Marikina, one of the cities that make up Metro Manila, is known as the country’s Shoe Capital because of the many shoe factories it houses. This is also where you can find the world’s largest shoe. But for years now, Marikina has slowly carved its niche as a place for urban foodies looking for local and international eats hiding on its busy and bicycle-friendly streets.
Locale City Guide lists down 6 restaurants for you to try when exploring this city nestled near Quezon City and Pasig. Get ready to feast in these restaurants that are all worthy of a long drive!
Calderon Street, Kalumpang
For a decade and counting, Cafe Lidia has been offering delicious American and European fusion cuisine set in a relaxed ambiance. Perfect for a family eat out, Cafe Lidia has an extensive menu that could make everyone full and satisfied. If you’re a pasta fan, you must try their delicious Pasta Ala Lidia, not to mention their tasty Buffalo Wings; end your meal with a cup of coffee and a slice of their heavenly Blueberry Cheesecake.
Photo credits: @foodtriptasteph
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo
Isabelo Mendoza Street
A charming restaurant that has made quite a number of regulars, Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is an all-day breakfast cum brunch spot in the Shoe Capital. Feast on pancakes, pasta and rice meals in an al fresco setting or in an artsy indoor area.. The cool, relaxing breeze and the lush greenery plus the magnificent food consummate the red-letter dining experience.
Photo credits: @rusticmornings via IG
Tapapa Silog Atbp.
JP Rizal Rizal Street, Malanday
Craving for tapsilog? There’s a new tapsihan in Marikana that’s slowly making a name for its delicious tapa, the Tapapa Silog Atbp. Opened last May 2019, though the menu is not that extensive, Tapapa is a simple food joint with yummy Pinoy comfort food that will surely not hurt your pocket. Their Bone Marrow Pares is a must-try too.
Photo credits: Tapapa FB account
Ca Phe Saigon
Red Cedar, Marikina Subdivision
A popular hole-in-the-wall restaurant, Ca Phe Saigon is one of Marikina’s never-to-miss food spots. Serving authentic Vietnamese eats, Ca Phe Saigon is a homey resto with delectable food all priced reasonably. One can never go wrong with Goi Cuon (fresh spring roll), Banh Mi, Beef Pho and end your Vietnamese feast with a cup Ca Phe Sua Da (coffee) that you can order hot or iced.
Photo credits: @msfoodtripphilippines via IG
DAO SE, Marikina Heights
Planning a romantic date night in Marikina? Then Fino Deli is a perfect choice. It is a classy restaurant that serves awesome Italian and Spanish food like Cinco Queso Pizza, Gambas, with amazing wines that pair perfectly with their offerings. Treat yourself with their Fino Platter (cheese and coldcuts) and Sangria (homemade with chopped fresh fruits).
Photo credits: @finodeli.ph via IG
Bodega Casa Villa
Dragon Street, Midnight Subdivision
Bodega Casa Villa is a place for fun food and chill drinking. What used to be an old house is now a favourite hang out spot of Markina locals as well as those coming from the neighboring cities who must have heard about this inviting Mexican inspired restobar. The food is a marriage of Filipino-Mexican flavours, and recommended to try is the Mucho Nacho Bodega, a giant heap of nachos with kesong puti, longganisa bits, salsa, jalapeno, garlic sauce and quezo sauce. They also have Longganisa Quesadilla, Crispy Dinuguan Burrito, and other irresistible dishes. Dare to try Bodega’s drinks, like the Sili Mo Rita and Santa Santito, while enjoying the night.
Photo credits: @bodega_casavilla via IG
UPDATE: Bodega Casa Villa is now closed.
Next time you’re in Marikina, don’t shy away from these restaurants that offer heart-warming flavors in varied impressive ambiance that you can only find in the Shoe Capital.
Cover photo credits: @akrusi_ via IG