Manila is known for many things, not least of which is its rich and delicious food. That means you don’t have to go very far to go on a memorable food trip—you could go on one right now in your own home base!
All it takes are a few quick trips up and down the city’s iconic LRT-1 line. Make it a fun and productive Saturday to remember and get yourself full and satisfied with this convenient itinerary:
Lunch at Baclaran
The southern end of the line at Baclaran station is home to various choices, largely thanks to its famous Baclaran market. Start your Manila food trip with lunch at any of the endless options, such as the Pista Food Hall at Redemptorist Road with a whole host of Filipino cuisine and delightful regional flavors by its different concessionaires, or the Yokocho Food Court if you’re fixing to have some mouthwatering and affordable Japanese food. With all the possibilities in Baclaran, make sure you’ve still got room for the other stops!
Photos from Pista Food Hall Facebook page
Merienda at Carriedo
If you want to experience more diverse flavors in Manila, make your way over to Chinatown in Binondo via Carriedo station. There, you’ll find the legendary Quik Snack restaurant on Carvajal Street, home to traditional Filipino-Chinese fare with a few more international dishes also in the menu. You might find the restaurant packed to the brim with other excited diners, but don’t be discouraged—the food is definitely worth the wait. You came all the way here for the good stuff, didn’t you?
Railway Jam at the Doroteo Jose station
Head one stop further up the LRT-1 line and discover a cultural gem outside of food—music! From 4PM-6PM, the Doroteo Jose train station becomes a mini-concert hub for commuters as up-and-coming local musicians perform through busking sessions, also known as Railway Jam. Initiated by Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) and ikotMNL, in partnership with Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-Aawit (OPM), Railway Jam is showcased from Thursdays to Saturdays until August 2019 at the Doroteo Jose, Monumento, and Baclaran stations for commuters to enjoy pure musical talent and witness the rise of the next potential OPM star.
Dinner at Abad Santos
Last, but certainly never the least is the Filipino delicacy nobody passes up—the immortal and ever-present lechon. Score some of the best lechon in the city by taking the train to Abad Santos station where you can find Mila’s Lechon. You can be sure that it’ll satisfy and serve as a delicious end to an enjoyable and unique Saturday.
The beautiful thing about Manila is that you can head to all these stops in one day, thanks to the convenience of the LRT-1 and ikotMNL! And since it’s already the rainy season, don’t forget to bring your umbrellas—you wouldn’t want to go on your food trip all soaking wet!
ikotMNL is a tourism campaign launched by the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) in 2018 to connect foreign and local travelers to Manila’s rich history, cultural heritage, and top food destinations by riding the LRT-1 to areas such as Intramuros, Binondo, Quiapo, and many more. For more information, visitikotmnl.com, like ikotMNL on Facebook, and follow @ikotmnl on Instagram and Twitter.