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.
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.
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.
One 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/