Going to Baguio? One of the things to do in Baguio you should try is visit Cafe In The Sky Baguio.
Want a glimpse of heaven on earth? Cafe In The Sky Baguio is just the place to visit on your next quick getaway.
Situated in Pob. Kabuyao, Tuba, Baguio and tucked atop one of Baguio’s highest peaks, Cafe In the Sky is not exactly an easy place to visit. And understandably so.
After Sitio La Presa blew up in popularity in 2014 thanks to Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano’s
DENR needed to put its foot down to protect the environment. Now, in order to get to Cafe in the Sky Baguio, you needed to get past the DENR checkpoint. And it’s not easy.
Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been blocked before, Bookingera is here to help you fulfill your bucket list dream to experience Cafe In The Sky.
How to Get to Cafe In The Sky Baguio
Contrary to what you’ll read online, you don’t need a DENR permit to visit Cafe In The Sky Baguio. What you do need is to listen to someone who’s been there and who’s done it (recent visit was November 26, 2018).
But first off, you need to accept one fact. Visiting Cafe In The Sky has become a business for the locals. What that means is you’ll likely get stopped at the checkpoint if you visit on your own. You can beg or even try bribing (which, of course, I do not advice) but it usually won’t work.
What you can do instead is ride one of the FXs (PHP600), which can be pricey for the short distance, but at least you’ll be helping the locals earn their living.
If you’re cool with that, let’s dive into the step-by-step guide on how to get to Café In The Sky Baguio.
STEP 1: City Proper to Kabuyao/Checkpoint
OPTION 1: Love sunrises? Then leave the city proper at around 4:30 to 5:00 AM. Take a cab and tell your driver to take you before the Café In The Sky Baguio checkpoint. Alight once you see FXs parked on the road side.
Fare: PHP120 to PP150
OPTION 2: If you’re not a morning person and you wanted to save on cab fare, you can leave later in the day. Like 9 AM so you can take the jeepney to Kabuyao parked at Shagem St. behind Hotel Veniz. Alight right before the checkpoint, that’s when you see plenty of FXs parked along the road.
Fare: PHP 15 to PHP18
STEP 2: DENR Checkpoint to Café In The Sky
OPTION 1: If you’re on a tight budget and you don’t want to commission an FX, you can hike. It’s about 4.2 KM at 1,200 feet elevation from the checkpoint to the café. That’s about an hour of hiking or less depending on your fitness level. Just remember it’s a steep journey ahead.
Also remember that hiking is only possible if you’re lucky enough not to get stopped by the checkpoint personnel. Just like the three lucky girls we encountered on the way down.
They were a few steps passed the checkpoint. Our driver offered them a ride up but they refused. It was around 11 AM and the checkpoint was closed. The personnel probably went to the market according to our driver.
OPTION 2: On one hand, if luck isn’t on your side, your best bet is the FX. It’s about a 15-minute ride up for PHP600 round trip. If there are 6 of you, that’s just about PHP100 each. If there are 2 of you, then the fare is going to be steep. But it’s still cheaper than what other taxi drivers offer.
We’ve received quotes between PHP1,500 and PHP2,000 round trip from the city proper to Café In The Sky for 2 pax.
STEP 3: Café In the Sky to City Proper
OPTION 1: If you hiked up, might as well do the same going down. It’s free and it’s good exercise too. From the checkpoint, go to the jeepney pick-up point. It’s close to a mini grocery store or just ask around where it is.
OPTION 2: If you rented an FX, your driver will either wait for you or asked you to contact him when you’re ready to come down. Drop off is at the jeepney pick-up point going to the city proper. Tell your driver to drop you off where the cabs are if you’d rather ride the taxi.
Cafe In The Sky Baguio Menu
Cafe In The Sky Baguio is famous for its past views including a birds-eye view of Baguio city and a beautiful sunrise to start any morning right.
As for the food, I can’t make any promises. We tried their breakfast meals and it’s so-so. Nothing special. And kinda expensive too.
The coffee (PHP 65) isn’t the best either. But paired with the views and the clouds that engulf the place? It’s a glimpse of heaven on earth. At least that’s the way I see it. Even with average tasting coffee.
A quick hit of caffeine, sunrise and tantalizing views…that’s really all I need to experience a little bit of heaven in a broken world.
As bonus, the place is also perfectly instagrammable.
A Side Trip To Sitio La Presa
Want a glimpse of Sitio La Presa? If you’re a fan of LIZQUEN then you know the importance of this place.
La Presa can be hiked from Cafe In The Sky Baguio. But why hike when you can ride? Just ask your FX driver to show you around. He’ll probably ask you for an additional fee for gas
For another PHP50 on top of the PHP600, our driver took us to the shooting location of the popular Philippine drama series, Forevermore. Our driver also had a number of stories and trivia up his sleeve.
- The owner of the house, which served as Lisa Soberano’s house for the series, is now a millionaire. House rental was atPHP25,000 per day, according to our chatty driver. Even the pigs were rented. And the
teleseryewent on for months.
- Hundreds or even thousands of fans flocked the area like rabid wolves every day during the shooting period. As a consolation, the Forevermore staff would allow 500 people to come closer every 3 hours. At some point, the fans would camp outside the stars’ accommodation close to La Presa. It was a logistical nightmare. Liza Soberano and the other stars eventually moved out and rented another accommodation in the city.
- On the bright side, the economy boomed for Sitio La Presa. Because there was nowhere to eat for the fans, the locals put up food stalls to cater to the high demand.
- On the downside, the environment took a hard hit. Foot traffic, garbage and noise pollution were too much for nature to handle.
- Joey Marquez used to invite the residents for a fun and lighthearted evening drinking session.
Cafe In The Sky Pro Tips
Here are a few more pro travel tips for maximum enjoyment at Cafe In The Sky Baguio:
- You can bring your own food (sandwich, banana, etc.) to save money. There’s no corkage.
- If you want the sea of clouds, you have to be patient. Don’t be stupid like us. We went early to enjoy the sunrise. Unfortunately, we didn’t stay long enough for the sea of clouds. If you have no other Baguio itinerary for the day, we recommend staying until mid-afternoon.
- If you’re early, reserve the corner area for the best sunrise snaps.
- Dress right. It’s colder up there than the city proper. You’d want your jacket and scarf handy.
- The best time to visit Cafe In The Sky, according to our FX driver, is from January to February when it’s even colder and the sea of clouds more enthralling.
- If you really want to hike, the area is open to the public during the Holy Week. That means no DENR checkpoint to worry about.
Cafe In The Sky Budget
Experiencing Cafe In The Sky isn’t entirely cheap but it isn’t expensive either. If there are two of you, all you need is around PHP600, which should cover back and forth transportation, coffee and one meal. It will be cheaper if there are more of your sharing the taxi and FX rates.
Here’s a breakdown of our Cafe In The Sky expenses:
Taxi from city proper to Kabuyao
PHP 120 to 150
FX to Cafe In The Sky
Breakfast with coffee
Jeep from Kabuyao to City Proper
PHP963 or PHP588 per pax
Ready for Cafe In The Sky?
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At this point, you should have all the key information you need for a hassle-free Cafe In The Sky Baguio visit. And in case you want a budget-friendly DIY Baguio Tour which cover the top Baguio tourist attractions, just click here.