Baguio City remains one of the top destinations for Filipinos and foreigners alike.
If you’ve made the rounds of the usual tourist spots in the City of Pines, why not take a culinary tour on your next trip up north?
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) has rounded up a list of restaurants to visit and the must-try items on their menu.
Foggy Mountain Cookhouse
Chef Marianito "Babes" Reyes opened his home in Baguio to serve delicious Greek and Mediterranean fare. The private restaurant offers the perfect ambiance: al fresco dining, a beautiful view, and a fire to keep you warm at night.
The food is nothing to sneeze at either. Try the Crispy Squid Fries made from giant squids flown in from Norway; the Porchetta with crispy skin and juicy meat in red wine reduction sauce; and the house specialty, oven-roasted whole chicken. End your meal with flavorful homemade ice cream.
It’s best to visit with a group because they have big servings..
Strictly no walk-ins. Call a day in advance for reservations and pre-order.
172 St. Joseph Street, San Carlos Heights, Baguio City
Get a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine at Chaya, a home converted into a cozy restaurant.
From fresh seafood to organic vegetables, each order is filled with flavor and umami. Try their Spicy Tuna Salad, Chirashi Sushi Bowl which comes with miso soup, and Katsudon.
Don’t forget to sample their delicious green tea ice cream.
72 Legarda Road, Baguio City
Amare La Cucina
Patrons frequent Amare for the woodfire brick oven pizza. Their pies come in one size: Nine inches.
All pizzas are thin crust, with your choice of chewy or crunchy edges.
The Sausage Pepperoni Mushroom pizza doesn’t hold back on the toppings. Other must-try flavors are Tre Formaggi and Foie Gras.
Their Frutti di Mare pasta is also flavorful and generous in seafood ingredients. Don’t leave without trying their refreshing mint iced tea.
Albergo Hotel, 1 Villamor Drive, Brgy. Lualhati, Baguio City
A hole-in-the-wall with only several tables, Chef’s Home serves Southeast Asian dishes that are good to share. Favored by locals, tourists, and expats alike, it’s best to call ahead for reservation or stand up to an hour’s wait.
Malaysian Chef Alvin Emuang’s food is worth it though.
Try the bestselling braised whole pata (a portion of which the chef can happily pack to go if you’re only a party of two), crispy papaya salad, and tom yum soup for the chilly weather.
30 Lualhati Street corner Romulo Drive, Baguio City
Go for the ambience, stay for the food.
Hill Station is a charming wooden lodge that serves European and American fare perfect for couples, families, and friends.
Order the Moroccan Spiced Baby Back Ribs, Smoked Paprika Roasted Salmon, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Rib Eye Steak.
Save room for their dessert bestsellers, Deep Dark Chocolate Cake and New York Cheesecake.
Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City
People flock to this restaurant for one reason only: fall-off-the-bone ribs.
They relocated to a place thrice the size of their first branch, but there's still a long line.
Score a whole slab of Lomo Ribs, Cascade Salad, Grilled Chicken on Buttered Rice, and top it off with their Dessert Nachos.
32 Kisad Road, Baguio City