range of bi- and tricycles to choose from. Including the design and décor of each ride. Hehe.
Location: Jose Abad Santos Dr, Baguio, Benguet
I have yet to visit La Trinidad, Tam-awan Village, Mt. Sto. Tomas and a lot more. So here’s to more trips to Baguio City! Let me know your favorite go-to places in Baguio in the comments below!
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