"Imagine yourself enveloped in a calm sea of nothingness."
That's exactly what it feels like when you're at Cafe In The Sky...
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I first heard about Cafe In The Sky from our caretaker.
Back then, the teleserye "Forevermore" was still being aired and La Presa - the location of the fictitious town created for the teleserye and also where Cafe In The Sky can be found, was a hot tourist destination in Benguet.
I've been wanting to visit this place for ages but each time we drive up to Baguio with friends and ask them where they want to go, this place is often dropped from the itinerary and bumped by more popular places such as the BenCab Museum and Tam-Awan.
For a time, some of the surrounding areas were also closed for environmental rehabilitation.
Droves of tourists are now discouraged.
(The introvert in me is making happy dances.)
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HOW TO GET THERE
Right now, there are only 2 ways to get to La Presa. One is by private vehicle, another is by hiring a taxi. One way taxi fare is around P350.
There used to be a bike trail but this has recently been closed due to several reports of missing persons.
The drive takes around 45 minutes from Baguio City and it is long and twisty.
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WHY GO TO CAFE IN THE SKY?
Baguio is cold. For me cold weather always equates to cafe weather. I'm always looking for hot coffee and merienda or hot chocolate.
I am allergic to large, crowded areas.
And going back to what I said earlier, how can you deny yourself the experience of having a meal inside a cloud?
The view alone (or the lack of it and the peace of sheer nothingness) should be enough to take you here, let's just keep it a secret between us so it stays this way...
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We were forced to sit inside because it was raining but I still chose to spend a lot of time outside in my raincoat...
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I can't tell you about the food because we only had coffee and hot chocolate --- which refused to stay warm by the way. You need to drink it really fast if you want it hot.
Their coffee is good and so is the hot chocolate - according to my daughter - one of the best in Baguio.
And it is fairly cheap.
We really came here for the view more than anything else.
|Bring a book or journal so you can park yourself for a few hours to enjoy the quiet away from the main city.|
Or just do nothing and be alone with your thoughts for a change.
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Some reminders before I go:
- please be mindful of your trash.
- please be careful on the way up.
- take a moment to be silent.
If you'd like to see the "fictional town", you need to drive a bit further up. Will go next time when the weather's better so I can show you.