28 March 2007

Cafe by the Ruins


Cafe by the Ruins is one of the more popular spots in Baguio City for winding down after the day's tour of the city. Here you can relax and sip salabat (ginger tea) or coffee. The place has a soothing ambience, which is a surprise considering that it's still close to the business district. It's actually located very near the City Hall.

When we have guests from the "lowlands", we bring them to this place for good food and for catching up.
I had champorado with tinapa (chocolatey rice porridge with shredded smoked fish). The pot has salabat (ginger tea) in it. My companions, unfortunately, do not like it inspite of its reputation in improving your singing voice. And what about my voice? Ummm....

Follen had shredded beef ...while my wife ordered chicken with fries (which Jo-Lo loves).
There was one time when we went here one afternoon and it rained real hard. No worries. We ordered hot beverages and hot soup and spent the afternoon chatting. It was really nice and relaxing.

28 comments:

  1. I've eaten here before and it was great. It'd be nice if they had more selections on the menu though.

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  2. Wil: For us, their current menu is just ok. For the many visits we've done, we have only tried very few of the menu entrees. They have a "menu of the day" though.

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  3. Parang di ko ma imagine yung lasa ng champorado na may egg ba yun at tinapa? Ano lasa?

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  4. Milk ba yun? Mukhang egg talaga tingin ko, yung malasado lang pagkakaluto.

    Blog ni Leah yung sa tooth fairy yata.

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  5. me... i just love to eat...


    thats all :P


    hehehehe...in all fairness, ang lolo mo is getting the hang out of this photography hobby of yours ha...


    rock oN!

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  6. Ann: Ah nabasa mo rin ba yun? Di ko maalala kung saan ko nabasa... machalap naman yung tinapa sa champorado.

    Follen: Sana we can go back again.

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  7. Looks like a nice and cozy place to have a lovely chat with family and friends.

    I miss champorado... yummy.

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  8. Sari-Sari9:45 pm

    I remember Cafe by the Ruins, cool place...Diba this is also the hang out place of some Pinoy artists? I haven't been to Baguio for quite some time. Would be nice to visit again.

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  9. i like champorado with tuyo. I don't like salabat. Maganda na ang boses ko.

    Eh Watson, suggestment, adjust brightness of the photo or the contrast in your photoshop or whatever software you are using.

    Pics are beautiful though.

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  10. hmmm, di ko pa nakikita to ah.... makes me wanna eat there... parang maganda nga yung place.. sisigurauhin kong makakakain ako dito pagbalk ko ng baguio... :)

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  11. Wow! What a nice place. I like those local furnitures and the food looks simple but good.

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  12. Mukhang very soothing nga ang ambiance. The natural elements in the decor is very nice.

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  13. Everytime I visit Baguio, I see to it that I drop by this place. It has a relaxing ambience. Medyo may kamahalan lang, no?

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  14. tito nick, that's where jo-lo and I first met! I hope to visit the place again when we go to Baguio sometime in the future. Hope you could join us by then. :-)

    it's mommy and daddy's favorite place in Baguio as well. lots of good memories for them.

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  15. I hate I didn't get to try this place while I was there :(

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  16. kapag bumalik ako sa bagiou di ko palalampasin na di dumaan dito sa cafe by the ruins.

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  17. it's been more than a decade since my first and last visit to this cafe. naalala ko lang dati, pag sinabing cafe by the ruins, it's a hub of writers and artists in baguio :)

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  18. it's been more than a decade since my first and last visit to this cafe. naalala ko lang dati, pag sinabing cafe by the ruins, it's a hub of writers and artists in baguio :)

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  19. bukod sa mukhang masarap ang food ay oks na oks ang ambience

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  20. Rach: Yes it is indeed. Hindi maingay inspite of the fact that it's near the busy city hall.

    Sari-Sari: Yes that was the reputation of Ruins... but now you'd rarely see writers or artists they. Their favorite watering hole now is either Tam-Awan Village or at OMG.

    Cathy: Thanks for the suggestions and the compliment! Ayaw mo rin ng salabat like my wife? It's a nice drink I think. Kakaiba.

    Lino: Malapit lang sya! Include it in your list of places to go next time.

    Sidney: I love your eggs photo documentary!

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  21. Leah: Nice place to unwind.

    Abaniko: Hmmm... kaya siguro ayaw rin pumunta ng misis ko kapag walang bisita hehehe.

    Arianna: How is you! That was quite a long time na ah! Yeah hope to see you soon too!

    JMom: may next time pa naman...

    Cruise: I'm sure your camera will do more justice to the place than I did.

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  22. Lady Cess: Yes, I have read also in resto reviews before that this was a place for artists. Ngayon, kami na lang tumatambay. hehehe

    Iskoo: Have you tried the pinikpikan? They have it here. With brown mountain rice.

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  23. you take such fabulus pixs already sir nick! congrats!

    i remember we were supposed to eat here nung binyag ni jo-lo kaya lang closed na sha =(..

    maybe next time for me.. dpat you and jo-lo should take me ober dr ples

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  24. the place looks great...i wish i've heard about it before we went to baguio last december...

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  25. Anonymous7:41 pm

    U can't see 'em all in Baguio. Born and raised here, yet never been to Botanical Garden (Imelda Park na pala!). Sa mga "tourists", if a certain "kainan" is expensive, there's reason why...so just pay the price, good for Baguio's economy. I go to the "cafe" every now and then coz of the atmosphere.
    Cheers!!

    TruBlue

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  26. Dessa girl: sureleh! when you go back to Baguio

    Cyberpunk: This is one of the more popular places in Baguio... there's always time to go back naman! :-)
    Thanks for dropping by!

    TruBlue: Hey thanks for visiting my blog. I know you from Wil's blog. I kinda read up on your exchanges in one of his posts, and the family name "Billig" was mentioned there. We actually had a close friend with that last name. She was a working student at SLU and lived in Benguet... Buguias I think. She's now in Quezon City as a teacher. Haven't seen her in ages.

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  27. Anonymous3:38 pm

    Oh yeah, I remember! Was questioning Wil's inability to speak the Ilocano dialect or his mother side's dialect. For me, it just came natural, my late dad talked to me in Ilocano and english
    consistently, my late mom, her kankanaey dialect and Ilocano. Childhood friends are mixed, tagalogs, pangasinans, all CAR people. So I was never lost...
    Thanx for being welcomed in your site and will try to throw in my cents every now and then..cheers.

    TruBlue

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  28. Ruins is one of my most favorite places in Baguio, and whenever I'm there I just HAVE to visit, even if it's just to eat some camote bread or wolf down their Baguio bounty salad. I think their menu has a good selection--and maybe it's good that way because whatever you order will pretty much make your taste buds happy :)

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