Stomach churning and wishing you could get something to eat? How about lots to eat?
Binondo may be a chaotic part of Manila, however, it is also the home to various food stalls and restaurants that may or may not have a Chinese influence. This is also where you can find the famous little Chinatown of the Philippines.
So, how do you get to Binondo?
Good thing about learning how to go to Binondo is that it is easier than you think and even if you live far like me, it won’t be as hassling anymore – thanks to LRT 1 and LRT 2.
If you’re coming from Rizal areas such as Cainta, Antipolo, Binangonan, Tanay, you can ride a jeep to Cubao (jeep must go through Sta.Lucia and not through Ever Gotesco) and get down at Santolan, LRT 2 station just before SM Marikina. From there, buy a ticket to Recto Station and take the train. Ticket will cost P15.
Get down at the last station and exit to LRT 1 on the other side. From LRT 1 Doroteo Jose, you can take a train going to Carriedo Station. This will cost P12.
From Carriedo Station, just walk a little along the narrow streets to your left until you find the Carriedo Fountain and the Sta. Cruz Church. Your food tour starts in front of the fountain with a small arch over a narrow street, also known as the Ongpin Goodwill Arch.
If you’re in Diliman or QC, you can just take the North Avenue MRT station, take a train all the way to Taft Avenue where you will have to cross your way through the Metropoint Mall to the EDSA LRT 1 station. From EDSA LRT 1, ride a train going to Carriedo Station.
The same way, if you’re from Baclaran or around Pasay City, all you have to do is take a train to Carriedo Station which will lead you directly to Binondo.
If you’re all the way from Caloocan, you can take the station in Monumento and get down at Carriedo Station.
If you’re saving or don’t want to spend too much on train rides, jeeps from Divisoria going to Taft Ave will pass the Binondo Church directly and you can just get down here and walk a little to enter Chinatown and access other food stalls and restaurants.
It is also the same if you’re from Taft. Jeeps going to Divisoria will pass the Binondo Church on your right.
If you’re from EDSA, you can take jeeps plying the Sta. Cruz route. This will also pass the Binondo Church.
The Carriedo Fountain or Sta. Cruz church is where you can begin your Binondo Food Walk.
If you’re into shopping for cheap, but nice bags, the mall beside Carriedo Station has a good selection of them.