Food & Dining

Cafe by the Ruins Dua

When in Baguio, it’s nice to look for home-grown restaurants to try. The GOppets never got to stray beyond Forest House because the kids love their amazing Beef Salpicao. But since we were with the KTG pack this particular Baguio sojourn, we had the chance to explore a bit & go the distance.

The Bossman, a Baguio city frequent traveler, acted as our tour guide & suggested several places for us to try. One of these is Cafe by The Ruins Dua.

Cafe by the Ruins (since 1988) recently opened up a new branch on Upper Session Road (right beside Mario’s).  This extension is called Cafe by the Ruins Dua (dua, meaning “two” in Ilokano), and Baguio natives have fondly nicknamed it Cafe Dua.

To you old Cafe by the Ruins loyalists, fret not because Dua is still the same old Cafe you have grown to love through the years, except it is now more modern-looking in terms of facilities, The bigger Dua branch is also in charge of producing and supplying Cafe by the Ruins’ pasalubong and bakery products: bread selection (Ernie’s kamote bread, Ensaymada, Whole Wheat Pan de Sal, etc.) and deli meats (home-smoked bacon, lamb sausage, longganisa, etc.).

Cafe by the Ruins Dua

25 Shuntug Street, Baguio City (074) 442 4010







On the wall is an exhibition of Leonard Aguinaldo‘s prints on handmade paper.







Strawberry Soda 120 php. Beautiful, light, and refreshing. Cafe strawberry syrup with soda water. At first it tasted just like carbonated water but then I figured out half way that I was supposed to mix the syrup at the bottom. :P It was delicious nonetheless.



Salabat 100 php. Ginger root infusion in a pot. Perfect for a cold night.



Biscuits/Scones 80 php. 2 pcs. scones, buttery and crumbly.



OMG JUST LOOK! <3 Soooooo good!



How I wish I got to try this though.. Ernie’s Kamote Bread 80 php. This enriched bread incorporates bread flour with Cordillera kamote, milk, and honey. Sounds (and looks) really good! This photo belongs to Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet.



Must have: Kesong Puti Salad 210 php. A simple and classic ensemble of kesong puti, basil, and tomatoes, with a sweet garnish of alfalfa sprouts. Cafe Dua’s take on an Italian classic.



Baguio Bounty Salad 285 php. Your classic: shrimp, poached chicken, strawberries, watercress, lettuce with strawberry vinaigrette dressing. All mountain fresh! <3



Cheese Lumpia Straws 120 php. Fried straws with carabao cheese and basil filling, This order wasn’t mine so I couldn’t deconstruct to show you what’s inside. :P



Strawberries and Yogurt 165 php. A healthy option. Cafe Dua makes their own yogurt with carabao milk.



Pinikpikan 180 php. Cordillera ritual chicken soup with etag (salted pork) and ginger. Comes with red rice (below).




Baguio Bagnet 280 php. A typical Ilocano meal: double fried pork belly – first it is tenderized in lard, then re-fried to a crisp. Condiments are Podas bagoong and tomato relish. Accompanied with Dinengdeng soup.



Ruins Pasta 200 php. Spinach pasta with Salted fish roe & cream.



Rita’s Rice 320 php (new on the menu). Rice topped with Chicken, mushroom & celery.



Ruins’ Bagnet Sinigang 340 php. An upgrade of Cafe Duo’s best-selling Baguio Bagnet .





Traditional Strawberry Shortcake 200 php. An english treat. Strawberries in syrup with whipped cream and buttery, crumbly scone or shortbread.



This is the same strawberry shortcake as above, but plated differently. Same wonderful strawberry goodness in every bite. <3 I wish I ordered 1 just for myself! <3

When in Baguio, take advantage of all the strawberries that you can. I’d order strawberry with everything if I could. That’s how much I love it! <3

We’ll definitely see each other again, Cafe Dua. Unitl then I’ll be dreaming of your crunchy bagnet sinigang & delicious strawberry shortcake! :-*

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  • Reply Noel Q.

    Ang galing-galing naman! Sa dami ng nagsasarang all-time homegrown favorites sa Baguio (because of that mall), it’s refreshing to see a local restaurant expanding its operations. There is hope yet!

    And I just know that the food is fabulous! Pareho tayo, if I can order strawberry din with everything I eat there, I will, hahaha… pero I also take advantage of the really fresh fruits and veggies available.

    February 25, 2015 at 8:08 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Saka meron silang parang retirement community dun Niel sayang lang I wasn’t able to take photos of the apartment. Tranquil & serene place pero maloloka ako sa katahimikan haha. Ay wait. erase erase bang resto in baguio pala ang iniisip ko hahahahaha! Bukas pa yata yun lols. #hilongtalilong sorry!

      February 25, 2015 at 8:18 am
  • Reply Kei Aclaro

    Nakakagutom naman po ang mga food pics… Nakaka miss tuloy ang bagnet at pinikpikan… :-)

    When I saw the Kesong Puti Salad pic, it reminded me of the famous panizza of Chef Chris sa My Kitchen sa Oasis Paco Park Hotel…

    Tama po si Sir Niel. It’s great to know na hindi pa dying business ang mga local food joints sa Baguio. Instead nag e expand pa sila. Those local food joints like Cafe by the Ruins makes Baguio a desired vacation spot ng mga local and foreign tourists. Sana mag prosper pa sila at hindi tuluyang masapawan ng mga regular fastfood joints sa mall… Hoping for Cafe by the Ruins Tallo (Three)… Hehehe…

    February 25, 2015 at 8:40 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Make it a point to visit Baguio when your hubby comes Kei. Saraaaaap. And it’s so refreshing to see so many pine trees. <3

      February 25, 2015 at 11:20 am
  • Reply THe Pickiest Eater

    That Bagnet though..

    February 25, 2015 at 8:07 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      The Pickiest Eater commenting here doe… *starstruck

      February 25, 2015 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply med

    Great to hear they opened another branch. The first one’s location is very hard to park and traffic puntahan. This is one of my favourite home-grown Baguio restos. Sana mas maikli line ditto, hahahaha!

    February 27, 2015 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Oo nga sana mas posh daw itong 2nd branch. :)

      February 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Renee

    This is not a comment but a question.

    Do we need to get a reservation to dine in this restaurant? Or they accept walk-in customers?

    November 24, 2015 at 10:57 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      They accept walk-in, but do call to be sure because it’s been a while since I was there. It’s pretty informal at Dua.

      November 25, 2015 at 7:43 am

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