Known for chilly sweater-weather, Baguio is the perfect place to enjoy a cuppa or two with a friend. Lucky for you, the City of Pines has a lot of quirky cafes for you to laze around with coffe in hand. We list down some of the best cafes for your next road trip.
Cafe by the Ruins
Location: 25 Shuntug Rd
Not even a devasting fire back in 2017 could stop Baguio institution Cafe by the Ruins. After a short break, the cafe is back at its original location. Established by 12 Baguio artists including Ben Cabrera (yes, of the BenCab museum), the cafe soon became famous as a gathering space for artists and performers. Drop by for a cup of coffee, and be sure to order their famous Camote Bread.
The Coffee Library
Location: Rex Hall, Upper Bonifacio St.
If you enjoy a strong brew, you’ll love The Coffee Library and their extensive list of Vietnamese coffee-based drinks. You can pair your Caphe Sua (hot Vietnamese coffee) and Caphe Sua Da (iced Vietnamese coffee) with dishes from the Southeast Asian country like Nem Ran or crispy fried spring rolls stuffed with minced pork and mushrooms. Meanwhile, if Vietnamese coffee is too strong for your taste, you can also get something from their menu of espresso-based drinks instead or even non-caffeinated fruit shakes and juices.
Cafe de Angelo
Location: 54 Chapis Village Rd.
The best coffee shops are the ones that immediately make you feel at home, and that’s exactly what Cafe de Angelo does. Located at the owner’s backyard, Cafe De Angelo maintains a cozy vibe with lots of greenery and knickknacks all over the cozy space. Plus, the kitchen only uses fresh, organic ingredients for its menu of sandwiches, pasta, and more. Pair your coffee or hot chocolate with their best-selling Sirloin Steak Sandwich or Turon Pa-Klas (turon served with ice cream).
Location: Ambuklao Rd.
Arca’s Yard is actually a three-story house that’s been repurposed into a cafe, and they maintain the homey vibe with an assortment of paintings and antiques. The cafe, which is a 10- to 15-minute drive away from Baguio City-proper, boasts a fantastic view of the Baguio’s mountains, especially from the second-floor balcony. You can chill at the main dining area or at the attic that has floor cushions instead of seats with coffee, hot chocolate or their best-selling Cloud Tea with cream and wild honey. Plus, a bonus for bookworms: Arca’s Yard is also home to a mini library!Continue reading below ↓
Location: 25 J.Felipe Street, Lualhati
For a taste of Cordilleran cuisine, drop by Cafe Yagam. The cafe feels like a mountain lodge, with rustic wood benches and tables, and an actual fireplace. While their menu offers the standard cafe fare of pasta, sandwiches, and appetizers, it’s their Cordilleran dishes that deserve attention. A bowl of Pinikpikan, a smoky chicken stew with etag (salted cured meat) should warm you up instantly. Coffee lovers would be glad to know that Cafe Yagam also takes their brew seriously—beans are freshly brewed and you can choose the strength of your roast and how you want it brewed (drip or French press). Pair your cup with Cordilleran sweets like inanchila, a type of Kalinga kakanin.Continue reading below ↓
Read n’ Brew Cafe
Location: Porta Vaga Mall Parking
Hidden inside a mall at Upper Session Road, Read n’ Brew is heaven for bookworms. You can find shelves stocked with books of all genres, from fiction and non-fiction to manga and manhwa (Korean comic books). Plus, the owners are always open to requests for specific books. Even if you’re not in the mood to read, you can still enjoy coffee drinks plus pasta, sandwiches, and all-day breakfast dishes. Matcha lovers must try their Matcha Latte, which has just the right amount of earthiness and creamy sweetness.Continue reading below ↓
Coffee & Pine
Location: 26 Outlook Dr S.
When we say every corner of Coffee & Pine is Instagramabble, we’re not kidding. The quirky, pastel-themed space is filled with decor that shouldn’t work together but do—from colorful mismatched couches and a checkered floor to exposed lightbulbs, paintings in vintage frames, and pretty flowers in cute watering-can vases. Aside from coffee, Coffee & Pine offers an extensive menu of frappes, milkshakes, and smoothies. Pair your drink with comfort food like Creamy Carbonara or the Beef Burger Monster, a hefty beast with bacon strips and cheese sauce.Continue reading below ↓
Le Vain Bakery
Location: #15 Unit G-1 Outlook Drive
If you’ve been to a bakery-slash-cafe in Seoul, Le Vain Bakery should look familiar to you, from the open display of bread at the center of the store to the light-wood tables where you can enjoy a pastry and coffee. The cafe does proclaim itself as a “Korean-style bakery.” Their coffee menu is short but covers all the bases with Americano, Caffe Latte, Cafe Mocha, Caramel Macchiato, and more. Pair your brew with pastries like mini sugar doughnuts, sponge cakes, pizza baguettes, and more.
Location: 14 Bukaneg St.
At Quoted Cafe, your pick-me-upper isn’t just in the form of their brew, but also in the motivational quotes painted all over the cafe in the prettiest lettering. Their tables also come decorated with plants and little flags with quotes printed on them for more inspiration. Aside from your usual coffee drinks, Quoted Cafe is also popular for their bucket slushies or 32-oz slushy drinks in flavors like Blueberry Yogurt or Matcha Green Tea.
Location: Bloomfield Hotel, 3 Leonard Wood Road, Brgy. Salud Mitra
Patch Cafe mixes industrial style elements with colorful floral murals and drapes for a character that’s cool and chic yet also cozy. Aside from coffee, the cafe also offers pastries and all-day breakfast. If you’re new to Cordilleran fare, the Pindang, or carabao-meat tapa served with red rice, tomato relish, and a sunny-side up egg. If you’re not up for caffeine, have their thick and comforting tablea hot chocolate, with a robust, dark sweetness.Continue reading below ↓
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