So me and my friends (aka my former students) went to Baguio last Bonifacio Day weekend. I actually never thought of going back and enjoy Baguio again. It is a well known fact that it is already overrated but who cares? Many of us treats Baguio as a go to destination for a quick weekend get away! So eventhough there’s not much to see there, we have decided to come.
Before we finally take that decision to go on a long haul bus ride, I did my research first. I really don’t want to go to overrated places there like Burnham, Mines View and the like. I want to have a better experience by avoiding the common places. So what’s the best solution to that problem? Start a gastronomic journey! I have been there too many times already but I really haven’t experienced what their restaus and cafés has to offer. So without further ado, here are the four restaus and cafés that we’ve been to where you can chill, eat and relax!
- Lemon and Olives Greek Tavern
Lemon and Olives claims that they are the first authentic Greek restaurant in Baguio City for their head chef is a Greek who came from Athens. I don’t know much about Greek Cuisine but I can say that my experience here is more than satisfying!
The ambiance of this Greek Tavern is really nice! Very Mediterranean, very Instagrammable!
2. Hill Station at Casa Vallejo- Upper Session Road near SM Baguio
Well, I’ve read from Lissa Kahayon’s blog that the Hill Station is really a must see for anyone who will go to Baguio. Well, she’s correct! I celebrated my birth month there and we ordered really good and satisfying food! We even went back the next day for an afternoon tea!
The ambiance of Casa Vallejo’s Hill Station would give you a five star feels! I think almost everyone who comes and dine here are really important and high ranking people. But don’t be fooled, it might give you a really expensive feel but really, the food and the service comes in a very reasonable pricing!
3. Decades Fusion Cuisine and After Hours Joint- Outlook Drive
After hours of researching on the internet, we have decided to try out Decades. Apparently they have the best baby back ribs in strawberry sauce that’s why I asked my friends if we can go and try. They agreed and Decades did not disappoint (luckily).
We ordered a platter good for four which turned out as a great deal because everything is for PHP 999 only! What a deal!
This place is a heaven for those group of people who just want to take in the Baguio temperature at night while sipping hot chocolate and talk about anything. We stayed here for hours and called this experience our kind of night out since none of us is a party goer. The place is perfect for first dates, catching up and things like that.
If I were to rank these four lovely cafes and restaurants, this would be the order:
- Hill Station by Casa Vallejo
- Lemon and Olives
Also, if I will be choosing according to category, it would be this:
Winner is Hill Station
Winner is Lemon and Olives Greek Tavern
Winner is Decades Fusion Cuisine and After Hours Joint
GOOD FOR NIGHT OUT FOR INTROVERTS
Winner is Tsokolateria
But all in all, they are equally good!
So guys, if you’re planning to go to the City of Pines this Holiday Season, be sure to visit these four restaus because I’m a hundred percent sure that you will also love them! Happy Holidays!
Credits to my friends Chelsea, Micah and Mikee for contributing pictures!