I’ve always said that the best time to go to Davao City is in August. For one thing, the world-famous Kadayawan Festival is held mid-month, with activities and events happening all month long. Plus it is also the best time to try out durian in Davao City. And it’s not just durian, the best Davao fruits are also in season!
So where to find the best durian in Davao City? During Kadayawan season, it’s literally everywhere! The streets are lined with vendors selling different durian varieties at rock bottom per kilo prices. When visiting off-season, your best bet would be Magsaysay Fruit Vendors Association located at the entrance to Magsaysay Park, right smack in the center of Davao’s Chinatown.
The place is lined with stores selling Davao fruits like durian, mangosteen, rambutan, marang and pomelo. Fruits at Magsaysay Vendors are a bit pricey compared to those sold in streets but you are assured of quality. Their produce come from the most reputable farms in the region like Dizon Farms and TADECO.
Also available in the stalls are products derived from the fruits. Durian candies, tarts, jams and preserves are excellent as pasalubong (take-home treats); just make sure you ask the vendor to wrap them tightly as airlines do not allow smelly products on board.
Durian candies are also great for those who would like to test out the fruit flavor first before going for the full durian experience. Durian is famous for its pungent odor that often turns people off. But the moment it touches your lips, the smell will take the backseat and you’ll soon be hooked on the milky flavor!
How to Get There
From downtown Davao, ride a jeepney with a sign “NCCC” or “Magsaysay” or “Uyanguren”. It should pass right by Magsaysay Vendors. Or you can take the easy route and hail a cab and just ask the driver to take you there. Have fun gorging on durian in Davao City!