DSC_4086Baguio is and always will be my food haven. Naturally I’ll be going back this year (for the Penagbenga Festival, no less) but just to kick-start my Baguio appetite, I’ve rounded up some of the best eats around the Session Road area smack in the midst of the City of Pines.
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Pizza Volante
Where to find it:
82 Session Road (on the same side as the Baguio Cathedral)
Why you should visit:
Pizza! Who doesn’t love pizza? That perfect threesome between bread, tomato sauce, and cheese is always enough to pull anyone in. Breafast. Lunch. Dinner. It doesn’t matter!
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Don Henrico’s
Where to find it:
G/F Puso ng Baguio Bldg., Session Road (on the same side as the Baguio Cathedral)
Why you should visit:
They have not-exactly-spicy Buffalo Wings the size of… well… not chicken wings, probably the size of a quarter of a chicken. They are huge and they taste amazing and they go with a garlic dip that is to die for. Did I mention the Choco-Caramel Fantasy cake that is also huge and amazing? That one you can only find in Baguio.
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Solibao
Where to find it:
G/F Puso ng Baguio Bldg., Session Road (on the same side as the Baguio Cathedral)
Why you should visit:
Sumptuous Pinoy cuisine. It’s perfect for folks who simply want some homegrown dishes that never fail to impress. The items on the menu are old familiars that are cooked to Pinoy perfection.
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Ionic
Where to find it:
2/F Puso ng Baguio Bldg., Session Road (on the same side as the Baguio Cathedral)
Go inside Solibao and climb up the stairs!
Why you should visit:
It’s not Starbucks. Ionic is a good chill spot cafe along a very busy street. It’s quiet. They have a really good chamomile tea. You can go in to read a book. Or meet a super secret lover. I might be exaggerating a bit when I say they’re probably willing to put a bit of alcohol into most anything. This place was made for me.
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Beans Talk
Where to find it:
MPB Building, 45 Session Road
Why you should visit:
It’s still not Starbucks. See that tall new building along Session? Go up to the second floor. Have a hearty breakfast. Sit back, relax, and watch both Baguio’s locals and tourists spill all over the streets. They offer strong coffee that slaps you right in the face and a relaxing view that you wouldn’t want to do without.
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Cafe by the Ruins
Where to find it:
25 Shuntug Road
Why you should visit:
It’s one of the most legendary restaurants in Baguio with the way that it rose from the devastation of an earthquake. It wasn’t exactly rebuilt. It was patched up to make do which I find absolutely charming. The interiors stick to Baguio’s more indigenous roots while the menu is a mix of foreign and local treats. This one’s a crowd pleaser.
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Oh My Gulay
Where to find it:
La Azotea Bldg, Session Road
Why you should visit:
Because you wouldn’t dare miss it. It’s vegan wonderland, nay, it’s wonderland. It’s a different era sucked in a building. It’s a different planet sucked in a building. It’s awesome.
You might doubt how structurally sound this wooden playground is and wonder how they managed to fit a big-ass *insert noun here* in. You will second guess yourself and think that you might be in a tree house, or in a park, or in someone’s backyard, or in fucking Narnia.
You will be uncertain of a lot of things except for one – the food. In this place, you’ll forget how horrible eating healthy can be because everything they serve is healthful and delicious. Did you know that vegetables taste great? Here is where you find out.

That’s it for the 2013 Baguio Resto Round-up. I hope you drop by in any of these spots because honestly, a Baguio visit is never complete without an only-in-Baguio foodie experience.

PS: I’m actually a Starbucks kid and I love vegetables.

*All information posted are applicable as of April 2013.
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