Stepping onto the shores of the new Boracay, there’s a curious excitement that greets you and a steady buzz surrounding its newly rehabilitated landscape. Its white sand beaches thump less with obnoxious party music, and hum more with a calm, revitalizing mist in the air that invites you to just relax and lounge around on a blanket in the sand. However, while this all seemed enticing enough at first glance, admittedly the first-time Boracay tourist and home-body in me wandered off the pump boat still fully expecting to hide away in my hotel room until called upon by a considerably lax itinerary. After all, what else are you supposed to do at the beach other than swim and frolic under the sun? A.K.A. two activities that I’m not particularly fond of. But surprisingly enough, our arrival at Station X proved to be a whole different experience than I had anticipated.
Located between Stations 2 and 3, Station X is an entertainment area all on its own. It’s got everything you could ever need, from a recreational hub for the family to relax and bond in, to a Pool Bar for those who’d rather swim, dance, and party the night away, all with the company of an alluring mix of drinks, including non-alcoholic ones, thank you very much! I mean, the mocktails? A highlight of my stay, honestly. My only regret was that I didn’t have more.
Speaking of highlights, if you’re a food lover or, you know, just a normal human being with the basic need to eat, perhaps the best part about Station X is its Streetmarket. Boasting of an abundance of food selections, it’s highly possible to indulge in a new meal every time you come back for more. “We wanted a place where people can go as a group, like families or friends, and they can have different options, like if they want something more comforting or familiar like fried chicken, or if they want something like seafood, which people come here for because it's by the beach,” head chef Natalia Moran tells Preview.“We curated it in a way that different cuisines are represented and when you go there you are able to travel in different places. It's a mix of different things, there's something for everybody.”
Already planning your next Boracay food crawl? First, find out more about all of Streetmarket’s food stalls, below!
For seafood enthusiasts like me, you’re sure to have a gastronomic lunch at Percy, Streetmarket’s Mediterranean food concept. The stall serves quite the mouth-watering selection of oysters, fish and chips, poke and ceviche, and more!
Fat Rice is a mix of different Southeast Asian cuisines with dishes hailing from Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, and more! As for Chef Natalia’s recommendation, the Curry Crab promises to fulfill both your cravings and your starved stomach.
If bricked-oven pizza is more your style, head on over to Diavolo and have a go at their Porquetta pizza, a guaranteed treat to your taste buds.
For undecided tongues in search of familiar comfort food, try out Winner Winner’s Southern American style honey buttered fried chicken and chicken fried steak.
Next in line: desserts! Sugar Cloud’s iced bingsu and kakigori sweets are perfect for cooling off after a long day spent at the beach.
When you’re up for authentic burritos and tacos, Santa Peligrosa’s mission-style Mexican food waits right around the corner.
Yet another favorite, Poketo is your go-to food stall for when you’re particularly craving for the fresh flavors of Japan. Their yakotiri bowls and tempura are a must-try!
Whether it’s breakfast or merienda o’clock, you won’t have to look farther than Little Wave, a café serving specialty coffee, along with a variety of sandwiches and light meals to fuel you after a fun and tiring swim.
You can visit Streetmarket Boracay at Station X, Hue Hotels and Resort Boracay, open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Note: Little Wave opens at 7:00 a.m.)