Legaspi Sunday market is haven for foodies

KC Santos

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA – If you’re the kind who takes pleasure in waking up on an early Sunday morning to shop, the Legaspi Sunday Market is definitely a must-try experience.

Patterned after the Salcedo Weekend Market, another Makati souk or market, the Legaspi Sunday Market is also an enclave of small-scale entrepreneurs who are mostly residents of the area.

Shoppers will be treated with different specialty stores and stalls offering different kinds of cuisines. The market is also host to a different set of entrepreneurs whose products comprise home, personal care, and novelty items.

Before 7a.m., merchants would start to set-up their make-shift stalls at the spacious parking lot beside the Legazpi Interactive Park. By 8a.m., shoppers would start to flock and browse booth after booth for finds that are not only one-a-kind but are, as one stall owner would describe, “made with love.”

Therese Arciga, who runs A.G Crafts with her father, sells blown glass lamps and shades. According to Therese, the market’s organizing committee makes sure that the finds are unlike any other to give equal opportunity for every stall owner and the shoppers more varied options.

If you are interested to visit the Legaspi Weekend but don’t have the time to brush up information about it from blogs, below is a list of unique finds:

International cuisines – Go gaga over the food selections found here from Indian to Filipino specialties. There are also organic and gourmet meat and dairy products ideal for those looking for a change in their diet. Fran of Frannywanny appreciates how the market takes visitors on a food trip around the world in just a three-hour visit.

Hand-made products – If you’re big on arts and crafts be it fine art or hand-made, one section of this market is devoted to artisans sharing their original works and selling garage items which for them potentially bolster the appreciation of local art and culture. Cultural performances and art events are also being regularly held.

Organic items – A cooperative of organic food producers organized by Mara Pardo de Tavera thrives in this market. Marketman of Market Manila acknowledges that the organic scene in this market still needs to grow.

Environment-friendly items – Cushee of Between Bites shares in her blog that the market implements CLAYGO (Clean as You Go) shopping and dining scheme to maintain the cleanliness of the area especially since the place offers more food than it does merchandise. Most stall owners here also practice recycling schemes to encourage shoppers to return reusable bottles from food products they had previously bought.

Local products – Though there are a few who sell imported merchandise, there is a handful of entrepreneurs who promote locally made products. My City Block on her Tumblr post says that the Legaspi Weekend Market is one of the best places to socialize and meet new people.

A visit to the weekend markets like this makes for a great way to unwind. Sure it can get a little crowded but that’s the beauty of the Legaspi Weekend Market if you want to experience and enjoy communal shopping on a weekend morning.

How to get there: The Legaspi Sunday Market is located at the corner of Legaspi and Rufino Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati. It’s near Union Church of Manila. The market is open every Sunday from 8a.m. to 2p.m.

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