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: The good ol’ Olivarez Plaza
An UNO Factory Outlet in Olivarez Plaza (Photo by Writer)
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 Robinson’s 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.
Just a small section of a very wide selection of second-hand apparels (Photo by Writer)
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!
NEXT STOP: Robinson’s Summit Ridge Promenade
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.
Stalls of fruits and delicacies fronting Robinson’s Summit Ridge (Photo by Writer)
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.
Women’s blouses and dresses on sale (Photo by Writer)
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 away, or a 7-peso jeepney ride, from Olivarez Plaza and Tagaytay Junction.
SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST: Tagaytay Mahogany Beef Market and Bulalohan
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 Robinson’s 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 to give some tip to local “volunteer” ushers.
A row of cheap tropical fruits on one side of Mahogany Market (Photo by Writer)
Different kinds of young herbs and trees waiting to stand in someone’s yard (Photo by Writer)
Upon entrance, 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 (Photo by Writer)
Photo by Writer
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.
No worries on breaking out in sweat
On weekends especially Saturdays, bazaars and marketplaces can get more crowded in the afternoon. So, unless you don’t mind huddling with fellow shoppers, it would be best to go a bit earlier when sellers and vendors are still relaxed and in the best mood to bargain.
There are a lot 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.