Sure, most of us go to Baguio to experience the cold weather (and bring out those wintry clothes without the need for a plane ticket!). Some come up here for some soul-searching, while others just want a change of scenery; some like hiking around the forest trails, while others come for the thrift stores and designer outlets. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that no trip here is complete without going to a few Baguio cafes.
Make the most out of your stay in the City of Pines by taking the time to unwind and enjoy the highland life. And that includes grabbing some coffee and/or hot chocolate from these top Baguio cafes!
1. Choco-late de Batirol
Among all the Baguio cafes, Choco-late de Batirol is by far the most popular among locals and tourists alike! You’ll find it inside a garden shack in the verdant hills of Camp John Hay, giving it a forest hideout charm.
Here, you can try their signature hot tsokolate drink. It’s traditionally made using a metal pot, where they stir the melted cacao using a batirol (wooden rod), giving it a thick texture. It’s best paired with their bibingka and suman sa lihia for a perfect merienda!
Address: Igorot Park, Gate 2, Camp John Hay, Baguio City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 9pm
2. The Coffee Library
The Coffee Library features a wide array of different coffee blends ranging from Italian, Filipino, to Vietnamese. It’s situated a bit further away from the usual tourist haunts, so you can expect that most of its patrons are locals.
Another perk is that everything on the menu is affordable, as it’s a usual hangout spot for university students. Their must-try include the caphe sua chua (coffee with yoghurt), ca phe sua (coffee with condensed milk), and Kapangan coffee (traditional Benguet brew).
Note: The Coffee Library has two more branches in La Union and Pasay.
Address: Rex Hall, Upper Bonifacio St, Baguio City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 11pm
Head over to Kaffeeklatsch for a healthy dose of cosy rustic interiors, live acoustic tunes — and of course, delicious coffee. Whether you want to have some alone time or catch up with friends, this is your best bet. It’s also one of the few Baguio cafes that are open till midnight!
It derived its name from the German words kaffee (coffee) and klatsch (gossip), roughly translating to “an informal gathering for coffee and conversation.” Oh, and they even saved you the Google search: the pronunciation is right on their sign!
Address: #39 City Camp Road, Baguio City
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 4pm to 12am
4. Hatch Coffee
You’ll find Hatch Coffee tucked away in Easter Road, right beside the bed and breakfast, Easter Home (hence the “hatch” name). It’s a charming bungalow hidden behind vine-covered walls, and surrounded by a lush garden. Woodsy country-style decors will welcome you as you step inside, making you feel right at home.
Their speciality drinks include their Dirty Hatchata (horchata), flat white, cortado, and mocha. We enjoyed pairing these with the Easter Sandwich, which has Baguio longganisa, scrambled egg, crunchy tomatoes, and habaneros inside!
Note: Did we mention that they have a few adorable doggos hanging around the place?
Address: 135 Easter Road corner Road 1, Manzanillo, Baguio City
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm
True to its name, Tsokolateria is a chocolate lover’s haven. Their menu comprises of chocolate-infused food and drinks, ranging from the traditional variety to unexpected twists. You’ll easily spot it along the famous Igorot Stairs on Upper Session Road. Enjoy a relaxing merienda or romantic dinner at one of the lanai spots, which complements the cool Baguio breeze.
Take your pick among different hot chocolate: the Tablea House Blend (it’s even good for two), the Tsokolate ah and Tsokolate eh (Noli Me Tangere throwback, I know), and the Sili Labuyo Tsoko Blend. Oh, and the chocolates they use are all locally sourced — from Baguio all the way to Davao! For something to munch on, try their Tablea Champorado; it’s sweet and crunchy, with a hint of savoury!
Note: Tsokolateria has two more branches in Tagaytay and Quezon City.
Address: Igorot Stairs, Upper Session Road, Baguio City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm
6. Arca’s Yard
Though Arca’s Yard is a bit further away, trust us when we say that the drive up here is worth it! It’s one of those quaint Baguio cafes that offer picturesque views of the woodlands, whether from the balcony or through the wide windows. It also doubles as a mini-library and museum showcasing Igorot culture and antiquities.
Enjoy their Cacao Hot Choco and/or Benguet coffee, both of which are best paired with their scrumptious Sweet Potato Pie Ala Mode. Yum!
Address: Ambuclao Road, Baguio City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 8pm
7. Rewind Cafe
If you’re one of those people with fond childhood memories in the City of Pines, then Rewind Cafe is worth a visit. Located along winding Gibraltar Road, it will take you on a trip down memory lane. With its stone and brick walls, wooden furnishings, and high ceilings, it’s how you’d imagine an ideal mountain home looks like. There’s even a wall featuring curated photos of old Baguio — dating all the way back to the 1940s. Definitely not something you see in most Baguio cafes!
As for their coffee concoctions, the soya coffee blends are great if you’re looking for something new. Take your pick among the regular, hazelnut, raspberry, and salted caramel flavours. With the soy components, it’s somewhat healthier than your usual coffee drink.
Address: #2 C. Arellano Street Extension, Longboan Alley, Gibraltar Road, Baguio City
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8.30pm
8. Coffee & Pine
True to its name, this roadside Baguio cafe really is surrounded by pine trees. Nothing says ‘Baguio’ better than a view filled with pine trees — and of course, some good coffee or hot chocolate.
Not to be upstaged by the outdoor scenery, the interiors are also quite Instagrammable with its minimalist decor and shelves of glass jars and tiny sculptures. Enjoy all these while trying some of Coffee & Pine’s bestsellers, like the mochaccino, hot choco, choco macadamia latte, and blueberry cheesecake coffee! And yes, they’re all as delightful as they sound.
Address: 26 Outlook Drive, Baguio City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 10pm
9. Gossip Coffee Shop
Ask any Baguio local, and they’ll probably agree that Gossip Coffee Shop is indeed an ideal place to make chika with your friends. Their vibrant orange walls are a welcome change from the usual rustic decor of most Baguio cafes. Though since it’s an old house-turned-coffee shop, you can still expect a charming homey vibe.
For the ultimate kwentuhan session, order their Gossip Food Trip Platter: it has fries, nachos, quesadillas, and club sandwiches. Don’t forget to pair it with a classic Café Latte, or something different like the Camp Fire Latte, Butterscotch Latte, or Choco Hazelnut!
Address: 76 Upper General Luna Road, Baguio City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm
10. Café Adriana by Hill Station
Hot drinks and comfort food topped off with sweeping views of the Cordillera mountains? Don’t mind if we do. You’ll find Café Adriana by Hill Station on the deck of Outlook Ridge Residences. We recommend getting a table beside the fireplace, for that “look, I’m totally in Baguio” photo-op.
Unlike other Baguio cafes that offer mostly cake and other baked goods, this one’s best-selling dishes are their paellas. But hey, who said you can’t pair this with your preferred hot beverage? Their signature Filtered Coffee and Tableya Hot Chocolate say otherwise. Though, if you’re coming here for dinner, we recommend the Cafe Don Pedro: coffee with a shot of Fundador brandy and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Muy bien!
Address: DMCI Outlook Ridge Residences, V. Delos Reyes Street, Outlook Drive, Baguio City
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 10pm; Friday to Saturday, 8am to 10.30pm
Make sure to do some cafe-hopping in Baguio and try some of the yummy caffeine and choco concoctions they have to offer!
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