The Complete Guide to Baguio City

This is the ultimate Baguio City travel guide. Learn everything there is to know about the City of Pines. To help you plan the perfect vacation, we’ve compiled a list of the city’s best hotels, restaurants, and must-see attractions.

ABOUT BAGUIO CITY

With its temperate climate, Baguio City is a great place to get away from the bustle of Manila. The city is also known for its tropical pine trees, earning it the title “City of Pines.” It is the highest significant Philippine city in terms of elevation.

Baguio is renowned as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines” due to its pleasant climate with an average temperature of 22°C. Tourists flock to this mountain city in the summer and during holidays such as Christmas and New Year. This quick guide to Baguio City contains a list of the city’s most popular attractions.

Welcome to “The Summer Capital of the Philippines.”

Sky Tour of Baguio City

Must-visit places in Baguio City

Among the popular tourist destinations are Baguio Cathedral, Baguio Night Market, Bell Church, BenCab Museum, Botanical Garden, Burnham Park, Good Shepherd Convent, Mines View Park, Strawberry Farms in La Trinidad, Tam-Awan Village, The Mansion, Tree Top Adventure in Camp John Hay, Valley of Colors, Wright Park, Asin Hot Springs, and Philippine Military Academy.

Burnham Park

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The Baguio Burnham Lake

Burnham Park is the main attraction in Baguio City and is considered one of the most popular parks in the Philippines. It was designed and named after Daniel Burnham, an American architect. This recreation area spans 32.84 hectares.

This is where the well-known Burnham Lake is located. You can rent a boat at Burnham Lake. In other regions of the park, you can allow your kids to play at the Children’s Playground or ride their bikes in the adjacent biking area. At the Skating Rink, you can go roller skating. Enjoy your time at the little amusement park.

The Rose Garden, which also contains a statue of Daniel Burnham, is a great place to sit and relax while watching the water fountain. You can also go to the Igorot garden to snap your photos with the Igorot tribes’ statues in the background.

Botanical Garden

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Baguio Botanical Garden

It’s the ideal location for photographing gorgeous flowers in bloom. The picturesque environment of man-made constructions such as tunnels, bridges, native huts, lakes, and statues will make you forget you’re in the middle of a bustling city for a while. You can sit and rest, or you can go around and visit a city garden. The location is also well-known for group pictures with locals.

Mines View Park

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Mines View Park

Mines View Park is a renowned tourist attraction in Baguio because it offers a spectacular view of the Cordillera Mountain Range from its viewing deck, which stands at 1,500 meters above sea level. You will see a breathtaking panorama of abandoned gold and copper mines framed by gorgeous mountains between Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya like Mount Ugo, Mount Yabnong, Mount Purgatory, and even Mount Pulag in the distance.

Baguio Museum

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The Baguio Museum

The Baguio Museum is a gallery dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the city. The museum’s architectural design is inspired by traditional Ifugao homes, as evidenced by the use of wood and stone alone on the facade. Inside, intricate dioramas, tribal artifacts, and other items depict the lives of the various indigenous groups of the Cordillera Region.

The Baguio Museum has been refurbished as part of the US Embassy’s 2017 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation rehabilitation project.

Exhibitions and shows are also held at the Baguio Museum. Keep an eye on their social media page for any upcoming events. Open on  Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m, closed on Mondays. It is located at Dot-PTA Complex, Governor Pack Road, Baguio, 2600 Benguet. The entrance fees in Baguio Museum are ₱40 (Elementary), ₱60(Highschool), ₱70(College), ₱100(Adults), ₱50(Seniors & PWD)

Baguio Cathedral

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The Baguio Cathedral

With a striking pink facade, twin spires, and stained glass windows, this Romanesque Revival structure stands out. The elevated location atop a hill creates a sense of natural serenity. The elaborate stained-glass rose windows and interior décor add to the traditional Catholic ornamentation. The construction of the building began in 1920. The structure was completed and consecrated in 1936.

Philippine Military Academy

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Philippine Military Academy

Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds of Fort Gregorio del Pilar on Loakan Road, watch the cadets perform drills, and visit the PMA museum and wander around the groomed grounds to observe vintage tanks and other historical military armaments. The vast campus grounds and old military equipment on display are all worthwhile visits.

Bell Church

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Bell Church

A Chinese temple with brightly colored ornamentation. A serene setting for meditation.

Camp John Hay

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Camp John Hay

Eco-Trail, Butterfly Sanctuary, Bell House, Rapelling, Paintball, Tree Top Adventure, Horseback Riding, Minigolf, and Shopping are just a few of the entertainment options.

Lourdes Grotto

A shrine dedicated to the Catholic faith. After climbing 252 steps to the summit, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the city.

Wright Park

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Wright Park

Take a horseback ride or simply go for a walk in a beautiful natural location. This park is only a few feet away from the Mansion. The “Pool of Pines,” a shallow elongated rectangular body of water, and the park circle, which lies on one end of the park, are its prominent attractions. Around 200 horses are available for hire in the lower Wright park region.

Tam-Awan Village

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Tam-Awan Village

Traditional Cordillera homes and artwork by local artists are on display in this Cordillera village.

Strawberry Farm

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Strawberry Farm in Benguet

The strawberry farm, which is located in Barangay Betag of La Trinidad, Benguet, is owned and maintained by the Benguet State University. Local farmers have access to nearly 1,000 square meters of BSU’s 79.49-hectare farm. You can pick your own strawberries. Fresh vegetables are also available for purchase.

Session Road

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Session Road

It takes 1.7 kilometers to walk up or down the hill. This is the main thoroughfare, which is lined with specialty stores, restaurants, and businesses.

The Mansion

The Mansion, Baguio City
The Mansion

The President of the Philippines’ official summer residence. A lake and a lovely park surrounded by tall pine trees may be seen just outside the gates. Only a few steps separate you from Wright Park.

Bamboo Sanctuary

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Baguio Bamboo Sanctuary

The Bamboo Sanctuary is an eco-park inside the St. Francis Xavier Seminary in Liteng, Pacdal, Baguio City. Its most remarkable feature is a short walkway surrounded on both sides by lush bamboo trees, with a few red bamboo fences. It is managed by the Philippine Bamboo Foundation in collaboration with the Diocese of Baguio’s Commission on Environment. Visitors are welcome from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with no admission fee. Read More…

Igorot Stone Kingdom

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Igorot Stone Garden

This is a new attraction that showcases Igorot culture. It is based on the Sab-angan legend. There was once the Igorot Kingdom, but it was lost a thousand years ago. Read More…

Colors of Stobosa

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Colors of Stobosa

The Valley of Colors is located near Bell Church, about 4 kilometers from the city center. This project, which began in 2016, involves about 200 dwellings. It is the Philippines’ first and largest communal artwork, inspired by the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the Gamcheon Cultural Village of Busan.

The Valley of Colors is an artwork commissioned as part of a government tourism promotion effort. It is represented by its magnificent and colorful houses and buildings constructed in three identical areas on the lush green slopes of Barangay Balili, on the outskirts of Baguio City. The houses are colored in an artistic manner, which is known locally as the StoBoSa Hillside Homes Artwork. 

Mirador Heritage and Eco Park

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Mirador Heritage and Eco Park

This new attraction is located at Mirador Hill, near the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. The park is five hectares in size and has several attractions such as a rock garden, bamboo forest, and peace memorial.

The most well-known is the Torii, which is usually seen at the entrance to a Shinto shrine and represents the transition from the commonplace to the sacred.  the site is extremely popular during the afternoon and towards sunset. Read More…


BCC Christmas Village

In order to help the local tourism business grow throughout the holiday season, Baguio Country Club established the annual Christmas Village with a variety of offerings each year. This way, visitors will have new sights to experience when choosing to spend a well-earned vacation in Baguio City.

The BCC Christmas Village, which has decorations made of recyclable materials, is one of Baguio Country Club’s many eco-friendly projects. Read more…

A Breathtaking Aerial View of Bagui...
A Breathtaking Aerial View of Baguio City Philippines


Main Events

This City is bustling! There’s Holy Week, PMA Homecoming, the Fil-Am Golf Tournament, and more… but here are some of the major annual events that you shouldn’t miss.

Baguio Flower Festival

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Baguio Flower Festival

February
A bright exhibition of flowers, floats, and costumes. There will be parades, fireworks, and a food sale. It’s also known as Panagbenga, and it’s a feast that celebrates the start of the flowering season.

Christmas in Baguio

December
Spend a private holiday with your family and friends in the cool Christmas atmosphere.

Baguio Art Festival

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Baguio City Artworks

November
Hundreds of local and national artists display their work throughout this week-long event.


Hotel and Accommodation

Find the top hotels in Baguio by clicking on the link below, which includes anything from budget hotels to five-star hotels. This is the complete list of DOT-accredited hotels in Baguio City.

Complete List of DOT-Accredited Hotels in Baguio

Top 10 List of the Best DOT Accredited Hotels in Baguio

  1. G1 Lodge Design Hotel
  2. Grand Sierra Pines Hotel
  3. Le Monet Hotel
  4. The Manor Baguio
  5. Microtel by Wyndham Bagu
  6. The Orchard Hotel Baguio
  7. Hotel Elizabeth Baguio
  8. Bpod Baguio
  9. Baguio Holiday Villas
  10. Venus Parkview Hotel
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Where to Shop in Baguio?

Ukay-Ukay in Downtown Baguio

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Baguio Night Market

Designer labels, shoes, bags, and other gently used or new products are available. It’s all over the place! Night market on Harrison Road, Bayanihan Center, Sky World, Malcolm Square, Abanao Street, and Hilltop are all popular spots.

Take your time selecting from a large selection of foreign goods. Allow for a full day of shopping; it’s enjoyable but exhausting.

Baguio Public Market in Magsaysay Avenue and Hilltop

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Baguio Public Market

A tidy maze of vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Poultry, fish, strawberries, gift items, chocolates, munchies, purple yams, almonds, bread, langgonisa, coffee beans, and other imported goods from neighboring cities and provinces are also available.

If you’re feeling more daring, head up to Hilltop, where you’ll discover even more produce. This is where the locals shop the most.

SM City Baguio in Luneta Hill, Upper Session Road

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SM City Baguio

A tourist destination shopping mall on top of a hill with a viewing deck provides views over the city’s economic core. There are many different types of merchandise and specialty shops to choose from. While the structure is engulfed in fog late in the afternoon or evening, dine at one of the restaurant’s outside tables near the viewing deck.

Good Sheperd in Gibraltar Road

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Good Sheperd Baguio

Jams of exceptional quality and more. Strawberry jam, ube jam, mango jam, blueberry jam, orange jam, peanut brittle, lengua de gato, coffee, turmeric, and peanuts. This is where you can buy Good Shepherd items directly from the manufacturer.

If you’re planning a vacation to Mines View Park, don’t forget to stop by and pick up some high-quality sweets.


When is the Best Time to Visit Baguio?

The months of December to January are ideal for visiting Baguio, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 16 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is also low during this time of year.


Where to Eat in Baguio?

Chocolate de Batirol

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Chocolate de Batirol

Famous for its hot chocolate and classic Filipino dishes.
Address: Igorot Park of Camp John Hay, Telephone: 09178771428 Operating hours: 8 AM – 9 PM

Secret Garden

It is well-known for its tranquil ambiance and inviting natural surroundings.
Address: 34 Paterno Street, South Drive.Telephone: (074) 4420406, Operating Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM.

Baguio Craft Brewery

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Baguio Craft Brewery

Comfortable ambiance, excellent-tasting cuisine, and a wide variety of beer flavors. Located at Km 4 Marcos Highway 120 RKC Bldg.

Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant

The best delicacies in Baguio. Excellent taste in local cuisine served in huge quantities at a low cost.
Address: Tam-Awan Village, Long Long Benguet Road.

Mario’s Restaurant

It specializes in Spanish cuisine. Excellent service and good dining. Caesar salad, steaks, and paella are all popular dishes. The ambiance is warm and charming.
Address: Upper Session Road.

50’s Diner

The 1950s are recalled by old wall portraits. Restaurant with a strong American influence. Despite the large portion, the price is really reasonable. It’s a nice area to meet up with friends.
Address: 166 B Military Cut-Off-Road.

Rose Bowl

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Rose Bowl

The greatest Chinese food in Baguio. You may enjoy fresh, high-quality meals at a low price. The staff is courteous and helpful. Excellent assistance.
Address: Upper General Luna Road.

Cafe Sabel

Fresh and tasty foods are delivered in a breathtakingly attractive setting. The farm provides the majority of the ingredients.
Address: Located at Ground Level, BenCab Museum, Km 6. Asin Road.

Where to Buy Art?

BenCab Museum

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BenCab Museum

A collection of art objects housed at a museum. Granary gods, lime containers, indigenous utensils, and weaponry, among other things. Books, postcards, highland art and crafts, wood carvings, and textiles, as well as souvenir items, are available for purchase in this museum shop.
Address: Km. 6 Asin Road, Tuba Benguet.

Tam-awan Village

Watch as local painters transform a blank canvas into a work of art. A selection of paintings and artwork items are on exhibit and for sale.
Address: 367 Long Long Benguet Road.


How to Get to Baguio?

How to Get to Baguio from Metro Manila by Private Vehicle

Use Google Maps or Waze to get precise directions. To summarize, the path is as follows.

  1. Drive through NLEX and take Exit 85 to reach SCTEX.
  2. Continue on to SCTEX, then take the Tarlac Exit and follow the road signs that will take you to MacArthur Highway.
  3. Drive through Tarlac and Pangasinan provinces until you reach Rosario, La Union.
  4. From Rosario Junction, turn right to take Kennon Road or drive further into Rosario then turn right to Marcos Highway.
  5. Continue driving to Baguio.

Rent A Car

Enjoy the journey with your group by boarding a modern and spacious vehicle. Allow your professional and courteous driver to take the shortest route to your destination. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned van that is perfectly sized for your group and luggage. Learn more…

How to Get to Baguio by Public Transport

Take any of the buses that run on a daily basis.

VICTORY LINER

24/7 Customer Service Hotlines:
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+0998-591-5102 (Viber:0917-842-5463)
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Bus Schedules: https://mytourguide.ph/bus/victory-liner-manila-to-baguio-bus-schedules/

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