Oh, the places you’ll go!
The City of Pines is a place of culinary passions— a fusion of unique cuisines, a fair share of exquisite fine-dining restaurants, and long-standing establishments that serve reliable heirloom recipes. It’s safe to say that a trip to Baguio is never complete without a truly gustatory adventure.
With an array of gastronomic stop-overs, there’s bound to be a handful of places that will make your sojourn one that is memorable. Here’s Your Ultimate Guide to Baguio Restaurants and a few points on why it’s worth the visit (in case you aren’t convinced).
Hill Station – Casa Vallejo
An institution for exquisite dining in Baguio’s Upper Session Road, Hill Station blends the robust flavors of Asia with the tastes of Old World Europe and New World America.
Why it’s worth the trip: Hill Station was awarded one of Asia’s Finest Restaurants by the Miele Guide in 2011-2013. It’s also beside Mt. Cloud Bookshop!
Recommended dishes: their Moroccan Spiced Baby Back Ribs (₱440), Lechon Kawali with Laing sa Gata (₱395), and Croissant Bread Pudding (₱95).
Choco-Late de Batirol – Igorot Park
A small nook surrounded by the trees of Igorot Park, Choco-late de Batirol is a Filipino garden café said to be home of the best hot chocolate in the Philippines. Batirol is a traditional wooden rod used to make the tsokolate thick, hence the name Choco-late de Batirol.
Why it’s worth the trip: It’s a favorite spot among locals for delicious traditional tsokolate amidst Igorot Park’s fragrant trees.
Recommended dishes: their Bibingka, Suman sa Lihia, and Chocolate de Batirol.
Solibao Restaurant – various branches
Since 1972, Solibao has been serving fine Filipino food in each of its numerous branches in the city of Pines. Their diverse menu includes traditional Filipino favorites, all-day breakfast, steaks, noodles, and bilao specials, among many other items.
Why it’s worth the trip: Their budget-friendly Palabok, Kare-Kare and Puto Bumbong are the Top 3 reasons why many people visit Solibao.
Recommended dishes: their Solibao Palabok with Calasiao Puto (₱75), Kare-Kare (₱270), and Puto Bumbong (₱45).
Farmer’s Daughter – Tam-awan Village
In a hut on the outskirts of Baguio lies The Farmer’s Daughter, a relatively new restaurant that serves a concise menu of authentic Cordilleran specialties. From Pinikpikan (chicken stew), Kinuday (smoked pork meat), Pinuneg (blood sausage), customers have raved about their affordable yet tasty dishes. Plus, they have Wi-Fi!
Why it’s worth the trip: They offer a taste of pure, unadulterated Cordilleran cuisine.
Recommended dishes: their Pinikpikan (₱130), Kinuday jen Baboy (₱130), Pinuneg (₱110), and even Blueberry Cheesecake (₱160).
Hamada – Baguio Country Club
Nestled in the historical Baguio Country Club is Hamada, a luxurious Japanese restaurant where diners can enjoy their special sushi boat, A5 Wagyu Beef (teppanyaki style), and make-your-own ramen.
Why it’s worth the trip: Authentic Teppanyaki and Ramen during the breezy weather.
Recommended dishes: their Yamamori Special, which includes US Angus beef, prawns, chicken, salmon, grilled vegetables, and Japanese fried rice.
Café Yagam – J Felipe St.
Café Yagam is a local and independent restaurant that serves authentic Cordilleran cuisine as well as high-quality Arabica coffee sourced from the local farmers of Benguet.
Why it’s worth the visit: They offer authentic Cordilleran coffee and cuisine.
Recommended dishes: their Pinikpikan with Etag (₱200), Pinuneg (₱200), French Press Arabica Coffee (₱80).
Balajadia Kitchenette – Slaughter House Compound
Although their location is slightly off-putting, Balajadia Kitchenette’s authentic Ilocano and Cordilleran cuisine makes up for it. Known for their affordable fare, Balajadia Kitchenette’s carinderia-style restaurant serves comforting dishes such as Bulalo, Liempo, Pinapaitan, and Filipino breakfast meals.
Why it’s worth the visit: Their incredibly cheap but delicious fare.
Recommended dishes: Bulalo (₱150), Pinapaitan (₱100), Inihaw na Liempo (₱100).
Café by the Ruins – Shuntug Rd.
Considered a landmark in Baguio City, Café by the Ruins is an iconic spot for their breakfast specials, baked goods, and specialty beverages. Their cafe is also recognized for their historic façade and the fact that they source fresh ingredients from the Baguio City Market each day.
Why it’s worth the trip: It’s a time-honored café that prides itself on natural and locally-sourced ingredients. Plus, it’s a pasalubong haven!
Recommended dishes: Ernie's Kamote Bread (₱100), B.L.T (₱280), and Ruins Iced Tea (₱85).
Café Sabel – BenCab Museum
An extension of the iconic BenCab Museum, Café Sabel offers fresh and natural food in an ambiance that will refresh your palates and feed your soul. Ingredients, like vegetables and herbs, are sourced fresh daily from BenCab’s organic farm. The cafe’s signature coffee blend, BenCab’s Brew, is also sourced from coffee trees on the farm.
Why it’s worth the trip: The café has a beautiful view, overlooking the forest and duck pond.
Recommended dishes: their Spicy Tuyo Pasta (₱150) and Strawberry Shake (₱100).
Arca’s Yard – Ambuklao Road
Arca’s Yard is a cozy home-turned-cafe that boasts a breath-taking view and showcases Igorot culture through the owners’ possessions. They also have a secluded mini library, making it the perfect spot to get some peace and quiet and feel at home in Baguio!
Why it’s worth the trip: Arca’s Yard has a café, a library, a bed-and-breakfast accommodation, and a majestic view of the tranquil mountains and Baguio sky.
Recommended dishes: their Camote Pie (₱95/slice).
Late-Night Food & Drinks
Baguio Craft Brewery – Ben Palispis Highway
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.
Why it’s worth the trip: Taste test their unique craft beers from Lagud (strawberry), Ripe (passion fruit), and Keywheat (kiwi).
Recommended drinks: their Beer Battered Fish & Chips and Yakitori to pair with your beer.
Good Taste Café & Restaurant – various branches
Good Taste is a time-honored 24/7 Chinese fast food chain serving affordable family-style lauriat dishes, rice toppings, and an assortment of desserts. The food court style setup allows the restaurant to accommodate large groups of people usually standing in line, in time for lunch and dinner.
Why it’s worth the trip: It’s great for affordable late-night eats or take-out for a picnic.
Recommended dishes: their Buttered Chicken (₱180), Lechon Kawali (₱175), and Lumpiang Shanghai (₱175).
Restaurant with a Twist
Glenn 50’s Diner – Session Road
Located in the heart of the city, the American-inspired 50’s Diner serves pasta, burgers, milkshakes, and a wide variety of tasty dishes that will fill you up for the day. The diner is decorated with 50’s memorabilia and even a classic jukebox that will make you feel like Marty McFly going back in time.
Why it’s worth the trip: The diner is a huge throwback to the 50’s era with their retro memorabilia and interiors.
Recommended dishes: Grandma's Fried Chicken (₱175), Chop Chop (₱150), and Meat Sauce Spaghetti (₱110).
Oh My Gulay – Session Road
Owned by legendary filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, Oh My Gulay is Baguio’s pioneering vegetarian restaurant cum art space for emerging talents from the Philippine Cordillera. Quaint and uniquely set in an indoor tropical garden, OMG Artist Cafe is Baguio’s coolest dining space for vegetarians and vegans. P.S. You’ll have to climb 5 floors to get here.
Why it’s worth the trip: It’s a vegan and vegetarian haven.
Recommended dishes: their KKK Sliders (₱155), Anak ng Putanesca (₱150), and Mangga Crepe (₱90).
Forest House Bistro – Camp John Hay
Found inside the Forest Boutique Hotel— a consistent awardee for best boutique hotel and restaurant in Baguio, is the well-loved Forest House Bistro. This cafe is known for its cozy, cabin-like interiors that makes you want to relax and order their bottomless Benguet coffee.
Why it’s worth the trip: Their cozy, cabin-like interiors encapsulate Baguio’s essence of forest bathing, cool breezes, and warm welcomes.
Recommended dishes: their Forest House Homemade Bagnet (₱195), Forest House Bouillabaisse (₱120), and 3 Dip Forest House Special Salad (₱420).
Vizco’s Restaurant and Cake Shop – Session Road
Home of the Best Strawberry Cake in Baguio, Vizco’s Restaurant and Cake Shop is a delicious stop-over for Italian dishes and freshly-made cakes— the crowd favorite being Vizco’s Strawberry Shortcake topped with fresh strawberries, creamy filling, and a special glaze.
Why it’s worth the trip: It’s a great dessert stop-over after hours of shopping in Session Road.
Recommended dishes: their Strawberry Shortcake (₱125), Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich (₱260), and Garlic & Sundried Tomato Pasta (₱170).
Tsokolateria Artisanal Cafe – Igorot Stairs
Tsokolateria has redefined chocolate by highlighting it through their chocolate-infused dishes. From their Humba Tocino with Cacao Paste, Spicy Tuyo with Bitter Cacao and Tsokolate Crostini, Black Risotto and a Dash of Tablea Powder, and of course, their Tsokolate eh!
Why it’s worth the trip: Their chocolate-infused dishes are unlike any other!
Recommended dishes: their Black Risotto and a Dash of Tablea Powder (₱380) and Tsokolate eh (₱195).
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Upper Session Road, Baguio City
Le Chef – Camp John Hay
Located inside The Manor at Camp John Hay, Le Chef is hailed one of the best fine dining restaurants in Baguio recognized for their high-quality continental dishes served by the legendary, Chef Billy King.
Why it’s worth the trip: Le Chef is considered one of the best fine dining restaurants in Baguio.
Recommended dishes: 300G. of Aged US Prime Rib-Eye (₱1,350) and Steak and Prawn (₱760).
Amare La Cucina Restaurant – EGI Alberto Hotel
Amare La Cucina is an Italian restaurant famous for its traditional Neapolitan-style pizza. Although the restaurant isn’t in the center of all the action, people still stop by for their fix of authentic wood-fire brickoven pizza.
Why it’s worth the trip: Neapolitan Pizza is arguably the best pizza in the world. Plus, you can make your own pizza!
Recommended dishes: their White Pizza (₱420), Wagyu Pizza (₱720), and Roasted Mallow Speculoos Pizza (₱280)
Red Rustikz – Gen Luna Rd.
A fusion of Italian, Spanish, and Filipino cuisine, Red Rustikz is a hidden gem among the many crowded establishments spotted around The City of Pines. Red Rustikz exudes a casual, laidback atmosphere whilst serving sumptuous meats, pastas, and pizzas.
Why it’s worth the trip: They make their own fresh pizza and pasta.
Recommended dishes: their Pumpkin Seafood Risotto (₱195) and 200G. Baby Back Ribs Provencale (₱225).
Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna – Outlook Drive
Known as Baguio’s first authentic Greek restaurant, Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna is a hidden gem that serves Greek and Mediterranean specialties made by their in-house chef who hails from Athens, Greece.
Why it’s worth the trip: A scenic view of the fragrant trees and Cordillera mountains.
Recommended dishes: their Moussaka (₱230), Lemon and Olives Lamb Rack (₱990), and Baklava (₱160).
Mario’s Restaurant – Upper Session Road
A long-time favorite among Baguio’s locals and tourists, Mario’s Restaurant has been serving Spanish-Filipino fare since 1971.
Why it’s worth the trip: Mario’s Restaurant is considered both a pioneer and a culinary heavyweight for fusion cuisine in Baguio
Recommended dishes: their Lengua con Setas (₱650), Callos Madrileña (₱550), and New York Cheesecake (₱215).
Foggy Mountain Cookhouse is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. Reservations and pre-orders should be made at least one day before booking date. Check out the Firepit, scented with herbs, that’s used to warm guests during colder nights or roast marshmallows.
Why it’s worth the trip: Chef Babs opens his home porch to serve customers a private and specialized dinner based on what’s fresh for the day.
We recommend: Making reservations 1-3 days before.
172 St. Joseph Street, San Carlos Heights, Baguio
Mama’s Table – Ambuklao Rd.
Mama’s Table is a private fine dining experience set inside Vicky Clemente’s secluded glass garden home. They offer a French-inspired, 8-course degustation meal where there is no menu, for that extra kick of surprise element to your date.
Why it’s worth the trip: They only serve one party at a time, ensuring a truly intimate and personalized dining experience.
We recommend: Bringing your own wine as there is no corkage fee!
Strictly by reservations only
888-A Ambuklao Rd, Baguio City
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