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Monday, March 23, 2015

BBC: Best Baguio Cafes - Great Food and Free Internet

Restaurants and Cafes in Baguio with Great Food and Free Wifi

Whenever we visit a new city, it's very important for digital nomads and entrepreneurs like my partner and myself that there's plenty of restaurant and cafe choices that offer free wifi. 

Within two weeks being in Baguio (you may check my blog post about our travel from Iloilo to Baguio on The Huffington Post) we've been to several restaurants and cafes in Baguio and here are some that truly stood out.

I'd say stay away from the usual recommendations such as SM City (wifi pretty much doesn't work!), Max's restaurant's wifi was absolutely useless and Zola, which is a 24-hour-cafe was full of smokers (they did not even try to dedicate a place for non smokers) and filled with youngsters and too noisy.

It's quite tricky to find the best restaurants here in Baguio as most of the really good ones (read: not overrated) are those with unassuming facade. Yet, once you get inside, the foods are just amazing and such revelations. I only have simple criteria: service must be great, food must not taste bland and there must be decent internet connection (with the speed not just to post on Facebook or Instagram, but to be able to check emails!)

1. FOTD

From pasta, to adobo, to the eggplant with minced pork, pizza to panna cota, this place has got it all right! The foods taste really good and their staff are so quick to every order and never did disappoint us during our two visits. Brownie points for serving service water infused in lemons and peppermints!

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Service: 5 out of 5
Wifi: 3.5 out of 5


Eggplant with minced pork at Php 120

Panna cota and Blueberry cheesecake

Business Hours: 10am to 10pm
Phone: (074) 442 2888
Address: #2 2nd Road Quezon Hill, Baguio City
10am to 10pm

2. Arca's Yard

While the travel to Ambuclao Road may be a bit too far (at least 30 mins from the city centre), it was definitely all worth it. The place was truly breathtaking and the food had that homey feel to it. While most restaurants and cafes felt too commercialized these days, Arca's remained untouched and the level of tranquility you'll feel in the place is just bar none. 

Food: 4.5 out of 5
Service: 4.5 out of 5 (there was only one person serving by the time we were there so it took awhile for our orders to be served and all the other customers needed to wait as well. It could be improved if there's at least 2 persons in the staff)
Wifi: None (their food is too good not to be included in the list. You need to bring your SMART pocket wifi with you. Globe doesn't seem to work in the area)





Business Hours: not sure
Address: (777) Tiptop, Ambuklao Rd.
Phone: 0922-825-1880

 3. Cafe by the Ruins

It's highly recommended by my friends and while we haven't had a chance to try their foods, I'd recommend the place for coffee (or tea), they have loads of tasty pastries as well and really lovely fireplace.

Watch out, the teapot is as heavy as two irons! :D

Food (Drinks): 4 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5
Wifi: 3 out of 5


Business Hours: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
 Address: 25 Shuntug Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
Phone:+63 74 442 4010

4. Figaro in SM City Baguio

Figaro serves nice coffee, their beef tapa is a bit too salty but over-all, Figaro is a really nice place to hang and have coffee and their internet connection is pretty much the best among the cafes in the list.

Food: 3 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Wifi: 4 out of 5



Business Hours: 10am to 9pm
Address: 3rd Floor Mountain View, SM City Baguio
Phone: 0917 349 1905

 5. Patch Cafe 

Sharing the same building with the Bloomfield Hotel, Patch Cafe has an unassuming facade but very quirky on the inside with comfy couches. While I'm not a fan of their all-day breakfast meals, I'd have to give hands down to their omelete! 

Food: 3.5 out of 5
Service: 3 out of 5 (it's quite difficult to get their attention, they need a bell or something as most of their staff would group in front of the cafe and since there are walls that divide the dining area from the cashier area, staff couldn't easily see what the customers need we'd have to go to the cashier to tell them what we needed or if we decide to order more)
Wifi: 2.5 out of 5

Miner's Breakfast


Business Hours: 10am to 10pm
Address: #3 Leonard Wood Road Baguio City, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
Phone: (074) 446 9112

So far these are the restaurants we've found to have nice food and decent internet connection. Most cafes and restaurants use the cheesy and now overused cliche "We don't have wifi. Talk to each other". If you're a digital nomad and looking for great restaurants in Baguio without sacrificing your work, have a look at those cafes mentioned and share with us in the comments if there are new places we might have missed!

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