From strawberry tahos to Good Shepherd’s ube jams, if you’ve been to Baguio, you would all be familiar with these local treats. But just when you thought you’ve tried it all, the City of Pines surprises us with another hidden gem: foreign food. With Baguio’s shifting demographic, its offerings have been expanding too, leaving visitors with more exciting dining options! So if you’re coming back here soon, try these foreign dishes for a whole new Baguio experience:
5. Homemade Matcha Ice Cream
Matcha-lovers, rejoice! Located along Legarda road, Chaya is a home-turned-Japanese restaurant that serves a local favorite, Cream Anmitsu. This dessert is made up of vanilla and green tea ice cream with sweetened red mango, jelly, grapes and banana on the side – it’s the perfect way to end a Japanese meal!
Location: Location: 72 Legarda Road, Baguio City
4. Brick-oven Pizza
When in Baguio, warm yourself up with a fresh brickfire pizza at Italian restaurant Amare La Cucina. Their pizzas are hand-stretched, hand-tossed and cooked to perfection in a wood fire brick oven, giving it an authentic taste of Italy. One of their must-tries is Pizza Con Proscuitto; it’s made with plum tomatoes, mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, olives and a dash of oregano. P.S. You can experience making your own pizza too, with the help of their friendly staff.
Location: EGI Albergo Hotel, #1 Villamor Drive, Brgy. Lualhati, Baguio City
3. Souvlaki plates
The City of Pines is home to authentic Greek restaurant Lemon and Olives, where you can get Souvlaki plates. Great for meat lovers, Souvlaki is a classic Greek dish where mixed plates of grilled meat (beef, chicken, and pork) are served with Pita bread. Bonus points: the restaurant is Instagram-perfect too! Many visitors prefer to dine al fresco since the restaurant boasts rustic interiors, along with an overlooking view of Pine trees.
2. Vietnamese coffee
Swap your usual cup of joe with Coffee Library’s specialty: Vietnamese coffee. True to the cafe’s name, they have a wide variety of coffee choices with interesting variants (think: coffee with yogurt or coconut milk), but one of its most talked about drinks is the classic Ca Phe Sua (a.k.a. Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk). If you like a strong and sweet taste, this exotic coffee won’t disappoint!
Location: Rex Hall, Upper Bonifacio St. Baguio City 2600
1. Mediterranean-style Lamb
Dine in at the Foggy Mountain Cookhouse for a taste of Mediterranean cuisine. Nestled at the chef’s home porch—which has a stunning sunset view, BTW—the restaurant can only accommodate reserved guests, creating an overall private dining experience. However, they’re more than just their unique set-up: Foggy Mountain Cookhouse is praised by many for its Brick Oven-Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb, and it looks as good as it tastes. The lamb is marinated overnight in Moroccan spices, served with Middle Eastern vegetables.
Location: 172 St Joseph street, San Carlos Heights, Baguio City