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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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