Baguio City attracts tourists because of its ambiance and its weather.
The city is called the Summer Capital of the Philippines as it is one of the few places in the Philippines where you can still wear a jacket and pants in the summer. Aside from taking part in the various touristy activities in the city such as horseback riding, boating, biking, and taking pictures in scenic mountain views, another favorite activity is…. drinking coffee! There is no better way to enjoy the city’s scenic view and cold weather than drinking a nice, delicious cup of coffee in a cozy cafe.
Things are getting more and more exciting for tourists because there just seems to be more and more new coffee shops in the city every year!
Here are the top three new and must-try coffee shops in Baguio City this 2022.
1. Hatch Coffee
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Some people who know about Hatch refer to it as their secret spot. The cafe is hidden in a village, covered with a high gate. Once the gate is opened, it’s as if you are transported to a secret garden where the best drinks and food to comfort your soul are served.
But it seems like Hatch isn’t so secret anymore. It’s been getting quite famous lately, attracting the spotlight it deserves.
It was included in Esquire’s Best Restaurants of 2022, praising its well-thought-out drinks and nice garden view. Several celebrities and public figures praised the cafe as well.
Celebrity couple Mikael Daez and Megan Young featured Hatch in their vlog (starting from 2:09-3:53, if you’re interested in watching their review!). The couple loved how cozy the cafe was, and how they were able to discover a different part of Baguio because of the cafe’s location. Their recommendations from the cafe include all the coffee drinks (as avid coffee lovers, duh), the Hatch Burger, and the Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Antoinette Jadaone, well-loved podcaster of Ang Walang Kwentang Podcast and director of highly-acclaimed films such as That Thing Called Tadhana and Fan Girl, also gave positive reviews for the cafe. The director and podcast host made a TikTok video, sharing that Hatch is a must-visit coffee shop in Baguio City. She praised the cozy and secluded ambiance of the cafe. Among her top-rated items on the menu are the Hatch Burger and the Horchata.
I don’t know how many more reviews from famous people and magazines you’ll need to be convinced that this cafe is worth your time and money. The cafe ticks so many boxes in what people look for to qualify as good cafes. Aside from the cozy atmosphere and the good food and drinks, Hatch also has fast WiFi and sockets for when you’re planning to work. Just when you think things couldn’t get any better, you can also bring your pets to keep you company! Plus, they also offer weekly yoga classes and daily secret menus.
Pro-tip: reserve a table at least a day before!
Must order: Dirty Horchata, Chai Tea Latte, Ube Grilled Cheese, and whatever is on their daily secret menu
2. Highland Brew
If you’re looking for a coffee spot that is still as beautiful and cozy but also more accessible to commuters, then Highland Brew is the perfect cafe for you! Just a few steps away from Session Road, Highland Brew is located at the Sky Garden Terrace at SM City Baguio. The cafe overlooks the bustling city, with breathtaking views from its most popular spots like Burnham Park and Baguio Cathedral.
With drinks named such as Yogurt Strawberry Bliss, Mt. Timbak Salted Caramel Choco, Mt. Ulap Tiramisu, Mt. Pulag Cloud, Sagada Wild Blueberry Yogurt, etc., you will surely feel like you’re high up in the clouds when you’re sipping into them.
Add a little snack to your drink, such as their Bontoc Suman, Baguio Ube Cake, or Benguet Camote Cake, and you will sure feel like you’ve traveled all the provinces of the Cordilleras with just a sip and a bite!
The cafe only opened last November 18, 2021, but has only been getting good reviews since. Blogger No_Juan_Is_An_Island shared his experience at the cafe, recommending their bibingka cheesecake and meat pies.
This cafe will surely be one of the most recommended and most highly-rated cafes in Baguio City in the coming months. Visit them now so you don’t miss out!
Pro-tip: visit the cafe in the late afternoon to get a glimpse of the sunset while devouring your orders
Must order: Mt. Amuyao Mocha Crumble, Mt. Ulap Tiramisu, Bontoc Suman
3. Foam Coffee
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Opening only last September 2021, Foam Coffee is probably one of the most popular new cafes in Baguio City.
Located at Travelite Hotel, Shuntug St., the cafe is also commuter-friendly, only a few steps away from Burnham Park and Session Road.
Their signature coffees include:
Foam Signature Latte
If you’re looking for something to match your coffee drink with, don’t fret, because Foam Coffee also serves Glazed Artisanal Donuts.
And if you’ll be staying at Foam all day, you don’t have to worry about your meals because they also serve dishes like Korean Bibimbap, Orange Chicken, Omurice, Katsu Curry, Chicken Masala, Bulgogi Tapa and more!
Eliminate your fear of missing out and spend your free day at Foam Coffee!
What are you waiting for? Book that trip. File for that leave. Take that well-deserved vacation, and try out these new cafes!