Cafe by the Ruins, Baguio

The first time I visited Baguio was purely doing touristy things. This time, it’s just a pit stop en route to our destination: Banaue.
Mornings in Hilltop, Baguio
Mornings in Hilltop, Baguio

We stayed at a homestay in Bagiuo run by a Cebuana in Hilltop. We got a nice view of the mountains and neighboring houses.

On the day we arrived in the summer capital of the country, we walked a lot.

Burnham Park at dusk

We started our long walk with a stroll at the Burnham Park. We admired the view as the dusk settles on the trees and casts an orange glow on the waters.


From Session Road, we asked around, passed a lot of parks, relied on Google Maps and found the bus terminal for Banaue in Otek Street near Rizal Park. We made reservations for the early trip on the following day.



Since the Cafe by the Ruins is just a few steps away from the bus terminal, we had dinner at the branch where one of the scenes from the movie That Thing Called Tadhana was shot.

Also read: Travel Diaries: Banaue, Ifugao

Welcome to Cafe by the Ruins
Welcome to Cafe by the Ruins

Not exactly by the ruins per se but the atmosphere is so homey, romantic and cozy. Its thatched-wood interiors complemented by forest-inspired ambiance adds rustic charm and won the hearts (and stomachs) of the dinners.

Cafe by the Ruins
Cafe by the Ruins
Bagnet set
Bagnet set

Kareen ordered an Ilocano meal that comes with a slab of bagnet (a specialty in Ilocos). The bagnet sits on top of red rice and comes with bagoong. This concludes that Ilocos’ bagnet is similar to that of Cebu’s lechon kawali.

Also read: Red Maleta Eats: Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte 

House bestseller: Ernie’s BLT with camote bread

I ordered the house bestseller Ernie’s BLT. I love their camote bread which reminds me of one of the bread creations made by the student bakers of the Julie’s Chief Baker. It comes with chips which I happily munched on before taking a bite on their TDF sandwich.

Strawberries in a bowl

We split on a strawberry pavlova. We can’t leave Baguio without trying their strawberries. It’s sacrilege!

It’s a bit pricey for a Baguio restaurant and the food is a hit-or-miss for our tastes. It is ideal for a cozy brunch with families and a romantic dinner for two, though.

Cafe by the Ruins
25 Shuntug Rd, Baguio,
(074) 442 4010


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