“We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.”-T.S. Eliot.
A popular destination in the northern Philippines, Baguio City is known for its cold weather, pine trees, and a wide repertoire of food haunts.
It is famous to both local and foreign visitors, which means that it sees a lot of travelers all throughout the year. Apart from that, the city is dubbed the “Summer Capital of the Philippines,” which means that people will inevitably flock to this city during the summer season to escape the scorching heat in other parts of the country. With temperatures rising this coming summer season, a visit to Baguio City sounds very tempting—especially with the sweltering metropolitan weather. Luckily, Baguio City offers a lot in terms of activities and things to do.
INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN BAGUIO CITY
Aside from the cool weather, there are several other reasons why a visit to Baguio City. If you are looking to curate your social media feed with picturesque photos of your travel exploits or just looking for things to do in Baguio, below is a list of the city’s most Instagrammable places that will surely liven up your feeds:
a.) Kamiseta Hotel
Make your feed come to life by booking your stay in Baguio’s very Instagrammable hotel, the Kamiseta Hotel. The entire hotel’s facade is reminiscent of a Marie Antoinette playhouse. If you think that the hotel’s moniker is familiar, you are not alone, as it was actually named after the girly apparel label. The hotel’s interior design primarily features the whimsical and cheerful nature of the brand Kamiseta’s clothes. As a result, you will walk into an environment that is often peppered with toile, candy colors, and paisley prints. Just walking into the hotel already makes you feel like you are a cake topper, with each of its corners practically begging you for a photograph.
b.) Twin Glass Treehouse at Tudor in The Pines
If you are looking to meditate apart from peppering your social media feed with photos, be sure to include Twin Glass Treehouse at Tudor in the Pines in your itinerary. Located in the Tudor in the Pines, the twin glass treehouse is probably the most interesting cottage in the area. Nestled within the groves of Baguio’s signature pine trees, you can spend countless hours just imagining all the things you could do and see there. To elevate your experience, book a stay in one of their Nordic-inspired villas with glass ceilings, where you will be treated to a vantage point of the Northern Lights.
c.) BenCab Museum
By now, you probably have heard of Baguio’s BenCab enthusiasts, which is primarily a place for art enthusiasts. Regardless of how you feel about art, however, you should never miss a visit to this place. BenCab Museum features works of Philippine National Artist Benedictor Reyes Cabrera. More importantly, it is also the designated venue for art promotion and preservation with premium collections from both new and master Filipino artists. The museum also features an array of galleries with various themes, from contemporary art to erotica. After appreciating the art, stop for a cup of Joe at Cafe Sabel, the in-house coffee shop, and admire the small pond surrounding the museum.
d.) Tam-awan Village
Get a glimpse of traditional Cordillera culture and Baguio’s native practices at the Tam-Awan Village in Pinsao Proper. This place is a colony of Ifugao houses that showcases arts and activities that are native to the Cordillerans. Visitors will delight in the fact that the village is preserved and maintained by Cordilleran artists. As a result, it uniquely blends indigenous aesthetics with beautiful Cordilleran craftsmanship. Reaching the village may take a bit of time as it is quite far from the city, but you will be well-rewarded for your efforts. To make your experience even more immersive, be sure to rent a native hut.
e.) StoBoSa Colorful Houses
Consisting of three sitios (Stonehill, Botiwtiw, and Sadjap), the colorful houses of StoBosa are some of Baguio’s most interesting, colorful, and photogenic places. Located in La Trinidad, this giant community mural project was the brainchild of the local government, artists, the Tourism department, and volunteers. It is primarily inspired by the vibrant favelas of Brazil. With so many colorful structures and houses, the place is a visual delight that will certainly add a pop of color to your feed. That said, you should never end your visit to Baguio without getting a few Instagram-worthy snaps of this place.
f.) Cafe by the Ruins
A trip to Baguio City would be considered incomplete without a stopover at the famed rustic cafe known as Cafe by the Ruins. This cafe radiates lush and verdant vibes as it is surrounded by green forestry. If you wish to update your social media feeds, you will definitely want to take photos of every corn of this cafe. It features artful pieces in the cafe corners, bamboo fences, and wooden furniture—all of which can truly add to the rustic charm of the place. If you have been looking for a place with a romantic ambiance, you can definitely take your date to Cafe by the Ruins.
Have you updated your itinerary and decided where to go? More than just additional content to your social media feed, Baguio City actually has a lot to offer travelers. That said, it is a compelling place to visit, whether you are with family or friends. Make your next visit an enjoyable one by including the places listed above. Be sure to immortalize it on your social media feeds so that you have something to remember it by in the years to come.