I love Baguio: Cafe by the Ruins

In 2010, when things were hazy for me, I knew that I needed Baguio once again.  So, I invited my good friend, Cel, and we spent a couple of nights at Peredo’s Lodging House, having conversations and supporting each other in clearing things out, drinking booze, reading our books, and just enjoying each other’s company.

Good morning, Baguio!

We were intentional in not visiting the tourist spots because, well, we wanted quiet.  But, I had to make her try Cafe by the Ruins, one of my favorite spots in Baguio.

Cafe by the Ruins

Pardon my ugly face.  I was going through a break-up, sorry naman! 😛

Aside from the indigenous artsy feel that it provides, I also love their Ruins Coffee and food options.  Their menu is “designed to feature natural and local ingredients from the region, to purvey vegetables and fruits in their best season and to provide vegetarian options.” (www.facebook.com/Cafe-By-The-Ruins)

I’d usually order their Ernie’s BLT Sandwich and their Ruins Coffee but for that afternoon I had a different sandwich, a healthier one, while Cel had her awesome champorado.

Champorado at Cafe by the Ruins

It was a wonderful trip for me.  Cel helped me dismantle a lot of things.  And, I will forever be grateful to her for that.  Of course, I also got clearing from all those tears I let out.  A friend, Shailoe, once said to me that tears heal and so I shouldn’t be scared of crying.  I took it to heart and cried a lot during the trip.

That’s another thing that endears Baguio to me – it allows me to be who I am without fear of being judged. It allows me to be in the space I’m in and embrace it lovingly.


Cafe by the Ruins
Address: 23 Chuntug Street, 2600 Baguio City, Philippines
Hours: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Contact Number: +63.74.442.4010
How to get there: Take a cab from the bus station and ask the driver to drop you off Cafe by the Ruins, in front of City Hall.

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