Top Things to Do in Baguio City
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(Baguio City, Philippines) Looking for fun things to do in Baguio City? Baguio is known as the summer capital of Philippines and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Luzon. Pine scented cool breeze is the peculiarity of this city. Apart from the cold weather and fresh food, you can also enjoy Boating, shopping, and horseback riding in this city.
Your visit to the highlands will not be complete without seeing or doing the following:
Sketching sessions with artists in Tam-awan Village
Even though there are malls in which you can have sketching sessions with artists in Manila, it is something different to have it with cool pine breeze blowing around you and the soft sound of nature in Tam-awan Village. The artists staying in Tam-awan Village will give a finished sketch within an hour while having green salad in their in-house restaurant or while touring around the traditional houses in the village.
Tam-Awan is famous for arts. The tiny entrance of this beautiful village itself will give us a hint about the culture and arts of the village. Kalinga and Ifugao huts are the specialties of this village. Some of these huts are opened for lodging, souvenir shops and as coffee shops.
Buy Fresh vegetables and fruits
During the dry and cool months in Baguio City, people can buy strawberries in the public market or at the Burnham Park. You may also want to visit La Trinidad Benguet and pick the berries themselves. All the fruits and vegetables in this city are cheap and freshly picked every day. Strawberry jams are also available at a reasonable price.
Strawberry Taho (soft/silken tofu)
Strawberry taho is a special drink in Baguio city. It is available at a cheap price of 10 – 15 pesos per cup. Taho is a local delicacy prepared from soy and sweetened using liquid sugar. Tapioca balls are also served together with this drink. This special mix is topped with strawberry syrup and whole strawberries.
Visit Camp John Hay
Camp John Hay used to be a US camp that has been converted into a recreation center and park. It has a golf course, hotels, long pine tree-lined roads and shopping centers. A mini mountain hike can also be done here. Within the camp, you can also visit Duty-Free Shops and various specialty restaurants while enjoying the cold weather in Camp John Hay.
Horseback riding in Baguio
There are several horseback riding spots in Baguio City but most popular one is in Wright Park. Some of the horseback riding trails are also available near Baguio Country Club, Camp John Hay, and Mines View Park.
Buy Mountain Coffee
The coffee made from Kopi Luwak, which is the world’s most expensive coffee bean, is available in this city. Inside the public market, there are stalls that sell different types of Philippine produced coffee like Benguet Blend, Kalinga Brew, Monks Blend and Kapeng Barako.
Visit Burnham Park
There are many beautiful places in this city from which the marvelous beauty of nature can be captured. There are fruits, flowers, trees, and birds abundantly in the city.
There are many beautiful gifts including wooden carvings, silver jewelry, woven cloths and other handicrafts that are produced in the Mountain Province and Benguet. If you want to save money, buy your souvenir items inside the public market.
Pink Sisters Convent
At this convent, all wishes are said to come true. As a wish is written and given, the nuns in the convent will pray for it to come true. Donations can be given, but this is not required. If visitors are interested, they can do so. The convent is also popular among tourists because of their products like Ube Jam, Cookies and other baked goodies.
Ukay-Ukay Shopping at the Night Market
One of the famous activities of Baguio tourists is Ukay-Ukay shopping. Ukay Ukay shops are stores that sell secondhand goods (such as clothing, shoes, bags, furniture, etc.) at dirt cheap prices. Products are usually shipped from the US, Hong Kong, and Europe to the Philippines. The streets fronting Burnham Park becomes an Ukay-Ukay haven every night starting from 9pm till 2am. A good selection of second-hand goods are available in Session Road but they are a bit expensive.
Visit the Baguio Cathedral
Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral, better known as Baguio Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located at Cathedral Loop, adjacent to Session Road in Baguio City.
Visit Baguio Lourdes Grotto
The Baguio Lourdes Grotto is another Catholic shrine and place of meditation in Baguio City. It is located on a high hill in the western part of the city where you will find the image of the Lady of Lourdes. The grotto is a favorite pilgrimage site destination during Holy Week most especially during Holy Thursday and Good Friday. You can reach the image of the Lady of Lourdes by hiking up 252 steps or by driving a light vehicle through a winding, narrow and steep asphalt-paved road.
Visit the Bell Church of Baguio City
The Bell Church of Baguio City is a magnificent Taoist Church that sits between Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet. Part of the reason why the Bell Church might be missed is because it has typically not been offered as a part of the local tours offered by travel agencies because it sits just a bit outside of the normal routes of things to see when you are visiting Baguio City. It is a site you don’t want to miss, but you have to go a little out of your way to see it.
Eat, Eat and Eat
Baguio is also known as a Food Haven. A lot of new restaurants are now getting more positive reviews from tourists like the Ketchup Republic, Chef’s Home and Oh my Gulay. Other popular restaurants include Cafe by the Ruins, Viscos Pizza, Tamawan Village Restaurant and Star Cafe.
Stopover at StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork
The Colors of StoBoSa, officially designated as the StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork, is a community artwork designed by the Tam-awan Village group and is a locally recognized tourist attraction in the town of La Trinidad, Benguet. The paintwork of multiple houses composes the single artwork.
Appreciate Art at BenCab Museum
See various galleries and artworks in various mediums at BenCab Museum. The Museum houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab). Located in Asin Road, just 15-minute drive from the city center, the gallery also has an alfresco coffee shop with a beautiful view of the adjacent garden, farm, hill and mini-forest, and the surrounding mountains.
Strawberry Picking in La Trinidad
Strawberry Picking is one of the most popular activity in La Trinidad, Benguet – a town located right next to the City of Pines. Due to its popularity, the town of La Trinidad created a festival aptly called “Strawberry Festival”. The best time to do strawberry picking is from November to May when there’s less precipitation in the highlands.
Visit the Japanese Tunnel
Located at the Baguio Botanical Garden along Leonard Wood Road, the 150-meter Japanese tunnel walkway was opened to the public in February 2014.
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Originally Published on June 24, 2013, this guide on Things to do in Baguio City was last updated in August 2018.