Davao’s Night Market: The City’s Best Kept Secret

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Davao City has an unmistakable charm when the sun sets. The neon lights cast a colorful glow, the tantalizing aroma of grilled fish and barbecues fills the air, and the bustling stalls offer budget-friendly clothes and tempting fried treats. It’s an electrifying experience that invigorates your senses and makes you feel truly alive. But here’s the secret: Davao City boasts more than just one night market; it’s home to a lesser-known gem hidden away on Roxas Avenue.

Taking a moment to stand beside history with a life-sized Rodrigo Duterte standee.

Unveiling Davao's Hidden Gem

If you’re a first-time visitor to Davao, you might unintentionally pass by the night market on Roxas Avenue. It might not catch your eye at first glance, but it’s a discovery waiting to happen. This night market, nestled within Davao City, is a treasure trove offering everything you need for an unforgettable evening. From merchandise to mouthwatering barbecue stands, clothing, shoes, accessories, and souvenirs, you’ll find it all here. And for those seeking relaxation, there’s even an outdoor massage area.

An appetizing parade of food stalls, ready to satisfy every craving.

Why Davao's night market is worth a visit

Who doesn’t love a good night market? Davao’s Night Market is getting bigger and better every year! The place is a favorite hangout spot for many of the city’s inhabitants who love its affordable food and ambiance. You’ll experience the fun. You’ll never find yourself as a stranger to this place because it always feels like home, from the food to the people’s hospitality. Life is Here, indeed!

Glimpse of Davao's Warm Welcome: A View from the Davao City Airport Arrival

What’s the difference between Davao’s night market and the others?

Here’s my shortlist of what makes the place so unique: Davao’s night market is less chaotic and noisy than most other night markets. The market is small and less crowded. It is full of junk than most other night markets. It is the perfect spot to meet with friends. Davao’s night market is home to the yummiest dirty ice cream or charcoal ice cream. My favorite part about the market is that the vendors are already set up, which means an array of seafood is well-organized for you to choose from those stores. Food stalls, cheap finds, and Davao’s tastiest delicacies are in one place.

Mang Danny's Charcola Ice Cream


Conveniently situated across from Marco Polo, next to Ateneo de Davao University, and in close proximity to People’s Park Davao, finding this night market is a breeze.

Ateneo de Davao University


Davao City’s night market is a true gift to both its residents and guests. It’s an experience that beckons exploration. From savoring local street food to acquiring souvenirs, this night market is a complete package. Don’t forget to uncover Davao’s well-kept secret—it’s a visit that promises rich rewards!


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Lorence Laudenio

Lorence is an IT grad who loves to travel. He shares tech updates, trends, and his travel journey, aiming to inspire others by blending his passions.

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