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4 Hidden Gems in Baguio That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Thought you’ve seen everything there is to see in Baguio? Think again.

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | June 15, 2022

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Images: Mount Costa Facebook page

With Baguio City’s numerous tourist spots that offer fun recreational activities, the City of Pines is one of the best places for a quick getaway. If you’ve been here once or a few times, you would probably think that there aren’t any more places to visit other than its famous attractions.

The Summer Capital is home to a few more visit-worthy spots off the beaten path. From cafes in full bloom to haunted houses, there are more hidden gems in Baguio that can make your trip more worthwhile. If this sparked your curiosity, keep reading to discover what these hidden gems in Baguio are! In that case, this article is about to surprise you.


1. Laperal White House

Location: Leonard Wood Road, Baguio, Benguet


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Images: Left, Carmela Asistio via Unsplash; Right @efrenjgg

Baguio City has its share of ghost stories, some of which come from the most haunted house: the Laperal White House. It is said that tragic and cruel events occurred in the place during the Japanese colonial era, which caused it to be filled with restless spirits. Housekeepers, security guards, and passersby claimed to have seen ghosts peering through the windows and standing in front of the main door. It might be one of the reasons the White House isn’t exactly a popular tourist spot. If you’re up for a good scare in the City of Pines, this place is a must-visit for a quick getaway.


2. Mt. Cloud Bookshop

Location: 001 Yangco Road (corner Brent Road), Baguio City
Operating Hours: Daily, 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM


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Image: Mt. Cloud Bookshop Facebook page

Mt. Cloud Bookshop might be one of the coziest bookshops in Baguio City. Its vintage-style wooden interiors, staircase, and bookshelves give off homey vibes. The bookshop houses unique and quality books, 80% of which are Filipiniana and 20% are international. From Philippine literature to general fiction, Mt. Cloud has a wide range of books that anyone can enjoy. Guests have the freedom to open books and flip them from cover to cover, and they can even make use of the bookshop’s old-school library ladder to get books that are out of reach.



3. Ili-Likha Artist Village

Location: Assumption Road, Baguio
Operating Hours: Daily, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM


Hidden Gems in Baguio That Are Worth The Visit, City of Pines

Image: @jlyeaeun

A spot where art meets dining, Ili-Likha Artist Village is the perfect haven for all art lovers who are foodies. One notable thing about this hidden tourist spot is its eco-architecture made of recycled materials such as old bottles, broken glass, and even old bicycle frames. The materials are creatively incorporated into walls, walkways, and staircases, making the village a delightful masterpiece. The whole place also coexists with trees, for the owners refused to cut them down to help preserve nature. When it comes to dining, Ili-Likha houses various food stalls that serve classic dishes, including rice meals, chicken and fries, pastries, coffee, and lugaw (rice porridge).


4. The Flower Cafe

Location: 307 Ambuklao Road, Tiptop, Baguio City
Operating Hours:
Monday to Saturday, 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday, 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM


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Images: The Flower Cafe PH Facebook page

Here’s a place in the City of Pines that is always in full bloom, whatever the weather. The Flower Cafe is known as the place where a thousand flowers bloom. From the ceiling down to the tables, the area is adorned with brightly colored flowers of different shapes and sizes. You’d be surprised to know that some of these flowers are edible. The Flower Cafe offers a selection of all-natural flower teas that you can brew using a siphon vacuum brewer; all you have to do is choose three flowers to be brewed. Unique dishes such as the Panagbenga salad, tomato soup in a bread bowl, and octopus and salmon canapes are only some of the must-tries in the cafe.



TIP:
If you’re looking for a place for healing and rejuvenation, then Mount Costa is your best bet. The place is located far from the city center, making it a quiet and isolated space. It has a total of 24 gardens with unique landscapes, including the Mirror Garden, a place full of mirrors that creates various illusions; the Outdoor Musical Garden, a section adorned with different musical instruments; and the Celestial Garden, an area where you can learn more about astronomy through displays of planets and other celestial bodies.


Hidden Gems in Baguio That Are Worth The Visit, famous attractions

Image: Mount Costa Facebook page

Mount Costa
Location: Puguis, La Trinidad, Philippines
Operating Hours: Daily, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Baguio City will give you what you need whether you’re on a trip for relaxation or even a little ghost adventure. And now that you know where to go, it’s time to plan a visit!


Go to Yoorekka Magazine to discover more hidden gems in Baguio and other local spots in Northern Luzon!


Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions. For now, keep safe!


This article was initially published in Yoorekka on November 03, 2020.


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Images: Mount Costa Facebook page

With Baguio City’s numerous tourist spots that offer fun recreational activities, the City of Pines is one of the best places for a quick getaway. If you’ve been here once or a few times, you would probably think that there aren’t any more places to visit other than its famous attractions.

The Summer Capital is home to a few more visit-worthy spots off the beaten path. From cafes in full bloom to haunted houses, there are more hidden gems in Baguio that can make your trip more worthwhile. If this sparked your curiosity, keep reading to discover what these hidden gems in Baguio are! In that case, this article is about to surprise you.


1. Laperal White House

Location: Leonard Wood Road, Baguio, Benguet


Hidden Gems in Baguio That Are Worth The Visit, hidden gems in Baguio

Images: Left, Carmela Asistio via Unsplash; Right @efrenjgg

Baguio City has its share of ghost stories, some of which come from the most haunted house: the Laperal White House. It is said that tragic and cruel events occurred in the place during the Japanese colonial era, which caused it to be filled with restless spirits. Housekeepers, security guards, and passersby claimed to have seen ghosts peering through the windows and standing in front of the main door. It might be one of the reasons the White House isn’t exactly a popular tourist spot. If you’re up for a good scare in the City of Pines, this place is a must-visit for a quick getaway.


2. Mt. Cloud Bookshop

Location: 001 Yangco Road (corner Brent Road), Baguio City
Operating Hours: Daily, 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM


Hidden Gems in Baguio That Are Worth The Visit, Baguio

Image: Mt. Cloud Bookshop Facebook page

Mt. Cloud Bookshop might be one of the coziest bookshops in Baguio City. Its vintage-style wooden interiors, staircase, and bookshelves give off homey vibes. The bookshop houses unique and quality books, 80% of which are Filipiniana and 20% are international. From Philippine literature to general fiction, Mt. Cloud has a wide range of books that anyone can enjoy. Guests have the freedom to open books and flip them from cover to cover, and they can even make use of the bookshop’s old-school library ladder to get books that are out of reach.



3. Ili-Likha Artist Village

Location: Assumption Road, Baguio
Operating Hours: Daily, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM


Hidden Gems in Baguio That Are Worth The Visit, City of Pines

Image: @jlyeaeun

A spot where art meets dining, Ili-Likha Artist Village is the perfect haven for all art lovers who are foodies. One notable thing about this hidden tourist spot is its eco-architecture made of recycled materials such as old bottles, broken glass, and even old bicycle frames. The materials are creatively incorporated into walls, walkways, and staircases, making the village a delightful masterpiece. The whole place also coexists with trees, for the owners refused to cut them down to help preserve nature. When it comes to dining, Ili-Likha houses various food stalls that serve classic dishes, including rice meals, chicken and fries, pastries, coffee, and lugaw (rice porridge).


4. The Flower Cafe

Location: 307 Ambuklao Road, Tiptop, Baguio City
Operating Hours:
Monday to Saturday, 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday, 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Hidden Gems in Baguio That Are Worth The Visit, quick getaway

Images: The Flower Cafe PH Facebook page

Here’s a place in the City of Pines that is always in full bloom, whatever the weather. The Flower Cafe is known as the place where a thousand flowers bloom. From the ceiling down to the tables, the area is adorned with brightly colored flowers of different shapes and sizes. You’d be surprised to know that some of these flowers are edible. The Flower Cafe offers a selection of all-natural flower teas that you can brew using a siphon vacuum brewer; all you have to do is choose three flowers to be brewed. Unique dishes such as the Panagbenga salad, tomato soup in a bread bowl, and octopus and salmon canapes are only some of the must-tries in the cafe.



TIP:
If you’re looking for a place for healing and rejuvenation, then Mount Costa is your best bet. The place is located far from the city center, making it a quiet and isolated space. It has a total of 24 gardens with unique landscapes, including the Mirror Garden, a place full of mirrors that creates various illusions; the Outdoor Musical Garden, a section adorned with different musical instruments; and the Celestial Garden, an area where you can learn more about astronomy through displays of planets and other celestial bodies.


Hidden Gems in Baguio That Are Worth The Visit, famous attractions

Image: Mount Costa Facebook page

Mount Costa
Location: Puguis, La Trinidad, Philippines
Operating Hours: Daily, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Baguio City will give you what you need whether you’re on a trip for relaxation or even a little ghost adventure. And now that you know where to go, it’s time to plan a visit!


Go to Yoorekka Magazine to discover more hidden gems in Baguio and other local spots in Northern Luzon!


Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions. For now, keep safe!


This article was initially published in Yoorekka on November 03, 2020.


Check out this video:



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Antonette is a writer, a night owl, an extrovert, and a BTS ARMY. Her spare time is consumed by drawing digital vector art, sleeping, binge-watching Netflix series, and learning how to cook. An adventurer by heart, she aspires to travel the world with her family, try extreme outdoor activities, and taste all sorts of food in different countries.

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