Where to eat in Baguio

Where to eat in Baguio - Taguan Cafe
I travel for the food. So when my friends asked me what I did in Baguio, I plainly told them, "I went on a food adventure." Last month's four-day vacation in Baguio was spent with one of my closest blogger friend and fellow foodie, Dee. We shared a list of restaurants and cafés we wanted to try and Dee was the one who finalized our food adventure itinerary. So here, I'll share with you our little eatsploration to give you an idea where to eat in Baguio.

Gypsy by Chef Waya & Taguan Café

Address: 6 Quezon Hill Road 2, Brgy Quezon Hill Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Open Hours: 11AM - 9PM

Gypsy by Chef Waya is a cute and cozy restaurant that serves good food. The prices might be a little expensive but it's worth it. We ordered the Chorizo Fundido (Php 420), Spinach Feta Dumplings (Php 220), Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Php 595), and two cups of black rice. Personally, it was the Spinach Feta Dumplings that stood out.

At the back of Gypsy is Taguan Café which offers an outdoor set up. We ordered the Pistachio Strawberry Cake (Php 285), Hot Dirty Latte (Php 140), and Iced Dirty Ube Latte (Php 160). The Pistachio Strawberry Cake was okay but I would've loved it if the texture was smooth and moist. Their coffee was good, too, but nothing very extraordinary. The al fresco set up was nice and we were lucky there were only a few people when we went there.

Café by the Ruins

Address: 25 Shuntug Rd, Baguio, Benguet
Open Hours: 7AM - 8PM

We went here for dinner but since we were still full from what we had at Gypsy, Dee and I just shared a Baguio Bagnet Special House Meal (Php 380) which was actually just like the typical lechon kawali. We also ordered their Strawberry Soda (Php 140) and it was the best strawberry soda I've ever had. I would definitely go back for this drink.

Choco-late de Batirol

Address: Igorot Park, Camp John Hay, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Open Hours: 8AM - 9PM

Breakfast on our second day was at the famous Choco-late de Batirol. We arrived at around 8AM and there were already a lot of people lining up to get a seat. And it took quite a while before we got seated. We ordered each a Traditional Blend Hot Chocolate, Champorado, and Beef Tapa Breakfast Meal. I had high expectations because locals and tourists flock in but I was slightly disappointed. The hot chocolate was not up to my standards. I expected a thick consistency with a deep and earthy tablea flavor but it was the exact opposite. Their homemade beef tapa was really good, though. The champorado was noteworthy, too, but not something I would want to order again.

Rebel Bake House

Address: KM. 3 Naguilian Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Open Hours: 10AM - 7PM

Rebel Bake House was one of the places in our list that I was most looking forward to. This is a newly-opened croissanterie but was already making a buzz in social media. We went there at around 10AM and the place was already packed. Rebel Bake House features an industrial interior and an open kitchen where customers can see how their croissants are carefully crafted. I also love the high ceiling because it made the place look very spacious.

We ordered their Twice-baked Almond Croissant, Valrhona Dulcey Pain Au Chocolat, Iced Black Coffee, and Hot Mocha. The moment we took a bite of their croissants, we instantly understood why they're making a buzz. Their croissants are to die for. We kept on saying, "Now this is how a croissant should be!" It was perfectly crispy and flaky. The flavors were perfectly rich and balanced, too. Their coffee, both the Iced Black and Hot Mocha, were really good, too. You can tell that they used good-quality coffee beans and were ground and brewed into perfection. Rebel Bake House is the place I would keep coming back to in Baguio.

Hatch Coffee

Address: 135 Easter Road cor 1 road, Manzanillo, Baguio, 2600 Benguet
Open Hours: 10AM - 5PM

Hatch Coffee is also a relatively new dining destination in Baguio. They're known for their Ube Grilled Cheese (Php 250) so of course, we ordered it. And I have always been a fan of the sweet and savoury combination of the ube and cheese. Anyway, I have to say that it's really pricey for a grilled sandwich and I would've enjoyed it more if it had more ube. Dee ordered an Iced Dirty Horchata (Php 150) and I ordered an Iced Cold Brew Latte (Php 150). We tried each other's drinks and we both agreed that I should've ordered the Iced Dirty Horchata, too.

Tsokolateria Artisanal Café

Address: Igorot Stairs, Upper Session Rd, Baguio, Benguet
Open Hours: 10AM - 7PM

After getting disappointed with Choco-late de Batirol's hot chocolate, I set no expectations the moment we entered Tsokolateria Artisanal Café to avoid getting disappointed for the second time. We ordered the Tsokolate eh Tablea House Blend because we wanted a sipping dark chocolate flavor and it did not disappoint. It was exactly what I was looking for. We also ordered the Smoked Bangus, Danggit Chicharon, and Garlic Cacao meal (Php 295) and it was one of the best meals I've had in Baguio. Tsokolateria Artisanal Café is also one dining destination in Baguio that I would love to go back to.

113 Wagner Café

Address: 13 Wagner Rd, Baguio, Benguet
Available Timeslots for Reservation: 5PM-7PM, 7:45PM-9PM

This was the highlight of our Baguio trip. We were really curious about this dream dining destination and I have to say, it was worth it. A few reminders though, you must reserve your slot at least three days before your desired date because the tables are very limited. They also only have two available time slots for you to choose from: 5PM-7PM and 7:45-9PM. You also need to pay a 50% downpayment to secure your reservation.

They gave us two dinner course menus and this is what we chose:

Farm Fresh Food Set: Php 3950/2 pax
- Mini sourdough loaf with Wagner signature dip
- Roasted tomato cream soup
- Baguio harvest salad with Sagada orange vinaigrette
- Neptune's catch linguini pasta
- 500g certified angus beef striploin steak
- Choice of baguio blend coffee or lemongrass tea
- Classic vanilla panna cotta with granola crunch

Dee and I both prefer our steak medium rare and Wagner Café delivered. But the meat was not that tender (maybe because it already got cold when we got to eat it) and we also thought that it needed more seasoning. The other dishes were delectable, most especially the roasted tomato cream soup. But yes, I would love to experience this exquisite and luxurious dining again.

Have you been to any of these dining destinations in Baguio? What's your favorite?
Let me know if you have any suggestions so I can consider them in my future travels to Baguio!

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