Dubbed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City is definitely one of Filipino’s go-to destination and because of its cool weather, no wonder people tend to flock over here to escape the heat from the metro.
Last February we got the chance to visit the city with my fellow Bisaya Influencers and the Grab Philippines team during Baguio’s Panagbenga Festival. This isn’t my my first time in Baguio and although there are a lot of places to see in this unique city, we carefully choose to visit places that are fun for both first timers and returning visitors.
Below are the list of places we got to visit in the span of 2 days.
1. Burnham Park
Burnham Park, officially known as the Burnham Park Reservation, is a historic urban park located in downtown Baguio, Philippines. It was designed by American architect and Baguio city planner, Daniel Burnham who is also the namesake of the park. There is so much to do in this park. You can ride a boat (photo below), rent a bike, skate, eat and so much more.
2. Bencab Museum
We also got to dropped by Bencab Museum. Found here are artworks by BenCab & other noted Filipino artists, plus indigenous northern highlands exhibits. There is also a lovely fish pond where you can take a lot of photos!
3. The Mansion
The Mansion House is the official summer palace of the President of the Philippines and one of the most visited place in Baguio.
4. Wright Park
Just a few walks from The Mansion, the Wright Park is a kid’s favorite! From Horseback Riding, photo taking with a native Igorot attires, food ventors (strawberry taho) and more. For a millennial like me, I went straight to the sunflowers to take photos and had strawberry taho afterwards.
5. Cholo’s Gastro Park
Located at 2 M.H. Del Pilar St, Baguio, 2602 Benguet, Cholo’s Gastro Park is one of Baguio’s newest food park. Walking distance from Burnham Park, we opt to have our dinner here.
6. Harrison Road Night Market
What I mostly loved about Baguio is thrift shopping. If you’re like me then shopping during the night time at Harrison road is a must for you too! This road is specifically close every night to give way for vendors to sell. Just be wary of your personal belongings or better just leave valuable items at your hotel before coming here. It can be super crowded. Bring a backpack if you’re planning to shop a lot!
7. Valley of Colors
Definitely one of the newest attraction in Baguio is the Valley of Colors in La Trinidad. The colorful houses on the edge of the hills reminds me so much of Italy. Definitely Instagramable!
8. Kamiseta Hotel
By far the most Instgramable hotel in Baguio. Blogged my visit on a separate post here.
9. Float Display at Melvin Jones Grandstrand
Only happening during Panagbenga Festival where they display all the floats at an open ground after the early morning parade.
10. Mines View Park
Mines View Park is an overlook park on the northeastern outskirts of Baguio in the Philippines. I didn’t get to take photos of the view but it was stunning! You can also do your souvenir shopping here.
11. Hill Station
This is where we ate dinner on our second night in Baguio. The paella was really good!
12. Spa at North Haven Spa
One of the best Spa in the city and is open 24 hours! Also the same spot where Angelica Panganiban and Jm De Guzman had their Spa on the movie That Thing Called Tadhana. I highly recommend you to try their services. My experience was very relaxing and their staffs are highly experienced I can tell.
Where we stayed: Elizabeth Hotel
1 J. Felipe Street corner Gibraltar Road, Mines View Park, Baguio
Very spacious and clean. Location takes a few minutes to the city’s main attractions though.
View from my room.
Went out for some drinks on our last night before we head back to Manila the next morning.
Stayed in Manila for a night before flying back to Cebu.
Hope you enjoyed this list of places in Baguio. I surely had a great time. ‘Til next time! Special thanks to the Grab Philippines Team for bringing us to Baguio!