In Manila, weekend brunch is a see-and-be-seen type of deal—and the Salcedo Saturday Market is the spot to watch peacocking locals strut by in their fabulous late-morning parade. What began 12 years ago with a handful of folks peddling produce and home-cooked foods has mushroomed into a weekly extravaganza drawing more than 160 vendors and crowds from across the city. (Note that Salcedo has a very different vibe from the more authentic, old-school Cubao Farmer’s Market.) Snack your way through the maze of white-tented stalls, where ambitious young chefs hawk crispy porchetta wraps or gooey brownies. You’re sure to find a souvenir among the handsomely carved wooden serving bowls, scented soaps, and tins of aromatic spices. Once you’ve made the loop, choose among several restaurants just outside the market, and settle in for the main event. Brunch lovers rejoice: Wildflour Cafe and Bakery serves breakfast until 3 p.m. Start with the pastry board (starring a knockout bacon-pecan sticky bun) then dive into sweet-corn waffles or chorizo fundido, a sizzling skillet of housemade sausage and melted cheese crowned with a fried egg.If you’re set on lunch, Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza has terrifically creamy housemade burrata, silky pastas, and Neapolitan-style pies with perfectly blistered edges. And if you’re feeling the aftershocks of a long night out, Mendokoro Ramen-ba is the way to go: slide into a seat at the ramen bar and slurp up a bowl of slippery handmade noodles in a rich curative broth.
Salcedo Park is about 30 minutes by car from the Conrad. Head out early if you can—the roads and the market area both become more crowded around the lunch hour. SALCEDO MARKET IN THE PARK: Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati; Saturday mornings only from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. WILDFLOUR: V-Corporate Centre Salcedo Village, 125 St. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati;+632-808-7072GINO’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA: Bautista corner Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati; +632-779-8192 MENDOKORO RAMENBA: Ground Floor, V Corporate Center, Soliman, Salcedo Village, Makati; +632-478-9625