7 Food Parks to Try in Metro Manila
Go on a gastronomical food adventure around the metro at these food parks.
By Mathew S. Chan
October 10, 2016
Everyone loves food. It gives us sustenance to be able to live from day to day, and it also tastes so darn good that you just can’t get enough.
A full-blown restaurant can be hard to manage and maintain, and thus the noble food park arose. Think of this establishment as a posher and bigger food court where you get ambiance, good food, and cheap finds all in one place. Why go through the hassle of food tripping in one establishment at a time when you can just visit one spot where you’ll find 10 to 15 different types of food stalls? So with an empty stomach, we present to you the five food parks that you must check out around Metro Manila.
1. Box Park: Congressional Food Park
Located in Tandang Sora, Quezon City, Box Park features at least 14 food establishments that are just waiting for you to try. If you are in the mood for ice cream and waffles, check out Mr. Diggins, and for gourmet hotdogs, try Colonel Frank’s. If you want to try something new, visit Ozawa Noritako: they serve something of a cross between nori sushi and tacos that is a delightfully crunchy and savoury treat. To wash this all down, head to Shakery for a glass of their fruit shake.
Box Park is open from Monday to Sunday, 3pm to 12mn.
2. StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park
Maginhawa Street in UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City, has become a haven for foodies in the last couple of years, and there’s no stopping them as the cleverly named StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park was opened not too long ago. StrEAT has created a unique and eco-friendly food community as each establishment is housed in a refurbished container van. Highlights and must try choices include The Lost Bread (French toast and milkshakes with a twist), G.R.EAT Burger Truck, The Soul Food Truck (southern comfort food), and Egg-It (Hong Kong style waffles).
StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 5pm to 12mn.
3. Merkanto: International Street Food
Do you like international street food while getting your car washed? Merkanto puts the two together for a unique experience. Located in Mayaman Street, also in UP Village, the food park is within a carwash so you can go on a cross country food trip from Vietnam to Morocco and even Brazil to name a few while your vehicle gets that much-needed bath. More and more areas will be opened in the coming months to give you a taste of international flavors. They also serve local craft beer if you are looking for more than just the typical drinks.
Merkanto: International Street Food is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm to 12mn, and Sunday, 3pm to 10pm.
4. The Salcedo Community Market
Looking for something organic, a hard to find ingredient, or some fresh produce? Why not head to the Salcedo Community Market at Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, in Makati? Foodies in the city have been gathering there since 2004 and has since grown bigger and better. Shop for some healthy food finds for the week’s meal plan or try out favorites like the pomelo salad and pizza.
The Salcedo Community Market is open every Saturday, 9am to 2pm.
5. Kapitolyo Gastropark
Kapitolyo in Pasig City is frequented by foodies for its rows of restaurants, but now is the time to get acquainted with Kapitloyo GastroPark that boasts 14 various food stalls with offerings just waiting to be devoured. Some of the fan favorites are Niku-Q with their special yakitori sauce that gets people going, Japbox where you can get your Japanese food cravings satisfied, and Bagneto for their sinful bagnet served in different and surprising ways.
Kapitolyo Gastropark is open from Monday to Saturday, 12nn to 12mn, and every Sunday, 5pm to 11pm.
6. The Yard at Xavierville
With food parks sprouting all over the metro, nothing is as grand as The Yard at Xavierville. With a whopping selection of 30 stalls, this new food park in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, has literally every kind of cuisine you can think of all. Must try stalls include Takami, Milkshake Lab, Mac n Chicks, Hong Kong Foodie, and Flat Bread. One visit may not be enough to try all the food offerings available.
The Yard is open from Monday to Sunday, 4pm to 12mn.
7. Adventure Food Park
Adventure Food Park is a relatively new food park that just opened near the suburbs of New Manila in Quezon City. It has a chill atmosphere and is perfect for anyone looking to try something new. Easily accessible from LRT-2 Gilmore Station, it has 10 food stalls that serve up unique takes on known favorites like Sub Zero Gelato and Goemon Burgers & Wings that offer Pokemon-shaped burgers to go with the trend.
Adventure Food Park is open from Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 12mn.