And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss.– J K Rowling
I had a first glimpse of this café’s beautiful interior when I saw an Instagram post (late 2013) from a friend. And when I’ve learned it is in Baguio, I immediately prepped up and check it out myself. To date, I have visited this café 5 times! So what is captivating about this place? Read on…
If you are eyeing for a relaxing place where you can read comfortably while delimited by books, cultural artifacts, and nature, then Arca’s Yard has to be that impeccable place for you. The moment I stepped in to this café-slash-mini museum-slash-residential house, it instantaneously seized my heart. (You know, I have a soft spot for well-illuminated, artsy kind of cafes). It’s more than perfect to devote a quiet time doing paper works, studying or maybe just contemplating on random thoughts while sipping a cup of coffee or tea.
Not only is Arca’s Yard known for its serene ambiance, but also being raved for its unique and healthy food offerings. My personal favorite is their kamote pie. I like how soft and not so saccharine in terms of its taste. It’s a perfect pair for my artichoke tea! On several occasions that I have been to this place, I yet have to be more perfect with my timing so I can taste their rhubarb ice cream.
As of this writing (I am updating this blg today, June 15, 2015), I have returned and have tried their pasta and a chicken dish called Crispy Lemon – Orange Chicken which are both oooooh soooo heavenly!
They also have an attic where a mini library is set-up which could be heaven for book-enthusiasts. An art aficionado will surely be delighted as well to see a wide array of antique collection of wooden spoons from different Cordillera indigenous groups plus walls decorated with paintings and artworks of Baguio-based artists. And my favorite part? The balcony on the first floor –a perfect spot for you to enjoy the cool, fresh and pine-scented Baguio air.
I consider Arca’s Yard my favorite Baguio café. And if only I am not working here in the Greater manila area, I would spend my weekends at this lovely cozy nook.
How to get there: Take a cab to Tiptop Road. Fare from the town is less than P100. If you want to dine here, make a reservation a day or two days before. They also have rooms for rent too. You may reach them at 0922-8251880.
Arca’s Yard Menu (as of June 16, 2015)
|Pasta (with Bread)
Pesto Carbonara Pasta – Php220
Tomato Basil Pasta – Php195
Chicken (with Rice)
Crispy Lemon – Orange Chicken – Php240
Fried Chicken – Php230
Fish (with Rice)
Daing na Bangus – Php195
Buttered Tiger Prawns – Php395
Meat (with Rice)
Pork Steak – Php295
Lechon Kawali – Php240
Longganisa – Php150
Pork Burger Patty – Php195
Beef Burger Patty – Php195
Arca’s Cheeseburger with Fries – Php240
Arroz ala Cubana – Php240
Oriental Salad Platter – Php200
Insalata Caprese – Php150
***Prices are subject to change without prior notice
Tortilla de Patata – Php45/slice
French Fries – Php120
Benguet Coffee – Php45
Frothy Coffee – Php50
Tarragon Tea – Php50
Arca’s Cloud Tea – Php60
Lemon Grass Tea – Php45
Cacao Hot Choco – Php75
Softdrinks – Php25
Bottled Water – Php25
Smoothies – Php90
*Flavors available include: Cucumber, Pineapple, Banana, Mango, Strawberry and Watermelon)
Arca’s Sweet Potato ala Mode – Php95
Bread with Special Dip – Php85
French Toast – Php85
Carrot Pie ala Mode – Php95
Rhubarb Pie (seasonal) – Php140
Yoghurt with Wild Honey – Php85
You can also check out their facebook page here —–>
You can also check out my write-up on their newly opened art gallery at https://roamulofied.wordpress.com/2015/12/06/arcas-art-gallery-benguet-ph/