CHECK IT OUT: Greenfield Weekend Market, Greenfield District Central Park, Shaw Boulevard
We took a look at this new weekend hangout in the middle of Manila
(SPOT.ph) If you’re looking for things to do in the city on a weekend aside from shopping in one of Manila’s ubiquitous shopping malls, consider a quick stroll in the relatively small area of Greenfield District Central Park on a Saturday afternoon.
Launched in early March, the Greenfield Weekend Market promises booths offering food, art, accessories, health and beauty products, and even pet supplies every Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The booths form a perimeter around an open activity area where the organizers have provided blankets, bean bags, and picnic tables for visitors. Live art is done on one side of the grassy field while a band plays music for people while they eat.
Craving longganisa? Here’s where you can fix that. Photo by Kimberly Dela Cruz
Cupcakes: not dead yet.
Cuffins? Mufcakes? They call them Cubcakes.
The food booths include weekend market staples like Carlo’s Kitchen Crunchy Belly. Those looking for an actual meal can check out Angus Cow for salpicao (P180) and tapsilog (P150) or get frankfurters, Hungarian sausages, or chicken sausages (P99 each) at Piggly Wiggly. We like that Straits Wine Shop has a booth where you can get a glass (or three) of red, but if you want a drink that’s a bit more wholesome, we suggest looking for the Farm Fresh Iced Tea booth and getting a glass of their dalandan-flavored tea (P30).
The future is here
BOOKS! Photo by Kimberly Dela Cruz
In case you feel like starting your own garden. (We recommend cacti-best plants ever.)
But aside from the food-and the delightful array of organic and fresh produce-the diversity of the stalls will satisfy all sorts of curiosities you didn’t even have before you got there. There’s a fortune teller ready to read you your fate, a Feng Shui expert willing to help you get lucky, and if you can sit still for five minutes, you’ll go home with a beautiful portrait that would put all the selfies you’ve taken to shame. Used books, pre-loved Louis Vuittons, pipes disguised as bracelets, and an assortment of surplus items (e.g. a carabao wearing a cowboy hat) are all laid out for your perusal.
How would you pose for a self-portrait? Photo by Kimberly Dela Cruz
Live art! Photo by Kimberly Dela Cruz
It’s not hard to enjoy this patch of green parallel to EDSA. The accessibility definitely adds to the comfort, but although the crispy pork belly is always welcome, it’s exciting to try new things (or good old things we’ve forgotten, like how delicious ginger ale is!) and cheap thrills from little art curios.
Find the Greenfield Weekend Market every Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Greenfield Central Park, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard along Mayflower Street.