5 Things to Do in Baguio

Maximize your experience in Baguio by doing these fun activities.

By Mathew S. Chan
December 17, 2014


Baguio is definitely the go-to place during the holidays. Be it during the Christmas season or the summer, this cool paradise sees its fair share of tourists all-year round. If it’s your first time in Baguio, whether it’s with your family or friends, you might find yourself unsure of what to do. Here are 5 sure-fire things you can do to make the most out of your trip.

1.    Horseback Riding
As Baguio is high up in the mountains, it has the perfect paths for horseback riding. There are a lot of places where you can do this, but one of the best is located at Camp John Hay. It’s perfect for little kids and adults alike. If you want to ride alone, you can tell it to  the handler and find yourself dashing through the paths with cold wind blowing in your face.

2.    Strawberry Picking
Another thing Baguio is known for is strawberries. Because of the cold climate all year-round, Baguio is one of the only places in the Philippines where you can grow and get sweet strawberries. You can even go and pick your own, making it a great activity if you are with someone special or with a group of friends.  Take home some strawberry jam while you are at it.

3.    Shopping at Mines View Park
From nice wool blankets to an abundance of souvenirs, Mines View has it all. If you went to Baguio for the shopping, this is the best place to go. Get all you need from bargain clothes to unique knickknacks that can only be found in Baguio. There is no doubt you will spend a good chunk of your budget shopping here.

4.    Exploring Burnham Park
If Manila has Luneta Park, Baguio has Burnham Park. Located in the heart of the city, Burnham Park gets tourists from far and wide because of its beauty and the many things you can do here. Buy small souvenirs, have a picnic with your family, or take a boat ride with someone special. You can easily burn a day here if you want to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

5.    Food Trip
Baguio is a mecca for foodies. The night life isn’t about clubs or partying but about exploring the city and trying the best array of food you can find. From the best Mongolian restaurant to extraordinary Chinese food, the true joy of discovering Baguio is stumbling upon a seemingly hole-in-the-wall restaurant and finding out how amazing it is and how you just want to come back again next year (even if you haven’t even left yet!).  Try out Canto, O’Mai Khan, and Café by The Ruins