Stalls at Vigan City Public Market that sell bagnet and longganisa. (Image: Writer)
Vigan City Public Market is the place to go to if you want to buy everything you need in one place. On the second floor you can find different food items, but there is a whole section there dedicated to just bagnet and longganisa. Some stalls sell bagnet chicharon. Longganisa is sold by the dozen from PhP100 (small) to PhP120 (large). Bagnet is sold at PhP360 per kilo.
In another section of the second floor are local delicacies. You will find that a different version of the bibingka is sold there. As opposed to the royal bibingka, which is individually wrapped, this version of bibingka is almost as big as a plate and only half an inch thick.
It is best to drop by in the early morning as there are stalls that are open only until noon. Several stalls serve breakfast so you don´t have to worry about getting hungry if you didn´t have time to grab some food
A branch of Ammianance’s Ritch Delicacies is also in this section. Their main branch is located at Quirino Blvd, Vigan City. Aside from selling local delicacies such as the mamon (sponge cake) and empanadita (turnover), Ammianance also has its own royal bibingka, which is sold at PhP150 for 16 pieces.
Sold on the first floor of the Vigan City Public Market are trinkets, T-shirts, and other household items. Abel blankets (made of traditional handwoven textile from Ilocos), woven mats, buri bags (made from buri palm), and walis tambo (soft whisk broom) can be found in several stalls lining the middle area of the market. Abel blankets start at (single).
If you are looking for muscovado, you can also find it here. Prices for muscovado vary depending on the time of the year.
How to get there: Vigan City Public Market is located at Alcantara St. It is just in front of the Partas bus station. If you have a private vehicle, head to Rizal Avenue, then turn left towards Alcantara St.—turn right when you see the market. It is a one-way street so be sure to observe the traffic.
Visiting Vigan can be a wonderful experience as it allows you to experience one of the New7Wonders Cities of the world. As a heritage site, Vigan is also a city full of traditional cooks, artisans, and local craft-makers. When you buy your pasalubong, keep in mind that you are not just welcoming a piece of Vigan into your home, but are also helping keep the cultural practices of the locals alive.
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