We visited BenCab Museum as part of our Short Baguio Vacation. After an hour and a half of satisfying our eyes with colorful murals and sculptures, our stomachs started to rumble. Both famished and tired, my friends and I decided to eat at Cafe Sabel located at the ground floor of this beautiful museum. Cafe Sabel offers great food and a stunning view! Read on and check out our review and experience of this unique cafe. (Post Updated: September 17, 2019)
How to Go to Cafe Sabel
If you read our blog post about BenCab Museum then the directions going to this cafe is the same. The cafe is located at the ground floor of the museum and I think the position of the cafe is strategic and well-planned. You’ll be exploring the museum for at least 1-2 hours then you’ll be relaxing in a cafe which offers good food and an amazing scenery.
Via Private Vehicle
If you have your own car, then I recommend Google Maps for navigation. Just put “Cafe Sabel” on the search box and follow the directions.
Via Public Transport
If you have extra cash or you are in a group, you may opt for a cab. The fare is a little bit pricey though, but you may share the expenses with your group. If you opt for a jeepney ride, which is a common form of transportation in the Philippines, then go to the Jeepney Terminal in Kayang Street. From there, take a jeep going to Asin Road and alight in the jeepney terminal in Asin. From the Jeepney Terminal in Asin, walk a few meters until you reach Bencab Museum.
Cafe Sabel: Review and Experience
The cafe overlooks the museum’s green garden with forests and mountains in the background. With natural ventilation, the atmosphere is cool and comforting perfect to chill out after a tiring day. The air coming from the mountains is fresh which adds up a relaxing ambiance. Random Cordillera Designs and colorful furniture embellished the cafe. It’s a great place to indulge good food while enjoying the beauty of nature.
The Organic Farm
The cafe has an organic farm and the staff harvests ingredients in it daily to maintain optimal quality. Since the ingredients are organic, expect their meals will be both nutritious and palatable.
I tried BenCab’s Chicken Paprika for PHP 250 (USD 4.80), the pasta is al dente and the flavors are exploding in my mouth. The taste is truly supreme because of the spices and herbs. This is one of their bestsellers according to one of their staffs and I paired this delicious meal with a cup of hot chocolate. Their chocolate is not the usual kind of instant drink. Instead, it came from real chocolate, bitter and earthy, with an option to add some brown sugar to adjust the sweetness level according to your preferences.
Since they have their own organic farm, we also tried their Farm Fresh Green Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette for PHP 150 (USD 3.00). Strawberries are a local commodity in Benguet and pouring strawberry vinaigrette over their fresh green salad adds a unique twist on it.
We enjoyed our stay in Cafe Sabel. While we were savoring our meals, our eyes were also delighted because of the beautiful scenery with relaxing sounds of pouring water in the nearby river. The singing birds and the cool mountain winds brushing off our skin provided inner peace into our senses.
There’s also a duck pond in the middle of the garden with an islet wherein an Ifugao hut is placed. The theme is consistent in preserving the culture and heritage of the Cordillera. Although, there are sections in the garden restricted to visitors – like the path going to the nearby river. Nevertheless, the experience is still grand and enjoyable.
If you planned to visit Baguio City, make sure to include BenCab Museum on your itinerary and indulge with good food and nature in Cafe Sabel. This place offers delicious Filipino dishes and its ingredients are sourced in their own organic farm. The view is also an added treat and you can freely stroll around the garden. We recommend their pastas and salads, and you must also try their hot chocolate! Overall, our experience in the cafe is exemplary.