Marked as one of the world’s safest cities, Davao City has a lot to offer when it comes to nightlife. Even though nightlife in Davao is limited due to the City Government’s curfew and liquor ban, there are still a lot of things to do. Nightlife can also be described as hanging out with friends and enjoying each other’s company while trying different kinds of food. If you just want to chill at night, you can visit these following places:
- Roxas Night Market
This is one of the most visited places in the downtown area of Davao City. At exactly 5 o’clock in the afternoon, the Roxas Street will be transformed in to a long lane of different stalls. Your cravings can be satisfied without spending a lot of money. Actually, a P100 ($2) will allow you to fully enjoy the place. You can enjoy different kinds of street foods like kwek-kwek (fried boiled egg), fish balls, fried chicken skin and intestines, and balut (fertilized duck egg). Fresh fruits, drinks and desserts like durian ice cream are also a must-try. You simply choose a stall, pick the food you want and wait for it to get cooked.
Aside from the food, outdoor massage is also offered here. You can enjoy a whole body massage for P200 ($4) only. If you are also into shopping, Roxas Night Market has an “Ukay-Ukay” (mixed clothing) section, where you can buy clothes, bags and shoes for a low price. You don’t have to bring huge amount of cash unless you plan to eat and buy a lot.
- Matina Town Square
Matina Town Square is known as an entertainment center because of the live performances of local bands and homegrown music artists. MTS is a place where people hang out after a long day of work. Catching up with friends while eating and listening to good music are nice ways to end a day.
There are a lot of good place to hang out like restaurants, food outlets, cafés and bars. Aling Fopping’s Halo-halo or the Durian Coffee of Blugre are good meal conclusions. During special occasion like Araw ng Dabaw or Kadayawan, MTS also organizes weekend bazaars.
- Boxed Up
With 30 different food outlets in shipping containers, each outlet was made in a creative architectural design which attracts the locals to drop by and experience this new food hub. Aside from the ambiance, each outlet is offering something different from one another.
They have tacos, burgers, dumplings, barbecue and desserts. The prices of the food vary depending on the outlet. Most range from P45 to P200 which is not bad at all. They are open every day starting at 5pm.
- Jack’s Ridge
Located at the top of Shrine Hills-Matina, Jack’s Ridge is one of the best places to spend the night in Davao. It has a nice panoramic view of the city where you will enjoy the cold breeze and the city lights. There is also an amphitheater and a playground where kids can run around and play. They also have a swimming pool if you want to have a dip at night.
Jack’s Ridge also offers premium food from their restaurant named Taklobo. Seafood platter, sisig (sizzling pig’s mask and liver) and Kare-Kare (stew in peanut sauce) are the best sellers in their menu. They also have commendable desserts and drinks at their coffee shop where they also serve Durian coffee and Durian cheesecake. There are bars below the coffee shop where you can enjoy live performances daily.
- Damosa Gateway
Damosa Gateway is buzzing even late at night because of the different IT and BPO companies around the area. This place has a lot of different restaurants, coffee shops, bars and hotels. It is also known as a spot for local concerts and band performances. Food Festival is held here during holidays, long weekends or local festivities.
- SM Lanang Weekend Market
Davao’s local entrepreneurs are always on the watch for weekend markets. A huge tent filled with food stalls keeps the fountain court of SM Lanang lively. The weekend market is organized in a scheduled basis either on holidays, long weekends or during local festivities. The organizers are inviting both local and eminent bands for a mini concert. It is really a perfect venue for family time and bonding with friends.
- Torres Street
F Torres Street caters to different people’s wants. The whole street is full of both new and old establishments. Bowling lanes, spa, restaurants, coffee shops, bars and dessert shops mark this long street a night life haven.
Coco’s grill, Bistro Rosario, Rekado, Harana and Bigby’s are on the top of the list for wonderful dinner. Yoh Froz, Snow Shack, Tiny Kitchen, Café Demitasse, Green Coffee, Frog Kaffee and Roastery for dessert cravings. Prime square has Zigudu, a comedy bar, just for fun. This is a one-stop place for anyone who just wants to have fun.
- K1 KTV Café SPA
Videoke is the favorite pastime for Filipinos. K1 has a wide selection of songs. They also have Kinect and WII where you can do your moves. Depending on your group size, there’s a package room as low as P200 ($4).
K1 café serves wide choices of drinks, pica foods and hearty meals. To complete it, they also have a spa where you will be pampered with a good massage.
- The Peak
Located on the rooftop of Gaisano Mall, The Peak is a great place to be during night time. It provides a beautiful panoramic view of the downtown area. It has a fountain area with colorful lights that provides delight to the guests. From pizza to frozen yogurt, The Peak has a lot of restaurants and coffee shops that serves affordable meals and tasty desserts.
- People’s Park
Family picnics, barkada (friends) outing, lover’s dating nest and for exercising are the best things to do at People’s Park without paying entrance fees. It is open every day from 5am to 8am for those would like to jog. It will be closed from 8am to 12 noon for maintenance clean up. It will be opened again from 1pm to 10pm (Monday-Thursday & Sunday) and 1pm to 11pm for Fridays and Saturdays.
They are quite strict here when it comes checking of bags but it’s for the safety of everyone. The giant statues of the Philippine Eagle, waling-waling flower and the tribes which can be found in Davao City are some of the attractions here. The Durian-like dome has a display of pictures about Davao City.
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