Top Places to Eat in Baguio City
January 1, 1970
by Olivia Maine
You’re tired of the warm weather and craving for that cool breezy air. You maxed out the air-conditioning in your car, tried all the frappuccinos in the area, and find yourself chugging down that ice-cold pitcher of water in your refrigerator. In the back of your mind, you know what you really want — a trip to Baguio city.
Whether it’s your first time in Baguio or you’ve been here dozens of times, make sure that you feast on all the mouth-watering food the city has to offer. But with tons of new restaurants and cafes blossoming, where do you eat? A visit to Baguio City would not be complete without trying these well sought out food establishments. The best part is that most, if not all, of these places will give you full flavors at a low cost.
1. Good Taste Restaurant
This place is perfect for the budget-conscious traveler! They have two locations in the area, Otek Street near Burnham Park and at Centermall. Their ever-famous buttered chicken, priced at 360 PHP or roughly $7, is to die for and can feed a family of eight! They operate for 24 hours.
2. Pizza Volante
You can never go wrong with pizza and pasta dishes at Volante. Everything on the menu is affordable and freshly cooked! Aside from pasta and pizza, they are also famous for their waffles and choco vanilla affair — oven baked chocolate cake topped with cool vanilla ice cream. All of its three locations, Session Road, Camp John Hay, and Wright Park, are open 24/7.
3. Cafe Yagam
Although this is not exactly a restaurant, this place more than deserves to be on this list. They claim to have the best Arabica coffee in the Philippines; coffee prices range from 80 PHP to 150 PHP ($1.50-$2.80). They also give you a taste of what Cordilleran culture is all about by serving native delicacies such as Pinikpikan with Etag — native chicken with smoked and salted pork meat. Indulge in the culture of the Cordilleran people in this cafe at Felipe Street, Gibraltar.
4. Grumpy Joe
This restaurant screams western food! All of your favorite comfort food leveled up to perfection is here. Located near the heart of the city at Leonard Wood, the place is nowhere near grumpy! With so many meals to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to pick the best one they have. Spicy seafood pesto served with shrimp, baby octopus, mussels, and nuts, is a dish unique to this restaurant. They have big portions, too, so you don’t have to worry about feeling full.
Canto makes, hands down, the best BBQ Pork Ribs in town! Topped with a generous amount of homemade BBQ sauce alongside a cascade salad will surely melt in your mouth. You can get their half slab for 250 PHP ($4.67) or a whole slab for 480 PHP ($8.97) at Kisad Road. You can also try out their refreshing lychee slush and strawberry juice.
6. Amare La Cucina
If you’re not a big fan of pizza, then this place might change your mind! With a 4.6 out of 5-star rating on Facebook, you can tell everyone is in love with their pizza, and some even say it’s the best in the Philippines. You can customize it by putting add-ons like garlic, onion, pineapple, and even seafood for an affordable price. They bake it to perfection in a woodfire brick oven in the dining tables for everyone to see. Expect their bestselling pizzas to be around 315 PHP ($5.89) to 570 PHP ($10.65) depending on the flavors you want. Dine in the most loved pizza place at Villamor Drive, Barangay Lualhati!
7. 50’s Diner
You can find this American inspired retro diner on the fourth floor of Porta Vaga mall along Session Road and at Military Cut Off Road. They are famous for their huge portions! Guys on the hood, a full load meal, is a combination of spaghetti, chicken, pork chop, and homemade bread pizza, served with rice and vegetables for only 155 PHP ($2.80) — a jaw-dropping value for your money!
8. Korean Palace
As the name suggests, this restaurant located in South Drive, Baguio City offers authentic Korean food from samgyupsal (pork belly) to kimchi. A buffet for 399 PHP ($7.46) per person is a great deal for the locals and tourists. They have various meat selections that you grill yourself and side dishes include marbled potato, vegetable salad, pickled radish, sweetened potato, and a lot more. You can also have your picture taken in a traditional Korean costume for free!
9. Vizco’s Restaurant and Cake Shop
A restaurant and cake shop in one is a slam dunk! Vizco’s is well known for their strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberry filling, icing, and glazed topping. Depending on the flavor and size, you can buy their cakes for 80 PHP ($1.50) to 3,400 PHP ($63.55). If you’re not on the sweet side, Vizco’s also has sandwiches, ribs, and pasta meals you can enjoy. You can find Vizco’s along Session road and SM City Baguio.
10. Vanilla Cafe
This place is simply a dessert lover’s dream! Cakes, pastries, and coffees are all made with love. What sets this place apart from other cafe’s is the ambiance. The cafe is filled with cute, vintage, and colorful curtains, tablecloth, and wallpapers. As the millennials say, it’s Instagram-worthy!
11. Baguio Craft Brewery
At the end of the day, you’re probably desperate to have a drink! Baguio Craft Brewery, located at Marcos Highway, has three types of beers: ale, lagers, and stout and porter. They also have fruit beers for those who don’t like their beer too strong. There’s a minimum of 16 kinds of beers, so if you’re unsure on what kind to have, you can taste all of them one by one for free! A glass of beer costs around 170 PHP ($3.18) to 230 PHP ($4.30). To top it all off, the food menu is just as great. House specials include ribs and sausage platters. You can also dive in their food grubs like fish and chips, beef nachos, and cheese quesadillas.
This small well-loved city is the home of great food filled with culture and love. Because of its size, you’re never really too far from a savory dish.