The best thing about Baguio City is of which it’s a community of anti-mall goers despite the existence of one of the largest mall chains in the Philippines.
That’s why both locals and tourists choose to head to various establishments, parks, restaurants, and such that are locally-owned rather than move to somewhere commercialized. I’m here to show you the not-so-common-yet-still-awesome Baguio tourist spots off the beaten path.
1. Mount Costa Living Gardens in the City of Baguio
Mount Costa is a rare location for tourists because it’s away from the city center. An appointment inside the garden ensures a new quiet and peaceful time hidden amidst a 15-acre area covered in Pine Trees. It’s pretty cool up here and that requires a bit of a new trek but it’s all worth it once you see all the inspired gardens and discoverable places like the amphitheater, meal kiosks, land art, plus reflection pond.
- Location: ME 33 Upper Lamtang, Puguis
- Estimated budget: P350(adult) for entrance fee
- Activities: Take photos by the different gardens, do some Twig and Land Art, or meditate in the garden.
- Don’t miss: The Spectrum Garden
- Travel tips:
– Bring an insect repellent
– Bring extra money for food and drinks since outside food and drinks are prohibited.
2. Calle Uno Food Hub in the city of Baguio
The Calle Uno Food Hub is Baguio’s first dabble into the food playground concept, but instead of using normal containers, they use vehicles, particularly Volkswagen’s Beetle! It’s the first available in the world. It houses 7 locally-owned food concepts and is a short walk coming from Calle Uno’s co-working space.
Location: 3 Escoda (First Road) corner Naguilian Road Quezon Hall
- Estimated budget: P300
- Activities to do: Eat, take a flat lay photo.
- Don’t miss: Cheesy German Franks of Binge Beetle, Wings and Thighs of Road Grill’s Wings, burgers of Brrrgrrr, and glazed chicken wings from Munchiez.
- Travel tips:
– Save a seat first before ordering.
– It’s best to come here with a group so you can buy from the different stalls and share them.
3. Laperal Whitehouse
Is said to be the most haunted house in all of Baguio. However, if you don’t mind a few scares to keep points exciting, this is a new must-visit for you along with your friends. The house alone is a beautiful work of American colonial architecture plus is full of stories that may or might not keep you up at night.
Location: Leonard Wood Rd.
- Estimated budget: P50
- Activities to do: Ghost hunting
- Don’t miss: Don’t miss the trivias you could get about the haunted house’s history.
- Travel tips: If you’re weak on the knees, at least take a photo of the place, the house itself is beautiful.
4. Pink Sisters Convent in the City of Baguio
The sign of Catholic is very important for Filipinos. The Pink Sisters Convent is also known as the Chapel of Divine Love and is known for the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters that prays petitions for people all day. If you need a prayer request and a spritual encounter, add this chapel to your list.
- Location: Brent Rd., Benguet
- Estimated budget: FREE
- Activities to do: Take time to pray and meditate for safe travels.
- Don’t miss: Find the self-service taho after you pray.
- Travel tips: List down your prayer requests and hope for the best for your travel from the sisters.
5. Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant
The restaurant is just right beside Tam-Awan Village and is loved by everyone regarding its Nipa Hut type exterior and delicious yet affordable Cordilleran food. The dishes are simple but packed filled with flavor. The whole experience is reminiscent of what and how locals eat. The area usually uncanny for a restaurant but option best part- ’cause you will get more time to soak inside the meals and the ambiance.
- Location: Long Long Benguet,Tam- Awan Village
- Estimated budget: P350
- Activities to do: Taste the various flavors of the Cordillera region.
- Don’t miss: Pinikpikan, Dinakdakan, and Ube Halaya are the dishes you must try.
- Travel tips: Try to talk to the servers and ask what the dishes are, how it’s made, etc so you get an idea of their food culture.
6. Baguio City Cathedral
The biggest Catholic church in Baguio City. It’s also known as the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral atop Mount Mary Hill. The church is stunning and the interior is just majestic. The view of the church itself is worth going to.
- Location: Mount Mary Cathedral Loop
- Estimated budget: FREE
- Activities to do: Attend a Sunday mass, take a selfie outside the church, or take time to pray and meditate for safe travels.
- Travel tips: As much as possible, don’t buy your souvenirs here since this area sells rather expensive goods.
7. Bookends in Baguio City
A venue for bookworms. It has rare books from the US, UK, and Australia at very low prices. It stores the chosen love for print alive by making books available for everyone.
- Location: T.Claudio St.
- Estimated budget: P150
- Activities to do: Read and purchase old books or meet fellow bookworms
- Don’t miss: There are books as low as P40.
8. Asin Hot Springs
Given that Baguio’s surrounded by fog and has a cold environment, swimming is not just the many popular activities of choice for all. However, Asin Hot Spring makes it possible with their pools enclosed within a river plus trees. It’s a good side trip for families who want to experience a different side of Baguio.
Location: Asin, Tuba Benguet
- Estimated budget: P100
- Activities to do: Take a dip in the hot springs and eat at their resort restaurant.
- Don’t miss: Explore the grounds and take some photos of the spring and rivers surrounding the area.
- Travel tips: It’s best to go earlier than summer and the holidays so that it won’t be crowded and hot.
9. Mt. Pulag National Park
Mt. Pulag is one of the mountains in you’ll see in most climbers’ list. If you’re planning to add this to your list as well, make sure you’re prepared literally and mentally for your climb. It’s not for the faint of heart but the view from the summit is priceless.
Location: Mt.Pulag, Benguet
- Estimated budget: P800-1000
- Activities to do: Trekking, hiking, and camping on Mt. Pulag.
- Don’t miss: Make sure you take a selfie at the summit!
- Travel tips:
– If you’re planning to camp on Mt.Pulag, make sure you bring what you need and nothing more.
– Sign-up online and travel in groups.
10. Night Market in Baguio City
- If you’re one for a challenge within the city, look simply further ’cause it’s proper at Harrison Plaza. Be ready for the crowd, the haggling, and the occasional side-eyes from another lady who also wants the items you’re eyeing on. It’s a strenuous activity especially if the crowds’ a bit rowdy but once you’re done purchasing, reward yourself with manong’s street food and most likely good to go.
- Location: Harrison Rd.
- Estimated budget: P500
- Activities to do: Shop for affordable clothes, shoes, bags, toys, books, you name it!
- Don’t miss: Haggling for a lower price if you plan to hoard from one shop
– Be one of the first people to come early so you’ll have more items to choose from.
– Mentally list down what you’d like to purchase so that you wouldn’t take a long time choosing.