Parks are great hangout places. Throw food and entertainment into the mix, and you get a space that is truly recreational.
Food parks are the latest trend to sweep the food industry. We have seen its rise over the last two years, with new ones popping up on city streets all over the metro. Its success is not so surprising though. People love to eat and go on culinary adventures, so having a variety of food stalls in one place is almost certainly going to draw a crowd. Urban Flavors Food and Events Place, just blocks away from SM North EDSA and TriNoma, joins the fad and elevates the experience with an airconditioned events area, dedicated parking space, and a stage for live entertainment.
What sets Urban Flavors apart
Urban Flavors quietly opened its doors to the public last August of this year. The building complex is located on a spacious lot along Mindanao Avenue—easy to get to if you’re from the QC area. Like most upscale hawkers in the city, it has an industrial finish complete with shipping containers and graffiti creatively integrated into its design. The three-storey Urban Flavors Food and Events Place can accommodate 27 food stalls: 22 on the first level, and five more upstairs. One of its unique features is its air-conditioned multifunction area that can accommodate up to 100 people, and can be rented out for parties, gatherings, and other occasions.
One of the challenges of food and events places along busy streets is parking. People rushing in can cause traffic congestion, which could prove problematic for the food hub and residents in the area. Urban Flavors solves this issue with parking spaces up front, and on the second level for a total capacity of 16 vehicles.
While food places like this are patronized for the gastronomical experience they offer, Urban Flavors adds another aspect to keep customers coming back. It has a stage for up-and-coming artists to perform on. The stage opens at 7 PM on Fridays and Saturdays. For people seated far from the stage or upstairs, Urban Flavors has installed displays and speakers to let everyone in on the fun.
Colorful food choices
As Urban Flavors is relatively new, there are currently seven food stalls operating at the food and entertainment stop.
For Filipino food cravings, there’s Filipino Kuxina Fusion which offers generous servings of favorites such as Kare Kare and Binagoongan. There’s nothing like the flavor of the sea, even more so when it is expertly prepared. This is what Above Sea Level offers with their seafood plate and the famous Giant Butterfly Squid. International cuisine is brought to the park thanks to Chikkin Yuggun for Korean specialty food, Flame and Fries for deep-fried munchies, Crazy Sushi for Japanese delights, and Lola’s Pizza for savory slices with a twist. Puffy’s, meanwhile, is the choice for sweets. It specializes in Hong Kong egg waffles garnished with ice cream, pretzels, and other sugary treats.
Urban Flavors Food and Events Place is open Monday to Sunday from 4 PM to 12 AM. It is located at 18 Mindanao Ave. Project 6, Quezon City.
Also published in GADGETS MAGAZINE November 2018 Issue.
Words by Mia Carisse Barrientos
Photos and layout by Theresa Eloriaga