Bacolod is one of the busiest shopping centers in Negros Occidental. The city has many traditional local markets for visitors to explore. However, with the lack of sources of information and guides in the internet it has been difficult for tourists to indulge in this kind of activity. Today, let us take your worries away as ShoppersGuide gives you some bits of information on things you didn’t know about Bacolod markets.
1. Commuting is easy
Traffic jams at Downtown Market
Image: Eli Gatanela
If it’s your first time in Bacolod City, for sure you’ll get confused of the jeepney routes. They go around in circles which might make you hesitant to take any public utility vehicles because of the fear of getting lost. However, if your main destination is going to Bacolod Markets then you probably didn’t know that commuting is easy. One good thing about jeepney routes here in Bacolod is that all routes lead to markets. If you’ll look closely to the routes of each jeepney, they would either say “Central Market”, “Shopping”, and “Libertad”. The places mentioned are the primary shopping destinations here in the City of Smiles. That’s why the next time you go shopping in Bacolod City, don’t hesitate to ignore taxi booking applications and save a lot of money by commuting. Just a tip, since all routes lead to markets, traffic jams in the area is inevitable. If you are already near to your destination, dropping off and walking will save you time.
4. Food stalls are always on the side
Food and fruit stalls are everywhere.
Image: Eli Gatanela
Hungry? It’s not a problem. Shopping can be a tiring task for some and in order to sustain the energy you need to eat some good food. Good thing about Bacolod markets is that there are always food stalls llining the streets. You can choose from siomai (beef, pork or shrimp dumplings), fried chicken, peanuts, bihon (rice noodles), other street foods, fruit stalls and Bacolod’s native delicacies. Just make sure you discard your trash in the proper bins or better yet keep them in a disposable shopping bag for cleaner streets.
5. Rich history
Locals still flock at Plaza Mart City Mall up to this date for their shopping needs
Image: Writer’s own
Some of the shopping malls that are originally in Bacolod like Lopue’s
and Plaza Mart City Mall
have already been regular fixtures in the City of Smiles. Lopue’s is a department store established in 1945 in front of Bacolod Public Plaza. While Plaza Mart, which opened in 1965, is considered as one of the original shopping malls in the city. It is believed to be the first establishment in the city to have an escalator, which was a big deal back in the day. This proves that shopping has been a part of Bacoleños’ lifestyle even in the past.
Now that you’re geared up with information about traditional local markets here in the City of Smiles, you can now have a remarkable shopping experience that will truly make you smile.