Ili-Likha Artist Village – Baguio’s Treehouse Food Hub and a Fascinating Art Complex


Ili-likha – ili is a Kankanaey word means “village” and likha is a tagalog word means “create”.

This post is late actually, this was taken a week before the April holiday. I just want to share some photos we captured and this amazing place we found as we strolled the street from the City of Pines.

When we were on Session Road, my sister and I were supposed to go to a coffee shop but we made a wrong turn to the Assumption Road. As we proceeded to walk along that street this old tree house got our attention. Noticeably the entrance has its beautiful craft of sculptures sitting outside and sorts of art that pique our curiosity instantly. We decided to go inside and have a check.

Ili-Likha Artist Village

This was opened in 2014, Ili-Likha Artist Village’s concept came from the owner, film director, and writer, Eric de Guia, commonly known as Kidlat Tahimik. This establishment was built around the tree located at Assumption Road, Baguio City. However, as the years passed, Ili-Likha has turned into one of Baguio’s hidden gems where you can find inspiring art and delicious food.

If you’re familiar with the popular restaurant in Baguio called, Oh My Gulay, Ili-likha is like its bigger version. They have the same vibe and style.

When we went inside I didn’t expect to see different options for dining, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, and novelty and art shops. These businesses are from different owners and they knew the assignment, with artsy interiors that perfectly complement the overall concept and design of the complex.

We ordered at the first shop we saw inside and this is what we got. There are a lot of students and tourists inside hanging out. While we were eating someone approached us informing us that there was an ongoing free showing of an indie film in the Red Theater.

Ili-Likha Artist Village is located at 32 Assumption Road, Brgy. Kabayanihan, Baguio City, is open from 10:00AM to 7:00PM. This food park is pet-friendly and has no entrance fee. Ili-Likha Artist Village has no parking space, but there are several options nearby: limited paid street parking at Assumption Road, parking garages at Mabini St. (Cedar Peak, Mabini/Joem Realty Corp./Olympian Lane Lifestyle Bldg), or Baguio Cathedral parking which is just a three to four-minute walk to the food park.

Final Thoughts

I thought I’d already seen all the tourist spots in Baguio until I discovered Ili-likha. If you haven’t been there, consider this post as advice. Don’t miss it on your next trip to the City of Pines. It is a totally different experience visiting that place.

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