Planning to travel to Tagaytay? When you’ve deprived yourself of shopping in Metro Manila so you can save for your travel budget, why not indulge a little on good deals and bargains when you get to the Country's 2nd Summer Capital? Let’s stop by three marketplaces in Tagaytay, Cavite, for your weekend shopping treat.
First Stop: Olivarez Plaza
An UNO Factory Outlet in Olivarez Plaza
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You’ll know you have arrived in Tagaytay when you find this public square that is right at the heart of the city. Before big malls like Robinsons and Ayala rose in Tagaytay, its first go-to place for all shopping needs has been Olivarez Plaza, being the most easily accessible for locals and tourists, mostly coming from Manila.
For grocery shopping, there are budget-friendly supermarkets in the Plaza such as Uno and Puregold Jr. A huge ukay-ukay complex and tiangges here and there can also be found, tempting shoppers to look around and probably spend a little for cheap clothing, footwear, bags, and other bargain goods. You can get a nice shirt or blouse for as low as Php20!
Just when you thought you can’t shop on a budget at a big mall, you’ll find a bazaar of snacks and delicacies and fashion clothing for bargain prices at Robinson’s Summit Ridge Promenade, an open-air lifestyle and commercial center right beside the Summit Ridge Hotel.
The pasalubong goods stores are Olayn’s Food Products and Pasalubong offering assorted native goodies at Php100 for 3 items and Amira's Buco Tart Haus where you will find nilupak, Martha’s bread, and the special buko tart and other tart varieties.
You will also find at the Promenade a variety of local and imported clothing that range from Php150 to 800. Prices can definitely go much lower for those with great haggling skills. Most of the garments sold there are for women, but there are also unisex shirts and cardigans.
Summit Ridge Promenade is just 5 to 10 minutes or a short jeepney ride away, from Olivarez Plaza and Tagaytay Junction.
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A row of cheap tropical fruits on one side of Mahogany Market
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The marketplace got its new name in May 2015 after a major renovation, but is still more famously known as Mahogany Market. It is just a 5-minute drive or a 7-peso jeepney ride from Robinsons Summit Ridge. Most buses going to Nasugbu, Balayan, Mendez, and Alfonso also pass there. There are free parking spaces around the market, but travelers may be expected tip local “volunteer” ushers.
Upon entry, you will be greeted with stalls of fruits and vegetables on one side, and a row of green herbs and plants on the other. Everything there is sold fresher and cheaper compared to other commercial grocers. Pineapple is the main agricultural produce of Tagaytay, so you’ll find a lot of them sold there. Fruits and vegetables sold at the stalls are either locally grown or brought in from nearby towns. Among the bagged herbs and small trees, lemon is the bestseller.
A butcher cutting fresh Batangas beef
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On the other side of Mahogany Market are chains of souvenir and pasalubong shops for more Tagaytay finds shopping, while at the back portion is a dedicated row of the famous Batangas beef and beef marrow.
A kilo of Batangas beef ranges from Php150 to Php250, depending on the meat part and your bargaining skills. Sundays are the best time to shop there when beef and other meat are delivered fresh to the market. However, if you can’t wait to go home and cook your purchases, you can always proceed to the second floor and savor the most sought-after Mahogany Bulalo sold in eateries there.
There are a lot of things to look at and it can be tiring to scout for great deals, but Tagaytay City’s breeze will surely be there to cool you down.
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on February 27, 2016.
About Rei L.
A writing major from UP Los Baños, Rei is currently pursuing a career in food and lifestyle writing. She is a self-indulgent, go-getting, independent twenty-something career girl who loves coffee, solitude, and hugs. A sentimental writer, she considers coffee shops her haven and writing her refuge.
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