The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Roxas Night Market in Davao
Four years ago, the Roxas Night Market in Davao started to create its name. I never even noticed it before. But as the year’s passed by, it became famous and well-known to Davaoenos and to tourists as well. It became one of the top-visited places during the night in Davao. So, let’s run it down.
What is Roxas Night Market?
Roxas night market is in front of the Marco Polo Hotel and Ateneo de Davao University. Roxas Avenue is a busy street during the day as a service road going to Quimpo Boulevard coming from the heart of the city. Students from the well-known AdDDU are all over the area streaming around. This is also the end route for Lasang and Tibungco commuters. Aldevinco, a known souvenir item shop, is also in the Roxas Avenue corner Claveria.
During the night is its busiest hours than the day. Thousands of locals and tourists visit the area to explore and look for items to buy.
What to expect in the area?
Expect a lot of people, food stalls and tiangge (stalls for different items). Expect also a high volume of security for the area and the stalls. I remember the other night when I and my sister were eating our dinner, a security army was telling the stall owner to move the tables around a little closer to her area so that people can walk around. So, I guess they really check the area for the security of the visitors and tourist as well.
Another expectation is the smelling smoke of the barbecue grill half of the first block. Mostly are stalls of barbecue grills which sells a lot like
- pork barbecue
- tuna jaw(the famous one)
- chicken intestines(also know as ‘isaw’ in the Philippines)
- chicken liver and more
The prices range from Php5 to a hundred pesos. I suggest if you plan to try the grilled food here, better bring your own rice. Why? Because the rice cost Php5 and is only a fist of a baby’s size. I bet you will spend much more on rice than the barbecue. So better be ready and full your stomach to catch a long night for the search in the items stall.
When you got thirsty, there are a lot of coolers as well like the calamansi juice and other flavors. I met this woman who has a stall of different flavors of sweet jelly drinks. The colors look really inviting but the flavor matters most and it cost a Php10 and Php20 per cup.
So, my son and I tried it. I choose coffee lava and my son chooses ube macapuno which is one of the known flavors in the Philippines. The coolness and the flavor of my drink are really strong and as a coffee lover, it really tastes good. I can taste the milk and the strong coffee as well. I looked at my son and he happens to love it also.
Then suddenly the woman offered us a free refill of any flavors we choose. I am quite impressed. That’s really a great strategy and a friendly approach to her costumers. I really thank the woman because it has saved my thirst that night.
How Secure Is It?
Last year was a tragic year for the Roxas night market. The blast that happened in the area was really a depressing and sad moment for the stall owners and business person along the avenue.
My sister told me that before it happened, the police were not really strict in watching over the area. There were no gates for inspection of people who enter Roxas. There are a lot of open stalls mostly on both sides, the north and southbound area with no barriers. Because of the not so strict policy in the area, that nightmare happened.
But things are different now. As I’ve said earlier, the security has become more focus on controlling the area with a lot of security people, barriers, police mobiles, and non-uniformed army to secure the area and assure a great experience to people who have visited the night sellers.
I visited Roxas twice and the experience was really satisfying. Investigating the area is one of my concern like how secure it is and what to see and expect it. I even brought my son on the second time for him to see how the world goes around here.
The impression it gave me is really good. The stalls owners and the security are alert and very vigilant on how they should be after the tragedy. So, I guess I would recommend you try to visit the place. I know these place will be a good option as well for items you are looking for like souvenirs and Ukay-ukay(Second-hand goods).
We should just be very careful in whatever place we look forward to exploring. The tragedy has not happened only in this area but also around the world. You choose whether you see it for yourself. The important is, you tried and you’re happy about it.
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