4 food parks for hungry explorations

A food park is the best solution to the age old question: “Where do you want to eat?” Couples, families, and friends don’t have to argue anymore especially those who want more than just “dalawang ulam” meals at mall food courts. These genius food hubs collect the best food concepts that make unique and quality eats. The venues are beautifully designed, too, and has a modern and hipster feel. Expect classic and modern eats in these outdoor food outlets.

I’ve listed down four food parks that are getting a lot of buzz from Pinoy foodies. These food hubs are all well-designed and well curated with unique and new concepts. I’ve excluded weekend and night markets, as well as fancy food halls. Also, this is just a list, not a ranking.

gastro park
Photo from Gastro Park’s FB page

1. Gastro Park Kapitolyo

With tables and chairs made of wooden pallets and even steel drums, Gastro Park is the latest addition to the many eateries in Kapitolyo, Pasig City’s famous foodie neighborhood. The food here ranges from fancy milkshakes of Sweet Nothing to Brick Plate’s barbecue ribs. There are also the different Filipino sandwiches of Para and the smoky yakitori of Niku-Q, and many, many more.

Address: No. 12 1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Hours: Mon (4:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.), Tue to Sun (12:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.)

Photo from The Yard’s FB page

2. The Yard at Xavierville

This is the newest food park in the list. Made out of huge container vans linked and stacked together, the food park has an industrial feel. Inside, glowing neon signage lights and hanging light bulbs illuminate the eating areas below. The Yard has 25 concessionaires including Dip N’ Dough which sells doughnut ice cream; The Chippery for fish and chips; Kotsehawan, which uses an old Volkswagen Beetle as its grill; and many more. People also go here for some happy hour because of Epicure Mixology, which sells special cocktails and other booze.

Address: 83 Xavierville Ave. Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Hours: Mon to Thur (4:00 P.M. to 12 :00 A.M.), Fri (4:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.), Sat (4:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.)

Photo from StrEAT’s FB page

3. StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park

Like Kapitolyo, Maginhawa St. in Quezon City is a known food haven, home to small local restaurants. But if you’re a little overwhelmed by the many restaurants and want to try more than just a single cuisine, try StrEAT. This food park houses several eats like, among others, the G.R.EAT Burger truck that offers, well, burgers; Bricks and Copper Turkish Cuisine; Black Sugar, which serves desserts like funnel cake and churro; Me Love You Long Time (funny name!) that serves Southeast Asian cuisine including Thai and Vietnamese.

Address: 91 Maginhawa St. UP Village, Quezon City
Hours: Tue to Sun (5:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M.)

box park
Photo from Box Park’s FB page

4. Box Park

Another food park that is made out of container vans, this food park has a clean layout and made up of several vendors catering to every taste. Some of its popular vendors include, The Fry Guys, which serves up everything fried potatoes from cheese fries to poutine; the Pork Folio serves pork in different ways; Plaza de Taqueria Mexicana Cantina offers Mexican food; Ozawa Noritako that serves Japanese rice bowls; and Colonel Frank’s gourmet hotdogs.

Address: 73 Blk. 2 Lot 28 Congressional Ave. Ext., Quezon City
Hours: Mon to Sun (3:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M)


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