Baguio City Travel Guide - Places to Visit
July 28, 2019
In this post, we’re going to take a look at places to visit in Baguio, restaurants and hotel recommendations, some packing tips and bus guides.
About Baguio City
Baguio City, known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines,” is home to about 350,000 residents. This little city in the northern part of Luzon is 4,810 feet above sea level giving its cool weather that it’s known for.
Baguio City is also known as the “City of Pines” because of the abundance of pine trees surrounding the area. I can fondly remember as I was growing up, the breeze of cool air and the scent of fresh pines greeting you in the morning. It is this scent that made Baguio City unique from all other bigger cities.
My Top 6 Places to Visit in Baguio
1.) Session Road
Session Road is the commercial center of Baguio City. And it, being at the center of the city, expect Session Road to be a busy place – lots of people, lots of vehicles, lots of hustling and bustling. A visit to Baguio City is not complete without setting foot here.
2.) Cathedral Church (Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral)
Baguio Cathedral Church is a beautiful city landmark. Completed in 1936, this building was a haven to the locals during World War II. To this day, Baguio Cathedral still is a “haven” to thousands of devotees. Location: Mt. Mary Hill (Upper Session Road)
3.) City Public Market
(Credits to the stall owner)
The city public market offers a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits that visitors may otherwise find difficult to find in their own towns. And the best thing is since it is an open market, prices are negotiable. Baguio City is famous for Baguio beans, Chinese cabbage, and strawberries. Location: Magsaysay Ave. (Lower Session Road)
4.) Burnham Park
Burnham Park is surrounded by pine and other various trees. You can enjoy a stroll at the park, take a 30-minute bicycle or boat ride – whichever tickles your fancy. A children’s park is also available for your kids where they can enjoy the swings, seesaws, slides and jungle bars. Location: Jose Abad Santos Drive (Walking distance from Session Road)
5.) Mines View, Wright Park, Mansion House, Botanical Garden
Just a stone’s throw away from each other, these must-visit spots are located at Leonard Wood Road and Gibraltar Road.
One of the most popular tourist spots, Mine’s View is always packed with visitors. If you’re not afraid of heights then you’ll enjoy the picturesque views of mountain scenery.
Wright Park is famous for horseback riding. Want some adventure? This may very well be a place you will never forget.
Mansion House is the summer residence of the President of the Philippines. It still looks the same as the first time I saw it decades ago. Unfortunately, though beautiful and captivating, most likely, you’ll just admire it from a distance.
Botanical Garden displays a variety of plants. Nature lovers will surely love this place. Lots of spots inside the garden to take beautiful pictures.
6. Camp John Hay
Camp John Hay is one place you simply can’t afford to miss. If you’re curious why Baguio City is called the “City of Pines,” Camp John Hay holds the answer to that. Surrounded by pine trees, Camp John Hay still captures the true ambiance of Baguio City. Location: Loakan Road
My Top 4 Restaurants You Have to Try
Good Taste Restaurant
I consider this restaurant as “Baguio’s restaurant.” It has won the Certificate of Excellence from 2015 to 2019 which is a testament that they serve excellent food. Expect though to find large crowds and long queues. As a regular customer, I can say, it’s worth the wait. Location: Otek St. and Rajah Matanda St.
Vizco’s Restaurant is famous for its delicious cakes, finger-licking steaks, and pizzas. Try the strawberry shortcake – mm, delicious. Location: Porta Vaga, Session Road
Oh My Gulay
Oh My Gulay is famous for serving vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free meals. If you like vegetables, you have to try OMG. If you don’t like vegetables, all the more you have to try OMG. Who knows, you might end up liking vegetables after all. Location: La Azotea Building, Session Road
Hill Station Restaurant
Hill Station Restaurant is among the top 10 restaurants in Baguio. It is famous for its international cuisine. Amazing food, amazing staff, and amazing ambiance. Location: Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road
There are many transient rooms/houses around Baguio. Prices can range from P250 to P400+ per head, depending on location and quality of service.
There’s two in particular that I can recommend since it’s near to all these tourist spots I had mentioned.
Condotel Cedar Peak Condominium
Cedar Peak Condominium is located in Mabini St. General Luna Road, which is actually one of my favorite streets in Baguio. The location is very convenient. It’s walking distance to Session Road, Cathedral Church, Burnham Park, and the public market. You will find shopping areas, coffee shops, and restaurants within and around the vicinity.
Hotel Veniz located in Abanao St. is another one I can recommend. It’s very near Burnham Park. Picture yourself jogging around the park early in the morning, taking in that cool air, and a scrumptious breakfast waiting for you when you get back. On the bottom floor is Sunshine Grocery which is one of the oldest grocery stores in Baguio and a favorite of mine.
Essentials: Jacket, light sweater, bonnet, socks, and umbrella. Refer to the months below:
December through February
This time of the year is the busiest and coolest months. Weather can really drop down so be sure to pack all the essentials.
March through May
The weather starts to get warmer. Night-time is still cold though. Don’t forget to bring a jacket and bonnet if you’re planning to go to hilly places like Camp John Hay.
June through August
This is the rainy season months. Rain usually pours in the afternoon. Weather can sometimes be cold, warm and even very hot. Don’t forget to bring your umbrella and a light sweater.
September through November
The weather starts to get colder again. It still rains almost every day especially the months of September and October. These months might not be the best for touring.
Going to and from Baguio is now fairly easy. Gone are the days when bus rides are unbearable, seats, uncomfortable, and the expressway, intolerable. Travel time takes about five hours and even lesser at night.
From Manila to Baguio City
You can take the Victory Liner or JoyBus buses. Stations are available in Cubao, Pasay, Avenida (JoyBus only) and Sampaloc (Victory Liner only). Regular fare can be as low as P487 and first class can be as high as P800.
From Baguio to Manila
Both Victory Liner and JoyBus terminals are located in Governor Pack Road. For Victory Liner inquiries, you can reach them at +63 74 442 5708. For JoyBus inquiries, you can reach them at +63 939 199 8177.
Be sure to book your tickets one week in advance before your scheduled visit to avoid having to wait in line for hours. 20% discount may also be available for seniors and students.
Baguio City is known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines, City of Pines and Little America.” Cradled by the mountain range of Cordillera, it is listed as one of the “Must Visit” places in the Philippines. But don’t just stop at Baguio City. Explore the wonders of the Cordillera region. See the famous Rice Terraces in Banaue and Sagada’s caves and waterfalls.
I hope you found this post helpful and add a visit to Baguio City, Philippines in your bucket list.