Midnight Mercato – The Place For Street Food In Manila
Written by Jaillan Yehia
Think Asian street food and you’ll probably think of stalls selling delicious and mysterious local delicacies cooked up by a smiling old lady on a dirty street corner. Street food can make us feel excited about the thrill to our taste buds and apprehensive about the danger to our tummies in equal measure, but they’ve changed all that at Midnight Mercato in Manila…
In Manila however the organisers of Midnight Mercato, which has been bringing artisan food to the Filipino capital for just over two years, had a mission to make street food 100% safe and 100% tasty all at the same time.
Inspired by their extended-honeymoon travels in Europe, founders RJ and Vanessa set out to bring the concept of the central markets of Rome and Florence and London’s own Borough Market back home to Manila and created a covered food mecca to cater to the capital’s hungry night workers.
A huge range of homemade meals, savoury snacks, sweets and treats are laid out before you at 80 tempting stalls in the happening Bonifacio area, and with the extra pull of rigorous hygiene standards and plenty of seating, as well as live music and ever-changing options this weekend foodie night market now attracts up to 5,000 people per evening from clubbers to tourists looking for somewhere with a relaxed vibe where they can eat, chill out and hear some music.
There’s even something of a wait list from budding stall holders wanting to cook up everything from Mexican food to cupcakes via Spanish and Filipino fusion food and some cool concepts like Durian cheesecake and beer gelato are already being tried out – the only problem is what to do when you eventually get full.
Where: 34th Street corner 8th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig
When: Friday and Saturday nights, 10pm – 3am
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