What I love with the Philippines is the unique experience I get each time I visit a new island or region in this beautiful country. With The Philippines being in a tropical climate, it’s fascinating that we can also experience the cold breeze and chilly weather here all year long. Nestled in the vast mountains of Benguet, Baguio City upholds its picturesque mountain sceneries and breath-taking destinations up to this day. Filipinos often call it the Summer Capital of the Philippines since it is a perfect place to escape the summer heat. With Baguio now more accessible from Manila (only 3-4 hours away), it has grown from a hill station into a bustling city and one of the most visited destinations in the country.
A road trip to Baguio in the Philippines is synonymous to a fulfilling food trip. Despite the traffic building up in the country’s summer capital, I still believe that Baguio remains to be a beautiful city and is worth visiting for its local restaurants and homegrown cafes. Aside from the ube taho and strawberry desserts only available here, I have always been looking forward to trying the best kept restaurants of Baguio on each visit. Here, I have handpicked 6 of the best restaurants in Baguio that also happen to be my personal favorites, serving the best dishes/desserts and also offering a great view of the beautiful City of Pines. I’ve intentionally kept this post short and sweet so it could serve as your reference that is easy to read when you happen to be in Baguio and looking for a place to eat. Check out the buzzworthy (also Instagram-worthy) restaurants below, which I’m sure will make up one of the reasons why you’ll keep going back to the mountains too!
Often voted as one of the best rainforest zoos and wildlife parks in the world, Singapore Zoo is known for having an immersive experience, where animals roam freely in open and naturalistic habitats. The wildlife park is nestled within the lush Mandai rainforest that stretches into the magnificent Upper Seletar Reservoir. Admission to Singapore Zoo is at 33 SGD for adults and 22 SGD for kids. It was nice knowing that more than 3,000 animals representing different species of mammals, birds and reptiles call Singapore Zoo home – that’s a lot! It has also been awhile since I visited a zoo so visiting Singapore Zoo was an amusing experience. Plus, I also got to add another item for Singapore in my Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist project!
There is more to Singapore than its modern urban architecture. It’s full of colorful and art-inspired roads, too. Haji Lane in the Kampong Glam neighborhood has become a trendy Instagram spot for its artsy stores and technicolor street walls. Located only 10-15 minutes walk from the MRT Bugis station, this tiny lane, hidden away in the heart of the Muslim quarter, offers a great number of local boutiques, creative handmade stores, hip cafés, and friendly pubs – all strikingly attractive that will catch your eyes at first sight. It’s also a great place to hang out with your friends too, which is why I spent the afternoon there catching up with a friend who is working in Singapore. Aside from looking for creative larger-than-life street art (and most likely taking photo ops with it), we also checked out a unique coffee shop in the area, Selfie Coffee, where I took a selfie and had it printed on top of my iced latte! The selfie drink concept is said to have originated from Taiwan and then various coffee shops in Malaysia and Singapore adopted the idea. Sipping an edible photo (your face) on top of the drink was a weirdly interesting experience. Just be careful not to spill the drink! :p
Located next to the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s 21st-century botanic garden is a fantasy land of glass domes, alien-like Supertrees, and elevated walkways. The first time I visited Singapore 4 years ago, I only saw the Supertrees from afar. This time, I made sure I’ll go up close the iconic trees and marvel inside the futuristic glass gardens! Gardens by the Bay is actually one of Singapore government’s initiatives to transition from being known as The Garden City to A City In A Garden. I must admit, I was impressed with how the Supertrees were built and how it came to be another attraction to see in Singapore. Both the two indoor gardens were impressive as well. The Flower Dome replicates the Mediterranean climates found across the world, while the even more astounding Cloud Forest (the highlight of my visit to the Gardens by the Bay) is a tropical montane affair complete with a mesmerizing man-made waterfall.