With all the food parks sprouting in Manila in the past year, you wouldn't really know which ones you should really go to. Lucky for you, we've tried everything on the list so you don't need to purge like we did when you visit. We firmly believe that not all food parks are created the same so here are a few of our favorite eats and drinks from these hubs that's guaranteed to make you a foodie (if you aren't, yet).
Note: The food parks below are listed in no particular order.
1. The Yard FB | IG Address: 83 Xavierville Avenue Loyola Heights, Quezon City / Christian Route Hill Crest Circle Oranbo, Pasig
Both the Katipunan and Pasig branch has an industrial design they are known for. They also have interesting local food concepts that are carefully curated by owner Bobbie Soriano to satisfy every kind of cravings. It is the first mult-level food park we got to visit to accommodate more food stalls that foodies can choose from.
Order: Cheesy Bacon Okonomiyaki from Takami (Xavierville), Bagnet Sisig Special from Bagneto (Xavierville), Ribeye from Rustic Box (Xavierville + Underground), Smoked Beef Brisket from Carnivore Cookery (Underground), Southern Fried Chicken from The Birdmen (Underground), Chimney Original from Dip n Dough (Xavierville) and Mother Fudger from Phat Boys (Underground).
Instead of stalls, this food park has hobbit holes which carries the number of food choices they have. Apart from the three different areas it has, it also has an indoor area with air conditioning that's perfect for this Manila heat.
Order: Beef Chimichanga from Brook's, Isaw from Mang Larry's, Lasagna Roll from Mrs. Lumpia and Dessert from Wicked Kitchen.
3. Buendia Food by the Court FB | IG Address: 24 Sen. G. Puyat Avenue corner Bautista Street, Brgy. San Isidro, Makati City.
Not only it is the first food park located in Makati, it also is the first one to have a basketball court in it... so you know, you can burn all the calories from the food you ate.
Order: Nasi Goreng with Sate from Bakmi Nyonya, Champorado with Bacon from Goto Pinoy, Cheesy Mari from LaMexa, Tapa from TAPAddiction and Takoyaki from Little Kodo.
4. Merkanto: International Street Food FB | IG
Address: Inside 38 Autocare carwash in the corner of Mayaman and Mahinhin streets of UP Village, Quezon City.
Tucked inside the famed Maginhawa area, Merkanto has been in business for a year now and doesn't really want to be considered as a food park, we totally get why. They're food aren't served in IG-worthy platters but they promise you that you'll only consume honest-to-goodness street food packed with flavor that's sure to make you go back for more visits.
Order: Roti Paratha from India booth, Churrasco from Brazil booth, Nasi Goreng and Satay from Indonesia booth.
5. The Vibe FB | IG
Address: #9 Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City
A subway-inspired food park, The Vibe got its inspiration from it since trains are what transports people to destinations full of history and a variety of cuisines. In every wagon, you get to taste and experience different local and international specialties all under one roof. It is also the first food park to have KTV booths so you can sing your hearts out with friends after a filling meal!
Order: Pork and Chicken Hainanese Rice Set from Geejay's Hongkong Style, Schnitzels from Bistro Wäst, Cereal Prawn from Little Penang, Burger from The Big Mess and Dessert from Nitro Shack.
What makes this food park different from all the others are the unique food and drink finds that are carefully crafted by some of the best chefs in the country. There's also a modern izakaya which serves great Japanese pica-pica hidden inside the food park which makes it even more worthy of a visit!
Order: Nachos ala Bomba from La Carnita Modern Mexican Cantina, pasta in a cone fromPappare, chicken wings from Wing Father and the Fry Mafia and ice cream from Cool Juans.
7. Open Kitchen Food Park FB | IG Address: 34-36 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Brgy. Kaunlaran, Cubao Quezon City
It may or may not be the biggest food park in Metro Manila with 3 levels, 41 food stalls, 500 seating capacity and 100 parking slots.
Order: Meat Combo Platter from Senyor Roti, Assorted Street Food Skewers from Biggy's, Raclette from Mr. Raclette, Pizza from Pie R2 and Baklava from Kebab King.
8. Industrie Food Loft FB | IG Address: 2/F CityGolf Plaza along Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas City
An indoor food loft with just 12 unique food concepts and a beverage bar – just enough but can still satisfy your cravings be it Japanese or some comfort food classics. It is also bursting with color and character inspired by decoration all over the food hall.
Order: Grilled skewers from Niku Niku, Spicy Shake Roll from Hoka, Burgers from Buns n Bros and dessert from Manila Creamery.