12 Oct2005

Convenience, location and selection are the primary advantages of the mark1year-old Market!Market! Mall (outdoor market area) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. Just a few minutes drive from the Makati CBD and surrounding areas, the mall offers a bright, airy, clean, safe shopping environment for the vast majority of relatively upscale shoppers who live nearby and who are more mall rats than serious market foragers. You’ll see an early to mid-morning smattering of International School moms loading up on fruit and greens, a Makati housewife with cook in tow haggling for a peso or two discount while spritzed with expensive perfume, or neighborhood working professionals sitting down to a meal of Ineng’s barbecue or Buddy’s Pancit Lucban. The outdoor market has over 60 vendors that sell mostly flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables, grains, etc. There are a few seafood vendors but no butchers. Another huge section of vendors is just about to open and there should be a significant increase in the types of goods for sale.

But convenience comes with a price. With a mall set-up, rents, mark2parking etc. it is significantly more expensive to shop at this market. Mangoes the other day were 25-30% more expensive than at other weekend markets. Flowers are 80-120% more than at the Dimasalang wholesale market (but way cheaper than Makati florists) where most of the vendors are from. Vegetables are closer to market rates and there are some things on offer that are hard to find elsewhere. But in a Manila shopping scene that is highly unpredictable, always out of stock, and where you need to go 13 places to put together a meal, I am truly grateful that Market!Market! is nearby. I often visit some sukis at the Market… my herb guy Zacky’s that I have to feature soon once I interview the owner, my vegetable guy Gerry who also sells at the FTI market, Fresh Fields and King Louis Flowers and Plants. There is also a fruit vendor that imports some of the good stuff like huge strawberries with stems for dipping in chocolate, plums, etc. Not to mention my newly discovered Pancit Lucban at Buddy’s as recommended by some of my readers. The other day, I got some superb lettuces, fat sugarcane and portobello mushrooms…

I look forward to the new section that is just on the mark3verge of opening just in time for the pre-holiday crush. Apparently the waitlist of vendors is growing and on a recent weekday the place was packed! I also like the kiosks or stalls that carry provincial favorites like dried fish, sweets, achara, haleya, etc. It’s nice to have so many choices under one roof. There is also a well-stocked rice vendor that has dozens of varieties and even Japanese and Thai varieties. If you haven’t been to Market!Market! you should visit it soon. I have only reviewed the market section here but inside the mall are hundreds of vendors in tiangge style areas as well as standard mall fare. While the mall is officially open from 11-8pm, many of the market stalls open at 8 or so.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Ellen says:

    Hi MM!

    Its funny how u featured Market Market while i’m about to see the place in a few hours! I wanted to check ur website just in case u recommend food places or markets to go to around the area of makati. how fortuitous i checked ur site! I’ve been enjoying my third day in manila so far. we plan to go eat at cabalen tomorrow. i guess it’s great staying so close to greenbelt. although i really want my own kitchen when i come to manila next time:-) i want to experience shopping at the wet markets and cook my own food! I believe there’s nothing compared to home cooked. I’m sure you can attest to this! ;-)

    Oct 13, 2005 | 8:39 am

     
  2. Gigi says:

    I used to be so hot about Market Market because of Razon’s halo-halo and their pancit Malabon and yes, the wonderful pre-washed greens of Fresh Fields – Tip: their arugula pack is better than Basic Necessities — and they sell it cheap and if you’re nice and cheery, they’ll even give you a discount and Tita Cely’s Sinigang Bar.

    I have not been to MM in a while because it has become terribly crowded and dirty. Flies abound in the food court together with stray cats, dogs and pickpockets. Too much hassle and stress to go particularly during peak hours. To conquer Market Market, it is best to go there right when it has opened and leave just when the crowd is about to thicken. Have insider info too that the handling of dishes and food utensils is centralized and unsanitary.

    I love the mall for the many great stores there — Grassroots for the nicest boxes you can use to stash your magazines, photos and whathaveyou; Japan Home Store — for interesting home stuff and trinkets that sell for P88; Ex Libris — for good finds; Body Tune for the best massage — not a swanky spa but the massage is eyerollingly good and Chichirico (sp?) for cute accessories…

    Ineng’s Barbecue has sadly deteriorated — it tastes and looks like barbecued pre-boiled pink tocino. The one in Market Market still tastes better than what is sold in Salcedo Saturday Market.

    In the market section — the products of Rizal Farms are interesting — honey mustard vinaigrette — and so are the salad dressings of Dizon Farms — particularly Caesar — if you like the tangy American diner TGIFriday’s/Outback/Chili’s style; Wasabi and what they call “Secret Dressing”…

    I know, I know. I typed a kilometric reaction. Just hold on to your purse when you go there. My friend just got out of the car when someone snuck from behind and got her bag …

    Ayala’s concept of a super dome of tiangge is great but please do something about the security and sanitation.

    Oct 13, 2005 | 4:04 pm

     
  3. Marketman says:

    Gigi, Marketman knows the guy who runs the Mall and I am sure he will be glad to hear your comments. He toured me around in fact as otherwise the guards would not allow me to take any photographs. He also is one of Marketmanila’s faithful lurkers that visits nearly every day so I am certain they will read this…

    Oct 13, 2005 | 4:14 pm

     
  4. Ellen says:

    Hi gigi,

    interesting comments and i have to admit i agree about most of it especially the food. it was irksome to see flies ON the food. suffice to say, i did not eat anything and opted to eat indoors at a restaurant in a shopping centre.

    i did enjoy the local kakanins which i seldom find in melbourne, oz and i stocked up on them. i wish i went into the supermarket though. i could’ve bought more hard to find products. hhmmm, i might go back before i leave.

    thanks market man for the tips! i love ur site!

    Oct 13, 2005 | 7:04 pm

     
  5. Gigi says:

    Hello, Marketman! Consumer feedback that reaches the people in who push the buttons is “a good thing” — as Martha would say. Thanks!

    Oct 14, 2005 | 10:36 am

     
  6. suzette says:

    aside from food stuff, there are really lots of finds… my best one is the P 150 gap cropped pants i bought 2 weeks ago, have one in dark and the other in light denim!!! sorry stocks are out…

    Oct 14, 2005 | 4:16 pm

     
  7. Ems says:

    hi there,
    well i am one of a millions of the customers there in market market market. I want to get some store in there to opened up a new bussiness esp…Foof section ouside. how can i get one store?reply ASAP.

    Nov 18, 2005 | 3:03 pm

     
  8. Marketman says:

    Ems, as with all malls you go find the mall management office (ask the guards) and you ask about the requirements for renting one of their spaces. I suspect you will be on a waitlist, however, but it is worth a try.

    Nov 18, 2005 | 4:09 pm

     
  9. tess says:

    ide like to know the name of a pizza/spaghetti resto in Markt market, its located in the 2nd/3rd flr i think .. i cant remember the exact store name .. The pizza house or the spaghetti house .. am planning to have a despidida treat for my friends going to the US this month.. hope to get the exact name asap today .. many thanks!

    Nov 29, 2005 | 11:32 am

     
  10. rampau says:

    Market Market is nice. It’s got everything that you need and crave for. Yes, it can be hot and dirty and jologs. It’s where I go since I have a new place that’s close by. Thank God for Market Market actually.

    Dec 2, 2005 | 2:10 pm

     
  11. Jolina Loftus says:

    Hello Market! Market! I would like to share my wonderful experience there last year of July I must say the goods were fantasic and the prices are magnificent! Me and my cousins compare it to Megamall I must say our verdict that Market market was more comfortable with a lot of character in terms of surroundings, the feel of the malls and the way they landscape the entire building. I must admit that when I visit Philippines, I am more on that place almost everyday hunting for bargains.One downside was the eatery section outside I remembered I was eating there and suddenly the Monsoon rain opened and we are all soaking wet any solution in to this?

    Jan 26, 2006 | 6:28 pm

     
  12. Hazel says:

    I’ve been to market market briefly last year when i came home for a visit. there were so many people it was difficult for me to go around and see what kind of shops and stores they had. this year i am planning to go again before i leave (i’m flying off in a week). it there a list or directory of the shops and stores there? do you have it in a webpage or something? since i dont have much time when i go there i want to be ready so that i’ll know where i want and need to go instead of wasting my time going around and going to every floor of the mall looking for what i need. thanks

    Aug 23, 2006 | 1:32 pm

     
  13. Marketman says:

    Hazel, my first suggestion is to go to the mall during the week, not on a weekend. There is an information counter on the ground floor which may help you. If you are looking for food items, they are easily found at the outdoor market area and the main hallway of the mall for chichiria, etc. If you are hunting for clothing bargains, that’s a bit messier and frankly, I find greenhills to have better selection and lower prices…of course you could go to divisoria instead… have a good visit!

    Aug 23, 2006 | 2:11 pm

     
  14. rexy jolly says:

    do you have upcoming sale? thanks!

    Sep 18, 2006 | 9:18 am

     
  15. Jolina Loftus says:

    hello again latest update from Market Market well I managed to get around last year and the services from staff was amazing first they’re very friendly guided me the whereabouts of the building. I have the joy of being escorted while shopping at the supermarkets all throughout to the taxi lane. My mother who happened to be a regular there seems very content shopping almost everyday during her vacation in the Philippines she said almost all the staff at the hardware seems to know her name and quite happy to assist her. Most of all I love the bargains as usual. I will keep posting till this July with my latest finds. Cheerio!!!!

    Apr 2, 2009 | 8:17 pm

     
  16. milda solidum says:

    hi, im interested in putting up a foodcart inside your establishment. how much is the rental. can you give me the number of your leasing department. thank you and have a good day.

    May 22, 2009 | 12:08 pm

     
  17. tessa says:

    i love shopping better at trinoma. Landmark at trinoma is also a good supermarket. Anyways, trinoma is also an ayala.

    Jun 7, 2009 | 12:34 pm

     
  18. nhaf says:

    what is the exact address of market-market?

    Jul 4, 2009 | 3:06 pm

     
  19. Marketman says:

    nhaf, sorry, I don’t have the street address of Market!Market!. But there aren’t many large buildings in Fort bonifacio, so it’s easy to find. It’s near C5, the road, and it’s beside the huge Serendra apartment complex.

    Jul 4, 2009 | 4:20 pm

     
  20. ronn says:

    I just got back here in the US and I was in the Phil. for 2 1/2 weeks and living in Taguig, I went to hang in Market Market almost everyday and I was amazed on the variety of stuffs you can find and buy. then there’e Boni High across the street to satisfy your richer taste. I think the the place is awesome…

    Aug 17, 2009 | 12:08 pm

     
 

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