The best thing about Baguio is that it’s a community of anti-mall goers despite the existence of one of the biggest mall chains in the Philippines. That’s why both locals and tourists choose to go to various establishments, parks, restaurants and such that are locally-owned rather than go to somewhere commercialized. We’re here to show you the not-so-common-yet-still-awesome Baguio tourist spots off the beaten path.
1. Mount Costa
Mount Costa is a rare location to tourists because it’s away from the city center. A visit in the garden ensures a quiet and peaceful time hidden amidst a 15-acre area covered in Pine Trees. It’s pretty cold up here and it requires a bit of a trek but it’s all worth it once you see all the themed gardens and discoverable spots like the amphitheatre, food kiosks, land art, and reflection pond.
- Location: ME 33 Upper Lamtang, Puguis
- Estimated budget: P350(adult) for entrance fee
- Activities: Take pictures by the different gardens, do some Twig and Land Art, or take the time to reflect in the garden.
- Don’t miss: The Spectrum Garden which is a beautiful sight to behold.
- Travel tips:
– Bring an insect repellent
– Bring enough money for food and drinks since outside food and beverages are not allowed.
2. Calle Uno Food Hub
The Calle Uno food Hub is Baguio first dabble into the food park concept, but instead of using normal containers, they use vehicles, particularly Volkswagen’s Beetle! It’s actually the first of its kind in the world. It houses 7 locally-owned food concepts and is a short walk from Calle Uno’s co-working space.
- Location: 3 Escoda (First Road) corner Naguilian Road Quezon Hall
- Estimated budget: P300
- Activities to do: Eat, eat, take a flat lay photo, eat.
- 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 different stall and share them.
3. Laperal Whitehouse
The Laperal Whitehouse is said to be the most haunted house in all of Baguio. Which prolly explains why it’s not a popular destination? However, if you don’t mind a few scares to keep things exciting, this is a must-visit for you and your friends. The house itself is a beautiful work of American colonial architecture and is full of stories that may or may not keep you up at night.
- Location: Leonard Wood Rd.
- Estimated budget: P50
- Activities to do: Ghost hunting, definitely!
- 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
The mark of Catholicism is very significant in Filipino culture. The Pink Sisters Convent in particular is 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 serious prayer request and a spritual experience, make sure you 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 the Tam-Awan Village and is loved by everyone for its Nipa Hut style exterior and delicious yet affordable Cordilleran food. The dishes are simple but packed with flavor. The whole experience is reminiscent of what and how locals eat. The area is uncanny for a restaurant but that’s the best part– ‘cause you get more time to soak in the food and the ambience.
- 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 Cathedral
Another church destination in this list is the biggest catholic church in Baguio City. It’s also called as the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral atop Mount Mary Hill. The facade of the church is stunning and the interior is just as majestic. Even if you’re not the religious type, 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.
Bookends is basically an ukay-ukay heaven for booklovers. It has rare books from the US, UK, and Australia at very cheap prices. It keeps the chosen few’s love for print alive by making books available for everyone fom all walks of life.
- 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
Since Baguio’s surrounded by fog and has a cold climate, swimming is not the most popular activity of choice for everyone. However, Asin Hot spring makes it possible with their pools enclosed within a river and trees. It’s a good side trip for families who want 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 physically and mentally for the climb.It’s definitely 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
If you’re one for a challenge in the city, look no further ‘cause it’s right at Harrison Plaza. Be ready for the crowd, the haggling, and the occasional side-eyes from another lady who also wants the pieces you’re eyeing on. It’s definitely a strenuous activity especially if the crowds’ a bit rowdy but once you’re done shopping, reward yourself with manong’s street food and you’re 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
- Travel tips:
– 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.
Explore Baguio now and see more things to do, restaurants to try, and places to stay.