Maximize Your LRT-1 Journeys With These Gastronomic Sidetrips
by Inside Manila Team, July 24, 2019 9:45am
Art by Dani Elevazo
Manila, on a city level, has the worst traffic, availability of public transportation, MRT malfunctions—not to mention the amusing track records of delays, breakdowns, accidents, and concerns. Manila is also known for many things, not least of which is its rich and delicious food. That means you don’t have to go far to experience a memorable food trip.
All it takes are a few quick trips up and down the city’s iconic LRT-1 line. Make it a fun and productive weekend 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 Redemption Road with a whole host of Filipino cuisine and delightful regional flavors by its different concessionaires. There's also 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 still got room for the other stops!
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 to 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. Commuters then can enjoy pure musical talent and witness the rise of the next potential OPM star.
Dinner at Abad Santos
Last, but certainly not 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 Santosstation 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 things about Manila are just one-stop away to every station and you can experience all of these in one day, thanks to the convenience of LRT-1 line.