Camote bread (L) and Baguio bagnet are locals’ favorite food.
Images: Café By The Ruins Facebook page
Café by the Ruins
along Upper Session Road is a favorite must-try restaurant among Baguio visitors. Through the years, it's made a name for itself with its freshly baked pieces of bread made of camote (sweet potato) and squash, which go great with its homemade spreads. Their famous Baguio food delicacies are their version of pinikpikan, a Cordilleran chicken soup, and their salads are made of fresh Baguio veggies. The place also offers Baguio longganisa (Filipino-style sausages of ground pork, sugar, and spices). Also, one of their famous Baguio delicacies is their bagnet (deep-fried crispy pork belly), which will surely satisfy any proud carnivore.
For a closer and more memorable taste of Baguio's local food scene, try dining at any of these restaurants serving home-style Cordilleran cuisine. Café by the Ruins is open daily from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Another local favorite, Café Yagam, located at J. Felipe St., Gibraltar, is quickly becoming a go-to place for lovers of authentic Cordilleran cuisine. Among the Baguio food delicacies, they serve are pinuneg, or pork blood sausage, and kiniing, or etag, as called by the Ibaloi, which is smoked and cured pork. All dishes come with a serving of red rice or boiled camote. Make room for local desserts, usually made of sticky rice: Kalinga's inandila (glutinous rice cake) and Ifugao's kiniwar (sweetened sticky rice). They also roast their coffee so that you can enjoy a warm, freshly brewed cup with your sweet dessert.
December 2022 Update: Cafe Yagam is still closed until further notice. Follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/yagamcoffee/, to be the first to know when they resume operations!
Make sure to visit Yoorekka Magazine to learn and find out more about the best Baguio food delicacies.
This article was initially published in Yoorekka on April 13, 2018.
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