I like Baguio. It may be congested, crowded and commercialized – in so many ways it’s like Metro Manila – but for one thing, it’s cold up there. Especially in the months of December to maybe early to mid-February, Baguio is a very good place to go if you want to escape the hot, humid and sticky temperature of the lowlands.
This year’s trip up to the famed City of Pines was more or less unplanned – me and the wife decided to go only days before the relatively short Christmas break. Plus, we had to do the whole obligatory (but fun and food-filled) dalaw to her relatives based there, so we weren’t able to go around very much.
Still, we managed to visit places like Café By the Ruins, which while a bit more expensive than other food places, is a restaurant you should visit at least once while you’re there. Too bad we never got to go when there were still actual ruins near the place, instead of the Eurotel they built a couple of years ago.
I daresay a trip to Baguio isn’t really complete if you don’t pass the public market for some goods. This is probably the best place to buy your pasalubongs as the wares here are cheaper as compared to places like Mines View.
Fresh flowers and vegetables are in abundance here, and who can forget Kape Umali, our go-to place to for coffee – which we mostly buy for other people. It’s a unique gift that most people appreciate, and judging from the steady stream of customers buying one sort of coffee or another (one of these days I WILL try that crazy expensive civet cat coffee), a lot of other people appreciate their products as well.
Anyway, without further ado, here are more snapshots of Baguio City: