Its hilly terrain and good location in the Cordillera mountain range offer Baguio City the advantages of picturesque views and cool temperature. The city has a profusion of parks and forest reserves that you should walk through and visit, and witness a unique combination of historical and natural attractions.

Being a trade and urban center, it’s not surprising to find a lot of establishments in Baguio City that caters to everyone’s needs and preference. With the amount place to choose from, it’s easy to miss the ones worth checking out, so to help you, here is a list of our top 5 favorite hangout places in the City of Pines.

Tam-Awan Village

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Tam-awan Village is a remodeled Cordillera village displaying the conventional Ifugao Huts and has been a venue for art exhibits and workshops. It was established to promote local artists of Baguio. There are plenty of activities that you can do here – sit for a portrait, eat healthy food, hike around the village, immerse or engage in art, have a traditional bonfire at night, and even stay the night for a full experience.

Baguio Craft Brewery 

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A combination of a bar, a restaurant, and microbrewery, Baguio Craft Brewery offers craft beers produced and created by Xavierbier. The Xavierbier’s official website says that there are 6 like-minded men came from 3 different countries behind this microbrewery. Their goal is to make their mark on Philippines’ craft beer culture. The place has a markedly Cordillera feel, with many wooden details and adornments which include carved barrel men and Ifugao figures placed on top of the beer barrels.

Arca’s Yard

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If you are looking for a place where you can spend some quiet time, then this is the place for you. The peaceful, Instragrammable atmosphere makes for a perfect place to read, write, or simply relax while enjoying a cup of hot drinks and immersing yourself with the picturesque views. On top of the stunning structure and tranquility, this spot also offers healthy, delicious eats.

Mama’s Table

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Only a few distance away from Arca’s Yard, Mama’s table is another hangout spot you worth checking out especially if you’re coming as a group or a whole family. As soon as you step in the vicinity, you will instantly feel right at home as the chef serves you a wonderful degustation of eight different courses. Price starts at ₱1,500 per person, which depends on what is on the menu on that particular day. This is a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or just have a bonding moment with your loved ones.

Oh My Gulay

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Oh My Gulay is Baguio City’s pioneering vegetarian restaurant. It’s a cafe and an art space combined, for emerging talents from the Philippine Cordillera. The art installations and creative interiors seem like they were plucked right out of a story book. It can be found on the 5th floor of La Azotea Building along one of its main roads, Session Road. So keep an eye out for a sign as this is one of the places you don’t ever want to miss. Oh btw, there is no elevator to get up there so make sure those thighs are ready!

That’s our list of places you must visit. Yes, there are plenty to see in Baguio, but remember, the best ones are always the unknown to many.