Café by the Ruins, Baguio City

A splendid Baguio morning for me would be waking up very early, breathing the cool air outside, knowing that I’m far from Manila for a while, having a walk at Burnham Park or at some quiet place, and then getting breakfast at Café by the Ruins. It would be forgivable to forgo the waking up early part, but dear me, not the breakfast at Café by the Ruins.

Cafe by the Ruins, Baguio

Inside Cafe by the ruins, Baguio City

Cafe by the Ruins Café by the Ruins, located along Chuntug Street, provides a rustic, yet artistic feel, having been designed and built with simple, native materials that are characteristic of the Mountain Province.

The restaurant was constructed from the ruins of a once garden theater that was later on turned into a residence. Examine the walls, and you will find the ruins for which the place was named.


It shouldn’t be difficult to appreciate the ingenuity of the design of the place. From the garden to the cozy interiors,  Café by the Ruins exemplifies the artistry of the people of Baguio.

The walls are remnants of an old building, and from them, the roof and other additions were constructed in Baguio-like style.
The walls are remnants of an old building, and from them, the roof and other additions were constructed in Baguio-like style.
Old kettles and stove spotted at the entrance
Old kettles and stove spotted at the entrance
Proof that bamboo trees can look good with old fluorescent lamps and a fire hydrant. Located outside the restaurant.
Proof that bamboo trees can look good with old fluorescent lamps and a fire hydrant. Located outside the restaurant.
This store complements the restaurant’s offerings. Sold here are mountain-made products. The bougainvillea is said to have been there for a century now.
This store complements the restaurant’s offerings. Sold here are mountain-made products. The bougainvillea is said to have been there for a century now.

Food

Sugar, Cafe by the Ruins, Baguio CityCafé by the Ruins features dishes that suit the demands of health-conscious customers. I am not the health-conscious type, but my palate tends to favor natural ingredients more.

All ingredients are “closer to nature,” thus more pure and better-tasting. Think muscovado sugar, pure cacao, and the much creamier carabao milk.


Some dishes feature products from the mountains, such as highland coffee and mountain rice, while other dishes are simply unique, such as kamote bread, which substituted kamote for the regular bread flour, making the bread naturally sweeter. We enjoyed that bread so much that we had to order another.

Kamote bread, a must-try at Café by the Ruins
Kamote bread, a must-try at Café by the Ruins
Classic Filipino favorite pandesal
Classic Filipino favorite pandesal

I have yet to understand the Filipino craving for champorado mixed with tuyo, but here is Café by the Ruin’s version, with tinapa at the center.
I have yet to understand the Filipino craving for champorado mixed with tuyo, but here is Café by the Ruin’s version, with tinapa at the center.

Cafe by the Ruins, Chuntug Street, Baguio CityOne thing that sets Café by the Ruins apart from other restaurants is its dedication to the arts. Occasionally, the café promotes the works of local artists, providing them with a venue for art exhibits. At the lobby, customers would find books, magazines and other materials featuring local artists.

Café by the Ruins is only a few walking distance away from Burnham Park and Baguio City Hall.


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For more information, you can visit their website at http://cafebytheruins.com.ph/




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2 thoughts on “Café by the Ruins, Baguio City”

  1. Before I went up to Baguio a friend of mine suggested that I visit Café By The Ruins. “Why?” I asked, and with a bashful smile on her face my friend replied, “Sabi nila masarap.” That reason wasn’t exactly as convincing as it was amusing, but not being one to pass up a gastronomic adventure, I put the restaurant on my itinerary.

  2. My husband & I love to try authentic food. We were looking for a place where to eat that time when we were in Holiday Park hotel, I tried to search and just realized this place is just few steps away. so we tried, and I definitely recommend this to anyone. When were back again to visit Philippines surely we will come and eat here again.

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