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It always seems to be a must for visitors from the lowland areas to visit the Baguio Public Market before leaving the city. The market is located right at the lower end of Session Road and behind the Maharlika Center. It is here where they buy different souvenirs typical of Baguio. There are numerous other products and handicrafts sold at the Baguio public market which are brought in from other nearby provinces.

A wide variety of items are available such as fresh vegetables, strawberry jam, peanut brittle, dried tobacco, an assortment of fresh flowers, meat, Baguio sausages, fish, poultry, fruits, clothes and clothing material. You will also find native products and handicraft such as baskets, brooms, bags, brass, blankets & sweaters, woodcarving, and locally made jewelry. Fresh and sweet strawberries from nearby La Trinidad are sold at the market but these are available only on certain months of the year. From the province of Pangasinan, “bucayo” (coconut candy) and “bagoong” (salted fish or shrimp) may also be purchased.

mainphotopublicmarket01¬†At the upper part of the market are “carinderias” or small food stores serving delicious and inexpensive native as well as a few Chinese or western-style menu. Different native food choices are available and these include favorite dishes from the Ilocos and Tagalog regions, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Bicol, and others. These carinderias are patronized by most of the market vendors, people who work in the market, and the local residents.

The Maharlika shopping complex is also an integral part of the public market and at its basement is a food court popular among students, office and retail workers in the downtown area, and low-budgetted tourists from the nearby lowlands. It operates just like any other food court in big shopping malls in Metro Manila. At its upper floors are small retail outlets selling clothing, shoes, grocery items, wood and metal carvings, and antiques. Many visitors from foreign countries shop at the Maharlika shopping complex for silver craft, shell products, wood carvings, and other kinds of native handicraft. Read More