A Guide to the Metro Manila Weekend Market Scene

To whoever created the idea of a weekend market, thank you very much. We owe much of our weekend to you. Organic markets, artisan food markets, and everything in between – these are the treats that we all wait for at the end of our long week in the office. Where to find these treats? And which kinds of treats to try? Here’s our guide:

Salcedo Market. The one that set the bar high for weekend markets, Salcedo Market is your homey weekend stroll-slash-shopping destination, perfect for family bonding and your much needed pantry replenishment. There’s a playground and park nearby, so you can shop in peace while your kids have the time of their lives. The best thing about Salcedo is that you can enjoy authentic international cuisine without having to buy airline tickets to places around the world!

Time: Saturdays, 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: LP Leviste St. Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati City

Must-trys: Kashmir for Middle Eastern food, Taqueria Mia for some authentic Mexican burritos and quesadillas

Mercato Centrale. Mercato Centrale, the brainchild of Internet celebrities RJ Ledesma and Anton Diaz, boasts of a more gourmet-ish experience than any other weekend market. It is conducive for a weekend lunch, as well as shopping for the a whole week of healthy food.

Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: Corner of 30th Street and 9th avenue (in front of The Spa at Bonifacio High Street), Bonifacio Global City
Must-trys: Chuck’s Grubberie’s beer-battered fish and chips, and Mochiko’s ice cream-filled mochi balls

Il Mercanti. With a crowd composed mostly of young professionals who just got off from work or are having their call center lunch break at night, Il Mercanti has all the makings of a place where you can have as much comfort food as you want.

Time: Thursdays to Saturdays, 7:00 PM to 4:00 AM

Location: Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City

Must-trys: Amburger’s Juicy Lucy with Bacon Mushroom Melt

Sidcor Market. If you want the traditional palengke but with a more extensive more organic selection, then Sidcor Market was made for you. Not only can you buy fresh produce, but you can also find handicrafts perfect for your living room or as gifts. Prepare to spend money because Sidcor is huge and teeming with great finds.

Time: Sundays, 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: Eton Centris, EDSA cor Quezon Avenue

Must-trys: Mary’s Kitchen chicken galantina and fish fillet pesto

Banchetto. Before there was Il Mercanti, there was Banchetto. This used to be the most happening place around the Ortigas area, with loads of food stands that range from meals to pastries to drinks. Employees celebrating Friday night would flock to where Banchetto sets up (it used to rove around the Ortigas area), and the area was always full of people. But today, only a few stalls remain and even fewer people who come for food and refreshments. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of must-try goodness in Banchetto.

Time: Fridays, 5:00 PM to 4:00 AM

Location: Meralco Avenue, between Renaissance Towers and the Department of Education, Pasig City

Must-trys: Med Chef’s pastries, and authentic Ilocos empanada from Glomy’s