Head on over to the City of Pines for some seriously good eats!
Check out the top 10 most loved restaurants this month in Baguio, based on user favorites from Booky, the #1 food app in the Philippines.
10. Choco-Late de Batirol – Camp John Hay
Last month’s #5
Choco-late de Batirol is a Filipino garden cafe that’s said to be the home of the best hot chocolate in the Philippines. It’s for ambient breakfasts or a chilly afternoon merienda date. It’s not for late nights and drinking sessions. We recommend the Suman, Turon, and Red Egg and Tomato Salad. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their customer-recommended orange flavored tsokolate as well. Our insider tip is to visit on weekends for live acoustic music. Fun Fact: Batirol is a traditional wooden rod used to make the tsokolate thick, hence the name Choco-late de Batirol.
9. Secret Garden – South Drive
Secret Garden is an Italian restaurant located along the popular South Drive of Baguio City. It’s for people who love nature and want to dine with fresh air surrounding them or a cozy, casual meal. It’s good for families and date night! It’s not for those who are looking for authentic Italian food and a fancy set up. We recommend their seafood pasta and beef steak. Our insider tip: They have indoor and outdoor seating Ask for a seat in the actual garden!
8. Canto Bogchi Joint – Kisad Road
Last month’s #3
Canto is an American eatery serving steaks, ribs, tacos, and fries. It’s for people who love big saucy ribs. It’s not for big groups who don’t like to queue on a restaurant’s good day. We recommend the famous Lomo Ribs. Our insider tip: You can order from any restaurant in the establishment and have it served wherever you choose to be seated.
7. Baguio Craft Brewery – Ben Palispis Highway
Last month’s #4
Baguio Craft Brewery is a restobar and microbrewery that serves craft beers developed and created by Xavierbier, a group of six like-minded individuals from three different countries driven by the desire to make their mark on the emerging craft beer culture in the Philippines. They also offer comfort food to perfectly match your beer. It’s for yuppies looking for a place to unwind with great food and drinks. It’s not for underaged kids or people who are looking for a quiet place to stay. We recommend the Keywheat and Kraken. For first-timers or those who can’t decide, try ordering their Tasting Tray. Our insider tip is that they regularly rotate brews that are on tap, and add new ones as inspiration strikes its master brewers.
6. Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna — Outlook Drive
Last month’s #6
Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna is Baguio’s first authentic Greek restaurant, headed by Chef Takis who came all the way from Athens, Greece. It’s for romantic dates or cozy meals with friends and family, most especially for Greek cuisine fanatics who can tell when it’s the real deal. It’s not for breakfast dates as the restaurant opens at 11am. Our insider tip: Dine al fresco to enjoy the full Baguio dining experience.
Reservations are accepted
#26 Outlook Drive, Baguio City
5. Amare La Cucina Restaurant – EGI Albergo Hotel
Last month’s #8
Amare La Cucina is an Italian restaurant famous for its traditional slow-cooked pizza and baby back ribs. Though it’s not in the heart of the city, a lot of people still visit the restaurant for its uniqueness and their traditional way of cooking. It’s for Italian cuisine lovers who want to try novelty pizzas in Baguio. It’s not for people who want multiple cups of rice to supplement their meal. We recommend the White Pizza, Wagyu Pizza and the Foie Gras with Truffle Oil pizza. They have so many unique flavors. Our insider tip is that they even have a nutella-based pizza to satisfy your sweet tooth.
4. 50’s Diner – Upper Gen. Luna Road
Last month’s #1
50’s Diner is an American retro diner filled with pop culture memorabilia such as posters of American icons, neon lights, a jukebox and even a red buggy. The whole vibe is reminisent of diners with servers on skates. Their menu includes steaks, pastas, fish and chips – as well as some Pinoy comfort food favorites. It’s for the young and the old who appreciate the throwback. It’s not for people who want a quiet and relaxed space to chill in. We recommend the Guys on the Hood, Gangsta Gangsta and their milkshakes. Our insider tip: Avoid over-ordering as servings of some dishes are already good for sharing.
3. Hill Station – Upper Session Road
Last month’s #7
When a restaurant gets back-to-back recognition in Miele’s Best Restaurants in Asia Awards, you know you have to see what all the fuss is about. Hill Station is a fusion of European, American, and Asian cooking helping you explore the world through its plates and the casual Baguio-style cabin setup. It’s perfect for family dinners and intimate gatherings over 5-star dishes. It’s not for those relying on a tight budget. We recommend the Cambodian Coriander & Garlic Chicken and any of their signature desserts. Here’s a fun fact: Much has been said regarding Casa Vallejo’s ghostly apparitions in the area, as it was an old colonial structure in the early 1900s.
2. Café by the Ruins Dua– Upper Session
Last month’s #9
When talking about Baguio’s must-try restaurants, Café by the Ruins has always been part of the list – serving natural and local ingredients that embody its way of cooking that is distinctly Baguio. It’s for people who want to taste authentic local dishes that tell something about the region’s culture. It’s not for guests who have a deep stomach and a bottomless appetite. We recommend the Pinikpikan, which is chicken soup used in rituals by natives, and the Baguio Bagnet with Padas bagoong, tomato relish, and lime. Our insider tip is to try getting their guava preserve jam as pasalubong from your long weekend adventures.
1. Cafe in the Sky – Mt. Sto. Tomas
Last month’s #2
Cafe in the Sky is a view deck, cafe and bed & breakfast place located in the mountains of Sto. Tomas offering a unique experience of dining with a sea of clouds in view. The cafe serves light meals, snacks and beverages that are light on the pocket. It’s great place to bring the whole family, especially balikbayans or tourists. It’s not recommended for people without private vehicles. Taxi cabs accept riding contracts up the mountain, but it may be harder to find jeepneys that would take you back down. Our insider tip: Private vehicle owners are charged a minimal environmental fee of P25/head, children excluded, midway up.
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