The Dumaguete City Public Market or tiangge is the best place in the city to source and buy fresh market local goods. In Dumaguete, going to the market to buy ingredients for daily meals has been a normal part of life for years. As early as four o'clock in the morning, people began to stream into the market to get the freshest fish and the best deal.
Haggling is normally commonplace, so it creates a loud, chaotic atmosphere. The aromas can be overpowering when inhaled all at once but are an integral part of any market with so much variety available.
The public market is composed of ten buildings, which are subdivided into narrow cubicles for lease lined up side by side, facing outwards. These areas are designated for non-perishable grocery items such as pans, pots, and other utensils, and also perishable foods such as canned goods, rice and other grains, and livestock feeds. Other items include brooms, coconut husks, baskets, bags, planks, fabric and plastic.
Other stores sell an extensive array of wares such as jewelry, watches, freshwater pearls, sunglasses, cds and dvds. A variety of shops and establishments can be found at the Public Market. Perishable goods such as chicken, fish and shellfish, pork and beef meat, spices, vegetables, and even flowers are sold at wholesale prices.
Other than the produce market selling local fruits like mangoes, bananas, papaya, guava, pineapple, jackfruit, watermelon and anything in season, there is a separate building dedicated to selling produce. These are also sold by the kilogram and are therefore at a huge discount as a result of the changing market.
If you are in Dumaguete town proper, it is easy enough to get to the Dumaguete City Public Market. You can just flag down any pedicab on the streets and pay the fare. There is an outskirt mini terminal that helps travelers to certain destinations in the city. It will not depart until the seat belt is fastened.
It is an all-year round destination that can be visited anytime. Take note it might get crowded during weekends.