If you want to experience fresh cool air in a tropical country, Baguio City in the Philippines is the best place to be. Its high altitude causes the city to have a dropping cold temperature. The best months to visit are December and January since its the time with the coldest weather and when most festivities happen. [Check out our Baguio Weekend Itinerary with things to do and recommended places to eat]
Furthermore, Baguio City or the City of Pines can also be a good choice for a quick and serene break from stressful work. So if you have a free weekend this month, here’s how to spend 24 hours in Baguio:
Early morning visit to Benguet Strawberry farm
Due to its cold temperature, Benguet has different farm produce fruits like strawberries. Its capital municipality, La Trinidad, is even known as the Strawberry Capital of the Philippines for housing the freshest and sweetest strawberries in the country. As you go there, you can buy strawberries in kilos or have them fresh picked from the farm. The surrounding stores also sell keychains, jams, t-shirts, and other souvenirs.
Explore Bencab Museum
After going to the strawberry farm, you might want to explore our National Artist, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera art collections in the museum. It is a four-story building that houses several arts such as drawings, sketches, sculptures, art installations, artifacts, paintings, and more. It also shows a lot of the Cordillera traditions, culture, and practices that will teach you a lot about the region.
Lunch at Farmer’s Daughter
The Farmer’s Daughter is the only Baguio restaurant that serves pure Cordilleran dishes mostly Ibaloi cuisine. It has a rusty and homey interior design that completes the Cordilleran experience of the guests.
Some of the dishes to try are Garden Salad, Kinuday Jen Manok, a smoked chicken with onions and bell peppers, and Pinuneg, the pig’s blood sausage.
Explore Baguio City’s Attractions
Apart from the sumptuous dishes, Baguio City has also a lot to offer in terms of attractions. Some are the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral which serves as the evacuation center throughout World War II, and the Burnham Park which is a great leisure place if you want to go boating, hang out with friends and have a taste of Baguio’s most famous street foods.
You can also go to Mines View Park to buy souvenirs and have your photos taken with the big-sized dogs of the city. A quick stroll to these places is a fun way to spend your 24 hours in Baguio.
Dinner at Hill Station Tapas Bar and Restaurant
This bar and restaurant is known for winning back-to-back recognition in the Miele’s Best Restaurants in Asia. The interiors are designed both for fine-dining quality and casual Baguio ambiance. Must-try is their Moroccan Spiced Baby Back Ribs, Lamb Tagine with Honeyed Prunes, Crispy Duck Flakes, and their ice cream palette for dessert.
Hangout at Baguio Craft Brewery
After a sumptuous dinner, you can then proceed to Baguio Craft Brewery and choose the deck location. It’s the best place to hang out with your friends, listen to live bands and enjoy the cool breeze of Baguio with a beer on one hand.
Before ordering, you can taste the craft beer one by one for free to know which you one you prefer. You can choose sweet drinks like the Lagud or strawberry craft beer, or their best seller Passion fruit. You can also order Old Xavier and English Man in New York if you’re a heavy drinker.
Buffet Breakfast at Le Chef at The Manor @ Camp John Hay, Baguio
Le Chef is an all-day buffet at the Manor, Camp John Hay, Baguio, but many suggested to come here for the breakfast buffet for a wide range of options. The interiors highlighted log cabins that reflects the sunlight beautifully in the morning.
There are toasted bread and croissants with options for jams and spreads. There are also pastries topped with fruit preserves and salads that you can create depending on your preference. Of course, the most classic Filipino salted eggs and tomatoes are always the star selection. Before heading back, make sure to include this in your things to do for your 24-hour trip in Baguio!
See? There’s no question! You can enjoy the city of pines even if you only have 24 hours in baguio.