A new Carbon Market has arrived, bringing a fun food park aesthetic that everyone in Cebu has come to love. This much anticipated revamp aims to make the oldest market in Cebu an even more stellar landmark.
One of the changes that the Megawide Construction Corporation and the Cebu City government have had in store for us is the Sunday Market, the weekly night market consisting of a variety of Cebuano flavors, which one can experience through various Filipino street food.
The night market opened on April 22, 2022, with the intention of preserving the Cebuano culinary culture by featuring some of its local flavors to invigorate the Carbon community.
The market was supposed to be open once a week, but Cebu2World – the managers of the Sunday Market – added two more days after a positive response from customers and shoppers.
As of June 24, the Night Market is now open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
On Sundays, usually the busiest day in Carbon, the market breathes in new life at the ML Quezon Boulevard, between the newly opened Bagsakan Center and the Interim Building.
A NIGHT MARKET FILLED WITH FILIPINO STREET FOOD
A long line of Filipino street food stalls welcomes its visitors with the sweet aroma of Cebuano cuisine. Dozens of food stalls and kiosks offer everything – from heavy meals to light snacks – which will surely perk the interest of food enthusiasts in Cebu.
Cebuanos have an obsession with the irresistible flavor of grilled food. Several kiosks at the Sunday Market have tables filled with barbecue skewers, hotdogs, sausages, and many more, all doused in their signature sauces.
Another popular dish sold at the market is Scallops, a favorite seafood dish in Cebu. Served in shells, they are delicious and easy to eat.
Aside from this, you can immerse yourself in the tusok-tusok food culture, where you poke at pieces of food using sticks. Dishes eaten in this peculiar style include squid ball, tempura, and kwek-kwek.
You can also try the iconic pungko-pungko, a popular method of eating among Cebuanos. Here, you take food from a deep tub of grilled viands to share with your friends and family. Meals are usually served with hanging rice, locally known as puso.
The Sunday Market does not solely serve Cebuano food. Like many other food parks, this is a way for small-scale businesses to let their offerings be known. Several stalls serve burgers, and others offer different fried chicken meals.
Some stalls even offer a whole deep-fried chicken, which you can bring home for dinner.
For beverages, there is an assortment of drinks, like shakes, juices, coffee, and ice scramble.
You can also bring home some light snacks with you. Some items sold include several tubs of candy, large bags of chips, and other Filipino delicacies.
All things considered, make sure to visit the food park early because of the limited number of chairs and tables available, not to mention the number of customers who will also be going to the market.
The Carbon Market has always been one of the best places for shopping in Cebu. Aside from its selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, you can also buy household items and souvenirs.
Several stalls sell accessories made from native materials, like baskets, coasters, and water bottles, perfect for gifts or personal use.
You can also get a foot massage under the Interim Building.
CARBON MARKET REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The Sunday Market is a small part of the overall Carbon Market redevelopment project, which aims to improve the area’s conditions and environment, as well as generate more jobs for Cebuanos.
The plans set up by Megawide to create a Carbon Market district will hopefully urge more people to come and visit. Their main goal is to ensure comfort for vendors and customers alike.
The new market will also have a multi-level parking structure, accommodating up to 250 cars, 200 motorcycles, e-bikes, and even tartanillas.
Ambulant vendors are now staying at the new Bagsakan Center, where they can sell their products in a more relaxed environment.
Megawide has also revamped the Senior Citizens Park to include a chapel, with a 30-foot image of Santo Niño and several food stalls surrounding it.
As one of the busiest places in the city, this ambitious redevelopment project aims to better the conditions of the Carbon Market.
This Filipino street food night market is only the beginning.
With a long line of delicious Filipino food perfect for parties, hangouts, and budget-friendly dates, the Sunday Market is your one-stop-shop for everything Cebuano. It is the perfect place to learn about the food culture and other lucrative business sectors.
HOW TO GET THERE:
ML Quezon Boulevard, Barangay Ermita
You can park your car at Cebu City Hall or Basilica del Sto. Niño, as the parking area is still under construction.
Friday – Sunday
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
To commute, ride any jeepney that will go to City Hall. Then walk to Senior Citizens Park, where several tricycles are parked. These are all free and will take you directly to the entrance of the food park.