Cafe in the Sky: The Experience and Travel Guide

If you fancied visiting the summer capital of the Philippines for a quick break and you want to experience something new; then why not try going up on a mountain and enjoy a cup of hot beverage in an overlooking coffee shop in Baguio City? Sounds like a dreamy place isn’t it? That place actually exists and its located at the southern outskirts of this mountainous city; named as Cafe in the Sky.

This post was updated last May 13, 2019. We added new contact numbers at the last section of this article for reference.

Photo in Photo of Cafe in the Sky Baguio City

A Cold Morning in the City

It was 4:30 AM in the morning and the wind was freezing cold when we arrived in Baguio City. My blog partner, Leo, and I took a short vacation in the city of pines. After alighting from our bus in Victory Liner Station, we braved the cold and sauntered to our hotel. The whole city was still shrouded in darkness and the sky was painted with silvery stars glistening in the morning night.

The Nuisances going to the Café

Political Limitations

Part of our itinerary is to visit Café in the Sky before sunrise, but there are nuisances associated with this controversial coffee shop. First, visiting Café in the Sky is troublesome due to political issues. It is seated on Mt. Sto. Tomas in Tuba, Benguet, and its territory is protected by the local government. Access to this place for tourist is difficult because of strict regulations for conserving the environment implemented on the area. Officers are already patrolling the checkpoint going to the café as early as 4:00 AM and only the locals living in the area are allowed to go in and out of the place.

It’s Expensive

Second, going to Café in the Sky is expensive. What’s even more irritating is the hefty price tag going to this place. I did a lot of research prior to visiting the café and the people who shared their experiences have similar situations. Some rented a taxi for PHP 600-1,000, while others took an FX from the checkpoint going to the café for PHP 600 to 700.

Random Reasons

Lastly, the café is sometimes closed due to random reasons. During my research across blogs and social media sites, there were times that the coffee shop is closed for a period of time due to issues relating to the first predicament.

Amidst the issues circling in this unique café, I still wonder how it feels to spend quality time in this place while seeing the panoramic view of the city with a cup of hot brewed coffee. Nevertheless, we pushed on to our plans.

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The Adventure going Up

I contacted Café in the Sky before leaving the hotel at around 5:00 AM; I got their phone number on their Facebook Page. A woman with a sweet tiny voice answered the call. I asked if the coffee shop was opened that day and she affirmed. Nuisance number three is out!

I also asked for ways on how to visit their café. Well, she replied with a sound of doubt in her voice. She mentioned that the local government was strict that time and the police manning the checkpoint might prohibit us in visiting the coffee shop. Since I was so determined that day, I asked for possible alternatives. I asked her if it’s okay to hike from the checkpoint going to the café and she chuckled saying, “Kung kaya niyo po, sige po.” (If you can do it, why not?).

Photo of Mt. Sto. Tomas Cabuyo road in Baguio City

The long winding road going to the cafe.

The challenge? The hike takes about 4.2 kilometers in distance with 1,200 feet of elevation from the checkpoint going to the cafe. The temperature was another challenge; dipping to 10 degrees Celsius that morning. So not a problem at all eh?

After our conversation, we rent a taxi going to the café. We asked the driver if it’s still possible to visit the café at that time. He answered yes without hesitation but we have to pay a one-way fare of PHP 600 going up. Nuisance number two: it’s really expensive.

Reaching the Checkpoint

As we approached the Santo Tomas Road (the long winding road going to the café), I became anxious and questions started to flood my mind. The officers were already patrolling the area when we reached the checkpoint. Our taxi driver did the talking and to my surprise, the officers let us through. Big thanks to our taxi driver! All nuisances are now eliminated!

My heart was filled with excitement as we rode along the convoluted road of Santo Tomas. I saw a number of people walking down the street while defying the freezing mountain wind. As the path leveled, we finally reached Cafe in the Sky.

Café in the Sky Experience

The sun was not yet up when we arrived in the place and the chilly wind was howling in discord. We found warmth and comfort inside the cafe and there were a few travelers inside.

Photo: inside cafe in the sky baguio city

The coffee shop generally looked like an old lodge made up of lumber and concrete. The interior was embellished with wooden furniture and indigenous Cordillera art. The cafe has a welcoming atmosphere and its quiet interior is peaceful.

Photo: cafe in baguio, cafe in the sky

There’s also a balcony at the northern side of the coffee shop overlooking the panoramic view of Baguio City. I went outside and conquered the wintry breeze while seeing a different perspective of the city at a height of 6,500 feet. The towns were covered in mist as it slept and waited for the sun to rise.

Photo of Baguio City Skyline

This is the view of Baguio City from the Balcony of Cafe in the Sky at 5:45 AM in the morning.

The lights coming from houses and buildings flickered like stars in the sky. At the crack of dawn, the city became more visible like a gigantic mural slowly revealing its marvelous beauty.

Photo of Cafe in the Sky Balcony overlooking Baguio City

I’ve been visiting Baguio City regularly since 2015 and I’ve never seen something like this before. I stood on the balcony and looked at the stunning landscape of the city. The sky was painted with shades of yellow and blue as the first light of the sun greeted in awe. The city became alive as the mountainous plains were flooded with colors.

Photo showing the bloggers of Lost and Wonder eating Breakfast in Cafe in the Sky

So, What’s Special?

After taking random pictures, we decided to take the seats in the balcony. We had our breakfast outside the café while enjoying the stunning view. With this unique experience, breakfast has never been so ecstatic.

Photo of Cafe in the Sky Baguio

There’s nothing really special in their set of meals. We ordered the usual Filipino silogs for breakfast. Their longganisa was both garlicky and sweet, and their bangus was petite but not short in flavor.

What’s really special about Café in the Sky is the experience itself. Although we faced predicaments in the first place, I suddenly forgot all the nuisances we had when we stepped foot in this lovely cafe.

Photo showing the crew of Cafe in the Sky

Photo with the staffs of Cafe in the Sky.

After breakfast, we had a chance to talk and share stories with the staffs of the café. Their friendly and accommodating nature signifies genuine Igorot hospitality.

At around 0900H, we were the only travelers left inside the cafe. This is a usual situation according to the staffs and the influx of visitors vary across the day. After our small talk, we bid our gratitude and farewell to the staffs and started hiking down back to the city.

Photo of cafe in the sky Baguio City

Cafe in the Sky has nothing special to offer when it comes to their cuisine, but their cozy interior and grandiose panorama of Baguio City make a lot of difference. I will never forget our wondrous sojourn in this coffee shop in the mount. A cup of hot brewed coffee and quality time spent while enjoying the scenic view is an experience worth remembering.


How to Get to Cafe in the Sky

Cafe in the Sky is located in Sto. Tomas – Mt. Cabuyao Road, in Tuba, Benguet. You can find this cafe on the outskirts of Baguio City, and visiting this place is not easy.

Photo inside cafe in the sky

The territory where the coffee shop is located is protected by the local government with a purpose to preserve the environment. Since the release of the hit local TV show Forevermore, the place gained mass interest due to its scenic and picturesque view. Reports vary across social media sites regarding the strict implementation of environmental rules in the area, but one prominent reason is the will of the local government to maintain the cleanliness and beauty of the location.

With this rule, the influx of travelers going to the cafe is limited and only the residents of the city are allowed to go in and out of the place. Amid the strict regulations, there are still ways on how to visit the cafe and savor its unique experience it has to offer.

Photo of facade in cafe in the Sky

There are a lot of ways to visit this place. There are methods that might not work due to unavoidable circumstances; like sudden rule changes in the area. Here are three ways on how to get to Cafe in the Sky.

Hire a taxi from Baguio City

This is the method that we tried when we visited Cafe in the Sky.

  • From Baguio City, hire a taxi going to the cafe
  • We hired our taxi for a one-way ride going to the place for a hefty price of PHP 600! (USD 11.76)
  • We went to the area at around 5:00 AM
  • Although police officers were present at that early time, our taxi driver did all the talking just to let us through.

If your taxi is prohibited from passing through the checkpoint…

There’s an FX vehicle from the checkpoint going to the cafe and the fare costs PHP 700 (USD 13.72). The fare is good for a round trip ride from the checkpoint going to the cafe and back.

If all else fails…

Then start hiking from the checkpoint going to the cafe. I estimated the hike would take around 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on your fitness level.

Photo of cafe in baguio

Best time to go

The best times to visit this coffee shop is before sunrise or before sunset to witness the majestic golden hour scene of Baguio City. Others wanted to experience sea of clouds on top of the city. This sight usually occurs during noon time according to the locals, but having this experience can happen by chance. You can call the staffs of the cafe before visiting their place to know if the clouds are already setting in.

Other travelers mentioned that it is advisable to visit the place earlier than 0400H to avoid the patrolling officers in the checkpoint.

Photo of love lock fence in cafe in the sky

Going Back to the City

Going back to the city can be another nuisance. Since we only hired a one-way taxi going up to the cafe and there were no available transportation, we decided to hike down. Along the way, there were locals driving down with their private vehicles. Thankfully, we managed to hitch a ride with one of the residents. We alighted at the main highway and took a cab going back to the city.

Cafe in the Sky: Quick Details

Address: Sto. Tomas-Mt. Cabuyo Road, Tuba, Baguio, Philippines, 2603

Hours: Everyday from 6AM to 7PM

Contact Number: 0906-037-6002 / 0946-484-2437 / 0908-263-4088 / 0919-382-6999

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cafeinthesky.radar/


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HELLO. MAY ENTRANCE FEE BA? AND HOW MUCH YUNG MG FOOD NILA? THANK YOU!

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Is it possible to use a private vehicle going there?

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    Hello Vik, sorry for the late reply. I just moved in here in Houston Texas so I was busy. It will be possible if you will travel early at around 3-4AM going to the place. You have to contact the place first if they are open for business though.

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Hi there. Thank you for the helpful tips. Btw, how bout going back to the city? Are there cabs within the area? Thank you 😊

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    Hello Drei! In our experience, there are no cabs in the area. We decided to walk down the mountain and wait for any passing vehicle. We hitched a ride from a resident in that area and we alighted at the main road. The people of Benguet are really accommodating and you should try this too if ever haha.

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Justin Castillo
December 23, 2018 4:28 PM

Good day po, balak namin ng friend ko na pumunta sa Cafe in the Sky sa Jan 5 o 7 bago mag sunrise. Kailangan pa ba ng permit? At saka may idea po ba kayo kung anong oras po ang mga byahe ng jeep papuntang green valley? Salamat po sirsin advance.

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Justin Castillo
December 23, 2018 4:04 PM

Hello po. Balak po namin pumunta ng friend ko dun sa Cafe in the Sky sa Jan 5 o 7. Wala po bang permit na kailangan i-apply? Sabi po kasi sa amin dati kailangan ng DENR permit. Totoo ba yun?

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Hi! I just want to ask if how long does it take when you’re going to Cafe in the Sky from the city proper?

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    Hello Caroline!

    Thank you for visiting our blog.

    The travel time from city proper to the cafe is around 30 minutes.

    If you have more questions, feel free to send an e-mail or leave a comment in the blog.

    Happy Holidays!

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We were lucky enough to bring our van up to cafe in the sky, you just need to be able to enter the check point area before 4 am, time in which there are no officer on the check point. 🙂

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If ever po naka motor kaya po kayang makaakyat? TIA 😘

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Its an easy and excellent experience for us when we went there last sep 27 2018. =) we were abke to contact someone from sto tomas where we can hire so they could give us a lift going in cafe in the sky and bringing us back in they city proper for 1200. Thats already good for 5 pax since his car can only accomodate 5 pax.. It was a good experience. We didnt expect any clouds at 6am since when we arrived, its a plain sight of kountains. But after a few minutes, God i think heard our prayer for us to experience it. Ill go back in there for sure.

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    That’s nice to know Charm 🙂 Can you e-mail to me your contact person in Sto. Tomas. So we can share this to our followers in social media 🙂 Thanks!

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      Hi, Blaine. Any reply from Charn about her contact person in Sto. Tomas? We’ll be there this weekend for our 5th anniversary. Thanks.

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    Hi! May we know your contact person? We are also planning in visiting the cafe.. it would be a big help to have someone who can give us a lift back and forth 🙂

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hi! do you think it is advisable to visit the place for a solo tripper? thanks!

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Back when there’s no Cafe in the sky and La Presa, we always climb and camp there and also do rappel and rock climbing. Its actually understandable why they are so strict, a lot of people went up there after La Presa was established and somehow made a problem that was never there before. Lastly, thank you and I hope that you could have more adventures here in Cordillera.

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    Thank you for this Jay. To be honest, the Cordillera Region is one of my favorite travel destination. There’s something with staying in those mountain slopes and forests; it gives freedom and peace.

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