Planning on going to Baguio this weekend? Travel like a local in these places you probably haven't visited:

Being a tropical country, Philippine weather can be incredibly unpredictable. There are days when the rain is just nonstop but most of the time, it’s the heat of sunny days that drives people to travel to cooler places. When one thinks of a destination with a colder climate and is just a few hours from the Metro, Baguio City immediately comes to mind.

Deemed as the "Summer Capital of the Philippines", Baguio City or the "City of Pines" has always been the go-to destination of many tourists who want an escape from the searing heat and chaos of Metro Manila. Most of us might have taken a stroll in Burnham Park, basked in the scenic views of the mountains at the Mines View Park, or visited The Mansion to learn about Cordilleran culture a lot of times but that’s not all Baguio has to offer. Scroll through to check out what other places you can add to your itinerary:

Tam-awan Village

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Above Tam-awan Village | Photo: Courtesy of Nicole Anne Goddard

The Cordillera region is one of the most culturally rich places in the Philippines. The indigenous people have successfully preserved their culture until today as reflected in Tam-awan Village, a cultural village in Pinsao Proper that uniquely blends indigenous aesthetics and exquisite Cordilleran craftsmanship. The Village now has seven Ifugao huts and two Kalinga houses reconstructed to let tourists experience what it's like in a traditional Cordillera village.

Tam-awan Village is located at 366-C Pinsao Proper, Baguio City. For more inquiries, contact 074.446.2949.


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Nestled in the middle of Baguio City’s lush greenery is Baguio Country Club’s serene Japanese restaurant, Hamada. Tourists can luxuriantly dine with the personal service of dedicated chefs at each teppanyaki table. Hamada takes pride in their vibrant sushi boat filled with fresh, high-quality seafood and their classic ebi tempura udon that is sure to keep you warm on a cold night followed by the green tea ice cream to sate the palate after a fiery meal.

Hamada is located at Baguio Country Club, Country Club Road, Baguio City. For more inquiries, contact +6374.619.2050.

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Baguio Country Club, Country Club Road, Baguio City

Mt. Cloud Bookshop

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Its cosy wooden interior adorned with colourful cushy seats, little comfy nooks, and artworks make Mt. Cloud the homiest bookshop in Baguio City. A wide array of quality Filipinianas fills the picturesque two-storey bookstore. It even houses several rare titles for you to find. If you’re looking for a place where your mind can wander, Mt. Cloud is the place to be. Start reading local and ignite your intellectual senses when you drop by at Mt. Cloud!

Mt. Cloud Bookshop is located at Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City.  For inquiries, contact +6374.424.4437. 

Forest House Bistro & Café

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The warm and cosy ambience of the Forest House will definitely keep you glued to your chairs as Baguio City’s best musical talents serenade you with their repertoire of standards, jazz, and classical music. Savour the view of the mountains and take time out for a breath of fresh air when you dine al fresco. Forest House’s menu features dishes that will invoke comfort and warm with every bite! The Korean beef ribs highlights a home-cooked sense of hospitality while casting its Asian flavour over the tender meat.

Forest House Bistro & Café is located at 16 Laakan Road, Baguio City. For inquiries, contact +6374.447.0459.

Forest House Bistro
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16 Loakan Road, Baguio City

BenCab Museum

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Above Photo: Courtesy of BenCab Museum via Facebook

BenCab Museum serves as a home for works of many local artists and noted Filipino masters including the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. The museum also highlights the indigenous arts and crafts of the Cordilleras. Learn more about the culture and traditions of the northern indigenous highlands at BenCab Museum while enjoying the breathtaking view of the mountains.

BenCab Museum is located at Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet. For inquiries, +6374.442.7165.

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