Salcedo Saturday Market
Salcedo Saturday Market is not your typical market. Firstly, the venue is at the Salcedo Park which is a posh area in Makati. Despite being a Saturday morning market, what you will find here are not so ordinary things. From food to plants, decors, some clothes, etc. I come here for the food. You will find assorted goodies, from barbeque to pasta, pastries, name it you’ll find it here. Come prepared though, bring an umbrella as it may get a little hot or wet depending on the weather as it is an open area. It gets a little crowded too so if you’re planning to dine here be prepared to find a spot that is vacant. Don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity every now and then too.
It is a group of many vendors, each with a speciality. You can get beautifully made local dishes and even French, Indian and Middle Eastern food. A nice place to go for take-out made with fresh ingredients. You can also eat there as there is a common dining area with tables and chairs. Very, very pleasant surprise. All of the vendors are required to meet certain health standards in order to participate in this market.
Salcedo market food
Here are my recommendations:-
1) Go early morning or when it opens to be able to select fresh items.
2) Bring your own eco-bag or bring a cart if you intend to buy lots of meat.
3) Wear comfortable clothing as it may get pretty warm and cramped.
4) Bring small bills as it will be difficult for vendors to hand you over your changes early in the morning if you hand over a P1000 bill.
The site hosts more than 100 vendors that offers fresh organic produce, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, seafood, crêpe, pizza, pasta, etc. No matter what your taste and nationality, there is a bit of everything at this market – Filipino, Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, or Middle-eastern food. Global Gourmet is what it is.
Legazpi Sunday Market
Legazpi Sunday Market
This Sunday Market welcomes all – carnivores, herbivores, fruitarians, organic foodies. You can shop for ingredients to take home or ready-cooked meals to eat in the market itself. You can hear Sunday Mass at 9am or listen to drumbeaters after. It may not be as big as the Saturday Market at Salcedo but I like that this Legazpi one has a more cozy, neighborhood feel to it. If you don’t feel like eating, you can shop for home decor, plants, massage oils, organic scrubs, organic housecleaners, aprons, lotions, toys, baskets, etc. A real Sunday treat. Don’t forget to bring your own shopping bag.
Though not as extensive or popular as the Salcedo (Saturday) Market, the Legazpi Sunday Market is a nice alternative for a relaxing Sunday morning. Lots of home-cooked local, Asian, European, American, among others, dishes to choose from. It’s likewise a place where residents of nearby condominiums in the village can purchase their weekly supply of fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. On my recent visit, there were more stalls selling novelties from organic products to electric scooters. It was nice to see that it’s still growing. If ever you’re nearby, spend your Sunday morning here then have lunch before you head to that mall. Come early though as the stalls pack-up at around 2PM.