Eating my heart out to the Haven of the North (San Juan, La Union | Baguio)

by: Edge Dulatas

Travels By Edge

Eating my heart out to the Surfers’ Haven and Summer Capital of the North

I’ll admit I’m a North-kind-of-girl. Who can blame me? I am from the North. Kidding aside, there’s a secret charm why I keep coming back. Maybe it’s less traffic? Well, dunno and I’m not sure. And I’m not here to compare and compete with the South places ‘coz I love it there too!

Tbh, I just wanted to take advantage of the long weekend! And it has been very stressful at work. So, I guess it won’t hurt if I will have some recovery time for myself. Unfortunately, I am alone in this trip. Again. Okay, how to erase the unfortunate? I am very lucky to be alone because I get the chance to meet not only some amazing people but also a chance to meet my other self.

I know I’ve posted a Baguio X La Union blog before. So, this time I made sure that no more tours. This time “no Itineraries”, no more spinning and running. It will all-be-chill-and-relaxed-kinda-trip. I only made a list of cafes and restaurants to visit. And honestly, I was bored at first and then eventually I realized that it was more fun to do or plan nothing.

A 3-day guide of eating and finding cafes in La Union and Baguio

A. DAY 1 SAN JUAN, LA UNION

B. DAY 2 SURFING | EXPLORING CAFES IN BAGUIO

C. DAY 3 REST AND RECOVERY IN BAGUIO

Vessel Hostel

A. DAY 1 SAN JUAN, LA UNION

HOW TO GET THERE

• Ride grab going to Cubao or Pasay and look for Partas Terminal (much better if you have an online booking) php541.00

• From Cubao / Pasay, it would take 5-7hrs going to Sebay, San Juan (the bus will drop you off directly to Mc Arthur Highway and no need to take a tricycle ; just tell the driver to drop you off near your hotel)

WHERE TO STAY

• Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel (php680 -php1,080 /bed) (php2,400-php3,800/ room)

• Vessel Hostel (php980/ bed)

• San Juan Surf Resort (php2,600-php7,080)

• Kahuna Beach Resort (php5,500/ night)

• Aureo Resort (php6,800/night)

Vessel Hostel

WHERE TO EAT IN LA UNION

• Makai Bowls

• El Union Coffee

• Viewing deck for sunset

• Flotsam and Jetsam at night

• The coffee library

• Gefseis Greek Grill

• Tagpuan(Filipino)

• Halo-halo De Iloko Balay (San Fernando)

• Mad Monkeys burger

• Surf Shack

• Sea Nympha Surf Café

• Coast Call Kitchen and Bar (San Juan Surf Resort)

• Olas Banditos (Mexican)

WHAT TO DO IN LA UNION

• Eat!

• Discover cafes

• Watch sunset

• SURF!

• Chill this time

• For activities and itineraries, Baguio X La Union

B. DAY 2 SURFING | EXPLORING CAFES IN BAGUIO

WHAT TO DO

• Morning Surf

• Breakfast at the hostel

• Walk

HOW TO GET THERE

• From La Union Hostel, ride tricycle or jeepney going to San Fernando Market.

• Find the Bus Terminal, Partas Bus going to Baguio

• From Baguio Bus Terminal, ride taxi going to the hotel

WHERE TO EAT

• Cafe by the Ruins Dua

• Choco- Late de Batirol- Camp John Hay

• Forest House Bistro and Café- Camp John Hay

• Amare La Cusina Restaurant

• Baguio Craft Brewery

• Good Taste Café and Resto

• Arca’s Yard

• Hill Station

• Lemon and Olives Greek Taverna

• The Coffee Library

C. DAY 3 REST AND RECOVERY IN BAGUIO

WHAT TO DO

• Eat breakfast at the hotel

• Walk around Camp John Hay

• Eat at Choco Batirol

  • For me I stayed in Guesthaven and had brunch and chill

HOW TO GET THERE (back to Manila)

• From Hotel, ride taxi going to the Baguio Bus Station.

• Look for Joy Bus or Genesis Bus going to Cubao or Pasay

• From Cubao ride grab going home

TIPS 💡

  • Bring insect repellent lotion ( i mean it!!!)
  • Stock up cash (tbh, it’s not so cheap to eat in LU)
  • Mix and match clothes for OOTDs!
  • If you’re a beginner, there is a part ( Carille) of LU where you can surf. Don’t surf with very strong waves. Safety first.
  • Visit Flotsam and Jetsam at night. (Best restaurant bar!!!!)
  • Bring jacket and pants or bring anything that will keep you warm in Baguio!!!!! It’s freaking cold!
  • Always book bus ticket online in advance.
  • PROMO CODE!!! GRAB GRABEDGEFREE

Thank you so much for reading!

Sea you soon!

❤️Edge

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San Juan La Union | Baguio | Travels By Edge

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