One way to spend a cold afternoon in Baguio City is having a cup of hot chocolate at Choco-late de Batirol in Camp John Hay. Experience the native look of the restaurant while listening to the band playing acoustic and mellow (love) songs.

Almost everything inside the store is made out of wood. The tables and chairs are  wooden too and some of them look like antique. Few domestic cats are freely roaming inside. The place is like a traditional nipa hut and it feels like having a snack during the ‘old’ times.

Choco-late de Batirol’s Food

This restaurant is popular for the great blends of the traditional tsokolate.

Traditional Blend (Choco-Late de Batirol)
Traditional Blend

They serve the classic version of it – pure cocoa (and some sugar). They also have flavored chocolates such as the Baguio Blend and Raspberry.

The Baguio Blend is a must-try. The freshness and sweetness of strawberry perfectly match the bitterness of the cocoa. The Raspberry, on the other hand, has a little hint of the berry flavor but the taste is not too far from the classic version.

Baguio Blend and Raspberry-flavored Choco-late
Baguio Blend and Raspberry-flavored Choco-late

Aside from the chocolate drink, the restaurant serves lunch, dinner and snacks.

Suman sa Lihia is also a Filipino traditional merienda. It is a steamed banana-leaf-wrapped glutinous rice flavored with Lye water. You’ll gonna love the combination of the suman, grated coconut and ascovado sugar. Try to sip your chocolate while eating this for a complex and satisfying taste!

Turon de Langka
Turon de Langka

The Turon de Langka is served with drizzle of caramel. In case you don’t know what Turon is, it’s a usual afternoon snack in the Philippines. It’s usually a sliced plantain wrapped with Spring Roll wrapper then deep fried. To make it more special, others add slices of langka (jackfruit) inside together with the plantain. The restaurant’s version is just the same with what you can buy from the streets of Manila.

Choco-Late de Batirol
Igorot Garden, Camp John Hay
Baguio City, Benguet


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