Baguio Public Market: the freshest fruits and Veggies
Well, what is a visit in Baguio without going to the public Market! Besided being the ukay ukay (international second hand clothes) capital of the philippines, you can find the freshest and tastiest vegetables and temperate fruits here that are cheap (but cheaper if you go to Benguet Province). Other than the veggies and fruits, A wide variety of other items are available such as strawberry jam, peanut brittle, dried tobacco, an assortment of fresh flowers, meat, Baguio sausages, fish, poultry, fruits, clothes and clothing material. You will also find native products and handicraft such as baskets, brooms, bags, brass, blankets & sweaters, woodcarving, and locally made jewelry.
What to buy: fresh strawberries, Oranges, Blueberries, Strawberry Jams, fresh Vegetables, Baguio Longganisa (blood sausages), Pinipig (Rice crispies), metal carving, wood carvings and a lot lot more!
What to pay: depends on you haggling skills!
very cheap!Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
Ok, what is pasalubong? As I explained to my previous tips, pasalubong is a filipino word which means a gift/something you want to give to your loved ones & friends from your trip. It is sort of souviner too. There are many shops around Baguio wherein you can buy a souviner T-shirts, key chains, wood crafts, and lots more! Name it, I think, they got it all for you! ;o) When comes to dessert, they have yummy Ube Jam, Peanut Brittle, Strawberry Jam & Lengua Cookies.
Fresh, sweet & Juicy!
I'm not only a certified chocolate lover but a Fruitlover as well. That's why I love Baguio because they have a fresh, sweet & juicy grapes & strawberries! and YESSS, with fresh vegetables too - best for those vegetarians! You can buy fruits & vegetables in a reasonable price here and more cheaper than prices in lowland.
Teacher's Camp Souvenir Shops: Crowd Free Shopping
If you want to stay away from the crowd in the city market, you may opt to go to Teachers' Camp and visit the souvenir stalls there. They sell items similar to that in the city market at the same price.
Baguio City Market: Walis Tambo in Baguio
The Baguio City Market in Magsaysay Avenue is a good place to start for souvenir hunting. Its stalls are filled with all kinds of ethnic products and bottled delicacies. Adjacent to it is the Maharlika Livelihood Center where there is a good selection of dry goods and woodcarvings.
What to buy: Woodcurving is afordable, walis tambo (broom) is durable, peanut brittle, ube jam and strawberry jam among a few
PNKY Collection: For your QUALITY COLLECTOR's ITEM
A quaint shop housing a wide array of antiques, furnitures and other woodworks mostly made of iron wood or kamagong. Their PNKY Home is actually their showroom. Their pieces are really worthwhile collecting.
What to buy: Antiques and furnitures and other decorative pieces. Look for their kamagong chess set....a real collectors' item.
PNKY Cafe: A Different Twist in UBE YAM
a cafe with a very nice ambiance. every food that they served here are given a different twist....a sight and taste to behold.....
What to buy: UBE YAM .....as soon as you take a mouthful of this ube yam you will taste something different that will make you crave for more.....
What to pay: almost same price as in Good Shepherd Convent
Souvenir Shops near Mines View Park: Array of Souvenir shops
It is an array of small stalls selling different items. nakakatuwa talaga and I really enjoy shopping here.
What to buy: Souvenir items, pasalubong delicacies, clothing, slippers, etc. I bought an espadrille for only 80 pesos. I urged my daughter to buy one for herself. A place for shopaholics!
What to pay: All prices are affordable and you can even bargain fr the price.
Wood carvers Village: Best value for your MONEY!
Actually, this is not a shop. It is a village whose livelihood depends on their woodcarving skill. Along the way are woodcarvers. they are very friendly and their works are good. The woodcarving pieces are cheaper here than on the stalls. You can bargain pa for the price. I bought a wooden chess table with 2 bankitos and extraordinary chess pieces carved into ifugaos.
What to buy: a lot of woodcarving pieces that is a value for your money.
What to pay: depends on the piece you will buy but definitely cheaper.
Good Shepherd Convent: Where Ube & strawberry jams taste like heaven
This place is very popular in Baguio. Bakasyonistas will never leave Baguio without dropping by at this place. They also had a viewing deck whose view is better than that of the Mines view.
What to buy: Ube yams, Strawberry jams, angel cookies, best peanut brittle, they also have souvenir items like the birthstone rosary, crucifix made of pine wood, etc.
What to pay: the jams and the cookies are a bit pricey but well worth the price and every purchase will help send someone to school. The souvenir items are affordable.
Maharlika Livelihood Center: A Haven for Shoppers
This is located beside Baguio City Market. I found it better than the city market because it is not so crowded, the place is much ok, and the price are so affordable. You can find almost everything here.
What to buy: Woodcarvings, clothing and textiles, delicacies, bracelets, necklaces, and other tinker things...
What to pay: Your one thousand php will go a long long way, but of course, depends on what you will buy. for example, bracelets are just 10 pesos each, yet they don't look like they are just 10 pesos.
SM City Baguio: Mall
I think this is one of the best mall constructed by SM Group. The architect of the mall made it a point to make use of the natural lighting and the cool breeze of Baguio.From the balcony, one can marvel at the beauty if Baguio surrounding.
Typical to other SM Mall, one can find shops like SM appliance center, ACE Hardware, Watsons, Our Home, Sports Central, Surplus Shop and Toy Kingdom.
Restaurants like Don Henrico's, Sizzling Plate, Greenwhich can be found. Tables were set outside the balcony for al fresco dining
What to buy: Handicrafts and native items created by the locals. Cardigan, sweatshirts.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
pasalubong stores in Baguio: the best peanut brittle (Romana)
What to buy: buy the Romana peanut brittle in Baguio, its the best...small bottle for 40.00, big bottle for 80.00 only...you can buy in any pasalubong store in baguio City...the food products of Good shepherd are also delicious
La Trinidad Valley: Fresh flowers, vegetable and strawberry
Visit to Baguio is not complete without visiting La Trinidad Valley. Visitors will have a first-hand experience of buying ( and free-tasting) fresh produce right from the plantation.
There are lots of souvenir shops around the area selling handicraft (cellular phone holder, coin purse, bonnets), food stuff and walis tambo (brooms)
What to buy: Vegetables (baguio beans, lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli), strawberry, cut-flowers.
What to pay: P100~P300 (1USD = P52)Related to:
- Road Trip
- Farm Stay
Baguio's Ubiquitous Souvenir Shops: Shopping for Souvenirs
If you're out to score souvenirs, all of Baguio's tourist areas are filled with souvenirs shops. You can find them at the Mines View Park, Wright Park, Camp John Hay, Lourdes Grotto, the Botanical Gardens, etc.
But the cheapest souvenirs can be found at the La Trinidad Strawberry Fields. It's about PhP5-50 cheaper, depending on the kind of item you buy. There are lots of key chains, mufflers, knitted and weaved bags, shawls, sweaters, ponchos, the infamous Barrel Men and Women (great kinky souvenir), knitted blouses, silver and the requisite shirt.
The most expensive place to buy is from the Camp John Hay souvenir shops. A close second, surprisingly, is the Baguio City Market and Maharlika Center.
But for ube, nothing beats Good Shepherd!
What to buy: Anything knitted, weaved or wooden. Wood crafts and silver jewelry are popular finds, too. Good Shepher UBE is to die for.
What to pay: Souvenirs are cheap. You can buy a lot of pasalubong with PhP1,000 (US$20). Shirts are about Php100-150 (US$2-3). Silver is cheap, too. I bought turquiose earrings for about Php150 (US$3).Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Women's Travel
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