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SOMO Market is more than just your usual bazaar

Discover the outdoor market in Cavite that's turning grocery shopping into a family weekend destination.

A beautiful windy day at SOMO Market.

Entering SOMO Market

During a windy Sunday afternoon, we excitedly arrived at SOMO Market. Immediately, the atmosphere became a lot more chill. Suddenly, it felt as if we were on a vacation away from the city. By the entrance, we were required to follow standard safety protocols. Standing there was a friendly guard ready to check everyone’s temperature. Driving in, a graphic map of the layout can be seen. So we simply went inside following that.

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Stalls at the Market

Kitchen Recados is a stall selling raw local ingredients, dried herbs, and spices.
Kitchen Recados is a stall selling raw local ingredients, dried herbs, and spices.

Once inside, we started from the left side of SOMO Market and eventually made our way to the right. At the start of our crawl, we found stalls selling various raw ingredients. This place should be perfect for casually strolling with the family as you plan for the week’s meals.

SOMO Market is more than just your usual bazaar
Fresh Baguio vegetables are available from six in the morning.

Moreover, you can find farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, local herbs and spices, and even fresh fish—all selling for reasonable palengke prices.

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In the middle of the market, you’ll find a range of local handicrafts.

Find rattan accents made by local artisans for your home.
Find rattan accents made by local artisans for your home.

By the far-end of the SOMO Market site, you’ll find rattan accents made locally. Here, you will also find ceramics, curtains, and other tools and knick-knacks for almost every hobby.

A variety of plants sold at just prices
A variety of plants sold at just prices

For obvious reasons, there is a whole tent dedicated to plantitas and plantitos!

A short family getaway

Enjoy a view of kites flying against the sunset.
Enjoy a view of kites flying against the sunset.

Right by the tents, there’s a spacious grassy ground. There, some families are just lounging around with snacks from the market. Meanwhile, some are flying kites. On our short visit, we were lucky enough to chance upon a beautiful sunset.

SOMO Market is more than just your usual bazaar
Taking it slow at SOMO Market

The verdict: At SOMO Market, grocery shopping ceases to become just another mundane task. This place allows you to take your time to enjoy the afternoon breeze. And take it from us, it makes a huge difference and sets the mood for the rest of the week!

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