Baguio is the most popular summer destination in the Philippines. While most people prefer to visit Baguio during summer, the City of Pines still receives a lot of visitors, especially weekenders, the rest of the year. Here’s our Baguio Weekend Itinerary to help you plan your next visit up north.
Baguio Weekend Itinerary: Visiting the Top Tourist Spots in Baguio
Depart Manila Friday night
To make sure you maximize your stay in Baguio, you should depart Manila Friday night or at least early Saturday morning. The travel time from Manila to Baguio is around 4-6 hours depending on the traffic condition in Metro Manila. A number of bus companies have multiple daily departures from Metro Manila to Baguio City. Check out the Bus Schedule from Manila to Baguio. You can also book online here or use the search for bus trips below.
Breakfast at Tsokolateria
Tsokolateria is one of the many breakfast places in Baguio City. I recently went here and I love their Tsokolate Eh and their Champorado which are good to share with 2-3 people. Your Baguio itinerary should include a breakfast at Tsokolateria.
Address: Igorot Stairs, Upper Session Road 2, Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines 2600
Telephone numbers: 442 6049 / 443 9354
Must-try: Champordao, Tsokolate Eh or Tsoko Barako if you want a blend of Tsokolate and Coffee.
Visit Baguio Cathedral
Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral or simply the Baguio Cathedral is one of the top tourist spots in Baguio City. This iconic pink Cathedral is perched on a hill atop the city. It’s situated in Cathedral Loop adjacent to the famous Session Road. From the Baguio Cathedral, you can continue exploring the city by walking toward Burnham Park.
Burnham Park is the patch of green at the heart of Baguio City. It serves as the central recreation area of the city where people can walk, relax, or ride a boat in the lake.
Explore Baguio Museum
Located at the corner of Governor Pack Road and Harrison Road, this four-level museum is a must-visit for people who want to learn more about the cultural heritage and history of Baguio City and the rest of the Cordillera Region. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9 AM to 5 PM only.
Lunch at Craft 1945
Situated adjacent to Baguio Country Club, Craft 1945 is a relatively new restaurant in Baguio City. Must try here are Paella Negra and gambas.
Address: Craft 1945, 8 Outlook Drive South, Baguio City
Telephone number: 0906-221-3615
Check-in at Azalea Residences Baguio
Azalea Residences Baguio is a chic and modern hotel right at the heart of the City of Pines. Situated along Leonard Wood Loop right across Teacher’s Camp, Azalea residences is nestled in a quiet and a little bit secluded neighborhood just a few meters from the main road. This is one of the best places to stay in Baguio especially if you are traveling with a group. You can read our review here or check rates and availability here.
Visit the Tam-Awan Village
This village located at Pinsao Proper is no ordinary village. You have to climb stairs and follow lots of trails for you to explore the different artworks and ancient paintings in Baguio. This place is a perfect choice if you are interested to know the region’s art and culture. It’s a guarantee that you will never get bored in this place! So if you already have a Baguio itinerary of the things to do in Baguio, this should definitely be on your list.
Dinner at Lemon and Olives
Located along Outlook Drive, Lemon and Olives is a restaurant in Baguio City that specializes in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The food here is good and the restaurant is one of the instagrammable places in Baguio City.
Address: #26 Outlook Drive Baguio City 2600, Philippines
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Contact Number: +63 74 442 4079 / +63 995 995 6732
Experience Baguio Night Market
If you’re a thrift-shopper and a night person, the Baguio Night Market is a perfect place for you! Head out to Harrison Road and do some shopping for very affordable prices. From bags to clothes, to shoes, and figurines, this market got it covered for you! There are also food stalls for you to indulge in whenever you find yourself hungry from all the shopping.
Breakfast at Zola Cafe
ZOLA or Zest of Life’s Abundance is on eof the popular restaurants in Baguio City. It is located in the heart of Baguio, along the famous Session Road. They serve affordable Filipino, American, and Continental breakfast that will surely satisfy your tummy.
Visit the Strawberry Farm
Enjoy the fresh strawberries that scattered around the area! You can even choose and pick your own strawberries. Cool, right? They might just cost you more money, but you can guarantee that all of them are fresh right where they came from. You can also stroll around the market where vendors give some free taste.
You can also make a quick photo stop at the Valley of Colors or StoBoSa and see the colorful houses on a hillside.
Explore Bencab Museum
BenCab Museum is one of Baguio’s frequently visited tourist spots. It is located at Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet, about a 15-minute drive from Baguio City proper. It is home to the art collections of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera popularly known as BenCab. He is considered a master of contemporary Philippine art.
Lunch at Balajadia Kitchenette, Slaughter Compound
Before going back home, enjoy a bulalo soup and other Filipino comfort food at Balajadia Kitchenette located in Baguio’s Slaughter Compound. It’s a hole-in-the-wall so there is nothing fancy about the place. But, the food here is good and very affordable.
Visit Baguio Market for Pasalubong
What’s a quintessential Pinoy vacation without pasalubong shopping? Choose from strawberries, barrel men, vegetables, and sweets, all available in the Baguio City Market and other pasalubong centers scattered in the city. You may also visit the Mountain Maid Training Center, the sole distributor of Good Shepherd Baguio products to buy a variety of high-quality jams and other sweets.