Is Baguio worth visiting? Yes! This mural of an Igorot woman is one of the reasons why it is so.

31 Best Things to Do in Baguio + Tourist Spots

I’ve visited many places in the Philippines, but Baguio remains my favorite. Aside from its chilly weather and breathtaking landscapes, I love its rich history and culture and its thriving art and culinary scene.

When I was a kid, my Dad would drive us up to the City of Pines, and we would visit the top tourist spots in Baguio. When my brother was studying at the University of the Philippines, I’d head straight to Victory Liner in Cubao from work and take the bus to Baguio almost every weekend. And when my partner was in the Philippines for a vacation, I spent a couple of months with her and her Tatay in Baguio.

The Boho Travels at Arca’s Yard, Baguio. Photo taken by Sarji Ruiz. December 2021.

I still visit Baguio every now and then (on my own, with my family and friends, or for work)—to eat, enjoy the cool Baguio breeze, or just visit my favorite spots—especially when I need to recharge and find myself again.

If you’re looking for the best things to do in Baguio to help you plan your vacation in the Summer Capital of the Philippines, you’re in the right place!

⏳ Short on time?

Here are the links to my top recommendations for your Baguio trip:

✈️ Flights: Book your flights to Manila or Cebu via Trip.com
🚌 Bus to Baguio from Manila: Book with Victory Liner or 12go
🛌 Accommodation: I recommend staying at Peredo’s Lodging House (budget), Microtel by Wyndham Baguio (mid-range), or The Manor at Camp John Hay (luxury)
🚗 Car Rentals: Discover Cars
🗺️ Tours: Book with Klook (very popular in Asia), GetYourGuide, and Viator

🏞️ Recommended Activities:
Baguio Instagram Walking Tour
Breathe Baguio Join In Tour
Baguio Historical Tour
Atok Gardens Day Tour

*These are all the sites I personally use to book my trips, and if you use them, some of them will earn me a commission at no extra cost to you. This helps reduce the ever-increasing costs of keeping my site up. Thanks!

BEST Things to Do in Baguio

There are SO many things to do in Baguio!

From visiting Baguio tourist spots, going on a Baguio Instagram walking tour, shopping in its ukay-ukays, exploring the local culinary scene, and immersing yourself in its vibrant art and culture, you can spend days, weeks, and months (as I have!) without running out of things to do.

So, without further ado, here are, in my opinion, the best things to do in Baguio. Enjoy!

✔️ Visit the Top Baguio Tourist Spots

If this is your first time visiting the City of Pines, I recommend that you include a visit to the top Baguio tourist spots in your itinerary.

1. Immerse yourself in indigenous culture, art, and heritage at Tam-awan Village.

Tam-awan Village is the place to go if you want to have a taste of Baguio’s indigenous art, culture, and heritage.

At Tam-awan Village, you can see and explore authentic huts from Kalinga and Sagada, preserved and maintained by artists from the Cordilleras. You can rent one of the native huts for a unique experience.

While you can explore Tam-awan Village on your own, you can also get a tour guide from the Village. Ours was an Igorot from the Cordilleras (among the indigenous peoples of the Philippines), from whom we learned more about their traditions, culture, and heritage.

And explore their nature trail – a great space to commune with nature and snap some photos.

They also hold exhibits of artworks of seasoned and aspiring local artists at their gallery. And have a nature trail that you can explore and enjoy.

When you’re done, you can have a cup of native Benguet coffee at the Tam-awan Cafe while maybe getting your portrait sketches from their artists (if you’re lucky, like us!).

📍 Tam-awan Village: 366-C Pinsao Proper, Baguio City, 2600 Philippines
Entrance Fee: Php 60 (adults); Php 40 (students and senior citizens); Php 30 (kids below 10 years old); FREE (3 years old and below).


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    2. Be surrounded by nature at Baguio Botanical Garden.

    Exploring Baguio Botanical Garden is one of my favorite things to do in Baguio. Here, you can get lost in your thoughts as you walk around surrounded by gorgeous flowers and lush trees.

    A woman on a bridge visiting the Baguio Botanical Gardens - one of the best things to do in Baguio

    If you’re a nature lover, looking to take Instagram-worthy shots, or simply craving peace and tranquility, then include Baguio Botanical Garden in your list on your next visit to Baguio.

    📍 Baguio Botanical Garden: 37 Leonard Wood Road, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
    Entrance Fee: Php 100 (adults and children 13 years old and above); Php 50 (children 12 years old and below); 20% discount for senior citizens and PWDs


    3. Strawberry picking at the La Trinidad Strawberry Farm.

    Strawberry picking at the Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad is a popular thing to do when you visit Baguio.

    About 30 minutes from the city center, you can drive up to La Trinidad and experience harvesting strawberries straight from the Strawberry Farm and buy them to take home, too!

    You can pass by the Bell Church and the StoBoSa Bridge on your way back!

    📍 La Trinidad’s Strawberry Farm: La Trinidad, Benguet
    Entrance Fee: FREE (but you need to pay for the strawberries that you pick)


    4. Try local street foods at Baguio Night Market.

    If you like immersing yourself in local culture, then you should include going to the Baguio Night Market in your list of things to do in Baguio.

    There are pop-up booths that would only be set up before it gets dark and food stalls that would open only in the evenings.

    Here, you can bargain hunt, try street foods, and enjoy the vibrant energy of Baguio at night.

    My friend Sarji and I went there one Christmas season, and we had a blast trying street foods and people-watching!

    📍 Baguio Night Market: Harrison Rd, Baguio, Benguet


    5. Go thrifting at Baguio’s many ukay-ukay stores.

    Baguio’s quite famous for its ukay-ukay stores. At Session Road, you can go inside one of its hidden alleys and find thrift shops where you can get designer clothes and bags that cost almost nothing – if you know how to spot an original one!

    6. Go on a boat ride at the century-old Burnham Park Lagoon.

    Burnham Park is a popular Baguio tourist spot. Here, you’ll find people jogging, biking, or trying out local snacks while spending time with their loved ones or just enjoying their time alone.

    One of the things that you can do here is to go boating at their century-old man-made lagoon.

    I admit that I wasn’t into it at first. ‘Cos, it didn’t look too exciting. But, when I visited Burnham Park with my friends who’ve never been to Baguio, we agreed to try boating at the Burnham Park Lagoon and – I can’t believe I’m saying it – I had a blast! So, you might want to try this yourself, too.

    📍 Burnham Park: Jose Abad Santos Dr, Baguio, 2600 Benguet


    7. Light a candle and say a prayer at Baguio Cathedral.

    Our Lady of the Atonement Cathedral, also known as Baguio Cathedral, is one of the most popular tourist spots in Baguio, especially for Catholics.

    You can attend a mass (sometimes in Ilokano, their native dialect), say a prayer, or light a candle at Baguio Cathedral.

    You can also climb the 104-step staircase that ends at the Calvary.

    📍 Our Lady of the Atonement (Baguio Cathedral): 2600 Steps To Our Lady Of Atonement Cathedral, Baguio, Benguet


    8. Take in the scenery at the Mines View Observation Deck.

    I admit that this is a very touristy thing to do in Baguio. But, if it’s your first time visiting the Summer Capital, I still recommend dropping by the Mines View Park’s Observation Deck.

    From here, you can enjoy an overlooking view of the abandoned copper and gold mines and the Benguet mountains.

    What I like most about this place is that it brings out old memories of when my family and I could still travel together. So, I still visit the place every chance I get to take pictures and share them with my parents, who can’t travel to far places anymore.  

    💡 PRO TIP: Check out the stalls if you’re looking for unique finds! I’ve bought several earrings and bracelets from the local vendors that I still use!

    📍 Mines View Observation Deck: Mines View, Baguio, Benguet
    Entrance Fee: Php 10


    9. Enjoy the nightlife at Session Road.

    One of the things I love to do in Baguio is take a stroll on the vibrant Session Road at night. While it’s also a great experience to explore Session Road in the morning, nights on the city’s most famous street just hit differently.

    There were days when we wouldn’t go out until evenings and head to Session Road to have dinner at one of its many restaurants and then have drinks at one of its bars.

    💡 Be careful with your belongings. While Baguio is generally safe, you should practice caution when walking along its busy streets and watch out for pickpockets. My brother once slapped the hand of a pickpocket, trying to get his phone from his front pocket!


    10. Take a snap of The Mansion.

    Declared as a National Historic Landmark in 2009, The Mansion is the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines.

    Many tourists flock to The Mansion to have a photo with it as a backdrop. It’s like if you don’t have a photo at The Mansion, then you’ve never been to Baguio.

    📍 The Mansion: Romulo Dr, Baguio, Benguet
    Entrance Fee: FREE


    11. Try horseback riding at Wright Park.

    Just in front of The Mansion, you can already see the Wright Park Fountain. Traverse it and you’d get to the Wright Park Stables.

    If you’re traveling with kids, this is one of the fun things you can do in Baguio. I think I love Baguio so much (aside from it being where I reconnected with my now-partner) because of the memories I have here with my family when I was younger.

    So, if you want to create core memories with your kids, one way of doing that is to try horseback riding at Wright Park.

    📍 Wright Park Horse Stables: Wright Park, The Mansion, Romulo Dr, Baguio, Benguet
    Entrance Fee: FREE | Horseback Riding: Php 600 per hour, Php 300 per 30 minutes, plus Php 50.00 for double ride


    12. Forest bathing at Camp John Hay.

    When you think of Baguio, chilly weather and pine trees would probably come to mind. At least, that’s how I imagined Baguio when I was younger.

    While my perception of Baguio has evolved to being a huge artists’ hub (which I love), I still can get the old Baguio feels from Camp John Hay.

    If you’re looking to spend time with your family away from the noise, enjoy walking on the forest trail, or just have a cuppa coffee while enjoying the cool Baguio breeze, you can get that from Camp John Hay.

    It’s become one of my favorites, and I never miss visiting Camp John Hay when I go to Baguio.

    📍 Camp John Hay Forest Bathing Trail: Camp John Hay, Baguio, Benguet
    Entrance Fee: FREE


    13. Enjoy a visual feast at BenCab Museum in Tuba.

    One of my favorite things to do in Baguio is to immerse myself in art at the BenCab Museum, owned by Philippine National Artist Benedicto Reyes Cabrera (BenCab). 

    Just 25 minutes away from Session Road, the BenCab Museum houses the works of the National Artist as well as those of other notable and rising Filipino contemporary artists.

    After soaking yourself in the fascinating paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints found in the galleries and exhibition rooms at BenCab, you can also go on an eco-trail tour at BenCab Museum’s farm and garden.

    At Cafe Sabel, you can enjoy fresh and natural food made from ingredients sourced from BenCab’s organic farm, as well as a cup of BenCab’s Brew (brewed from the coffee trees at the farm).

    📍 BenCab Museum: Km. 6 Asin Rd, Tuba, 2603 Benguet
    Entrance Fee: Php 200 (general admission); Php 150 (senior citizens and PWDs with valid ID); Php 120 (student with valid Philippine school issued ID); Php 150 (guide fee per group)


    14. Take Instagram-Worthy Photos at Northern Blossom Flower Farm

    If you’re heading to Baguio between January to April, you should include a visit to the Northern Blossom Flower Farm on your list of things to do in Baguio.

    As it is quite a drive from Baguio, leave early in the morning to fully enjoy the breathtaking sceneries and the gorgeous flowers.

    📍 Northern Blossom Flower Farm: Halsema Highway, Atok, Benguet
    Environmental Fee: Php 50 (adults); Php 40 (senior citizens and PWDs); FREE (Children 10 years old and below)

    15. Bargain-hunt at Maharlika Livelihood Center, Abanao Square, Baguio Public Market.

    One of the things I love doing in Baguio is bargain-hunting at Maharlika Livelihood Center. I’d usually schedule an afternoon to spend here looking for trinkets, accessories, and pasalubong I could bring to my family and friends back home.

    Here, you can buy native goods, clothing, wood carvings, Baguio delicacies, and the famous walis tambo (whisk broom).

    💡 PRO TIP: It gets crowded here, not just with tourists but with locals, too. So I’d recommend taking a taxi or Grab to any of these places, going on foot as you go around and discover what you can buy, and then just taking the cab or commuting back to your hotel. It can be tricky to find a parking spot, and if you don’t prepare ahead of time, you might miss your chance to shop here (like what happened to us during our last visit)!

    📍 Maharlika Livelihood Center: Magsaysay Avenue, Corner Abanao St, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
    📍 Abanao Square: Abanao Corner, Zandueta St, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
    📍 Baguio Public Market: Magsaysay Ave, Baguio, 2600 Benguet


    16. Get your ube jam and other Baguio delicacies for pasalubong from the Good Shepherd Convent.

    What’s your favorite pasalubong (part of the Filipino culture of bringing a keepsake or a gift from a trip) from Baguio? When I get the chance, I buy ube jam (purple yam) for my Dad, who loves it!

    And the best place to buy your ube jam and other Baguio delicacies is from Good Shepherd.

    💡 PRO TIP: While you can also get Ube Jams from the Baguio Public Market and other establishments in Baguio, I invite you to buy directly from Good Shepherd. When you do, you’re also helping them with their charitable endeavors to empower women and children.

    📍 Good Shepherd Convent: Gibraltar Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet


    17. Go on thrilling rides at Sky Ranch Baguio.

    Sky Ranch Baguio is one of the newest attractions in Baguio.

    Open from 11am to 8pm daily, you can go on thrilling rides with your family, friends, or significant other, like the Sky Cruiser, Flying Bus, Red Barron. Ride the giant ferris wheel and get a bird’s eyeview of the city!

    📍 Sky Ranch Baguio: Luneta Hill, Upper Session Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
    Entrance Fee: Php 50 (weekdays); Php 80 (weekends)


    ✔️ Discover these Unique Places to Visit in Baguio

    If you like experiencing things that are special to your destination, then the next ones on the list are for you. Here are things to do at some of the unique places to visit in Baguio. 

    18. Immerse yourself in art at Ili-Likha Artists’ Wateringhole.

    Formerly known as Ili-Lika Artists Village, Ili-Likha Artists’ Wateringhole is one of the rare gems in Baguio. Just a few steps from Session Road, this eco-art complex was conceptualized by renowned artist Kidlat Tahimik. Here, you can find eccentric art in every nook and cranny—even its staircases!

    You can have a cup of coffee or enjoy a meal at one of their many shops while being surrounded by art.

    📍 Ili-Likha Artists’ Wateringhole: 32 Assumption Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
    Entrance Fee: FREE


    19. Watch Cordilleran weavers create hand-woven handicrafts at the Easter Weaving Room.

    If you’ve read my earlier blog posts, you’d know I started The Boho Travels after backpacking around the Philippines to visit indigenous communities. In 2012, I had the chance to meet the oldest mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattoo artist), Apo Whang-od, and witness her ink the beautiful tattoo on my friend, Tara, go on an adventure to meet the seemingly elusive Eskaya tribe in Bohol, and witness the dream weavers of the T’boli community create T’nalak in South Cotabato.

    So, I was thrilled to find out that I didn’t have to hike up the mountain or travel far and wide to watch the skillful Cordilleran weavers create hand-woven handicrafts.

    Established in 1909, Easter Weaving Room is one of the oldest weaving centers in Baguio. Intending to promote and preserve the weaving heritage of the Cordilleras using looms, they now allow visitors to witness Bontoc women skillfully weaving colorful threads into textiles that will then be used to create clothes, bags, shoes, blankets, placemats, etc.

    If you love indigenous products, then you should include a visit to the Easter Weaving Room in your list of things to do in Baguio.

    📍 Easter Weaving Room: 2 Easter Road, Guisad, Baguio City
    Entrance Fee: FREE


    20. Enjoy the smell of books at Mt. Cloud Bookshop.

    Rio asked me what I wanted to do in Baguio, and I told her I was open to anything, but I would like to visit the quaint Mt. Cloud Bookshop.

    I don’t know about you. But I’ve always loved being in bookstores. I love the smell of books. I love being surrounded by books. And the thrill of finding that book that speaks out to me. In Manila, I would always hang out in bookstores, especially in their Filipiniana section, looking at the book covers and reading the backs of the books. I would always be excited to find out which books would be the best for me to buy during that visit. I acknowledge the heart and soul poured on each page of these books. I love the diversity of stories and how beautifully they all seem to fit together in one bookshop. 

    And Mt. Cloud gave me the same feeling. It’s like a world of its own, a convergence of different stories and personalities. And I was glad to have visited it with the perfect companion. 🙂

    They’ve since moved to a new home, where they also hold creative wellbeing workshops, spoken word events, and read-and-chat sessions with the authors of books they feature in their bookstore.

    If you love books and bookstores, then you should include visiting Mt. Cloud Bookshop in your list of things to do in Baguio.

    📍 Mt. Cloud Bookshop: 1 Yangco Road, Corner Brent Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet


    21. Go on a cosmic journey at the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary.

    This is one of the unique things that you can do in Baguio. I had never heard of Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary until Rio and her Tatay introduced me to this place.

    Here, you can walk the trail of the 14 stations of the cosmic journey and be reminded how the universe came about and how we are all interconnected.

    While there are many green spaces in Baguio where you can commune with nature and do self-reflection, Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary is unlike any of the other places I have visited in Baguio.

    It was probably because we went there one gloomy afternoon, coupled with the ruins and the fact that there were only the three of us taking a stroll in the sanctuary, that I found walking through the trails a tad bit creepy.

    It’s not as popular as the others on this list, but if you want to go on a spiritual journey, this is something worth considering including in your list of things to do in Baguio.

    📍 Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary: 25 Sto. Tomas North Rd, Campo Sioco, Baguio City, Philippines
    Entrance Fee: Php 100 (adults); Php 80 (senior citizens, students, and children older than 6 years old); FREE (children 5 years old and below)


    22. Get a glimpse of a cadet’s life at the Philippine Military Academy.

    Marching Cadets at the Philippine Military Academy.

    The Philippine Military Academy is the official training school for Filipinos aspiring to serve in the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It’s one of the top things to do in Baguio, especially for first-time visitors.

    I visited the PMA as a kid with my family and a couple of times more as an adult with my friends.

    Here, you can find different museums, see cadets perform drills, and get a glimpse of a PMA cadet’s life.

    💡 PRO TIP: Make sure you bring sunblock! While the Baguio air is chilly, you will have to walk under the sun to get from one place to another and to enjoy its beautiful surroundings. So, better be prepared and apply sunblock to avoid getting sunburnt!

    📍 Philippine Military Academy: Ft Gen.Gregorio, del Pilar, Baguio, Benguet
    Entrance Fee: Php 20


    23. Stop by the haunted Laperal White House.

    If you’re a fan of scary places, then you should consider visiting the Laperal White House. As much as I want to provide more information about it, I’m sorry, but I’m too scared to even talk about it, so I’ll just let you find out for yourself. 🙂

    📍 Laperal White House: Leonard Wood Road, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
    Entrance Fee: Php 50


    24. Pay a visit to the Cemetery of Negativism at Camp John Hay.

    The Lost Cemetery of Negativism is one of the most unique places I’ve visited in Baguio. While I admit that others may find this unexciting, the experience was quite different for me.

    I’ve said it time and again that travel is my therapy. And one of the things I love about traveling is finding inspiration even in the simplest of things.

    At the Lost Cemetery of Negativism, you’ll find tombstones that will inspire visitors to let go of negative habits and emotions.

    While there were many tombstones that resonated with me, the tomb of Iam Off D Clock was probably my favorite. Back then, I was experiencing burnout. So, seeing this tomb reminded me that I should create boundaries with my time and bury my habit of checking and responding to messages for work, even when I was supposed to be resting.

    📍 Cemetery of Negativism: Camp John Hay, Baguio, Benguet
    Entrance Fee: Php 85 (adults); Php 40 (students, senior citizens, PWDs); FREE (children below 4 feet)


    ✔️ Explore Baguio’s Thriving Culinary Scene

    One of my favorite things to do in Baguio is to explore its thriving culinary scene – especially at Baguio homegrown restaurants and cafes.

    25. Enjoy a vegetarian meal at Oh My Gulay!

    Also owned by Kidlat Tahimik, Oh My Gulay! is another place you must visit when you’re in Baguio.

    I first heard of Oh My Gulay! from my true-blue Baguio friend, Ate Tanya. And, since my first visit, I have fallen in love with the place.

    It’s located on the fifth floor of the La Azotea Building on Session Road. There was no elevator, as far as I know, so we climbed the staircase to get there.

    A vegetarian restaurant and art space for emerging local artists, this place offers coffee and vegetarian meals surrounded by interesting paintings and sculptures.

    📍 Oh My Gulay!: 108 Session Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet


    26. Have a cup of coffee at Choco-late de Batirol.

    Friends at Choco-late de Batirol. Photo taken by Billy Palatino. 2017.

    One of the things I love doing in Baguio is having a warm cup of hot chocolate while enjoying the chilly weather. And there’s no better place for that than Choco-late de Batirol, a Baguio homegrown.

    Located in Igorot Park, Camp John Hay, you can enjoy a cup of their traditional blend of hot choco-late drink made from the choicest cacao beans. If you’re hungry, they also serve Filipino meals (we’ve tried it, and it was also good!).

    📍 Choco-late de Batirol: Igorot Park, Camp John Hay, Baguio, 2600 Benguet


    27. Enjoy a hearty meal at Baguio’s unique and homegrown Cafe by the Ruins.

    If you want to feel like you’re having a meal in the Summer Capital, consider dining at Cafe by the Ruins, one of the city’s homegrown cafes, on your list of things to do in Baguio.

    With its rustic vibe, homey ambiance, and great food, it’s no wonder the locals and tourists flock to Cafe by the Ruins to have a cup of coffee or a hearty meal.

    You can start your day with a filling breakfast featuring natural and local ingredients sourced from the Cordillera region.

    Or, spend an afternoon just reading your current book or writing about your trip while having a cup of coffee (like what I’ve done a few times).

    But what I’d like to do again is to have a hot cup of Ruins Coffee while it’s raining and super cold in Baguio. It’s simply one of the best experiences.

    📍 Cafe by the Ruins: 25 Shuntug Rd, Baguio, Benguet


    28. Enjoy fine dining with a view at Hill Station.

    If you’re feeling fancy, treat yourself to a fine dining experience (with a view!) at Hill Station in Upper Session.

    I’d be honest. I probably wouldn’t have thought of dining here had it not been for Rio and her Tatay. I’d have been too intimidated by how expensive-looking it is.

    But if you give it a chance, you’d probably be surprised – like I was.

    The food was great! And while it is on the more expensive side, I find that it’s reasonably priced and not too far off from what I’d be willing to pay at other restaurants.

    The ambiance seemed to match what I had expected, too. Most guests seem to be those who enjoy the finer things in life.

    But at the same time, it’s a bit more laid back. I even saw one wearing a pair of slippers!

    My first experience at Hill Station was a wake-up call. Sometimes, I stop myself from trying things out just because I don’t think I would fit in. But how would I know if I’d actually enjoy it if I didn’t give it a shot?

    So, yeah. After my first visit, I’ve dined a couple more times at Hill Station in Upper Session. And every time, I enjoyed it. I hope you will, too!

    📍 Hill Station: Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet


    29. Have a mug of craft beer at Baguio Craft Brewery.

    Have a mug of craft beer from Baguio Craft Brewery - one of the best things to do in Baguio

    If you’re not a fan of commercially available beer, then you might have a kick with the craft beer served at Baguio Craft Brewery.

    Ordering here may be intimidating at first – with all the options available! But the bartenders were very kind and helped us decide which to try first.

    You can visit it in the evenings and enjoy local bands playing live every Thursday through Sunday.

    Or, if you want to enjoy their meals, you can also visit them from 11:00 AM. My friend Sarji and I did this on our way back to Manila, and we loved the food we ordered, too!

    📍 Baguio Craft Brewery: 4 Ben Palispis Hwy, KM 4, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
    Entrance Fee: FREE


    30. Dine with a view at Secret Garden Restaurant and Cafe.

    If you’re coming from Session Road and heading to The Mansion, then you’ve probably passed by this place.

    Tucked away from the city center, the Secret Garden is a quiet spot where you can enjoy Filipino and Italian meals while being surrounded by lush greens.

    If you want to escape the usual tourist areas and enjoy a meal in a homey atmosphere, then you should include dining at the Secret Garden in your list of things to do in Baguio.

    📍 Secret Garden Restaurant and Cafe: 34 Paterno St, Camp John Hay, Baguio, Benguet


    31. Enjoy a meal at Arca’s Yard Cafe.

    While Baguio is home to many Instagrammable places to eat, Arca’s Yard Cafe is one that you shouldn’t miss.

    You can have a cup of coffee or enjoy a sumptuous meal while taking in the panoramic view of the Baguio mountains.

    You can also borrow a book from its mini-library (the owner’s personal collection) and read while sitting or lying on the floor with pillows. 

    💡 PRO TIP: Schedule your visit during off-peak hours. It can get fully booked, and you might end up having to wait for other patrons to finish eating or drinking their coffee before you get seated (like what happened to us when we visited).

    📍 Arca’s Yard Cafe: 777 Tiptop, Ambuklao Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet


    Things to Do in Baguio for Couples

    Baguio’s all-year-round cuddle weather makes it a perfect destination, not just for those who want to escape the scorching heat in the lowlands but also for those who want to spend time with their significant other.

    Here are some lovely things to do in Baguio for couples:

    • Go on a date at the BenCab Museum.
    • Take Instagrammable couple pics at Camp John Hay
    • Spend an afternoon with your significant other at Baguio Botanical Garden
    • Treat your partner to a fine dining experience at Hill Station.
    • Take a stroll along Session Road at night
    • Go boating or biking at Burnham Park.

    🛌 Where to Stay in Baguio

    If you’re taking the Victory Liner Bus to Baguio, I recommend staying at Microtel by Wyndham Baguio. It’s a no-frills accommodation connected to Victory Liner station and can be your jump-off point to any destination in Baguio. I’ve stayed here a few times in the past and have always been very satisfied with my appointed rooms. If you’re mostly spending your time outside, I recommend that you book your stay here.

    📍Budget Option: Peredo’s Lodging House was declared as an Important Cultural Treasure by the National Museum. Here’s my review of my stay at Peredo’s Lodging House.

    📍Mid-Range Option: Microtel by Wyndham Baguio is a 3-star hotel located in Upper Session and connected to Baguio Victory Liner Station. Here’s my experience staying at Microtel by Wyndham Baguio.

    📍Luxury Option: The Manor at Camp John Hay is a luxury hotel that offers an old-world charm and elegance. 


    How to Get to Baguio

    If you’re coming from outside the Philippines, book a flight to Manila or Cebu.

    From Manila

    From Manila, travel time to Baguio is around 4-6 hours, depending on your chosen mode of transportation and how many stopovers you’ll make. I’ve tried taking the bus to Baguio and driving to Baguio.

    By Bus

    What I like about taking the bus to Baguio is the convenience. I normally take the midnight trip and just sleep through most of the trip. Then, when I get to Baguio, I can just ride the jeepneys, book a grab, or hail a taxi to get me to my destination.

    There are a few transport companies that can get you from Manila to Baguio. But I always ride with Victory Liner – whether I’m traveling alone or with family and friends.

    You can book directly on their website: Victory Liner Website. The terminals where you can get a bus ride to Baguio are: Cubao, Pasay, Caloocan, and Sampaloc.

    Or, if you prefer, you can also find other bus trips from Manila to Baguio from this link (make sure to read the reviews before booking, though!).

    By Car

    What I like about driving to Baguio is that we can do stopovers for meals or bathroom breaks whenever we need to. Plus, when we’re in Baguio, we can drive around to the places we’d like to visit and just use Google Maps to guide our way. The downside is that we have to account for parking space wherever we go to.

    If you’re already in Manila and would like to rent a car that you can use to visit Baguio (and other places in the north of Manila), you can book with Discover Cars.

    From Cebu

    If you’re coming from Cebu and planning a visit to Baguio then great news! Philippine Airlines now offer flights from Cebu to Baguio, and back. Cebu to Baguio flights are on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, departing from Mactan at 8:50 AM. Baguio to Cebu flights are on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, departing from Baguio at 11:10 AM.


    FAQs: Things to do in Baguio

    Here are some of the frequently asked questions about things to do in Baguio.

    Aside from its chilly weather and breathtaking landscapes, Baguio is also famous for its rich history and culture, thriving art scene, and as a culinary destination.

    Yes, it is! If you’re looking to take a break from chaotic and scorching hot Manila and love nature, art, culture, and culinary experiences, then you should plan a visit to Baguio.


    The Wrap-Up: Things to do in Baguio

    There are tons of things to do in Baguio – whether it’s your first time or a returning visitor. Of all the places I’ve visited in the Philippines, Baguio is my favorite, so I hope that this curated list of best things to do in Baguio helped you in planning your trip!

    If you need assistance planning your itinerary, or have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to help!


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