Instagrammable Cafes & Restaurants in Baguio City | Part I
Creativity is not a flavor. But the truth is, new-age diners have more than discriminating palates. We also hanker for chic & picture-perfect places to eat. And it took me quite a time, a lot of extra pounds & tons of megapixels to compile the best instagrammable cafes & restaurants in Baguio City.
Baguio City is undeniably the most adored vacation getaway in the Cordilleras. But more than its cold mountain breeze & the chance to whip up that winter-ish fashion, the city is also a favorite destination for food trips.
Food spots here have gone beyond the usual ethnic-artsy feel. Many of it today sport looks that are radiantly toned, asymmetrical & bold. Food are more decadent & the choices more diverse.
Get those cameras & tummies ready because these instagrammable cafes & restaurants in Baguio City are gonna make you strike a pose!
If you love cutesy pastel finish, shabby chic, hipster set-up & artsy backdrops, then here are your go-to spots in Baguio that are perfect for your shoot-before-meal moments.
BAYLEAF by CRIS D’ CUISINE
Old Lucban, Magsaysay Avenue
From set-up to menu, eclectic is the word that best describes Bayleaf. On one side is the sugary feel with teapots & flowers, on the other is the regal Asian-ish touch. Some nooks have contemporary sense & others in cold metal finish.
Chef Cris whips up anything in her kitchen too, from progressive Cordilleran dishes to Vietnamese pho & American steaks. But as a collective experience, Bayleaf is truly outstanding.
THE TWISTED CHEF by CAFE DE ANGELO
St. Patrick’s Village, Paterno Street (South Drive)
If there’s a place that brings life to the slogan “I Love Baguio”, it’s Café de Angelo. It evokes Baguio’s mountain resort elements with typical American cottage home design. Their intimate spacing & open kitchen style tickle wonderful conversations.
Their food is “twistedly” delicious too! Must-tries are bacon rolls, tofu cheeseballs & vegie burger. But you gotta try their latte because it’s just oh lala!
Upper Gen. Luna Road
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Call me a scandalmonger or the bi-atch from hell but I’m letting you in on a cheesy rumor. So there’s this duo named King George Bueno, a pharmacist turned fashion designer & an amiable artsy guy called Michael William Jacob who turned a heritage house into a café.
They DIYed everything, turning a shabby 5-table set-up with a simple coffeemaker to a fantabulous space with a sparkling espresso machine. And do they know their coffee well? Go sip & taste what labor of love is all about. Oh, please, you didn’t read it from me, okay?
Instagram curators, unite! Arca’s Yard is one of the loveliest instagrammable cafes & restaurants in Baguio City. And by that I mean whitewashed walls, beautiful plating & well-grained tables perfect for flatlays.
But Arca’s is more than just about being pretty. It’s also about good organic food like their kamote pie. Another must-try is cloud tea, a wicked concoction of tea, honey & froth milk. They also have a museum & a library. And oh, how’s Sierra Madre as a backdrop for your emo-selfies?
THE COFFEE LIBRARY
REX Residence Hall, Upper Bonifacio Street
Before I got to the Coffee Library, I told myself I would just have a small bite. But dang, when I got in, I declared a cheat day! Sorry for the word, but fuck, their food is flatout delicious!
Their menu is a happy mix of all the cuisines inspired from their travels around the world. Roll baby, roll because their Vietnamese Spring Rolls are to die-for. And their Turkish coffee is devilishly divine.
SESSIONS GALLERY CAFE
411 Jose de Leon Center, Session Road
Who says fine art is only patronized by coiffed-hair, chihuahua-trotting madams & glamazon social climbers? Sessions Gallery Café provides a venue for Baguio artists to exhibit their masterpieces & its young patrons who love food & coffee to meet in a creative space.
Distressing the serious gallery café set-up with tatami seating style & fluffy bean bags surely create a chill vibe. They also relaxed their menu by offering “easy-to-read, easy-to-digest” choices to appeal to the younger market.
2F Gamaphel Bldg., Calderon corner Claudio Street
Middle Session Road
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Wanna go wild & carefree? Sessions Cafe is by far one of the screaming instagrammable cafes & restaurants in Baguio City. Well, this place is a total eye-candy splashed with dainty colors & cutesy stuff in every corner.
Boy, at 42, I never imagined that I would still go gaga demolishing a huge glass of brain-freezing frap. I was a total mess with that frap-on-steroids but hell, it was fun!
80 Upper Gen. Luna Road
People gather in the name of food. And this is what The Kitchen is all about. It’s a yummy narrative of heirloom dishes told over platefuls of our favorite comfort food.
Set in a restored heritage house of the Lazaros, this quaint spot is filled with so much nostalgia. And if period-film setting with dramatic morning lights tickles your IG fancies, get a table on the 2nd floor.
Nevada Square, Loakan Road
Finding beautiful secret spots is like opening a caboodle of treasures & iPiatti Café is one of those food hunts that surprised us in Baguio. Its set-up is simple with just a small square space adorned in shabby chic style.
We had an overload of flavorful pasta, sausages & garden salad. And just as we thought we were stuffed, their chef dished-in a decadent bowl of fried pistachio ice cream. From there we became unstoppable.
BZA HOME ARTS CAFE
37 1st Road, Quezon Hill
If dining in a restored summer residence of the former Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon isn’t enough to make you reserve a table, then let its rich ambience speak for itself.
BZA Home Arts Café is the current resident of this hilltop heritage mansion & attracts the upscale market of Baguio. If you adore food that gods eat in heaven & exquisite furnishings like my favorite Eiffel Tower table set, then dohlink, this is your universe.
CALLE UNO FOOD HUB
3 Escoda St. Corner Naguilian Road, Quezon Hill
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Calle Uno is one of the noisiest instagrammable cafes & restaurants in Baguio City. Framed with colorful food trucks & beetle grillers, this happy hippie spot will surely make you run-out of hashtags.
Munchiez’ steaks & Pendong Grill’s kebab are sinfully delicious. And if you like ribs that are tender, smoky & flavorful, Road Grill is a sure delight. Beware too, because Cheat Day is going to happily sabotage your diet with its quesadilla pizza & churros. But babe, Binge Beetle is gonna make you live outside your rock with its bacon ice cream!