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.
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!
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. 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!
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.
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!The 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.
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!In case you don’t know, RJ is one of the organizers of Mercato Centrale.
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