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One of the must-visits when going to a new city or destination in the Philippines is its local markets. It provides a fresh perspective of what the place has to offer: from its popular local food, unique souvenir items, and even down to how locals go on their day-to-day life. The best part? You experience a slice of a place’s culture for free! In Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, its old public market situated in Malvar Road is buzzing with so much activity and sights to see.
The rich and abundant marine life of Palawan’s waters is reflected at the wide array of fresh seafood that is sold every day at the market. The main catch of the day would most often always include yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, tiger prawns, shells, and sardines. Stalls selling cooked seafood, usually grilled or smoked, can also be found inside the market.
Palawan is also home to many tropical fruits that are typically sold in the market every day like banana, mango (green and ripe), papaya, jackfruit, and star apple. Fruits imported from other countries like apples, oranges, and grapes can also be readily found here all year long. What’s most notable and interesting to see is how these stacks and piles of fruits add a burst of color to the entire market scene.
After experiencing the local market and buying stuff or two, other attractions around the area and city can be visited including the Puerto Princesa Baywalk, restaurants, and coffee shops along Rizal Street, The Palawan Museum, and Palaweño Brewery, and Immaculate Conception Cathedral.