8 Food Parks for
Barkada Pig-Out Sessions
Why go to a single decent restaurant when you can order from 14 fun-sized ones? Say wassup to the food court’s cooler and (literally) more outgoing cousin—the food park. Aside from being packed with a plethora of awesome food options, food parks also come with lush greenery, good vibes and rare finds.
So, what are you waiting for? Gather the gang, wear your eating tops and get ready for the ultimate pig out sesh at any of these food parks.
8. Mercato Centrale
UP Technohub, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
25th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Glorietta 4 Park, Ayala Center, Makati CIty
(02) 812 0102, 0917 840 1152 | Facebook
Here’s an oldie but absolutely a goodie. The Mercato Centrale group is one of the pioneers of food parks and markets in Manila, so you know you’re in perfectly capable hands when you go to one of their culinary affairs. Bring your grumbling belly to UP Technohub every Friday from 9pm to 5am, to BGC every Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 3am, and to Glorietta every Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 3am.
7. Mandala Park
via FB: Mandala Park
312 Shaw Boulevard, Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong
(02) 834 9505 | Facebook
Open on announced weekends from 8am to 5pm
At the heart of Mandaluyong lies a weekend market that not only houses tons of exciting food stalls, but also offers lots of parking. That might seem like a mundane feat for some, but for the Shaw folks, that’s definitely a big deal. Catch the next Mandala Park Weekend Market on March 19 (Saturday), and enjoy well-curated grub along with great live music. Just some stalls to look forward to are Scout’s Honor, I Am Kim, Manila Slam from Ribs Manila, Ramen Iroha and Stanford & Shaw Brewing Co.
6. The Organic Market
Just when we thought the food scene at BGC couldn’t get any better, The Organic Market deliciously comes along. The next one hasn’t been announced yet, but keep a close eye on their social media accounts because trust us, you really don’t want to miss out on the rare finds your body (and trainer) will thank you for.
From ready-to-eat treats to ingredients for your #BalikAlindog, The Organic Market’s wide selection of buys will bring out the excited shopper in anyone. How do organic beenut butter, flavored buffalo cheese, hangover detox drinks and truffle mushroom pate sound?
5. StrEAT Maginhawa Food Park
91 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Quezon City
0939 923 2470 | Facebook
Open Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm to 12mn | Friday to Sunday from 5pm to 2am
StrEAT is more than just the cool concept of food being served from food trucks. The park does Maginhawa’s culinary-heaven-reputation justice with its 12 new food concepts. Aside from mouthwatering options, your barkada can also look forward to a laidback and eclectic vibe. The extraordinary stalls at StrEAT will let your tongue travel to Southeast Asia, Korea, Turkey, Italy, Mexico and even Louisiana.
4. The Salcedo Community Market
Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati | Facebook
Open every Saturday from 7am to 2pm
Since 2004, Makati-dwelling-foodies have been uniting every Saturday morning for the scrumptious reason of The Salcedo Community Market. If you haven’t yet, it’s about time you start your weekend by shopping for organic produce, sampling international specialties and appreciating local hard-to-find ingredients.
Even non-morning people will be converted as soon as they’re rewarded with great grub from the well-curated market. Just some must-tries are the Kub Kaow Thai’s Pomelo Salad, Pizza Morena’s unique pies and Bon Ton Bakery’s kouign amanns.
3. The Legazpi Sunday Market
While most food spots in Makati are closed on Sunday mornings, the Legazpi Sunday Market is bustling with over 100 vendors with various buys. Visit this sprawling gastronomic heaven, filled with all the answers to all sorts of food cravings. Don’t miss out on Khun Caesar’s pad thai, Hez Kitchenette’s fresh spring rolls, Rodrigo’s roast beef and Perogi’s Polish dumplings.
The market features tons of other culinary gems though, so look forward to discovering new favorites. What better way to spend a lovely Sunday morning than indulging on unique, scrumptious and premium grub?
2. Kapitolyo Gastropark
It’s about time you get acquainted with Kapitolyo’s (fairly) new kid on the block, boasting with 14 fantastic food concepts. Craving for fast and affordable Japanese? There’s Japbox. Feeling like having a yakitori night? Go for Niku-Q. Want to pretend like you’re in India? Excite your palette with The Masala Bar’s flavor-packed fare. Check this out for the ultimate guide.
1. The Boxpark
via FB: Boxpark
73 Block 2 Lot 28 Congressional Avenue, Tandang Sora, Quezon City
Facebook | Open Monday to Sunday from 3pm to 12mn
QC’s newest food park is calling your raging belly, and you should definitely answer yes if you’re looking for an epic food adventure. Boxpark is the perfect venue for the ultimate pig out session of all things sinful and delectable. Whether you’re craving for crazy fries-concoctions, outrageous hot dogs, towering soft-serve desserts, monster burgers or all of the above, Boxpark will definitely have it covered and more.
Any other food parks perfect for barkada pig-out sessions? Sound off with your awesome finds below!