Cafe by the Ruins, Baguio

Cafe by the Ruins, Baguio

I’ve been to and from Baguio City a couple of times now but I never once passed by the iconic Cafe by the Ruins.

As it turns out, Cafe by the Ruins Baguio has a rich cultural history, serving both locals and tourists since the 1980s. The cafe is located at what used to be Baguio’s first garden theater along Shuntug Road.

Cafe by the Ruins Baguio

Cafe by the Ruins itself can tell so much about Baguio City, not to mention their mouthwatering food that is meticulously crafted with local products. I guess this is why thousands of people had their hearts broken when the cafe caught fire back in 2017 (and announced that they won’t reopen anymore).

Luckily, Cafe by the Ruins reopened a couple of months ago. I made sure that it was on my list when I went back to Baguio last weekend.

Cafe by the Ruins Baguio

Entering the ruins first thing in the morning was such a good idea. I felt the Baguio spirit all over me with the cool breeze and the aroma from the cafe’s cooking, which you can actually smell from outside. 

The interior exudes a fancy, modern ambiance but some sources say that it’s not the same as it used to be.

Cafe by the Ruins interior

What to try at Cafe by the Ruins Baguio

We went there for a quick breakfast around 8 AM, so we only tried their hot chocolate and bread.

The bread comes with a free spread—I ordered their Focaccia (PHP 100) paired with Herbed Cheese (PHP 65, if ordered separately). You can perfectly taste the fusion of herbs! This honest-to-goodness pairing is probably one of the bests I had.

Cafe by the Ruins Focaccia paired with Herbed Cheese
Focaccia (PHP 100) paired with Herbed Cheese (PHP 65, if ordered separately)

Meanwhile, my friend ordered Basil Bread (PHP 100) with the best-selling Herbed Liver Pate (PHP 65, if ordered separately). Basil is one of my favorites, and the spread surprisingly complemented it well.

Cafe by the Ruins Basil Bread with the best-selling Herbed Liver Pate
Basil Bread (PHP 100) with the best-selling Herbed Liver Pate (PHP 65, if ordered separately)

These pairings made me full even though I wasn’t even close to eating half. The bread selection is hearty—you can tell they’re freshly baked.

As for the drinks, I ordered their best-selling hot chocolate Rizal Tsokolate (PHP 145), which comes with a small serving of vanilla syrup. I didn’t use the syrup because I already liked the strong taste of cocoa.

Rizal Tsokolate
Rizal Tsokolate (PHP 145)

My friend, who is not particularly a fan of hot drinks, chose Iced Ruins Coffee (PHP 110). I tried a sip and it was good too.

Iced Ruins Coffee
Iced Ruins Coffee (PHP 110)

Overall, I would definitely recommend Cafe by the Ruins if you’re in for a fancy yet casual breakfast. Their entrees are around PHP 300 and up so I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re on a tight budget.  

Cafe by the Ruins Baguio is open all week until 9 PM. They open as early as 7 AM so you can walk around Burnham Park after a nice breakfast! They’re located at 25 Shuntug Rd, Baguio.

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