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Best Markets in Bacolod City

What are the best markets in Bacolod City? In this article we highlight the best markets in Bacolod City.

Welcome to Bacolod City, a vibrant hub in the Philippines that offers a unique blend of urban convenience and provincial charm. Known as the “City of Smiles,” Bacolod is not only famous for its MassKara Festival but also for its bustling markets that cater to the diverse needs of locals, expats, and digital nomads alike. Whether you’re on the hunt for fresh produce, artisanal crafts, or a taste of the local culture, Bacolod’s markets are treasure troves waiting to be explored. Here are some of the best markets in the city that you should not miss.

Central Market

Location: Downtown Bacolod, near the corner of Luzuriaga and Gatuslao Streets
Type of Market: Public Market
Open: Daily, 5 AM – 6 PM

Central Market is the heart of Bacolod’s daily commerce, offering a wide array of goods from fresh seafood and vegetables to clothing and household items. This bustling market is a one-stop-shop for all your daily needs and provides a glimpse into the local way of life. The early morning hours are the best time to visit for the freshest produce.

We Recommend: Try the sweet mangoes and the locally made piaya, a flatbread filled with muscovado sugar – they are a must-try for anyone visiting the market.

Manokan Country

Location: Father M. Ferrero Street
Type of Market: Food Market
Open: Daily, 10 AM – 2 AM

Manokan Country is not your typical market, but a row of eateries specializing in Bacolod’s famous grilled chicken inasal. This is the perfect place for foodies looking to savor authentic local flavors in a lively, open-air setting. Each stall has its own recipe and way of grilling chicken, making it a culinary adventure.

We Recommend: Aside from the chicken inasal, don’t miss out on trying the chicken oil on rice and the refreshing calamansi juice to complete the experience.

Libertad Market

Location: Libertad Street, Bacolod City
Type of Market: Public Market
Open: Daily, 5 AM – 6 PM

Libertad Market is another bustling hub where locals go for their everyday shopping. It’s a great place to experience the local vibe and find a wide range of products, from fresh produce and meats to textiles and kitchenware. The market is also known for its affordable prices and friendly vendors.

We Recommend: Look for the freshly made lumpia (spring rolls) and suman (sticky rice cakes) for a quick and delicious snack.

Negros Showroom

Location: Lacson Street, Mandalagan
Type of Market: Craft and Souvenir Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 9 AM – 7 PM; Sunday, 9 AM – 6 PM

The Negros Showroom is the perfect place to find high-quality handicrafts, home decor, and gifts made by local artisans. It’s a showcase of the island’s rich culture and creativity, offering a range of products from organic food items to handwoven textiles and fashion accessories.

We Recommend: Don’t leave without checking out the handcrafted jewelry and the colorful hablon weaves, which are traditional textiles of the region.

Pala-Pala Seafood Market

Location: San Juan Street, Bacolod City
Type of Market: Seafood Market
Open: Daily, 24 hours (best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon)

Pala-Pala Seafood Market is a haven for seafood lovers. Here, you can buy fresh catch directly from local fishermen and have it cooked to your liking at nearby restaurants. The market offers a variety of seafood, from fish and shrimps to crabs and shellfish, all at reasonable prices.

We Recommend: Try the grilled diwal or angel wings clams, a local delicacy that’s both succulent and flavorful.

Robinsons Place Bacolod Farmers Market

Location: Robinsons Place Bacolod, Mandalagan
Type of Market: Farmers Market
Open: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 AM – 2 PM

Located within the premises of a popular mall, this farmers market is a convenient spot for expats and digital nomads to find organic and locally-sourced produce. It’s a great place to support local farmers and enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables, and other natural products.

We Recommend: Look for the organic mountain rice and the homemade fruit preserves, which are both healthy and delicious.

Bacolod South Public Market

Location: Araneta Street, Singcang
Type of Market: Public Market
Open: Daily, 5 AM – 6 PM

This market is a bit off the beaten path but offers a more laid-back shopping experience. It’s a good place to find fresh produce, meats, and seafood, as well as a variety of local snacks and delicacies. The market is less crowded than others, making it a pleasant place to explore.

We Recommend: Sample the local chorizo, a sweet and savory sausage that’s perfect for grilling or adding to dishes.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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