Mercato Centrale opens Sunset Market by Mercato, offering endless dining options in a sunset-lit outdoor space at Uptown Bonifacio.

Brewing up fun and exciting date ideas is challenging enough - throw in travel limitations and dining restrictions, and the task becomes especially difficult. With endless delectable options in a sprawling al fresco space, food markets are perfect for days when you want to venture beyond your routine. Whether you're a foodie who loves to graze or a slightly picky eater, food markets are the ideal dining destination, boasting regional cuisine from around the world.

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Fans of the famed Mercato Centrale know first-hand how special this experience can be. Luckily, Mercato Centrale now brings its market magic to another location and unveils its biggest outdoor food festival to date - Sunset Market by Mercato, at Uptown Bonifacio. Now open from Thursday to Sunday 3pm to 10pm, The Sunset Market by Mercato showcases the culinary talents of over 30 local restaurants along Uptown Parade on 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio. 

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For ever-popular Korean fare, Uncle Kim’s Korean Kitchen and Deli in the City are the stalls to visit, whether you’re after traditional dishes or trendy street food like tteokbokki and corndogs. Those who can’t get enough of Japanese cuisine will be delighted to find authentic picks like curry, sushi, ramen, and donburi from Kuranosuke and Debu Yaro.

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On chilly days like these, Tandoori’s samosas and butter chicken are sure to hit the spot. The market also presents other spicy selects including shawarma, kebabs, and falafel from Bersi’s Kitchen, Jetnor’s Shawarma, and Filipino-Meditteranean fusion Purple Chilli’s Pasig.

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Of course, the global foodie journey would be incomplete without celebrating our own cuisine. Between sisig and silog from Paps Sisig, freshly roasted Cebu lechon from Timplador de Cebu, and iconic street food from Kuya Mark BBQ Isaw ATBP, Guagua’s Best, and Mamay’s Ihaw Ihaw, you’re guaranteed to find your Filipino favourites at Sunset Market.

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Still hungry? Not a problem. There are many more dishes to discover at the market, like authentic tacos, tempura, butter-garlic shrimp, and even hotpot. Before you go, make sure you check out Deli by Chele - Chele Gonzalez’ artisanal delicatessen highlighting sustainable sourcing and locavorism. Finally, round out the day with fresh juices, irresistible bubble tea, and delightful cupcakes and cakes available at the market, too.

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In partnership with Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Mercato Centrale also announced two soon-to-open locations, one at Eastwood City and another at Venice Grand Canal. Mercato Centrale co-founder RJ Ledesma shares that they are thrilled to continue their “advocacy to support the growth of small food business entrepreneurs through our safe, socially distanced outdoor markets”. As vice president and head of marketing and development at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Tefel Pesigan-Valentino emulates a similar enthusiasm, noting that they’ve transformed Uptown Parade, allowing diners to “enjoy their favourites while basking in unique ambience and exoticness that only sunsets can bring”. 

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