It goes without saying that small enterprises—particularly, in our local communities—are currently facing challenges amid the COVID-19 crisis. Since the enhanced community quarantine started, food market stalls and start-ups have temporarily shut down, making it difficult to get a hold of customers. Fortunately, our favorite food halls and markets are persevering online to serve us a taste of the freshest food finds as well as a semblance of normalcy.
You may already be familiar with Powerplant Mall’s food hall, The Grid Food Market is an intersection of culinary diversity, unique dishes, and a space buzzing with life. While we stay at home, The Grid is cooking up your favorite dishes—from Bun Appetit’s lobster rolls, La Chinesca’s Mexican fare, Flowerboy’s Thai favorites, Beefier’s burgers, Gochu-Gang’s Korean signatures, etc.
There’s nothing like a stroll around Salcedo’s Saturday market. If you miss the selection of global cuisine, holy grail desserts, and fresh produce, Salcedo Marketplace is the place to be. It’s a Facebook group that connects Salcedo Community Market vendors with customers outside of the weekly Saturday schedule.⠀
From Wagyu Beef, Jamaican cuisine, Filipino delicacies, to Ikomai’s Tochi cookies, you can simply check out the full list of vendors below. If you’re looking for something in particular, leave a query in the group and the vendors will be more than happy to refer you to their community vendors!
You’ve probably missed the midnight trips to BGC’s Mercato Centrale. Teeming with grilled skewers, authentic finds, and artisanal desserts, Mercato Centrale is Manila’s perennial night market for the epicure.
Choose from Azaan Halal, Chicago Pizza and Pasta, Tipsy Cream, Aces Cuisine, Bagnet Patong, Guagua’s Best, Señor Juan, Pare & Bro, and JD’s Takoyaki. Simply order by messaging their Facebook page or contacting their number. Insider tip: You get free delivery for a minimum order of ₱400.
If you’re missing the outside world, make sure to support local and check out these vendors online. We’re here to help you in any way we can, so please comment down below what else you’d like to read from us. Take care always! – The Booky Team
13 Food Halls and Markets To Visit After the Quarantine
Food Halls, or food courts, have always been a staple, especially in malls. It’s usually composed of various eateries and stalls, with a lot of tables and chairs in the middle, acting as the seating area.
Classically, food halls have been the go-to place for cheaper or different food options, when you don’t necessarily want to eat in a restaurant. But over time, food halls have become more creative, with all kinds of themes, different cuisines, and even higher quality food options.
There’s a lot to love about food halls, from being able to choose from a bunch of different places instead of just the options from one, to the cool interiors and unique food choices. Lucky for you, we’ve listed down other food halls all over Metro Manila!
The Grid Food Market – Power Plant Mall
Of all the food halls that have opened in the past few years, The Grid in Rockwell is arguably the one most talked about. With its fine interiors, posh seating, and soft lighting that’s perfect for good food + good conversation, they’re also known as the second home of fan favorites La Chinesca and Bun Appetit.
As mentioned, The Grid has a knack for curating only the best bets: the restaurants that we all talk about and yearn to try, especially when they’re only found in morning markets or located in hidden spots. This is exactly what they pulled out of their sleeve when they announced Your Local from Legaspi Village as a newcomer to the opulent food hall.
Also read: Booky’s Ultimate Guide to Makati Restaurants
Mega Food Hall – SM Megamall
Mega Food Hall is SM Megamall’s own food hall, located on the 5th floor at the Mega Fashion Hall. It has very bright interiors, with blue and orange chairs at the dining area. There are various food options like Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings, The Halal Guys, Sushi Nori, Tex-Mex, and Manilachon.
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Hole in the Wall – Century City Mall
One of the most famous food halls in Manila, Hole in the Wall is just about every foodie’s dream. It has great rustic interiors perfect for those Instagram posts, and there are a variety of delicious food selections to choose from. Some of the places to try are Bad Bird (Chicken Plates), Posporo (Filipino food), The Beef (Burgers), Phobobo (Vietnamese) and more!
Uptown Food Hall – Uptown Mall
Uptown Food Hall is Uptown Mall’s own food court, and it certainly lives up to the name. It’s interiors are warm and vibrant, with comfortable chairs; a nice difference to the usual food courts. It has a mix of classic and special selections, like Turks, Chatime, Classic Savory, Craft Salad, and others.
Eden Food Hall – BGC
Eden Food Hall is a 24-hr food hall located in BGC. It’s situated near St. Luke’s and is a great place to go for lunch with office mates or just a food trip by yourself. There are 11 stalls to choose from, like Rafik Shawarma, Suki Gyouza, Chang Thai, Gastro Grub, Go! Salads, and more. It’s quaint and has a clean interior, with white walls and minimalist wall art. The beverage stall is located right in the middle of the food hall, making for easy access to everyone.
Food on Four – SM Aura
Food on Four is SM Aura’s own food court, located on their fourth floor (hence the name). But this is more than just your usual food court, with a variety of food selections like Poke Poke, Merry Moo, Cinnabon, Sbarro, The Burger Joint, Pure Nectar, and others. It has a very bright interior, with generally white walls, and a wooden floor. The tables and chairs are a mix of black, white, and wooden. It’s also located in the same place where the cinema is, giving you a bunch more options for snacks to bring inside the movie theater!
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The Pantree Food Hall – Legazpi Village
The Pantree is a small food hall tucked away in Makati. It has 13 stalls with varying cuisines for you to choose from. Some of the stalls found there are Three Guys and a Grill, Chang Tai, Old Fashioned Tapa, Dash Espresso, and more. It’s sometimes also possible for the stalls to change, as they allow businesses to rent a minimum of 3 months. If you’re a bit on the go, you can opt to buy your food from their take-out counters.
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Food Choices – Glorietta
Food Choices, located in Glorietta 4, is Glorietta’s own classic food court. This has been a go-to for people when they need to rest from their shopping, or just want to have a snack or meal. It features stalls like Manang’s Chicken, Mary Grace, GoNuts Donuts, Pepper Lunch, and more.
Pista Food Hall – Victory Food Market Mall
Pista Food Hall is a little food hall found Victory Food Mall, which is a food mall in Paranaque. It’s made up of 7 food stalls – Ihaw, Mangkok, Kalye Kainan, Fresh Seafood Paluto, Litsonero, Higop, and Balai Kubo. It has clean interiors with white and pastel colors on the furniture.
The Caf – UP Town Center
The Caf is a new food hall in UP Town Center in Katipunan. It’s nice and cozy, with comfy chairs and warm lights. It also has a delicious selection of food choices, like Sweet Ecstasy, Kiu Kiu Ramen, Paotsin, Magic Buckets, and more. Be sure to check out this food hall when you visit UPTC.
Check them out here
2/F Phase One, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
The Corner Market Food Hall – The Podium
If there’s one word to describe The Corner Market, it’s fresh. Everything about the vibe of the place is light, from the natural light coming in from the big windows, to the bright colors, and the food selections. They’ve got selections like Gusto!, Sundays, Fresh Catch by Cold Storage, Stockwell Cafe, and others. This place is sure to brighten up your day, and satisfy your stomach.
Malingap Central Food Hall – Malingap St.
Malingap Central Food Hall looks simple on the outside, but inside it’s a lot of fun. The interiors are colorful, from the different colors of the chairs, the patterned floor, and the wall art. They’ve also various food selections of all kinds for you to choose from, like Hapitori, Bulgogi Garden, Bar Fight, Sticky Pig, and more. This is the place to go for a proper food trip.
The Alley by Vikings – UP Town Center
The Alley by Vikings is Vikings’ take on food halls, with the classic buffet style that they’re famous for. The interior is bright and the place is very family-friendly, with big tables and comfy chairs. It’s inspired by the different street food from all over the globe, with stalls like New York Pizza, Monte Calvo, Lost & Pound, Street Wok, and more. Nothing screams food trip more than a taste of the different flavors of the world.
Which food hall will you be trying out? Do you have a favorite? Share it with us in the comments down below!
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