All The Places You Shouldn’t Miss On Your Next Baguio Trip

It's time to plan your next road trip.

A trip to Baguio used to take a lot of planning (and travel time!). The good news? It now only takes a few hours on the road, thanks to the new Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEx) which cuts travel time to Baguio. Planning a trip soon? We've rounded up some spots and the best eats you shouldn't miss on your next trip:  

Drop by Ruperto's in Pangasinan for some garlicky good longganisa.
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Ruperto's at Binalonan, Pangasinan

If you plan on making a pit stop, this Pangasinan spot serves a satisfying breakfast plate. Their longganisa is made from lean meat flavored with garlicky bits and is hugged by a crispy casing which makes for a delicious texture. You just might need to ask for extra rice! 

What to order: Binalonan longganisa

Where: Ruperto's Restaurant and Resort, Binalonan-Dagupan Highway, Binalonan, Pangasinan (Right off the Binalonan TPLEX exit)

The restaurant is named in honor of the owner's grandmother, a farmer's daughter.
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Smoked, steamed, and stir-fried-Kinuday is super flavorful.
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Farmer's Daughter

Don't leave Baguio without sampling dishes you won't find anywhere else. Farmer's Daughter is home to delicious plates of Cordilleran food. Make sure to hunker down with a bowl of piping hot Pinikpikan, a savory chicken soup made with chicken (beaten with a stick prior to cooking, a step believed to make the meat extra flavorful) and Kinuday, smoked meats bursting with robust flavors. It's the perfect meal to start your vacation up north.

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What to order: Kinuday and Pinikpikan

Where: Tam-awan, Longlong Road, Baguio City

Mama's Table is a reservations-only spot but the meal is worth the extra prep.
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This baked herb feta puff pastry is simple but divine.
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Chef Vicky Tinio's salmon is one of the most tender and flavorful salmon dishes you might encounter.
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Mama's Table

Scoring seats to Mama's Table require a bit of planning: this reservations-only spot requires a group of six people but the prep is worth it. Vicky Clemente Tinio serves an 8-course degustation menu you won't forget. Her dishes are rooted in French cuisine but the dishes are approachable and interesting as she is-she followed her culinary dreams at age 50 and went back to the Philippines to open Mama's Table in 2010.

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What to order: The degustation menu changes depending on what's in season

Where: 888a Ambuklao Road, Baguio City. Tel. Nos. (074) 442-1794, (0915) 643-8775

Lemon and Olives is the first Greek restaurant in Baguio City.
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The Souvlaki Plate has grilled meat on top of pita bread, sliced tomatoes and onions, fries, and a variety of sauces
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The L&O Salad is made up of fresh and tangy flavors.
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Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna

If you've ever wanted to shy away from the Baguio crowds, Lemon and Olives is your best bet. Nestled in a nice, quiet area of Baguio, this restaurant serves Greek food (the kitchen is helmed by Chef Takis Polychronis who is from Athens!). Make sure not to skip the Souvlaki Plate-a plateful of grilled meat on top of pita bread, sliced tomatoes and onions, fries, and a variety of sauces (chili, garlic, and tzatziki, a yogurt-based sauce). The best seat in the house? Any spot in their alfresco area with a great view of the city.

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What to order: L&O Salad, Souvlaki Plates

Where: 26 Outlook Drive, Baguio City

You can mix and match fruits and other mix-ins with YOLO's creamy yogurt.
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The "Doktube" is similar to turon but instead of bananas, it's made with ube, drizzled with YOLO yogurt, and served with vanilla ice cream on the side.
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House of Yogurt Lover (YOLO)

Don't leave Baguio without making a stop at House of Yogurt Lover (YOLO), known for their creamy fresh yogurt (it's almost like subtly sweet cream!). They have a yogurt bar where you can mix and match their famous yogurt with fresh fruits and other mix-ins. They also have a dine-in menu that boasts garden-fresh salads, all-day breakfast plates, and a local dessert called "Doktube", which is similar to turon but instead of bananas, it's made with ube, drizzled with YOLO yogurt, and served with vanilla ice cream on the side. You can also do last-minute pasalubong here since they have the best products from the highlands on their shelves.

What to order: their creamy yogurt

Where: Baguio Road, Aspiras - Palispis Highway, Baguio

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