Baguio is a city nestled in the middle of Benguet province’s verdant mountains. Its location and the abundance of pine trees in and around it has earned the city various nicknames. Among such nicknames are City of Pines and Summer Capital of the Philippines. Baguio City is a top tourist destination in the Philippines. Hundreds of thousands of local and foreign tourists pay the mountain city a visit every year. The city is well-known for its cool climate and the culture of its original settlers, the Igorots. Tourist arrivals in the city are at its peak during February, the month when the Panagbenga Festival is held. The Panagbenga is an annual event that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Cordilleras. It’s a month-long celebration that features street parades, float parades, firework displays, concerts, trade fairs and so much more.
Things To Do In Baguio City, Philippines
Here’s a list of some of the things that you can do in and around Baguio City.
1. Stroll along Session Road. Session Road is the city’s main thoroughfare. At the foot of it is the Maharlika Livelihood Center. At the top end of the road is the gigantic SM shopping mall. On both sides of Session Road are shops and establishments of all kinds. Fastfood restaurants, book stores, coffee shops, botiques, tattoo shops, bars, you name it, Session Road has them all.
2. Go boating at the man-made lake in the middle of Burnham Park. There are boats there that you can rent out on a per hour basis. The lake looks like a giant swimming pool. Cruising around it in a boat is a fun experience.
3. Shop, dine and have fun at SM Baguio. SM is a four-story shopping mall. It’s located in Luneta Hill at the top of Session Road. It has a food court where you can find all kinds of Filipino cuisine. It has a department store as well as hundreds of other shops. At the topmost floor are four movie theaters that screens mostly Hollywood films. One great feature of SM are its verandas from which you can view from above some parts of the city.
4. Visit the strawberry farms in the neighboring town of La Trinidad. The town of La Trinidad is just a few minutes away from Baguio City by public transportation. You ca either ride a jeepney or a taxi to the place. At the strawberry farms, you can see firsthand how the berries are planted, raised and harvested. There are also several stalls there that sell freshly-picked strawberries.
5. Visit Camp John Hay. The camp is one of the most beautiful places in Baguio City. It also has its own golf course which is also the only golf course in Baguio City.
6. Stroll at the Baguio City public market. You will find all sorts of things at the market. Be careful though when strolling along with the crowds as there are pickpockets and bag snatchers roaming around.
7. If you want to unwind at the end of the day with a drink or two, you should visit Nevada Square. This is a place packed with several bars, grills and restaurants.
These are just a few of the things you can do in Baguio City. Other Baguio destinations that might interest you will be Mines View Park, Botanical Garden, the BenCab museum, Cafe by the Ruins and the Oh My Gulay restaurant at the top of the La Azotea building along Session Road.