The ber months are here, and more and more people are planning to go to Baguio. Aside from Tagaytay, the City of Pines is one of the best (if not the best) places to visit to enjoy the cold weather we’ve all been longing for.
During my visits to Baguio, I have realized that there’s more to the place than just its picturesque sceneries and Cordilleran attractions. The city also teems with establishments that will fuel your creativity and ignite your passion for art. Cafes, restaurants, hotels, museums—you name it! In fact, UNESCO hailed Baguio as a “Creative City”!
We rounded up a few suggestions for you to explore in the trendy neighborhood of Baguio City:
Where to Stay in Baguio
C Boutique Hotel Baguio
No. 5 Arellano Corner, Moran Street, Barangay Gibraltar, Baguio
(074)619-0158 / 09175343818 / 09998862755
C Boutique Hotel Baguio is an overlooked hotel near Mines View Park. Its minimalist setup overlooking the canopy of trees paired with a good book on hand will undoubtedly make for a relaxing staycation.
To add to that, the new branch of the famous Café by the Ruins is located in their lobby!
The Orchard Hotel Baguio
49 Legarda Road, Baguio
If you’re looking for a modern hotel, The Orchard Hotel Baguio is the best choice for you! You’ll fall in love with its hip interior and sophisticated ambiance. From colors to amenities, it’s truly suited for the millennials and the young at heart.
This Instagrammable boutique hotel isn’t all looks, though. Their service and overall quality are top-notch, as well. Their beds and pillows are extremely soft, the rooms are well-maintained, and the bathrooms will make you feel like royalty with their gold tones and sleek designs. Did I mention they have USB ports in every room, as well?
AirBnB – Vacation Loft Condominium Unit
Aside from hotels, AirBnBs are also good accommodation alternatives. Like this loft unit, for example. It’s suitable for big groups as it can hold up to 12 guests with 3 bedrooms in total.
It has a cabin feel to it with a warm and homey ambiance. Grab a bucket of beer or some glasses of wine, order some pizza, and have a great night.
What to Do
Baguio is a haven for thrifters. Near the market at the end of Session Road, you’ll see buildings after buildings of Ukay-Ukay filled with valuable pre-loved items waiting for new owners. You can also head to Harrison Road by 10PM to explore the ever-exciting Night Market. Items there are much cheaper than the ones at the stores.
If you haven’t experienced thrifting at Baguio yet, get onboard and cop vintage apparel for less!
367 Long Long Benguet Rd, Baguio, Benguet
(074)4462949 | 09175108196 / 09215883131
Store Hours: 9AM – 6PM
Dubbed as the “Garden in the Sky”, this artist village Integrates indigenous aesthetics and Cordilleran craftsmanship into all types of artwork. There are galleries, workshops, Dap-Ay displays, and even cultural shows—all proudly local!
We met a resident artist, Jayson Ducla, who teaches portrait sketching, graphite and charcoal drawing, and acrylic painting. Interactions with the locals in the village make visiting Tam-Awan Village an immersive experience.
Find out what else you can see in Baguio on the next page!