Where to Eat in Sagada

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Where to Stay in Sagada: Misty Lodge and Cafe

Aside from the views and activities that Sagada has to offer, we were also bombarded with the sheer number of restaurants offering different kinds of cuisine. Boyfriend was especially happy about the abundance of vegetable dishes available in Sagada, while I was generally giddy with the numerous options available to us πŸ™‚

The following is a list of establishments where we ate in Sagada, what we ordered and our experiences.

Gaia Cafe and Crafts

Gaia Cafe and Crafts

We ate here after our grueling Cave Connection Adventure. Gaia is famous for it’s vegetarian-friendly food. They also use natural herbs, spices and seasoning with no MSG in their dishes which made me feel like I was about to cleanse my body with their food. LOL. It was way past lunchtime when we arrived at the establishment so the place was only half full. I thought I would have a hard time choosing what to order because I didn’t love vegetables, but I found some items which called out to me.

His: Vegetable Omelette with Brown Rice

I ordered the homemade peanut butter and banana sandwich and hot chocolate. These were my third choice since my first and second option were no longer available. Boyfriend ordered the vegetable omelette which was the meal of the day.

Hers: Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Hers: Hot Chocotae

Both dishes tasted delicious. I envied boyfriend when he gobbled up his plate in under 10 minutes because I found the omelette tasty as well. The hot chocolate was so welcome in my stomach since I was starting to feel cold.

Gaia Cafe and Crafts menu

Overall, it was a pleasant experience. I just wish that we could have arrived earlier so that I could have tasted their pasta with pesto sauce that I was looking forward to.

Sagada Brew

I will never forget that you made me wait an hour for my food 😦

For our first dinner in Sagada, we walked to Sagada Brew. The place was fully packed when we arrived but nevertheless, we still lined up to place our order at the counter. We were thinking that since the place was so busy, the food is awesome.

Dinner time at Sagada Brew

I wish someone would have told me that if Sagada Brew as packed, we had to wait for our food to arrive for over an hour. They even forgot to cook our food and only remembered when we followed up with the kitchen for the third time. I wouldn’t recommend to eat at Sagada Brew during the busy meal times.

His: Beef Caldereta

Hers: Rosemary Pepper Chicken

We immediately dug in when our food finally arrived. Boyfriend like his beef caldereta but he told me it wasn’t worth waiting an hour for. My rosemary pepper chicken was a disappointment because the inside was cold. Like eating something from the refrigerator and chucking it in the microwave just to warm the surface 😦

Sagada Brew: Breakfast Favorites menu

Sagada Brew: Lunch & Dinner menu

Sagada Brew: Hot & Cold Drinks menu

Sagada Brew: Pastas, Sandwiches & Snacks menu

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Where to Stay in Sagada: Misty Lodge and Cafe

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Where to Eat in Sagada

Misty Lodge and Cafe was our homebase while in Sagada. Boyfriend and I were very happy with our decision to stay at Misty because the place was warm and cozy. The people were very accommodating and the overall ambience urged us to just relax and enjoy our stay. It was an ideal vacation house for us. ❀

Misty is a 15-minute walk from Sagada town proper. At first, boyfriend was complaining about how far it was from the establishments, but we got used to the distance eventually. I really didn’t mind the walk because the weather was cool and it felt good to walk with trees in every direction. We just made sure not to stay out late because there weren’t street lamps in some areas along our path.

Misty Lodge and Cafe

Misty Lodge and Cafe

Booking Process:

I made initial inquiries through the mobile number posted on their Facebook page. They replied consistently within a few hours after my messages. And even though I had a lot of questions about the lodge and about Sagada in general, they always had answers for me. I reserved 2 months before our trip and they required a 50% downpayment to confirm my booking.

At first, I wanted to reserve their room for 2 (with shared bathrooms) at Php 700 per night. But I found out that they had a cottage room that was separate from the main house which had its own bathroom. It was Php 1,500 per night for 2 people. It was still within our budget so we booked this instead. The cottage room rates may vary according to how many people will be staying. It can accommodate a maximum of 6 people.

View from the cottage room window <3

View from the cottage room window ❀

The night before our check-in date, they asked if we were already on our way and what time we would be arriving. I loved their personal approach to their guests πŸ™‚

The Lodge:

The main house felt welcoming and very cozy. The house was constructed with wood for the most part so it really felt like a vacation house for me.

All wood <3

All wood ❀

I was thinking of borrowing a book from their library to read on my spare time, but I slept instead. LOL

I was thinking of borrowing a book from their library to read on my spare time, but I slept instead. LOL

We explored the house when we arrived and every nook was a perfect place to just sit back and relax.

Lounge area on the top floor

Lounge area on the top floor

Another library on the 2nd floor

Another library on the 2nd floor

The Cafe:

There are many must-try restaurants in Sagada but in our opinion, the food in Misty was the best we’ve tried. They serve a variety of food like pizza, burgers and steak!

Misty Cafe and Lodge menu

Misty Cafe and Lodge menu

One regret that we have is we only ate breakfast at Misty and ate out for lunch and dinner. We only ate dinner there during our last night and realized that the food was VERY good. Their breakfast was very good too but we don’t really judge based on breakfasts. LOL.

Misty's home cured beef sirloin a.k.a tapa. Delish! We also ordered bacon and Spam on different days but we forgot to take a photo.

Misty’s home cured beef sirloin a.k.a tapa. Delish! We also ordered bacon and Spam on different days but we forgot to take a photo.

Angus Minute Steak. The lighting during dinner was not good and I don't know much about photography to manipulate the colors. This was very tender! Boyfriend paired a beer with this. <3

Angus Minute Steak. The lighting during dinner was not good and I don’t know much about photography to manipulate the colors. This was very tender! Boyfriend paired a beer with this. ❀

Quattro Formaggi. Yummy! <3

Quattro Formaggi. Yummy! ❀

The cafe isn’t as jam packed during meal hours maybe because its location is a slight distance away from the town but a trip here would be worthwhile.

Fireplace at the cafe. They light this up at during dinner and breakfast at the guests' request.

Fireplace at the cafe. They light this up at during dinner and breakfast at the guests’ request. The owners love owls πŸ™‚

Our Room:

The cottage room was very spacious for boyfriend and I. We enjoyed the view from our windows, the quiet, the privacy and our own bathroom.

Love the natural light in our room <3

Love the natural light in our room ❀

Shelves for the TV, our stuff and for food!

Shelves for the TV, our stuff and for food!

The room had 2 beds, shelves where we put our stuff, a TV and an electric fan (which we didn’t use).

Inside the cottage room

Inside the cottage room

There is a bonfire pit just outside the cottage room which we wanted to use during our last night, but it rained to our disappointment 😦 Other guests can also use the bonfire pit. They just have to ask permission from the guests staying in the cottage and minimize noise.

Overall Thoughts:

We love Misty! The cottage room is aΒ  bit more expensive than other accommodations in Sagada but it was well worth it. Their food is delicious too! The boyfriend and I are thinking of going back to Sagada, and just sleep and eat in Misty for our whole stay – no more spelunking for us. LOL.

Cottage room with the bonfire area in front.

Cottage room with the bonfire area in front.

If you are planning a trip to Sagada, I highly recommend staying at or dining in Misty. πŸ™‚

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Where to Eat in Sagada

While I was researching for our Sagada trip, my biggest concern was how we would get there. Almost all the blogs I found about Sagada mentioned going to Banaue or Baguio first, then transferring to another mode of transportation going to Sagada. There had to be a more convenient way to get there without renting a van.

Good thing I found Coda Lines on Facebook. They offer direct trips from Quezon City to Sagada daily and the fare is almost the same as other means of getting to Sagada. So convenient!

My next concern was how to reserve seats in Coda Lines. From their Facebook page, I realized that it was best to reserve a few weeks in advance for our trip because the seats can fill up fast. But I was too lazy to go to their office in Cubao. LOL. My laziness led me to discover PinoyTravel ❀

PinoyTravel

PinoyTravel is an online bus booking reservation system here in the Philippines. They have partnered with several transport companies to enable passengers to book their trips in advance.

Transport company partners of PinoyTravel

Transport company partners of PinoyTravel. Take from PinoyTravel’s website.

They have a pretty good reach as they offer bus routes to Visayas and Mindanao as well. You may click here to view the complete list of routes.

Some featured routes of PinoyTravel. Taken from PinoyTravel's website.

Some featured routes of PinoyTravel. Taken from PinoyTravel’s website.

Booking a trip through PinoyTravel is very easy. Here are the steps I went through:

  1. I chose the origin, destination and date of my trip from the homepage.

    Step 1: Search trip

    Step 1: Search trip

  2. The site returns a list of all trips available, clicked “Book Seats” on my preferred schedule, and indicated the number of seats I will be purchasing.

    Step 2: Book seats

    Step 2: Book seats

  3. Next, I indicated my email address and mobile number so I can receive my reservation confirmation and any updates about my trip.

    Step 3: Fill out details

    Step 3: Fill out details

  4. Payment is the last step and I was happy to discover that I had a variety of options regarding the payment channel. PinoyTravel adds a service charge to the base fares. These service fees vary according to the payment mode. From my experience, online banking as a payment option incurs the lowest service charge while paying through Paypal/credit card has the highest charge.
    Step 4: Pay for the seats

    Step 4: Pay for the seats

    PinoyTravel's payment channels. Taken from PinoyTravel's website.

    PinoyTravel’s payment channels. Taken from PinoyTravel’s website.

  5. After payment, a voucher was sent to my email. I had to print this voucher and present it to Coda Lines office so they can give me the actual ticket. A printed version is required. Bus companies do not honor screenshots of the voucher.
  6. My travel details also appeared under the “My Reservation” tab in PinoyTravel’s website. This was possible because I created an account on the site.

Overall, I am satisfied with PinoyTravel’s service. The convenience of not having to go to the booking office or taking a chance on the day of travel is worth the additional service charge in my opinion. πŸ™‚ One tiny thing I wish on their service is that they add an option for passengers to select their preferred seats on the bus. We only found out our assigned seats when Coda Lines gave us the actual tickets for the trip.

Coda Lines

Coda Lines is (I think) the only bus company that offers direct trips from Quezon City to Sagada. I am so thankful for this fact, especially during our trip to Sagada, because we were able to sleep 90% of the time. The seats are so comfy and featured a head support which meant there were no stiff necks when we wake up. I didn’t have to use my neck pillow because of this πŸ™‚ The buses were either new or well maintained which was a plus.

Our bus to Manila is well maintained but collected some mud along the way. It was a rainy/foggy day.

Our bus to Manila is well maintained but collected some mud along the way. It was a rainy/foggy day.

Coda Lines is located in Monte de Piedad cor. Maryland Street in Cubao. If you are on the southbound side of EDSA, they can be found after Solid North and behind Mang Inasal. They are co-lated with HM Transport.

Their daily trips to Sagada are scheduled to leave at 9:00 PM. We arrived at the terminal 30 minutes before departure so we can exchange the voucher from PinoyTravel for actual tickets. Good thing I booked early on because there was a long line of chance passengers for Sagada. There were two buses leaving for Sagada. The staff brilliantly thought of lumping all passengers headed for Sagada in one bus and other passengers who would alight in other places in another. This meant that our bus can take an alternate route and get to Sagada faster. Yay! πŸ™‚

Interiors of Coda Lines buses. All seats had a head support which made our necks feel very grateful.

Interiors of Coda Lines buses. All seats had a head support which made our necks feel very grateful.

Our bus left at 9:30 PM because of some late passengers. In my opinion, they should have given the seats to chance passengers as penalty for the latecomers. I was awake until our first stopover just before TPLEX for a midnight snack. After that I and the boyfriend were off in dreamland until we arrived in Sagada. We almost missed our stop if the conductor didn’t repeat the name of our lodge. LOL. We arrived in Sagada after 10 hours of travel.

Trips to and from Sagada included a stopover in Pink Pantry. The food is okay here with reasonable prices.

Trips to and from Sagada included a stopover in Pink Pantry. The food is okay here with reasonable prices.

For our trip back to Manila, we also left late. It turns out that Coda Lines picked up passengers from Sagada via jeep to take them to Bontoc. From there, we would transfer to the buses headed to Manila. We were late to leave Sagada because us passengers couldn’t fit in only one jeep. The staff had to call for another one and we had to wait. It was a miss on Coda Lines’ part not to count the passengers and plan our transport to Bontoc accordingly. They seemed surprised that we couldn’t fit and tried to tell us to find enough room. There were 6 of us who couldn’t fit in the first jeep (even with all the baggage in topload) and there were 3 other passengers they had to pick up along the way. Instead of departing at 2 PM, we left just before 3 PM. In Bontoc, we found the buses waiting for us and it was another 30 minutes before we left the terminal.

For those curious, the stopovers are:

  • Mt. Polis – we were able to buy lots for fresh vegetables here
  • Banaue Rice Terraces View Deck – if the weather is clear. However, it was so foggy when we passed by so the driver didn’t stop
  • Nueva Vizcaya – I am not sure which town though.
Vegetable shopping in Mt. Polis

Vegetable shopping in Mt. Polis

I would definitely recommend getting on Coda Lines to take you to Sagada. The seats are so comfy and the driver is very careful. Though it would be best to reserve your seats way ahead, especially for weekend and holiday travels. And just have patience with the delays. πŸ™‚

For a complete list of routes by Coda Lines, you may check their Facebook page.