Public Markets in Makati City Business District you should go to


Makati City Business District, famous as the financial hub of the Philippines, presents a unique blend of urban style and commercial vitality. Amidst the towering skyscrapers and corporate headquarters that define its skyline, the presence of public markets stands as evidence of the district’s commitment to catering not only to its business elite but also to the everyday needs of its residents and workers. These public markets, while navigating the stringent regulations of the business-centric environment, play a crucial role in providing fresh produce and essential commodities to the local community. However, there are tough strict rules and regulations implemented in the business district when it comes to sanitary. This commitment to cleanliness not only reflects the business district’s dedication to maintaining a high standard of living but also showcases the resilience of the local vendors in adapting to the demands of the urban environment.

As a resident living within MCBD who grew up in a rural place before, I can tell by experience that it is truly daunting to find Public Markets here. I used to get my freshest produce and meats early in the morning in a palengke. Business districts are primarily designed to cater to the needs of corporations, professionals, and commercial activities. They prioritize office spaces, corporate services, and high-end retail outlets. Thus, there’s often limited space and attention given to traditional public markets within these districts. The focus of business districts is usually on modern infrastructure, corporate offices, and upscale shopping centers. Public markets, on the other hand, tend to be more traditional and may not fit seamlessly into the sleek and contemporary aesthetic of business districts. Fortunately, finding a palengke inside and near the MCBD isn’t so hard to find. Here are some public markets I go to:

Legazpi Village Sunday Market at Corinthian Park

The Legazpi Village Sunday Market sets up shops from 7 AM to 2 PM, offering a blend of traditional market charm and a modern fair. Since its inception in 2003, the Legazpi Village Sunday Market has created quite a buzz among locals like myself. It’s a fascinating blend of the traditional and the contemporary, giving us a unique shopping and dining experience. What struck me immediately was the cleanliness and organization of the market – a far cry from the chaotic image often associated with public markets. It is clean and organized, unlike the typical chaotic image of public markets. This place has a neat arrangement of vendor tents lining the walkways. The market had a lot to offer. Fresh produce like veggies and fruits were in abundance, and they looked as if they were just harvested. What caught my eye were the food stalls offering local and international snacks.

I tried the Japanese Cake with Cheese Filling – it resembled thick pancakes and had a deliciously warm and cheesy center. And even though I didn’t try them this time, there were stalls offering Kakanin, Takoyaki, Pad Thai, and some Korean Skewers. There is ample space for a dining area right in the middle of the market. It was a perfect place to enjoy the food while taking in the bustling atmosphere. Apart from the food, vendors were selling clothes, souvenirs, and various knick-knacks. Adding a touch of shopping to the experience. Moreover, there is always a mix of people in the market. There are locals and foreigners so don’t be surprised if some of the goods are a little bit more expensive. Although this place might look too sosyal or fancy for a traditional public market or palengke, it is the closest thing you can find in MCBD.

WL Market House at Pio Del Pilar

Next, is the WL Market House in Pio Del Pilar, just a short 10-minute walk from the Makati City Business District. This place has a daily routine, open from 6 AM to 9 PM. It’s tucked into a ground floor or residential building, with busy streets selling similar products. Venturing onto the streets around the building felt like stepping into a familiar scene. It’s like the small markets, or “talipapa,” we’re used to seeing. Vendors had set up shop, selling a variety of goods, and the place was alive with voices and colors. It felt like a slice of home, with the vibrant energy of Filipino markets that I’ve grown up with. The noise, the vibrant hues, and the mix of faces – it felt like a slice of home. Furthermore, there are some live fish darting around and seafood tanks so there’s no doubt that they are still fresh.

Prices here were way more budget-friendly than what you’d find at the fancier weekend markets like the Legazpi Village Sunday Market. The stuff I got here could easily last me a week, which was quite a contrast to what I’d get at a mall for the same price. More affordable too than the latter public market mentioned. This place seems to serve mostly the people living nearby. From my place which is around 10-15 minutes walk from here, it isn’t so bad at all. The ones who rent apartments or bed spaces in the vicinity, also even those working in the nearby MCBD. Furthermore, the residents are diverse ranging from locals to workers who are originally from farther cities, and foreigners who are renting in the area. So, if you’re looking for an authentic Filipino market experience that hits close to home, I recommend a visit to WL Market House.

Hondrades Sacramento Market at Sta. Barbara

Located in Sta. Barbara, JP Rizal, the Hondrades Sacramento Public Market follows a similar beat to the WL Market House, but with its own distinctive charm. Open daily from 5 AM to 8 PM, it’s not the usual market setup you might expect. Instead, picture vendors set up along the side streets, some with their own little makeshift spaces. With a bit of a stroll from the vibrant Makati City Business District (MCBD), it takes around 20 to 25 minutes on foot. I still had to take a ride going here. They have fresh meats, a medley of seafood, and live fish tanks, teeming with darting aquatic life. It’s a telltale sign that freshness is the name of the game here, where you can practically assure that what you’re getting is as fresh as it gets. But what really stood out to me were the ukay-ukay stores or thrift clothes.

It adds a distinctive flavor to the market. When it comes to space, the market isn’t sprawling. It’s a compact setup, much like the vibe of a “talipapa.” And that pocket-friendly atmosphere extends to the prices too. Here, you can stretch your budget and make your peso go further. One interesting thing about this market is the mix of people it caters to. It’s a hub for nearby workers and even foreigners who are looking to cut down on their living expenses while staying close to MCBD. Everything is cheaper here than in the first two public markets I discussed. Here, you can stretch your budget and make your money go further. Personally, I prefer going to the first two when it comes to proximity. But I still recommend this place as another option if you’re looking for a public market to buy affordable goods within the city.

Tips and Guidelines

  • Public markets involve some walking under the sun, so wear comfortable footwear and clothes.
  • Smaller vendors in these markets might prefer cash transactions, and it can help you shop without any hiccups.
  • Bring a reusable bag with you. Not only will this help you carry your purchases comfortably, but it’s also an eco-friendly choice that aligns with the sustainable spirit of these markets.
  • Bargaining is a common practice in markets like these. Engage in friendly conversations with vendors and feel free to negotiate prices. However, do so respectfully and justly with a smile.
  • Be open to exploring. These markets have a variety of stalls selling different products, from fresh produce to clothing. Walk around, ask questions, and discover hidden gems.
  • Don’t miss out on trying local snacks or street food. These markets offer an array of delicious options, so let your taste buds guide you to some unique treats.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings at all times, especially in busy markets. It’s a precautionary measure to ensure you have a hassle-free experience.
  • Remember that you’re entering a local market that’s an essential part of the community. Respect local customs and practices while interacting with vendors and fellow shoppers.
  • While both markets are walkable from the Makati City Business District (MCBD), if you’re carrying heavy purchases or want to save time, consider using local transportation options like tricycles or rideshare services.
  • Walking around markets can be tiring, especially in a tropical climate. Carry a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout your exploration.


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