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10 Of The Best Food Parks In Manila You Need To Visit Soon

2016 brought the Food A game on to another level. There’s no doubt about that. Throughout the year, we witnessed food fads that swept the city by storm helping us pack some extra weight. We say, though, it was all so worth it! One concept we raved about all year was the food park trend. Not only did these food parks in Manila serve us the best dishes we won’t be able to find in average malls, but they also became a great environment for small businesses to thrive. These places, too, are hip, trendy and alive—completely elevating the dining experience in Manila.

Now, we know there are so many of these food parks out there already. Helping you out with where to go, we rounded up the must-visit food parks in Manila that definitely stood out for us.

1Z Compound

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Even before food parks in Manila started spreading like wildfire, Z Compound was already humbly starting the legacy of great dining experience it is known for. Being one of the earlier food parks in Manila, Z Compound introduced to us the community outdoor dining experience Filipinos have grown to love.

With several choices of cuisines to choose from, this food park introduced us to one-of-a-kind homegrown restaurants that serve the best dishes we’ll ever have to encounter for minimal wallet damage. Although Z Compound became a precedent of so many other food parks that followed, there is nothing quite like the classic.

Z Compound
33A Malingap st. Teacher’s Village, Diliman, Quezon City
Open daily from 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

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2The Yard at Xavierville

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When The Yard opened at Xavierville Avenue in Quezon City, we knew that the food park game was going to get more intense. At the time it opened, it had the most number of stalls, the most innovative design, and the newest set of stalls. Although the setting was incredibly overwhelming with the place’s vividness and vastness in food choices, it was an easy hit.

READ: The Yard At Xavierville: The Ultimate Food Park Guide

While the food is, needless to say, amazing, this foodie haven just gives us more reasons to love it. It has a bar that serves one-of-a-kind cocktails and now holds several events to hype the food park even more. The Yard Underground Pasig is also set to open, inspired by London’s underground railway system more commonly known as the Tube.

The Yard at Xavierville
83 Xavierville Ave. Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Open daily from 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

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3Grub Hub

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This one is a new player in the field, but it sure is already proving itself to be a great contender. Just like most food parks in Manila, Grub Hub is also a venue for small-scale food businesses that serve top-notch dishes. What’s different here is that most of their selections can’t be found elsewhere. That’s one definite reason why you must visit this food hub.

While the food here gives you a million reasons to visit, the interiors will entice you even more. Deviating from the grungy food park trend, Grub Hub takes on a more boho chic and eclectic vibe. The comfort and the brightness of the design will make you want to stay for long hours, and the food will make you want to come back for more.

Grub Hub
47 Visayas Ave. cor. Congressional Ave. Ext. Quezon City, Philippines
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

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4Gastro Park

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When it comes to great food experience, Kapitolyo is definitely not backing down. Owning up to its reputation of being a food haven, Kapitolyo also has a food park called Gastro Park Kapitolyo. While Kapitolyo is known for various small-scale food enterprises, this one is definitely on top of the must-visits in the area.

Not only does it provide you more choices within an arm’s length, but the vibe in the place is also unmatched. The food, too, is delicious. Several of their selections are unique to the place. Filling, trendy, experimental, and unique, the selections in Gastro Park Kapitolyo is definitely worth more than just a single visit.

Gastro Park Kapitolyo
12 1st st. Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Open daily from 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

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5Merkanto Street: International Street Food

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We’re not going to sugarcoat things. The thing with trends is that it can get pretty saturated and repetitive. Those who divert from the norm are usually the ones that eventually get noticed. Merkanto does just that. While we love the whole food park concepts, it’s been tough for most to stand out.

Merkanto is made up of food stalls serving different street food choices from all over the world! It’s like traveling around the world inside a food park. Each stall is named after the country from where the food choices originate. It’s simple yet definitely brilliant!

Merkanto Street: International Street Food
38 Mayaman St. UP Village Diliman, Quezon City
Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

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6Calle Lila Food Market

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Marikina, just like several places in the northern region of Metro Manila, is known for its food. The place is not only known for the shoes they produce but also for the food they serve to people. Lilac Street was merely known for its array of hole-in-the-wall food hubs. While this fact was wonderful enough as it is, following the trend of food parks in Manila was quite a great deal of an idea for this food district.

Very reminiscent of your classic food fair, Calle Lila opened its doors to food enthusiasts, serving unique food selections only known to the place. No Marikina food has failed us, and this one is not an exception to that. They also have a stall that serves Butterbeer. That’s definitely worth chugging—we mean, noting.

Calle Lila Food Market
44 Lilac St. Marikina City
Open daily from 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

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7Montare Events Place and Food Hub

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Montare is a food hub silently sitting beside a big events place, but this wallflower is not something to pass off. Located in a pocket garden, Montare serves you a unique garden dining experience. Alfresco doesn’t get as simple yet as peaceful as this one. It is a different dining experience in itself.

Although the place is a full meal than a merienda, it’s still definitely worth going to. After all, a little escape from the city chaos can do you good. Imagine that kind of short escape with great food, what’s not to like?

Montare Events Place and Food Hub
Open daily from 3:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Lot 12 Centro de Buenviaje Commercial, Mayor Gil Fernando cor Aquilina St., Marikina City
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8StrEat Food Parks

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While food parks are highly prevalent in Maginhawa, StrEat stands uniquely with its concept that has even expanded to Commonwealth, and soon to Nuvali. Elevating the food park experience, StrEat utilizes actual food trucks as stalls. This makes everything all the more charming, quite like a reminiscent of old food fairs or RV parks.

The food in StrEat also doesn’t back down from the food game. The selections are definitely top-notch with many of them the leading innovators of modern cuisines found in the country. If anything, StrEat proves to be not just another food park. Despite the number of food parks in Manila, StrEat still lures you to choosing it over everything else. Its expansion to the South is a testament to that!

StrEat Food Parks
91 Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Quezon City
Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Lot 20, Block 177, Don Mariano Marcos Avenue, Quezon City
Open daily from 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

SOON TO OPEN: Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
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9Crave Park

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Although new to the Marikina food game, this food park is already making noise for what it has to offer. Crave Park is the perfect mix of food appreciation and art appreciation. It has 18 food stalls, all with its own quirks and qualities you’ll surely love.

What’s more? Crave Park prides of its art! Within the park are several murals making your dining experience more colorful and Instagram-worthy.

Crave Park
Mayor Gil Fernando Street, Centro Buenviaje, Brgy. Sto. Niño, Marikina City

Open daily from 4:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. 
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10SOON TO OPEN: Container Turf

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We noticed that most food parks in Manila are found up north. Guess what, though? A new food park is about to open in no less than BF Homes in Parañaque. Also known for its excellent food selection, BF is finally getting its own crowning glory food park. It’s not open yet, but it already holds promise. Hearsay is that the selection is just as good, bringing to the South some of the North’s faves. We can’t stop imagining how it’s gonna turn out. Just look at that proposed design! It might just be one of the biggest food park contenders out there. Watch out!

Container Turf
238 and 240 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque
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While we’re all so overwhelmed by the number of food parks in Manila, we can’t deny that we love them. It just makes sense to include it in our list of top food fads of 2016. We still want them to keep coming. How can we say no to great food made better by great experience?

Share with us which food parks in Manila you love and like! If we missed any of your favorites, feel free to let us know and share extra food love all over!

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