If you like spending your weekend morning in Salcedo or Legazpi Market, I'm sure you'd love Mercato Centrale in Bonifacio Global City!
Although December is generally one of our coldest months, the temperature can still get uncomfortably hot during late mornings to noon. I usually shy away from going to weekend markets because the heat and humidity ruin the experience for me, but the air conditioned tents of Mercato Centrale left me with no reason to avoid this nifty place. If you hate commuting as much as I do, fret not, because you may bring your cars along. The brilliant organizers ensured a stress-free Mercato Centrale experience by providing enough parking space for customers. If you do not have a car, a map or a GPS, just get your butt to Bonifacio High Street and you'll have it easy from there. Mercato Centrale is located at the open lot right behind The Spa.
Now, on to the gastronomic delights that Mercato Centrale is so full of! Be warned, though, my photos do not do justice to the food. I only used my point and shoot and was too wasted (from night shift, not from drinking!) to take good shots. Do you know what makes Mercato Centrale ultimately awesome? Well, it offers a little bit of something for everyone!
Here to start your day right with a hearty breakfast? Mercato Centrale offers a variety of delicious, but affordable breakfast deals for you. I personally liked Auntie May's homemade tapa and Jam's angus beef tapa. Yes, my favorite Pinoy breakfast to date is Tapsilog.
|Chef Laudico's Bfast|
|Pan de sal, a classic Pinoy breakfast with a twist|
|Tender and tasty tapa from Auntie May's|
A health buff taking a break after a nice jog around BGC? Why, Mercato Centrale has something gourmet and healthy (yes, these two words can go together in a sentence) cooked up for you. A stall called Nuiu offers services such as customizing your diet based on you personal requirements, cooking gourmet dishes that fit your lifestyle and delivering set meals prepared for you right to your doorstep. Yep, it's like South Beach Diet gone local. Neat!
|Eggplant with Caviar from Nuiu. Yum!|
|Vegetarian delights for the health conscious|
A sinful lover of sweets? Come and get your sweet fix at Mercato Centrale.
|Ice cream cakes, combining two of the best desserts ever.|
|These make the perfect Christmas gifts!|
|Too Cute PvZ Cuppycakes!|
|Macarons in Various Flavors|
|Soooo Many Sweets in one place make me a happy girl|
Fancy something different? You can go Moroccan, French, Mexican, Mediterranean or Korean at Mercato Centrale.
|Yummy Moroccan pastry! Definitely worth a try!|
|Spicy, but extremely good.|
Lover of Classics? Have a cup of chilled taho or some of Cello's best selling donuts.
|Fond memories of Cello's donuts from HS and college days|
Want to eat something for a cause? Buy a box of Anihan Brownies and fund someone's education.
|Who knew sinful desserts can clean your conscience?|
Love innovation or fusion? Try Theo Philo's Artisan Chocolates!
|I especially liked the Mango and Salt variant.|
Crazy about organic stuff? Organic produce and products abound!
A modern parent? Worry no more. They have organic baby food and other baby products that are safe for your little ones.
|Perfect for Baby Showers these Ber Months|
|Going organic knows no age|
Want to know my personal favorites from the lot?
|Oatmeal Chewies by Granny's Specialties. THE BEST!|
|Green Tea Mochiko Balls, the best way to end you Mercato|
|It's like Bon Chon, but more affordable. LOVE!|
|Bagnet sandwich. Makes you wonder how something this heavenly|
can be so sinful.
|Bale Dutung's BAGNET sells like hotcakes for a reason|
|Made me reminisce my milk tea days in HK|
|Delicious apple pies. Perfect with vanilla ice cream!|
|Cheesy lasagna and buko pandan from Nitz. Home cooked goodness. LOVE!|
Thank you to the organizers of Mercato Centrale for giving me a reason to like night shifts. Imagine coming to this welcoming place filled with comfort food and seriously good stuff after a tiring night at work. Awesome!
Mercato Centrale is open during Saturdays and Sundays, from 7AM to 4PM.