Baguio City is considered as the default travel destination of everyone in Luzon. You don’t need to prepare for your Baguio itinerary because attractions, places, and restaurants are much accessible to the public. Victory Liner has regular trips from Manila to Baguio every hour of the day, so getting there is not a dilemma.
But if you’re dead tired of having a Baguio trip with the usual crowd favorites: Mines View, Wright Park, Botanical Garden, and Burnham Park on your list of places to visit, here are some of the destinations I discovered during my last visit in the City of Pines. Click the links to read the separate entries featuring these attractions.
I instructed the bus attendant that I will be going down in Chapis Village. My first plan for that day was to have a light snack in a café with a garden ambience, Café de Angelo. I was able to sample the generous serving of their bestseller Sirloin Steak Sandwich (Php 140). This was followed by a short ecological tour around Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary located in Campo Sioco.
Bamboo Museum in Leonard Wood area was the next destination. The once haunted Laperal House was converted into a bamboo museum that houses the Ifugao Bamboo Carving gallery. Backyard Baguio is just a stone-throw away so I decided to have my late lunch. After a sumptuous meal, you can proceed to Tam-awan Village in Pinsao Proper where you can enjoy the preserved arts and culture of the Cordillerans by blending the distinctively aboriginal aesthetics and fine craftsmanship with an artist’s concept for a village adapting the Baguio setting.
A light and healthy snack at Azotea Greens is best after having an art and culture tour. I was able to try the Boladas (Php 75) which is a version of bola-bola using watercress, carrots, celery, some green and red bell pepper. Late afternoon walk in Session Road to experience ukay-ukay (used clothes) shopping is also a great idea. Cap the day with a delectable dinner of Kublai Khan (Php 200) and a Blueberry Cheesecake (Php 90) in O’ Mai Khan.
Continue the Baguio Trip by starting the day with a brewed coffee and soft bread at Café by the Ruins. Newest attraction in Baguio City is the recently opened Baguio Eco Park featuring the Holy Land and Dinosaurs Land. Experience the roaring outsized lizards and walk through the replica of the Holy Land. And if you think pizza is best for morning snack, you can have one from the wide array of selection in Pizza Volante along Session Road.
We can continue rediscovering the city at the Baguio Museum or a visit to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine. New food places in Leonard Wood area offer variety of international and local fare from Yamashita’s ramen, to Grumpy Joe’s comfort food such as burgers, green salads, and desserts. With all these attractions and eating places, don’t forget to have a break and just relax with the cold weather of Baguio by staying in Microtel Inns and Suites Baguio, one of the best places in the city that offers high-standard hotel amenities and services at a very affordable price.
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Microtel’s Te Quiero Restaurant’s buffet breakfast will replenish your energy to go back on track with other destinations you need to cover on your stay in the city. You can start another day with a morning walk in Camp John Hay that features some attractions such as the Cemetery of Negativism, Bell House and Amphitheater, and the Secret Garden.
A Taoist Temple, also known as the Bell Church, located at the border of Baguio City and La Trinidad can be considered as your next destination. Of course, you shouldn’t leave Baguio City without pasalubongs for your friends. Best place to get the flagship products of the city is none other than the Baguio City Public Market. End your Baguio City trip with a creative and unique food escape at the famous Oh My Gulay restaurant.
This trip is only a proof that a destination has a limitless number of attractions. This number relies on our interest to discover the culture and the people, our eagerness to explore more, and that desire we have in finding other off-the-beaten tourist attractions available.