Visiting the public market in Ilocos Norte

I love visiting local markets whenever I go to a new destination. Visiting a public market heightens all my senses with visual imagery that is fun to explore, impactful and filled with photo opportunities. Visiting the public market in Ilocos Norte at Vigan is raw and alive with daily shopping rituals and visiting friends. You can to see and even taste local snacks, foods and delicious in season tropical fruits and vegetable or even souvenir shop for locally made crafts and artwork.


Lets tour the public market in Ilocos Norte at Vigan


Public market in Vigan, Ilocos Norte


Surprisingly the people and vendors at Vigan public market are not shy and also love to ham it up when they see you taking photos of them. The concrete buildings are gigantic with two covered buildings that provide shade and protection from outdoor elements. The market space is not pretty with a flotilla of little tricycles parked out in the parking lots with drivers soliciting for rides around the city.  It’s utilitarian, but still colorful in some spots and fun walking around the different sections that cater to the type of foods and produce being sold.  Here’s how it looks around the marketplace perimeter.


Public market in Vigan, Ilocos Norte



Tricycles at the public market in Vigan


Vigan market’s colorful produce section


The produce section at Vigan market





Covered fruit area of the Vigan market


Keeping cool at the Vigan market


Covered fruit area of the Vigan market


Cheap and tasty pineapples for sale at Vigan market


Covered fruit area of the Vigan market



Vigan market’s delicious prepared foods and snacks

Filipinos love to snack or get a quick bite while shopping the markets here and there’s plenty of food vendors to choose from. If you have a sweet tooth, then there are lots of pastries, baked goods and other sweet goodies to tempt you to try something different and exotic in flavors. Check out some of these local favorites below and you might want to explore the upstairs food area of the market to try some of these delicious foods for sale.


Finished foods and sweets at the Vigan Market


Popular take out foods like the pancit noodle dishes below for under a dollar



Noodle dishes for sale at Vigan market



Tasting the fried empanada specialties from Vigan


Fried empanada from Vigan


The tasty local Bagnet – crispy pork belly is delicious with a spicy vinegar dressing


Bagnet from the Vigan marketplace



Checking out the gritty sections of the Vigan market


The butcher, seafood and other meat market section of the Vigan market is lively, raw and absolutely in your face.  Displayed recently butchered meats range in easy to see food displays to fresh cuts hanging in an unappealing fashion on simple hooks. The good thing is that the market is well covered and the sections look very clean and well maintained – with vendors smiling or trying to tempt you to check out their merchandise. Here are some highlights  visiting this section of the marketplace.


Meat and seafood stalls at Vigan market



seafood stall at the Vigan marketplace


Looking to buy some dried fish?



Dried fish vendor at Vigan market Ilocos Norte

Raw meat next to take out pork belly for sale


Meat vendor at Vigan market Ilocos Norte


Vigan arts and local crafts

The sections below the market carries cheap sundry items, clothing stands and a section featuring local crafts and souvenirs that you can find and even bargain for inexpensive gifts. Offering a variety of handmade items including: hand woven linens, wood carvings, jewelry,  ceramics and T shirts, you’ll find the best deals here compared to the tourist areas of Vigan city. It’s nice that the vendors are nice and not to pushy about selling their wares here, so don’t feel obligated to compare merchandise and prices from one stall to the next.


More details and tips visiting the Vigan market

Vigan market hours are early mornings to 7:30 pm and located at Alcantara Street

The market is located next to the bus station away from the historic district, it’s easy enough to catch a cab or tricycle to the market.

Tricycles from the historic district should be around 20 Pesos or under 50 cents.

The upstairs sections sell the perishable goods, take out foods, baked goods and snacks and the meat/seafood vendors. Downstairs sections sell sundry items, clothing and household goods and a nice section of local arts and crafts.

Must try local foods include: Bagnet (fried pork belly), longganisa (local Vigan sausage), empanada or other fried specialties, pinakbet -(vegetable stew in a shrimp paste), Vigan Miki (savory chicken noodle soup)



The Vigan Markket in Ilocos Norte Philippines


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