The City of Pines all year round is filled with different events together with goodies that are great to take home. Pasalubongs are a must because you don’t want relatives or friends to be disappointed when you come home empty handed. However, the dilemma is that the normal pasalubongs from Baguio like strawberries and peanut brittle are common already and you want something different. Don’t worry because here are top 10 pasalubongs that are unique and proudly Baguio:
1. Philippine Treasures’ Crafts and Decors
Tucked away from the central business district is a workshop of one-of-a-kind crafts and decors called Philippine Treasures. Here you can find artistic and avant-garde designs that are truly export-worthy, best of all the crafts and decors are handmade. You can check out their shop at Albergo Hotel.
2. Pilak Silver Shoppe and Gift Store’s Silver Jewellery
While you are admiring the breathtaking mines of Benguet in the observation deck of Mines View, don’t you just wish that you can take home a chunk of gold or silver as souvenir? Well, you can actually, and it is in jewellery form much better than a chunk of gold or silver. At Pilak Silver Shoppe and Gift Store, you can find handcrafted pieces of jewellery and figurines that are proudly made from the silver of the Benguet mines. You can find the quaint shop in front of the Botanical Garden.
3. Narda’s Intricately-woven Bags, Scarves, and more
Narda Capuyan, a world renowned artist from the Cordilleras, wants to preserve an endangered art of weaving from Benguet called Ikat thus she made it into fashionable clothing and accessories. Her work was truly outstanding because it was featured in New York Fashion Week and wowed the crowd. If that not reason enough for you to buy, then we don’t know what. Narda’s is located along Upper Session Road, near Engineer’s Hill.
4. Hill Station’s Pickled Beets, Dulong, Tuyo in Olive Oil, and more
Tired of the usual Strawberry Jam? Then take home Hill Station’s goodness in jars that are different and the best part is they are homemade recipes that you can’t find or taste anywhere else. Hill Station is found in Casa Vallejo, Upper Session Road.
Jars at Php 280.00 each.
5. Tea House Chona’s Delight
One that is never amiss from gatherings is Chona’s Delight, a delectable treat that caps off any celebration and leaves people with a smile on their faces. Chona’s Delight will never leave a bitter taste on your tongue because it is highly recommended by the locals themselves. You won’t be disappointed! You can buy Chona’s Delight at Tea House Restaurant, Session Road.
Php 135.00 -Small
PHP 195.00- Large
6. Cafe by the Ruins’ Kamote Bread and Jams
You know that thing called masarap? That’s Cafe by the Ruins’ Kamote Bread matched with homemade jams that come in different flavors like Guava, Strawberry, and Santol. Cafe by the Ruins is a restaurant that is a native of Baguio City and a must visit for everyone. Take home their tasty treats and your loved ones will surely love it as much as you do.
Kamote Bread – Php 40.00
Jars – Php 250.00
7. Tantamcos Ube
Are your taste buds looking for ube that is freshly made yet budget friendly? Then, Tantamcos is the place to buy a bunch of ube, and other pasalubongs that are guaranteed fresh. Why? Because when you buy a jar of ube it’s still hot so the seller would recommend not to close the jar first. It doesn’t get fresher than that.
8. Cafe Yagam’s Coffee
Benguet’s Arabica Coffee is one of the best in the country. The high altitude of Baguio and the cold temperature is simply perfect for a steaming cup of coffee. Take home coffee beans for you to grind and enjoy back at home from Cafe Yagam. In addition, they support local coffee growers and your purchase will help them too!
9. Baguio Orchidarium’s Potted Plants
Are you gonna miss the greens of Baguio City? If yes, you can take home a potted plant from the Baguio Orchidarium that comes in different shapes and sizes. Succulents and herbs are easy to maintain and give a fresh touch of green in your indoor garden, living room, and office. Take a small, living part of Baguio City with you that can inspire you every day.
Php 35.00 – small pot
10. Baguio Dairy Farm’s Fresh Cheese
Say cheese! Baguio Dairy Farm makes the freshest cheese you can ever lay your taste buds on. The Baguio Dairy farm makes fresh white cheese everyday that is the best match with hot pandesal and a steaming cup of coffee. You can visit the Baguio Dairy Farm along Sto Tomas Road.
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