Kate was here in the official opening of Baker J in Timberland Highlands.

Baker J Opens New Branch at Timberland Highlands Resort

Coffee and pain au chocolat in the breezy mountains of Rizal, anyone? French bakery and café Baker J officially opened its fifth and newest branch in Timberland Highlands Resort, San Mateo, Rizal.

Baker J counter
Baker J’s new branch in Timberland Highlands Resort, San Mateo, Rizal

Kate picking pastries
Kate was here in the official opening of Baker J in Timberland Highlands.

While it’s a smaller version of the other four branches in BGC, Alabang, Clark, and Tagaytay, Baker J in Timberland Highlands makes a great little nook for San Mateo dwellers looking to grab quality croissants to go or chill for a coffee break in the municipality’s highest mountain resort with a panoramic view.

Hand holding iced cafe mocha in front of the pastry selection
Café Mocha, ₱220
Spread of croissants and other pastries
Baker J’s bestselling pastries


If you’re checked in, you can opt to have a light breakfast or afternoon latte here instead of the hotel’s Ridge Café. Their menu includes lattes, frappes, and other classic coffee beverages found in all Baker J branches. There’s a selection of artisan bread, pastries, and desserts. But if you’re looking for the entrées and comfort dishes you’ve seen in other Baker J menus, sorry, but this Baker J is more of a pastry shop than a resto.

Café Mocha, matcha croissant, and almond croissant on a table
Kate’s recos: Café Mocha, matcha croissant, and almond croissant

Not to miss is the matcha croissant, which, as you may have guessed, is matcha-filled croissant glazed with even more matcha (green tea) chocolate. You can’t go wrong with the pain au chocolate (chocolate croissant) and if you’re doing it for the ‘gram or TikTok, ask about the giant croissant that’s good for sharing. Wash it down with your choice of coffee. I always go for the café mocha.

View of table and chairs with shelf of coffee items for sale
This small cafe has a few indoor seats…
Christmas tree in the hallway leading to Baker J cafe
…and outdoor seating with a panoramic view of San Mateo’s neighboring towns and cities

About Timberland Highlands Resort

Manileños looking for an alternative to Tagaytay can drive past the other end of Metro Manila and up San Mateo, Rizal. This family-friendly staycation spot has plenty to offer—an infinity pool, poolside massage area, fitness center, multi-sports court, and indoor kiddie adventure zone.

View of Timberland Highlands Resort's hotel building
Timberland Highlands Resort
Resort pool and cabanas
The infinity pool is just one of the family-friendly amenities of Timberland Highlands Resort.

For food, there’s the Ridge Café for your buffet and resto needs, the poolside bar which is best visited during sunset, and of course, the new Baker J. Coming soon is an Italian restaurant. They’re also relaunching the Timberland Mountain Bike Park. Stay tuned for details.

Timberland Highlands Resort is located at Barangay Guitnang Bayan II, San Mateo, Rizal 1850 Philippines. Book via Agoda or Booking.