Its a shop with ceramics, candle products, coconut crafts, woven bags, jewelry, furnitures... everything inside are made locally. Local delicacies also available. The place is airy and clean and a great place to find unique gifts.
as of Jan2012: They now have a branch at the Robinson's Mall. The mall is also along Lacson St. About 1.5 km north from the main ANP shop across Philippine National Bank
What to pay: Prices are 15 to 20% cheaper than in Manila. Most producers also ship to major department stores in manila.
Robinson's Place is one of the malls in Bacolod. It is located in Mandalagan, Northern part of the City. Robinson's is a one-stop shop with boutiques, restaurants, cinera, grocery, department store and amusement.
What to buy: souvenir items at the department store
What to pay: it depends on the product choice and quantity
If you are looking for something to bring back home from Bacolod, visit Bong-bong's and you'll find lots of food and other souvenir for "pasalubong" (take-home).
Bong-bong, the owner of the store, used to be an ordinary baker and his story of "from rags to riches" is really inspiring. Bong-bongs sells local delicacy including the famous piaya which is the trademark of Bacolod. They also sell shirts and other souvenir items on the shop.
It is in their main store, which is in Alijis-Murcia Road, where they have their bakery and you can buy hot piaya from there. They also have branches in Corner Alunan, Araneta St. in downtown Bacolod, SM City and Robinson's Place.
What to buy: Piaya, barquillos, cheesetart, Tshirt...
What to pay: Depends on the kind and number of items you're buying...
SM City - Bacolod is a one of the many SM Malls in the Philippines. The mall is composed of stores, boutiques, restaurants, bookstore, cinema, department store, grocery, drugstores,etc. It got almost everything.
The place where people usually hang out and meet up. So if u want to eat, shop or even just walk around, try going to SM and enjoy seeing people from all walks of life.
What to buy: --- Pasalubong (take home stuff) like local delicacies such as piaya, napoleones, biscocho, barquillos, etc. from Bong bong's or Merci.
--- try the delicious cakes of Bob's and Calea. ;)
What to pay: It depends on your preference and budget.
I saw SM Mall and Robinson's Mall in Bacolod City, but I didn't bother to go there, as I already know what it's like shopping in those malls. I wanted to see what the very first mall in Bacolod looked like, the Plaza Mart. The mall has been renovated, but it was opened in 1965, and was the first modern commercial center in Western Visayas to provide shoppers with an escalator. It is right in the heart of the city. As I went up the escalator, I noticed that the ambience was like the old shopping center in Greenhills. There were boutiques selling imported garments, faux jewelry, bags, footwear, health supplements and other imported goods. I stopped by Kyak, a boutique which seemed to have it all.
What to buy: I left Kyak Boutique happy with the reasonably-priced items I bought:t 2 summer dresses, leggings, Pito-Pito Health Syrup, and organic mosquito repellant.
What to pay: I spent less than P1,000 for said items
While on the way to their house, my cousin pointed to me the 888 Chinatown Square. She said it is often likened to Divisoria’s 628 Department Store in Manila where the prices of items are so low but shoppers can still haggle for a discount, depending on one’s bargaining skills.
What to buy: 888 Chinatown Square offers a wide range of very affordable merchandise like ready-to-wear garments, jewelry, accessories, footwear, DVDs, cell phone units and the latest fad and gadgets from China.
What to pay: Verrry low prices!
Got a hankering for some pringles flavored with seafood like soft shell crab or shrimp? Well, you are in luck,. For about a dollar you can score a can here. They certainly have flavors we don't see in the US.
Actually 888 Chinatown Square is a mini-mall..much like the greenhills in Manila. Everything is cheap and you can even haggle for the prices!
The stalls and shops sell a wide variety of merchandise from clothes, bags, shoes, accessories to dvds, cellphones and load. Just remember to keep your belongings close to you, it kinda gets crowded in there and you might lose your things or get pick-pocketed.
They also have a food court in case you get caught in mid-day shopping and want to eat :)
What to buy: If you're a fashionista, then this is one place you MUST visit. :)
What to pay: It depends on what you want to buy. Even bringing just P1000, you're good to go. :)
This is one big shop located along Lacson Street and is full of locally made souvenir items. Items sold here are exported world-wide and the shop is known as one of the most successful in the Philippines.
What to buy: Get something that would really remind you of Bacolod.
What to pay: ANP Showroom is a bit pricey, so expect to spend more for the souvenir items.
SM Prime Holdings has finally opened their branch here in Bacolod! It is located at the Reclamation area and has a total land area of 161,096.60 square meters. Here you can find a variety of shops selling all sorts of things from clothes, shoes, jewelry, reading glasses, sunglasses, books, cellphones, watches, etc. There are also a lot of locally-owned restaurants.
They also have a department store and a HUGE supermarket. The events center in the North Wing of the mall sometimes hold events, activities, exhibits and competitions.
What to buy: Shopping in SM Bacolod would depend on what you're looking for. If you're looking for souvenir items, there are some available at the department store. If you're looking for native delicacies, Merci Pasalubong Center also has a branch there.
As mentioned earlier, this city teems with malls, department stores, supermarkets, etc., We got a tip from a local and we heeded! Many of the souvenir items and foodstuffs can be had at the malls for the same price or very "insignificant" difference!
What to buy: When in Bacolod, looks like the best take-aways are always the various kinds of eatables like baquillos, barquiron and the (surprisingly) delectable Napoleones! Ahh these Napoloenes (pronounced "na-pol-yo-nes" is to die for! Try it!
Along Lacson St. around the corner of San Sebastian, there are 3 fruit stands that you just can't miss if you're driving by.
On any given day, you can buy an assortment of tropical fruits depending on what's in season.
What to buy: In the pic are durian from Davao, mangosteen, rambutan, lanzones (long gong in Thailand), papayas and guavas.
What to pay: If the fruits arrive just before the official start of its season, expect to pay 20-50pesos more than you should when the fruit is in abundance.
If the fruit isn't locally grown like pomelos and durian, they'll also be slightly more expensive than if you were buying it from the island source.
Nevertheless, for most foreigners, paying $1 for a kilo (2.2lbs) of ripe green mangoes from Guimaras would be a bargain. Bananas are always in season and we have different varieties from the small senoritas to the big cavendish. My favorite kind would be what we call tordan (latondan) which is mid-sized and the flesh is whiter and tastes milder.
Gaisano is the newest mall to open in our city. It belongs to a chain just like Robinson's and ShoeMart malls but mostly they sprout up in the Visayas and Mindanao.
It's located just south of downtown Bacolod and should cater to the needs of people in that area and will help decongest human and auto traffic in Robinson's which is at the north of the city.
There are a lot of good restaurants in the first floor and the nice thing about it is the fact that they're all local favorites such as Bob's, L'Sea (chinese), and Chicken Deli (famous Bacolod barbecued chicken).
What to buy: Gaisano Dept. Store sells items of lower quality but they have a little bit of everything and there's a huge supermarket, too.
The best thing about this new mall is the opening of the first National Bookstore in my city. That alone makes a trip to this mall worth my time.
They're now in a warehouse about 10 mins out of Bacolod and it houses both their workshop and offices with some of their finished products. Don't expect to see a show window...these people seriously export their furniture and don't need a showroom for locals.
I first met the owner, Nora Lamata, 7 years ago when I was furnishing a house I had just bought and needed a unique bed. They designed something specific to what I wanted. A year after, my mother had some major remodelling to do after a fire in the house and she asked Far East Bamboo to make some new pieces.
The craftsmanship is excellent and the bamboo comes from the owner's family farm.
What to buy: Furniture and home decor
So far the only "big" mall we have but we have other mini malls. It's got 6 movie theaters, a video arcade, lots of places to eat, and a pretty good mix of stores selling clothing, shoes, houseware, computers, etc.
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