Fort Santiago Now Has an Outdoor Food Fair for Your Post-Tour Cravings

Mercato Centrale in Fort Santiago
PHOTO BY Facebook/ Intramuros Administration, Facebook/ Mercato Centrale ILLUSTRATOR: Warren Espejo

( Okay, so we recently found out that Fort Santiago is bringing back its extended hours. This basically means that history buffs and those looking to destress after office with a stroll along one of Intramuros' most famous landmarks can now do so. We don't know about you, but we always feel the need to chow down on some grub after any tour or activity. Well, good news, Manila peeps, because Mercato Centrale recently opened a new site for their food bazaar, this time at the heart of old Manila in Fort Santiago.

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Check out Mercato Centrale in Fort Santiago:

Every Thursday to Sunday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., catch various stalls selling street food, quick eats, desserts, and more at Fort Santiago's vast park and grounds. There are also tons of tables and seating so it's perfect for after-office or after-school hangs in the area. 

Mercato Fort Santiago signage
PHOTO BY Facebook/ Mercato Centrale
Mercato Fort Santiago_ Park View
PHOTO BY Facebook/ Mercato Centrale
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There's even live entertainment courtesy of local buskers and artists. 

Mercato Fort Santiago Singer in the park
PHOTO BY Facebook/ Mercato Centrale

TBH, the whole setup is giving strong picnic in the park under the twinkling night sky vibes! It also makes for a totally interesting and romantic date night stop. Unsure about the food you're going to get? Don't worry. There are a ton of options available, including gigantic deep-fried squid and umami-rich takoyaki.

Mercato Fort Santiago crispy squid
PHOTO BY Facebook/ Mercato Centrale
Mercato Fort Santiago Takoyaki
PHOTO BY Facebook/ Mercato Centrale

Fort Santiago in Intramuros is open daily. There's a very minimal admission fee of P75 for adults and P50 for children, senior citizens, PWDs, and students. Fort Santiago is a must-visit for history buffs and those looking for some much-needed green space in the Metro. The grounds of Fort Santiago are well-lit and have guided paths for visitors looking to explore. So there's no need to fret about getting lost in the shadows.

For more information, visit Mercato Centrale's Facebook page.

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