When I was a schoolgirl, we used to pass by Lilac Street in Marikina City. It’s just a few blocks away from our school and most of my service mates live within the area. The long stretch of the street is home to middle-class families, mostly awardees of government housing projects.
Years passed and the houses turned into commercial dining spaces, making Lilac Steet as one established food district. Little by little, volumes of restaurants started to sprout like mongo plants in other Marikina areas like Calumpang, San Roque, and Katipunan. And though the city is still known for shoes – thus earning the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines” title – Marikina City is slowly becoming famous as an ideal food destination, too. A lot of food crawls happened already in these areas and even if you’re inside SM Marikina, all the more that you can have an awesome gastronomic experience. Allow us to share our recent first-time food crawl stops.