Baguio Food Trip: 5 Restaurants Worth Traveling for

A combination of timeless beauty and laid-back lifestyles, Baguio is home to lush foliage, the sweetest strawberries, and one of the loveliest weathers in the Philippines. Known for its zigzagging roads and chilly temperatures almost all year round, this city in the province of Benguet is a perennial favorite—whether it’s a family out-of-town trip or a barkada excursion.

Food tripping is among the list of Filipinos’ favorite activities, and when it comes to gastronomic explorations, Baguio has no shortage of options. Clustered together in emerging food hubs or tucked away in exclusive locations, the restaurants in the City of Pines offer delectable treats worthy of braving the 6-hour ride for. Below, I’ve rounded up the best places I discovered in my recent trip to Baguio*. Whether it’s private or communal dining you’re seeking after, these 5 restaurants will be sure to meet your needs.

1 | Grumpy Joe

For the ultimate comfort food in Baguio, head over to Grumpy Joe Restaurant situated along the Leonard Wood Road. Owned by a former PBA player, this casual American diner dishes out no-frills indulgence fare—from mouthwatering 5-cheese pizzas and delicious chicken dishes, to hefty burgers and loaded pasta dishes that are all perfect for sharing. Guests go crazy over their imported Private Reserve hot sauce, which is ultra-spicy, and if you love spicy food (and drinks), you must try it and order one of their spiced drinks, like the Inferno Mojito.

Highly recommended: Spicy Seafood Pesto, 5-Cheese Pizza, Sweet Chili Peanut Butter Chicken
Useful tips: Call them to make a reservation, unless you’d like to queue outside. Their hot sauce is REALLY spicy. As in one-drop-could-make-you-burst-into-a-ball-of-sweat spicy.


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Grumpy Joe
Leonard Wood Rd, Baguio City
+63915.912.0202
Budget: around PhP200/head


2 | 2600 Gastropub

The gastropub scene has arrived in Baguio; beer is always associated with cold times, and this couldn’t have been truer in this city. 2600 Gastropub along the Upper General Luna Road offers local, imported, and flavored beers alongside its selection of bar grub. The ambience is reminiscent of popular Manila bars like The Distillery, Draft, and En Route; sports shows and music videos play nonstop on TVs installed all around the dim space. If you’re looking for the perfect nightcap or a lazy unwinding session in Baguio, this is the place to be.

Highly recommended: 4x4 Pizza (4 cheeses, 4 meats), Grilled American Ribs
Useful tip: Happy Hour happens every day from 4 to 8 PM, where 3 beers are sold for only PhP120—and PhP150 with appetizer!


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2600 Gastropub
6 Upper General Luna Road, Baguio City
Budget: around PhP300/head


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3 | Foggy Mountain Cookhouse

If you seek a delicious meal in a more intimate set-up, Foggy Mountain Cookhouse is the place to check out. Perched near the mountainside in San Carlos Heights, Foggy Mountain is actually Chef Babes’ lovely home, which he opens up for hungry (and curious) diners. The place has an alfresco area perfect for viewing the foggy landscape of Baguio; his living area gets converted to a dining hall too. Chef Babes’ goal is to provide healthy and delicious Mediterranean-inspired gourmet food (whose ingredients are sourced from his own organic garden) without making diners break the bank.

Highly recommended: Chicken Parmesan Pie, Porchetta, Pumpkin Pie
Useful tip: The place is open Mondays to Saturdays for lunch (1:00AM – 3:00PM) and dinner (6:00PM – 11:00PM) and reservations must be made at least one day in advance. Pre-ordering is highly encouraged.


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Foggy Mountain Cookhouse
172 St Joseph Street, San Carlos Heights, Purok 24, Baguio City
+63916.767.4687/+63932.762.3639/+63949.357.7617
Budget: around PhP500/head


4 | Vizco’s

If you love desserts and want to taste the best of Baguio, the first place you should visit is Vizco’s Restaurant and Cake Shop. It offers what I think is the best Strawberry Shortcake I’ve ever encountered, with fresh, sweet, and mildly tart strawberries crowning each slice of delicate cream and cake. The sweetness level is just right, the slice size big but still seemingly small because you would want to devour the whole effing cake. If your life’s biggest regret is not pursuing the career you actually wanted or something, you’re wrong—it should be the fact that there’s no Vizco’s in Manila.

Highly recommended: Strawberry Shortcake, French Apple Pie
Useful tip: Who cares? Just get the cake—a whole one, if you can.

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Vizco's
Session Road, Baguio City (also has a branch in Ayala Land - Technohub)
+6374.446.7085
Budget: around PhP200/head


5 | The Coffee Library

Situated at the ground floor of Rex Hall Student Residences near Saint Louis University, The Coffee Library is a newly-opened cafĂ© in Baguio offering affordable snacks, desserts, all-day breakfast, and of course, coffee. The trendy setup entices mostly the younger crowd—the long tables are perfect for group study or meal sharing, the decorative pieces Instagrammable. But if you think their arsenal of brews is limited to the typical ones, you’re mistaken—The Coffee Library has Vietnamese coffee, a bolder type of drink I especially like! Pair it with their liquor-laced cupcakes, or any of their breakfast sets.

Highly recommended: the basic Vietnamese coffee (Ca Phe Sua)
Useful tip: Be adventurous and play around with the other Vietnamese coffee concoctions, like the one with yogurt and sticky rice (Ca Phe Sua Chua)!

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The Coffee Library
Rex Hall, Upper Bonifacio St., Baguio City
+63917.503.7962
Budget: PhP100-PhP250/head


BONUS: Lucia's Bed & Breakfast

Breakfast here is awesome. If you like fresh, healthy, rustic, and delicious food, you will enjoy the food here. Everything is made from scratch; the ingredients come from their own organic garden, from burger patties to taco wraps! Pretty plates too! They'll be putting up a full-blown restaurant soon (right now it only caters to those checked in at Lucia), and I'm looking forward to this (full review of the place coming soon)!

In fact, I would honestly say that the food here was the most memorable in the recent Baguio food trip I had.


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Lucia's Bed & Breakfast
7 Navy Base Road Extension, Baguio City


Have you tried any of these places? Can you recommend restaurants to add to the list?

* Special thanks to PinasMuna.com!

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