We haven't visited the weekend markets for years so I was giddy with excitement because I was able to visit both Salcedo and Legaspi markets this month, thanks to our Dusit Thani Manila staycation. To differentiate the two, Salcedo market is held every Saturday at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village Makati while Legaspi market is held every Sunday at the Corinthian Carpark in Legaspi Village Makati.
Since we were coming from Dusit Thani Manila, it was quite a long walk but it was early in the morning (around 8AM) and even Ayala and Makati Avenues were still without cars. Wow!
After about 2.2km walk, we arrived at our destination- Salcedo Saturday Market. And it was already bustling with activity and a bit crowded with shoppers, too! We were given a sticker maybe for headcount or to identify us as shoppers (not vendors).
So many items to buy! I was so tempted to buy veggies but hello, staycation! We even saw more than several people with trolleys full of veggies and other food items. Made mental note to bring lots of reusable bags the next time we visit.
There's also several stalls with seafoods such as eel, crab, shrimp, fish, etc.
Then we saw a stall making Japanese pancakes, yum! Cost P30 with a choice of cheese, chocolate, red bean as filling.
There's also an abundance of native delicacies such as suman, leche flan, maja blanca, fresh vegetable juice, etc.
Then my daughter saw a stall selling Chai muffin which made her curious enough to try it.
And here's my amazing discovery at the Salcedo Saturday Market- I got to eat Birria for the first time, hahaha. It's good although a bit messy to eat.
Cash payment is still preferred by most vendors but you can also opt to pay using GCash. Best to bring your own drinking water, fan, and some paper napkins to clean your hands. Also, wear comfortable clothing, footwear, and bring a fan.
PS. Salcedo Saturday Market is pet friendly. I saw a big group/ gathering of people and their pets when we went there.
The following day, after having a short dip in the hotel swimming pool, we found ourselves going to Legaspi Sunday Market. This is a shorter walk as it is just at the other side of Greenbelt 1.
There's a band playing tribal music when we arrived and I think it adds to a more festive market experience.
Being a plantita-myself, the first stall I visited was the one selling plants, of course. I was tempted to buy Dama de Noche but the pot was kinda big and we still need to go back to the hotel. Hopefully next visit!
There's so much to see at Legaspi Sunday Market but I don't know why I am always drawn to food! Warung Warung sells Indonesian food. Sadly, I made the mistake of checking the other stalls and when I went back, no more food! Wow! It must be that good.
We saw another stall selling Japanese breads. They also have Japanese pancakes. Yum!
This is one of the most popular stall- they sell freshly cooked Pad Thai. And the lines were long. Adding this to my list of must-visit soon.
And the market is pet friendly, too. Mostly small dogs but there were several big doggos as well. Woof woof!
Here's my favorite food find- Chicken and Basil. It costs P160 and generous serving portion that's good for sharing.
And another food find- Gulab Jamun. OMG, so delish! I bought the last 2 tubs for P200 each. The best!!!
Cash and GCash payment is accepted by the vendors at Legaspi Sunday Market. Best to bring your own water, paper napkins, and maybe spoon/fork or chopsticks so as to lesson plastic use. Best to go early (8-10AM) because the popular food gets sold-out fast. Also, wear comfortable clothing, footwear, and bring a fan.