Food parks are just everywhere these days! Last year, we saw a surge in the number of vacant lots being turned into IG-worthy, millennial-driven food hangouts that offer a variety of cuisines. These days I personally prefer restaurants that serve consistently good food over trendy concepts that only look good in photos, but by the looks of it, there’s no sign of the food park craze slowing down anytime soon.
While finding parking is always a pain and the food is mostly hit or miss, food parks are really popular because of all the buzz they make on social media. They attract attention by creating crazy concepts, taking on memorable restaurant names, or by offering bizarre dishes that will make you go WTF. Here are four creative new food parks that stand out just for their concept alone.
Kantorini Food Park
Opened just this June, one of the newest food parks in Quezon City offers–you guessed it– a Santorini-inspired ambiance. Located at the corner of Katipunan near Ateneo de Manila University, you have the quirkily-named Kantorini, a wordplay on kanto (corner) and the popular island tourist destination southeast of Greece.
This new food park lets you satisfy your cravings in a multi-level dining space with whitewashed walls and blue domed structures inspired by the architecture of Santorini. They currently have 28 stalls serving a wide array of food choices from all-day breakfast, to the usual pasta-pizza-chicken wings combo, as well as classic Greek gyros to match the theme. As a bonus, they offer ample parking space, which is usually very hard to come by at food parks these days.
Kantorini Food Park is at Lot 2 Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.
Industrie Food Loft
Industrie Food Loft, the newest dining destination in Ortigas, offers an “elevated concept” of a food park. While food parks are great during summer months, dining outdoors in gardens and al fresco spaces during the rainy season isn’t always that pleasant.
Industrie Food Loft is a rooftop food hall located at City Golf Plaza along Julia Vargas with an indoor air-conditioned main dining space and outdoor picnic tables in a fully-covered patio area. They currently have 12 curated food concepts ranging from classic comfort food, Asian street eats, third wave coffee and premium gelato, as well as a specialty beverage bar serving unique alcoholic drinks and cocktails.
Aside from the focus on high quality ingredients, what makes the 300-square meter space unique is its very millennial aesthetic that incorporates modern industrial and pop art design. Each food stall is well-designed with Instagrammable details matching their food concept. While most food parks cater to barkadas, Industrie Food Loft feels very kid-friendly and family-friendly in terms of the interiors and food choices!
Industrie Food Loft is located at 2/F City Golf Plaza, along Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig City.
Carnival Food Park
Marikina has more than its fair share of food parks, but Carnival Food Park is one of the biggest in the area, with a fun concept that will appeal to kids and kids at heart. The place immediately attracts the crowds because of its festive atmosphere, with its fiesta-style buntings, bright lights and overall design. Who doesn’t love carnival rides like carousels and ferris wheels, right?
The 1,600+-square meter space currently has 26 stalls, some of which are mainstays in other food parks, along with totally new food concepts. As an added attraction, the food park offers perya-style games like basketball shootouts, music and more to resemble an actual carnival, giving diners something else to do aside from eating. They’re even planning to put up small KTV rooms with air-conditioning for diners to enjoy. Be warned that like all food parks, Carnival Food Park can get crowded on weekends!
Carnival Food Park is located at Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue, Sta. Elena, Marikina City.
Ever since they opened, Grub Hub has been getting social media buzz because of their hip, Instagram-ready interiors. This food hangout along Visayas Avenue near Congressional is frequently described as one of the “hippest and trendiest food parks in the metro.”
They have 17 stalls serving diverse cuisines, most offering twists on the usual comfort food classics as well as food park staples like burgers, sisig, chicharon, bacon and churros. They have four unique dining areas, with every corner seemingly designed just to be photographed.
The Junkyard, an open-air dining area, makes use of repurposed materials like tire seats and art-covered upcycled dining tables. The Greenhouse is a small, enclosed, air-conditioned garden area ideal for families who want a little peace and quiet. The back of the space hosts the Hippieyard, a laid-back beach-inspired area with whitewashed wood and colorful lanterns where live music performances are sometimes held.
The most popular area for photos is known as the Hobbit Hall, a long hallway lined with stalls with circular booths patterned like the iconic doors seen in the movie adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.
Grub Hub is located at 47 Visayas Avenue cor. Congressional Ave. Ext., Quezon City.
Chiebog Food Park
Are you a fan of all things old-school? You might want to check out Chiebog, a newly opened retro arcade-themed food park in North Fairview. The 8-bit style signage atop a colorful Rubik’s cube just brings back a wave of nostalgia.
They promise diners a good food selection and nightly dose of feel-good music in a laid-back ambiance. I’m crossing my fingers that there are actual arcade games you can play here. Chiebog Food Park is located near Lagro High School and AMA college, so they’ll be sure to draw in the after school student crowd.
Chiebog Food Park is located in Block 55 Lot 1, Bristol Street, Greater Lagro, Fairview, Quezon City.
Fun Factory Food Park
What’s that? There’s now a 3D Art Themed Food Park? Fun Factory Food Park, by the same team behind Carnival Food Park, promises diners added entertainment with their 3D art walls (think Art in Island) painted on container van walls, for fun interactive photo ops aside from enjoying food and drinks.
Technically, this food park is no longer in Manila (they’re located in Bacoor, Cavite), but for residents who live near the area, it looks like a promising place to take the kids for a day of bonding with the family. If the over-the-top entrance with a rainbow archway and robots doesn’t catch their attention, nothing will. Expect fun and creative food concepts to match their theme.
Fun Factory Food Park is located in 17 Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Bacoor, Cavite