At roughly 4,600 feet above sea level, Baguio’s been known for its cold weather, scenic views, and ukay-ukay shopping spots (read: super cheap sweaters and beanies). But how do you enjoy chilly Baguio when summer has ended?
I’ve been to Baguio once (during my trip with Jewel to Sagada) but we only had an hour to explore the city at that time. So when I got the chance to visit Baguio once again, I jumped at it, even if the trip was in June, a wet season.
If you take a mysterious delight in a little drizzle while cozying up with a book, hiking through pines, shopping at night markets, or swapping stories at a pub, consider this as a guide to Baguio’s best attractions on a rainy day.
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1. Mt. Cloud Bookshop
FREE Admission | Hours: 10:30AM – 8:00PM daily | Phone: (+63) 74 424 4437 Address: Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road, Baguio City, 2600 | Facebook Page
Find local and foreign titles and go home with a rare book when you visit Mt. Cloud Bookshop. Opened in 2010 by independent and passionate book curators, Padma and Feliz Perez, this vibrant two-floor bookstore is a great place to grab some literary souvenirs and entertain book lovers or budding readers on a rainy day.
2. Mount Costa
Admission Fee: P350 for adults | Free for children below 3 y/o | Hours: 9AM – 5PM | Phone: 63 917 702 8292 | Facebook Page
Located in La Trinidad, Benguet is a family-run farm-turned-landscape-garden known as Mount Costa. It simply calls itself the ‘Green Living Room of the North.’ Boasting 24 uniquely designed gardens, this 5,500-meter garden is Baguio’s hottest hiking spot. It features two main trails (Yellow and Blue), which offer travelers of all ages physical exercise, relaxation, and fun. Food kiosks like Happy Tummy and Riench offer delicious drinks and lip-smacking dishes like Pad Thai and rice bowls.
3. Museo Kordilyera
Entrance Fee: P30 for non-UP students with valid ID and P60 for adults | Hours: 9AM – 5PM |Phone: 0945 803 6165 | Facebook Page
Museums are a godsend, especially on rainy days. But Museo Kordilyera is no ordinary museum – it’s a striking collection of Cordillera’s cultural, historical, and anthropological treasures. The ritual paraphernalia, rare heirloom jars, special garments, and a complete traditional Ifugao house inside the museum help visitors visualize what life was like in the Mountain Region. You can spend all day reading about Cordillera’s legacy here and still feel like you haven’t read enough.
4. Night Market/Ukay-Ukay at Harrison Road
At around 9PM, downtown Baguio is abuzz with vendors selling anything from fashion pieces to jewelry items to street food! Head to Harrison Road’s Night Market (near Burnham Park) to hunt for the best bargains on branded shoes, windbreakers, beanies, scarves, and so much more. Just make sure you bring enough cash and negotiation skills to bag the best deals!
5. Camp John Hay
Come morning, it can be tempting to stay in bed when it’s raining. Fight the urge and visit Camp John Hay for a foggy morning hike. Walking through a dazzling forest of pine trees is unlike anything you’ll ever experience. Just be sure to get Google map of the area pre-loaded before you navigate the trail. (Though I totally didn’t mind getting lost in this ethereal place.)
Bonus: Baguio Craft Brewery
Hours: 5pm-12am (M-F) & 1pm – 12am (Sat & Sun) | Phone: (074) 620 2278 | Address: 4 Ben Palispis Hwy, KM 4, Baguio, 2600 Benguet | Facebook Page
Even beer snubs can find something that suit their tastes at Baguio Craft Brewery – the city’s first and only pub serving freshly-brewed craft beer. Just tell the barista what flavors you enjoy and they will let you sample at least three beer flavors that resemble them from 18 rotating taps. The only risk is that you might end up liking everything that you’ve tried!
Have you traveled to Baguio on a rainy season? Not yet? Give it a shot. You’ll enjoy the low-season hotel rates and encounter fewer tourist crowds.
And like me, you will be reliving memories of Baguio whenever it rains.