Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale at BGCIf it wasn’t for the get-together of my husband, Chuckie with RJ Ledesma and Lea Salonga, I wouldn’t have been able to experience the awesomeness of Mercato Centrale.

RJ Ledesma, Lea Salonga and Chuckie DreyfusThough I’ve been hearing good reviews from friends and media about this place, we really haven’t had the time to visit it.  Probably also because we’re more the Greenhills/Ortigas folk type. 

I am sure that almost everybody knows where or has already been to Mercato Centrale.  But for some who have not been there yet, it is located at 34th and 8th Ave, Bonifacio Global City right beside MC Home Depot. With 2 huge tents in the middle of a vast open lot, it is impossible to miss it!  Mercato Centrale, by the way, was inspired by the outdoor markets of Mercato Centrale in Florence and the Boroughs Market in London.Mercato Centrale at BGC

Admission is absolutely free, guys!

If you’re looking for anything organic (food, cleaning solutions and body products) or probably in the mood to discover great food finds in comfortable air-conditioned tents, then this is the place for you!  Mercato also boasts of a wide selection of food-stalls offering mouth-watering dishes!  For the constantly wired, there is free Wi-Fi all over care of PLDT SME Nation!Assorted Goods

As I was going through each section, this cute and dainty booth caught my attention… “Muncheez by Marla”.  Muncheez, which cost Php 165.00/box, are addicting snack bars made of corn flakes and condensed milk.  It’s sooo good I had to buy another box (6 bars) to binge at home.Muncheez It’ll be perfect with this Kalinga Brew Ground Coffee I bought (PHP200.00/500g pack).  This special blend is processed from organically grown coffee beans in the Kalinga province.  Being the coffee-enthusiast that I am, I immediately tried it as soon as we got home using my handy one-cup percolator.  It was exactly how I imagined it to be – Not too mild, nor too strong.  Perfect with my Muncheez!Kalinga Brew Ground Coffee

And for my figure/health conscious husband, I bought this 100% Whole Wheat Pan de Sal from Manna Bakery for Ph100.00/10pcs.  They have a wide array of bread products to choose from.Manna Specialty Bakery

As we were about to get our lunch , my kids, who also happen to be “Suman” (Sticky Rice Cake) lovers, got a Suman sa Lihiya sampler from Merl’s booth.  Judging from the wide smile on their faces, I had to get 1 vacuum-sealed pack (PHP150.00/12pcs) for them. The sticky-sweet food already comes with Coco Jam sachets, plus heating instructions are printed on the back of the package.Suman sa Lihiya

Almost every food stall offers free-tasting, and hopping to every food sample will literally make you full! (So, who needs lunch? Haha!)

As I explored the vast lunch selections of Mercato, I pretty much had the Bagnet Sandwich already in mind (Got this suggestion from a twitter-friend!).  Needless to say, I bought one… and lo and behold, I undoubtedly and wholeheartedly fell in love with it!Bagnet Sandwich BoothThe Bagnet was thinly sliced with lots of greens, tomatoes and onions embraced by a soft flour-sprinkled ciabatta bread!  The special sour dressing made for it perfectly compliments the saltiness of the meat.  Heavenly!  Try it for yourself.Bagnet Sandwich

Another must try is Monster Burger’s half-pound burger for only Php150.00!  Look how big the patty is!  Awesomely good!  For the not-so-heavy eater, they also offer quarter-pound patties.Half Pound Burger

The whole Mercato Centrale experience was fantastic!

I even got a treat from RJ Ledesma!  My own Mercato Centrale Eco-Friendly bag that I was able to fill to the brim with wonderful goodies! Thanks, RJ!Mercato Centrale Eco-Friendly BagIn case you don’t know, RJ is one of the organizers of Mercato Centrale.

We went home tummy-filled, bag-filled and with a wide smile on our faces.The Dreyfuses, Ledesmas and Chiens

Magnificent Mercato! – Head on over and be amazed yourself! 🙂



Mercato Centrale: Saturday and Sunday – 7am to 2pm

Midnight Mercato: Friday and Saturday – 10pm to 3am

Address: 34th and 8th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (right beside MC Home Depot)


Follow them on Twitter: @mercatocentrale


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  1. Carla says: Reply

    Hi Ayen, great post on Mercato. I wasn’t really able to go around last Saturday (I’m lazy that way), because of the crowd and I’m not into looking around when there’s lots of people etc, that’s why this condensed version is great, so next time I go, I’ll know which booths to go to and what to try 🙂

    1. I understand. Sometimes being in a super crowded place can make you tired instantly. Good thing Mercato doesnt have that “palengke” vibe so it isnt too taxing. Try checking out the place next time and take your time. There are a ton of things to see and taste samples to try (Haha!). 🙂
      Glad this post has been helpful to you.

  2. glad you enjoyed mercato!! 🙂 I actually own the stall across Marla’s Muncheez (and yes her muncheez are really really addicting!) 🙂 we sell greaseless nuts 😉 I think I remember seeing you! hope to see u back in Mercato again 🙂

    1. Oh yes! I remember you! I loved the greaseless nuts totally. We were supposed to get some during that day but got way too distracted during lunchtime by that sinful “Bagnet Sandwich”! Hahaha!
      Not to worry… our return to Mercato is not far away. In fact, I sense a return trip as soon as this weekend. Looking forward to seeing you and finally getting my long overdue greaseless nuts from your stall! YUM! 🙂

  3. i loved Mochiko, Johnny Steams and Manila Q! 🙂 I should try the rest soon

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