5 Foodie Reasons to go to Tiendesitas


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I’ve never been fond of Shopping Malls and Tiangge’s because (1) they are waste of time, (2) expensive since their retail prices are not direct from the source, and (3) it is not unique since anybody can get it. Tiendesitas is no exception, which means “little stores” located along Ortigas corner C-5 and has been in operation for 3 months now. It is owned by Ortigas and Company Ltd (same owner as greenhills shopping center), and it is envisioned to be the Chatuchak equivalent of the Philippines. This three (3) hectare flea market mall area is part of the bigger 2 billion, 18.5 hectare Fontera Verde Development which would also houses an Super SM Hypermarket and MC Home Depot in the future. You can go here for Fashion, Food Delicacies, Pet Shops, and Antiques with Free Parking and ATMs available.

So why would I go to Tiendesitas where the prices are touristy expensive, and each visit would be a workout in the gym ? They are living up to their equity of being able to acquire the True Taste of Pinoy and here are five reasons why…

Best Merienda in town, Langka Suman (P22) and Tsokolate (P45)! This is a winner and don’t miss this and this would surely make your trip in Tiendesitas worthwhile. It is so expensive and addicting that you would crave for more 🙂

Don’t be deceive by the looks of this, because this is the food stall where you can only pick up your order of Dindi’s chocololate chips cake (thanks to Lori). It is located in the food delicacies section and it is easy to find. Just a caveat though, we were disappointed with the chocolate chips cake but you gotta love her brownies (diet killer!)

I got to admit that the food area of Tiendesitas pays homage to food delicacies in the provinces which includes the best taste of Illongo Seafood. There is such a good selection of grilled food all around and it is easy to be lost on what food to eat. We happen to eat here in Freska, and the food is expensive as expected and it does not taste the type of Illonggo food when you visit the Visayas. We were disappointed frankly with the food and I was looking for that authentic kick given their prices but they just turn out to be one of those ordinary food court stalls. Although, this is perfect for tourist or balikbayan guest who wants to get a sampling and taste of the Philippines.

Now, this was a pleasant surprise, finding Sanctuario’s delicacies in Tiendesitas. No need to go to Tagaytay (which actually ruins it) and you can already get a taste of Sanctuario’s raisin bread and bangus pate. Check it out in your next visit!

Finally, an innovative Gourmet Balut in Brine (P75)! Perfect for those balikbayans looking for that fear factor food in a bottle. It tasted great and this is their first shop, and I’m now starting to think to give this as a gift to our expats.

Truly, Tiendesitas acquired the True Taste of Pinoy and I’m sure to go back for this!


11 thoughts on “5 Foodie Reasons to go to Tiendesitas

  1. that’s great! despite being harrassed by security guards when I took these pictures, I think it was worth it to share these interesting finds 🙂


  3. Veccitto’s Barbecues & Lola Diding’s are great for bulalo, inihaw na tenga, fried tawilis and grilled eggplant salad. Fat Butchie’s offers a great wood fire-grilled liempo with crackling skin and very reasonably priced grilled oysters. I would also recommend the grilled spareribs of that stall next to (or two stalls away from) Fat Butchie’s. The name escapes me now but it’s a big stall composed of two stall spaces actually and done up in red brick. Superstar also shows promise for its crispy tadyang – delicious and generous serving size! To cap off a good meal, we have coffee, hot chocolate and dessert at Philippine Coffee Collection, close to the customer service booth. They have iced coffee drinks made with pastillas de leche. They also serve a mean grilled ensaymada with cream cheese and homemade guava jam on top. For merienda, you can have their focaccia with kesong puti filling or their focaccia with parmesan dip. I live in Pasig, ten minutes away from Tiendesitas, so you can imagine how often I eat there. =)

  4. tried veccitto’s chicken and pork isaw,the beeeesssst! i never tried it before,but when i got to taste it, i frequent their stall in tiendesitas. the other store beside them made gaya-gaya but taste yucky, not cleaned well, unlike veccitto’s isaw’s taste, so yummy. also their bulalo, and sinigang.bahay style talaga. like it so much. even my family loved their food.

  5. I’ve watched “Noypi” at Ch2 last dec 2006 and saw Bea Lucero shopping in Tiendesitas. She spotted a wedge shoes (cute one!) worth 300 pesos only. The name of the stall escapes me and hardly remembered if it is SHOEBOX or something with a BOX sa name ng stall…
    Can someone help me locate the name of the stall? Please? I love wedge shoes but of reasonable price lang po!

  6. i can see that you’ve been to tiendesitas a lot of times already. my friend told me that there’s a resto there which caters to kiddie parties and has a small “playroom”. do you know the name of that restaurant?

  7. Tita Lynn’s flavored suman’s good.. I have to try the other flavors pa! But I love their ube suman! =) They have stalls in Shopwise branches too!

  8. will somebody help me get to tiendesitas, ortigas? i will be coming from makati, thanks so much for dear hearts…..pong

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