The La Belle Vie Marketplace is a different kind of marketplace with its vineyard concept theme.
Held for the first time in Twin Lakes Tagaytay last May 30-April 1, it was presented by Megaworld Global Estate, Inc., Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, and Malingap Marketplace.
Make sure to watch the glimpse of La Belle Vie Marketplace in 1080p HD for better viewing.
About Twin Lakes Tagaytay
With an area covering 1,200 hectares, Twin Lakes Tagaytay is the Philippines’ first and only vineyard resort township community. We learned that its name came from the existence of the Taal Lake and their intention to put up another man-made lake. Currently, they have a shopping village that has great dining spots and stylish shops located along Tagaytay Ridge.
Soon to rise from this construction is The Vineyard Residences, a mixed use development that will have not only residential low-rise buildings, but also a hotel, resort, 10-hectare vineyard and various recreation facilities. Residents of which will certainly have central access to the township’s unique offerings.
With the combination of mountain breeze, astounding scenery and modern-day convenience, it truly is a one of a kind lifestyle offered by Megaworld’s Global Estate Resorts Inc. (GERI). We’re excited to see this development completed.
For more information, you may check their website.
About Malingap Marketplace
Malingap Marketplace, the new face of the Philippine weekend market scene, is led by siblings, Mr. Adrian & Ms. Louise Cobbarubias. For those who aren’t aware of Malingap Marketplace yet, it’s a rotational market with a usual spot in Malingap St. Teacher’s Village. The marketplace is indeed similar to Mercato/ Banchetto, but they offer a different kind of experience to their visitors.
We had the privilege of talking with the admirable Mr. Adrian. We learned from him that he based his idea of setting their marketplace from the existing ones such as Mercato/ Banchetto. However, he improved the concept with the following:
- No year-long contracts. If you’re planning to venture into food business, Malingap Market is definitely a good starting point. On the other hand, visitors naturally have a different experience with every visit as vendors are not locked in with a contract.
- Themed marketplace. With his architectural experience, they offer a stylized place with country style themes. This enhances the pleasure of guests and gives a refreshing feeling especially for city dwellers.
- New offerings. As they prefer startups rather than well established food stalls, people can expect new food and items going there. It is important to note that the Malingap owners assess the interested vendor’s offerings if its salable or not prior to being allowed to sell. For food, they test it and/or suggest improvements with his sister’s passion for cooking and baking pastries.
Both visitors and vendors are valued with the caring community they’ve established with their marketplace. We certainly felt it in La Belle Vie Marketplace.
For more information, check out their Facebook page.
La Belle Vie Marketplace
La Belle Vie Marketplace sets itself apart from other food fairs that we’re familiar with through its vineyard theme (as mentioned above). Instead of using the usual plastic tables and chairs, they utilized wooden crates and barrels. They also incorporated decorative grapes and fresh flowers. Overall, it’s aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and the decor made the experience a whole lot better. I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed the ambiance too.
Pure Nectar isn’t really a start up. Actually, they are a product of Fruit Magic. They also have branches all over Metro Manila. However, we haven’t tried it yet so I might as well share my thoughts about it.
Pure Nectar in essence is a collection of mixed fresh fruits and vegetable juices that promises health benefits depends on the kind of juice that you pick. We got our bottles for free courtesy of our friends at Megaworld so big thanks to them. But if you’re wondering what its price is, it costs PhP 200 or USD 4 per bottle.
For someone like Me-An, who needs a lot of energy throughout the day, she chose OLYMPIAN. It is a mixture of apple, pineapple and red beet which she’s also accustomed to drinking at home. Me-An’s drink has more of the pineapple taste instead of the apple, but you can definitely taste the red beet due to the root like texture of the drink.
I, on the other hand, who loves everything coconut, chose BUKO PANDAN. I like the fact that it contains coconut which increases good cholesterol. Taste wise, I can taste virgin coconut oil in the mix which gives a distinctive flavor to it.
Although its costs may be considered as expensive for some, we consider its price reasonable. All natural and 100% fresh fruits are used to make the drink. There are also no additives and preservatives, but the nutrients are still naturally preserved through their cold-press process. Additionally, we are assured that our body is getting that much needed detox. You know what they say, “Health is Wealth”.
Zaika offers Indian Mediterranean food, so you can count on them to get your kebab fix.
We, on the other hand, just wanted an appetizer.
We got the HUMMUS (PhP 75/ USD 1.60) served with pita bread. This may be a simple snack. However, we liked the fact that the pita bread is served warm so it can be pulled softly. We particularly liked how much hummus comes with it which is a great deal.
From what Me-An knows, Foodophile offers Hong Kong street food in Malingap. However, they offered grilled food instead which is a hit in La Belle Vie marketplace.
Among their selections were chicken parts like petso (breast), isaw (intestine), isol (ass), barbecue, and chorizo. They also offered prawns for those who are craving for seafood.
We were craving for something different so we had CHORIZO (PhP 70/ USD 1.50), Chinese sausage, with RICE (PhP 20/ USD 0.43) per cup of it. It was worth it as we got a stick of marinated grilled chorizo which is large for its size. I really dig their marinate as they have the right barbecue taste that I’m looking for. Not only is their food delicious, but it’s also has a generous serving which is a plus for us.
The Other Vendors
La Belle Vie Marketplace truly offered delectable treats from Filipino to Indian cuisine and exquisite products that are perfect for summer. These are some of the vendors that caught our attention:
La Nature Artisanat
This stall is popular among the ladies. Their bags look sturdy yet stylish for summer.
As one woman says, she refers to it as a sosyal na bayong meaning a classy sack bag. Indeed, these bags are suited for wealthy Filipinos for its price.
Truly, what is a marketplace without local produce? Their organic fruits look healthy. As for the taste, they offer free taste for interested buyers.
With the perfect setting and temperature, it’s great to relax with books at hand. As the marketplace can get noisy, there are available chairs from the distance to be able to concentrate in reading one of these books. There is also a nearby beautiful Starbuck’s to get some solace and solitude. Make sure to read inside though since most people are outside.
Greg’s Fruitcakery & Bakeshop
Their selection of breads are mouthwatering and couldn’t be easily found in a normal bakeshop in the Philippines. Whether you’re from Tagaytay or not, these breads are must-buys to pair with coffee in the morning or for afternoon snacks.
This is nice to take home for the road especially when driving back to Metro Manila. It’s really priced right. Don’t you think so too?
Refreshers should always be present in any marketplace. Thankfully, their drinks are not overpriced. We got our bottled water for only PhP 20 or USD 0.43.
By night time, a group named “Musikeros” performed familiar modern songs. By having a quick chat with them, we learned that they’re a group of students from a business organization of the Far Eastern University (FEU). It’s great that they gave an opportunity for talented young musicians and singers to perform.
In terms of food, we think that it is reasonable enough. Actually, to be honest, I was even expecting the prices to be more expensive, since almost all vendors came from Metro Manila. Good thing my expectations were wrong. And for the marketplace itself, it’s a great place to both shop and hang out with family and friends.
For disclosure purposes, although we were offered an unlimited wine and cheese in exchange for this blog post, all the views and opinions expressed here reflect our own. As we don’t normally drink wine and eat cheese like rich people do, this is a taste of the good life for us in Twin Lakes Tagaytay.
We are also happy to celebrate my birthday at the exact day the event happened with a champagne toast. Care to guess what my age is? Anyway, cheers! Thank you for reading this very long post.
Twin Lakes Tagaytay
Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Laurel, 4221 Cavite.
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