Baguio City or the City of Pines has many tourist spots. It is famous for Burnham Park, Minesview Park, and Camp John Hay, among others. There are other not so popular tourist spots that have yet to be discovered by local and foreign travelers.
Here are just some of them:
- Mount Costa
Mount Costa is located away from the city center. A visit to the garden ensures that you will enjoy a quiet and peaceful time hidden amidst a 15-acre area covered in pine trees. The weather is pretty cool and requires a bit of a trek but it is all worth it once you see all the themed gardens and other spots like the amphitheater, food kiosks, land art, and reflection pond. A must visit is the Spectrum Garden.
- Calle Uno Food Hub
The Calle Uno Food Hub is Baguio City’s first try at the food park concept. Instead of using normal containers, they use vehicles, particularly Volkswagen Beetles. It is actually the first of its kind in the world. It houses seven locally owned food concepts and is a short walk from Calle Uno’s co-working space.
- Laperal Whitehouse
The Laperal Whitehouse is said to be the most haunted house in all of Baguio. If you don’t mind a few scares to keep things exciting, this is a must visit for you and your friends. The house itself is a beautiful work of American colonial architecture and is full of stories that may or may not keep you up at night.
- Pink Sisters Convent
The Pink Sisters Convent is known as the Chapel of Divine Love and is known for the Holy Spirit of Adoration Sisters that pray petitions for people all day. If you have a serious prayer request and or are in need of a spiritual experience, make sure you add this chapel to your list.
- Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant
The restaurant is just right beside the Tam-Awan Village and is loved by everyone for its Nipa Hut style exterior and delicious yet affordable Cordilleran food. The dishes are simple but packed with flavor. The whole experience is reminiscent of what and how locals eat. The area is uncanny for a restaurant but that’s the best part because you get more time to soak in the food and the ambiance.
- Baguio Cathedral
Another church destination is the biggest Catholic church in Baguio City. It is also called as the Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral atop Mount Mary Hill. The façade of the church is stunning and the interior is just as majestic. Even if you are not the religious type, the view of the church itself is worth going to.
Bookends is basically an ukay-ukay heaven for book lovers. It has rare books from the US, UK, and Australia at very cheap prices. It keeps the people’s love for print alive by making books available for everyone from all walks of life.
- Asin Hot Springs
Since Baguio is surrounded by fog and has a cold climate, swimming is not the most popular activity of choice for everyone. However, Asin Hot Spring makes it possible with their pools endorsed within a river and trees. It’s a good side trip for families who want to experience a different side of Baguio.
- Pulag National Park
Mt. Pulag is one of the mountains you will see in most climbers’ list. If you are planning to add this to your list as well, make sure you are prepared physically and mentally for the climb. It is definitely not for the faint of heart, but the view from the summit is priceless.