If you are looking for a quiet and pretty place to read comfortably while surrounded by nature, books, cultural artifacts, and lots of natural light, then Arca’s Yard Café Baguio is perfect for you. For the longest time, my friend Ferlyn had been telling me about Arca’s Yard, but since it’s so out-of-the-way, it took a while before we finally went there. The wait was definitely worth it.
A collection of wooden spoons from different Cordillera indigenous groups is one of the first things you see upon entering the establishment. The place is decked with paintings, wood carvings, and artworks of Baguio-based artists, a tribute to Benguet and Ibaloi culture.
We wanted a table on the first floor, but it was occupied when we got there, so we found solace in the nicely decorated, people-free, and spacious second floor. Luckily, after we had consumed our food, the customers occupying the first floor had left. Of course, we took the chance to take photos of the lovely space.
Aside from its location, another thing I love about Arca’s Yard Café Baguio is that you can chill at your own pace. There are no staff hovering near your table, impatiently waiting for you to leave because all you ordered was a cup of coffee. At Arca’s Yard, you may buy a drink or two, request for one of their special desserts/healthy snacks, and spend a minimum of one hour making muni-muni while slowly devouring what you ordered.
During our visit, we tried their sweet potato pie à la mode and brewed coffee. Their camote/kamote/sweet potato cake was the only dessert available at that time. I honestly wasn’t expecting much, but when it arrived, it was packed with flavor and quite delectable. The owner, Ninja Sabado, also makes her own ice cream from strawberries, green tea, and other fruits.
To top it off, there’s a balcony on the first floor for those who want to enjoy the cool, fresh Baguio-Benguet air and panoramic view. One of these days, I am going to take my family to Arca’s Yard. I’m sure they would like it. I certainly do.
Location: Arca’s Yard Café, 777 Tiptop, Ambuklao Road, Baguio City, PHL
Contact details: (074)442 9706 / 0929 325 1868
Facebook page: Arca’s Yard Baguio
Aside from being a café, Arca’s Yard Café Baguio is also a mini library, museum, and inn. The cab fare from the Baguio City town proper should be less than ₱100.00. Since my last visit, Arca’s Yard has become one of the popular tourist spots in Baguio, so if you want to dine there, it’s best to make a reservation two days before. Additionally, the rooms and the whole house can be rented.