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)
Strawberry Farm in nearby La Trinidad, Benguet (about 20 minutes from the city center) Here you could go into the fields and pick the strawberry by yourself. it is an experience well worth priceless event!
What to buy: One highly recommended activity is strawberry picking at the Strawberry Farm.November is the best time to pick fresh strawberries,
What to pay: In general, it costs twice the market price to pick your own strawberries, which folks find strange, especially those who have tried apple or orange picking in orchards in other countries thinking they provide "free labor." and one thing price defend on supply and demand.
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
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.
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.
A few meters away from Mines View Park is the Good Shepherd convent that sells Baguio home-made delicacies made by their nuns. My personal favorites are the Ube Jam, the Strawberry Jam and their Peanut Brittle. Although their products are also sold elsewhere in Baguio, getting them directly from the convent assures that you're getting it freshly prepared.
There is also a small garden inside and it also provides a viewing deck where you can have a magnificent view of Baguio.
Proceeds from the sale of these products are being used for the charities sponsored by the nuns and also used for maintaining the compound. Buying them not only feeds your stomach but also feeds your soul. :)
Parking is provided inside the convent but if you need to go back to Mines view park, you may have to circle back since the street going to the convent from Mines view is a one-way street.
It's open only until 5 so be sure to visit it early.
What to buy: Peanut brittle, fruit preserves, ube jam, strawberry jam, other delicacies
What to buy:
I highly recommend to try this Binatog, a warm concoction of boiled corn, coconut, sugar and milk When you buy Binatog you will noticed a crowd buying cups of binatog from a vendor This must be a relatively unique Filipino concoction it has just a few ingredients: boiled corn kernels that are intentionally overcooked so that they are literally bursting out of their skins, sugar, grated coconut, and evaporated milk. My kids love this so much
What to pay: You can try this Binatog for Php10 a cup
You can get just about anything you want in the City Market!! You will have to bargain most of the time to get the right price. Sometimes I've been surprised by the vendors offering me a low price without even asking.
What to buy: Even if you don't buy anything the Central Market is a wonderful place to wander and talk with people and just take in the ambience of the place. Some people feel nervous inside as the lighting isn't the best and there are lot's of people. If you feel nervous in those situations don't bring any valuables with you. I've never had a problem there and have visited many times. When you are in the middel of the market it can be tricky finding a way out as there are a maze of stalls!! Just ask someone how to get out and they will point the way. Oh yea... There are many entrances and quite often you will go out in a different area than you went in on. You might want to bring a map of the city with you if it's your first time in the area.
Mines view park is used to be known only for its magnificent view of the copper and gold mines of Baguio. Nowadays, it has become a shopping mecca for tourists and locals alike looking for a bargain. Here, you would get souvenir items and Baguio handicrafts at low and reasonable prices. Ibay, a well-known jewelry store from Baguio specializing on silver sterling also has a shop near the park.
What to buy: Souvenirs, Local Handicrafts, Jewelries esp. made of Sterling Silver
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.
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).
There are just too many shops to choose from. Ask for at least 10-15% discount and you're on your way.
For the very cheap jackets or clothes, ask if they're brand new or just a nice hand-me-down (ukay-ukay is a local term for slightly used clothes shop)
What to buy: chenille scarves - P90
bonnets - P25 for kids; P35 for adults (to complete your rapper look)
knitted strappy blouses - P50
I'd like to share with you a not-so-well-known fact shared by my niece. When we were in Baguio for the 2009 Panagbenga, she surprised me with a pack of my favorite BCC raisin bread and banana cake for our evening snack. We were not billeted at the Baguio Country Club, but she got them anyway from...guess where? a nearby gasoline station!
Yes, you can still buy your favorite BCC raisin bread and banana cake at any of the following authorized BCC outlets and gasoline stations: at gasoline stations like Caltex Legarda & Petron BGH, Petron Victory and Petron Burnham; at the different coffee shops like Figaro SM and Club John Hay, Starbucks SM & Club John Hay and Gloria Jeans Café; also at Villa Cordillera in Outlook Drive. You can choose where to buy depending on your hotel's proximity. Since they have very limited stock, it is best to order a day before.
What to buy: Banana Cake, Raisin Bread, other BCC pastries
What to pay: I am not sure if the price of the breads, cakes and pastries are the same as BCC, but who cares? You get to savor them though you're not a member billeted at BCC.
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.
The Good Shepherd Sisters have been known to help out-of-school youth by training them to cook ube jam, strawberry jam, cookies & other pastries, and produce hand-made souvenir items. The proceeds of the store of the Good Shepherd Sisters go to the education and livelihood programs for out-of-school youth. That means every peso you pay goes to a socially responsible endeavour... Now, doesn't that make you feel good?
What to buy: Ube (Yam) Jam, Strawberry Jam & Jelly, Blueberry Jelly, Lenguas de Gato, Crinkles, and other pastries; hand-sewn/made souvenir items; fresh vegetable; herbal concoctions. etc
What to pay: Your P500 will already buy a lot of "pasalubongs" and/or souvenirs
If you want to go stay at a classy place in Baguio, then The Manor is where you should stay. It may...more
after a long travel to baguio, i finally found a place in the middle of the city to rest and...more
When I was told that we were going to stay at an Inn just above the bus terminal, I felt squeamish...more