What lies in the valley of Marikina? This city has grown to be more than just the famed Shoe Capital of the Philippines. It’s a friendly food destination packed with a variety of Marikina-grown restaurants and cafes. Whether you’re in the mood for classic Filipino food, Japanese-inspired pastries, or Southeast Asian cuisine, Marikina has offerings that you won’t find anywhere else in Metro Manila.
Marikina is known by most Filipinos as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. This is because of the shoemaking industry that bloomed in the late 1880’s. During this time in Marikina, shoes were often handmade and known for their craftsmanship that easily compared to, if not beat, the quality of imported shoes. By 1935, Marikina had 139 shoe shops and almost 2,500 people working directly in the shoemaking industry. The city has produced the most locally made shoes in the entire country. In 2002, Marikina City won a Guinness World Record for the making the world’s largest pair of shoes. These shoes have found a home in the Shoe Museum, a popular tourist spot in Marikina.
Now, Marikina is more than just a former shoemaking hub. It’s turned into a top destination for foodies who are looking for more than popular imported franchises and milk-tea spots. Marikina has a lot of home-grown businesses that cater to locals and outsiders alike. From Instagram-worthy ambiences, to all-time Filipino favorites, or fusion cuisine with a modern twist, Marikeños are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to eat or grab a snack.
Another thing I loved about Marikina is how, despite its proximity to congested and busy cities like Quezon City and Pasig, it was so clean and orderly. People respected the bike lanes, there was hardly any trash on the roads, and none clogging the street drains. When we were walking near the Public Market we didn’t notice strong, repulsive, or unpleasant smells that usually accompany open markets in the city. Marikina is definitely a friendly neighborhood and I need to visit this place more often!
Check out the video below to see how well I Eat the Neighborhood of Marikina.
The places we visited:
Pares House (Shoe Ave., Sta. Elena, Marikina)
I ordered: Beef pares, PHP85
Rocha’s (2 E. Mendoza Street, Sto. Nino)
I ordered: 50 pcs of puto, PHP140
Aling Remy’s (229 J.P. Rizal Sreet, San Roque)
I ordered: Puto and Kutsinta plate, PHP100
Tapsi ni Vivian (Ground Floor, HDR Building, Gil Fernando Avenue Corner Estrador Street, San Roque)
I ordered: Tapsilog, PHP110
Visiting Marikina soon? Check out these other restaurants:
Johnny’s Fried Chicken: C., W Paz, Sta. Elena, Marikina
Krung Thai: P. Burgos St, Marikina
Cafe Lidia: 64 F. Calderon, Marikina
Rustic Mornings: 11 Isabelo Mendoza Street, Marikina
Lamp Quarters: Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue Centro De Buenviaje Sto. Nino, Marikina
Goreng Goreng: 88 Bayan-Bayanan Ave, Marikina
Marita’s: 3 Mt Kennedy, Marikina
House 81 Terrace: 59 Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue., San Roque, Marikina
Qizia Cafe: Concepcion 2, Marikina
Caffe Piansa: 2F DEMREY Bldg, Street, Midtown Subdivision, Brgy., 57 Dragon, Marikina
What do you guys think? Show me your Marikina food trip photos by tagging them with #thefatkidinside!