Just a Stone's Throw away from Makati's Red Light District of Burgos Street sits a new Mall and rows of Condominiums and the mall is called A. Venue Mall. The three storey mall is comprised of different rows of and floors of shops, restaurants, bars (even my favorite hooters) as this area is home to many foreign expatriates and is nearby Makati's Korea Town. this mall is frequented by locals and the foreign expatriates and the condominuim owners and guests of the various hotels and inns around the area.
opens: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday
according to their website:
The country’s first integrated entertainment mall and events venue under one complex is now the most happening place in town. A lifestyle concept and design that breaks the mold of mall architecture inspired by both the east and the west mentality to a subtle and elegant modern Asian look, complemented with lush landscaping.
What to buy: the mall has convenience stores, travel agencies, various restaurants and bars and a sprinkling of clothes and accesory stores.
What to pay: depends on what you buy
Located in a prime area of Makati, GREENBELT is bounded by Makati Avenue, Paseo De Roxas, Arnaiz Road and Legazpi Street. It is a complex of five buildings - Greenbelt 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Here you will find name brand shops (like Banana Republic, Hard Rock Cafe' and La Coste), and numerous restaurants, all in a wonderful green area - Greenbelt Park - with ponds, waterfalls and gardens.
My favourite and most frequented was Greenbelt 3, with Gerry's Grill and many coffee shops, including Starbucks, where Hans would hang out, as it offered free Wi-Fi.
Only a few minutes walk from our Hotel, THE LANDMARK DEPARTMENT STOREhas just about everything you would need. It's a department store (clothes,shoes, household items) - it's a supermarket - it has a food court - it has a bakery.
Since we had a fridge in our condotel, I was able to have some cold drinks available.
Some examples of prices:
1 liter carton of orange juice - 55.80 pesos - $1.12
1 liter carton of milk - 63.30 pesos - $1.26
1 liter bottle of water - 21.00 pesos - .42
1 liter carton of apple juice - 59.85 pesos - $1.20
bananas - small - bunch of about 10 - 98.00 pesos - $2.00
Supermarket - 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Department Store - 10.00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Food Court 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
On our day out with Miko, I requested a nice shopping area, so he took us to TIENDESITAS which is a shopping village and complex with many specialty shops including fashions, antiques, furniture, Philippine souvenirs, jewellery, pets and Pet accessories.
They also have a huge food court.
Outside, there are Calesa (horse and buggy) rides available.
What to pay: Prices are reasonable and you can haggle
this is the first of the luxe greenbelt mall complexes and is aptly named greenbelt 1 and from here it extended into greenbelt 2 to 5 and at present was recently renovated as to make it competitive with it's counterparts. According to their website: "Greenbelt is an enclave of all things beautiful. A three-hectare park punctuated by cascading landscapes and carefully-chosen water features re-imagines the typical mall. With a roster of prominent and world-class retailers, restaurateurs and entertainment operators, it defines the premier Ayala Mall experience." with luxe prices to booth too.
What to buy: a lot of items but the higher price ones and the ultra luxe stores are ing Green Belt 4 and 5 areas.
What to pay: not much a dent on your wallet
Digital Walker Zoom is a small shop loaded with almost everything you'd need for photography, from cameras to filters, lenses, tripods, bags, etc. They carry reputable brands, and their staff are very knowledgeable about their merchandise. We like their customer service. If they don't have what you are looking for, they call you up when the item is available.
What to buy: camera, SD cards, batteries, tripod, camera bag, various lenses and filters
What to pay: P3,000 up
Glorietta used to be Quad in the 1970's and early 90's until it had a major facelift wherein in was remodeled and reconfigured by the Ayala Corporation into Glorietta Malls ( a more affordable place than high end greenbelt nearby) and is the main showcase of the Ayala Center, A prime 1 square mile block of prime retail space and malls that encompasses a prime area in Makati. It is still a work in progress since a wing (Glorietta 2) was destroyed by a bomb blast in 2007 and is currently being rebuilt.
What to buy: it has everything you want, food courts, Shoe shops, furniture shops, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Cinemas, Department Stores and a lot More!
What to pay: opens 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Sunday-Thursday
10: am to 9:00 pm Friday-Saturday
glorietta 5 is the newest addition to the sprawling glorietta and greenbelt shopping complex in makati city by the Ayala Corporation.
What to buy: a lot, it depends on your choices but the shops and restaurants here are more modest than in the swanky and ritzy greenbelt complex.
What to pay: not much a drain in your wallet
the ultimate in luxury goods, way more expensive than Louis Vuitton.
What to buy: everything your heart desires like men's wallet or belt, how about a terre de hermes perfume or a hermes leather shoe or a man bag that will definitely cost an arm and a leg!!! (more choices for women's shopping off course since Hermes' has more fashion products for women like the Iconic Birkin and Kelly Bags! so be ready to maxx out your platinum credit card!!!
This is their first Hermes' store in the Philippines!
What to pay: maxx out your platinum credit card!!!!
luxe japanese choco that literally melts in your mouth in a few seconds even if you would not chew it! very expensive at it ranks up their to the chocolate greats like godiva or Chocologie!
What to buy: their melt in your mouth nama brand of chocolate that is packed in thick aluminum seal with synthetic dry ice inside to maintain the coldness of the chocolate.
What to pay: maxx out your credit card!
Esprit in Makati is integrated into the Cinderella's Department Store, so its merchandising style is more or less the same as Cinderella's. Esprit's Sale Events are something my daughters always look forward to.
What to buy: Original Esprit merchandise
Greenbelt 5 is the newest of the Greenbelt Malls known for Class A merchandise. Expect tight security check before entry. Sales clerks are generally efficient. You can use their clean restrooms with lounging area for free, unlike in Glorietta where you pay for the use of CRs with lounging areas if you don't want to use the public CRs..
What to buy: It is the best place to go for genuine branded apparel and other merchandeise.
What to pay: P3,000+ depending on what you buy
I like the ambience and merchandising of Marks & Spencer. The staff are efficient and helpful, but not "tailing" you while you're choosing.
What to buy: Original Marks & Spencer apparel like men's shirts, ladies' blouses and dresses/pants
Glorietta 4 includes Rustan's and other signature brand boutiques, Mercury Drug, Tower Recors,etc
What to buy: Signature brands of apparel, footwear, medicines, health products/nutriceuticals, interior decor, fabrics, cd/dvd, etc
Despite the numerous shopping malls in Makati, SM Department Store remains to be popular among Class A-E shoppers. It has the amenities of a mall, yet its ambience is not intimidating to Class C-E shoppers. MRT commuters find it convenient to shop at SM which has an exit to the MRT Station.
Whenever we go to Ayala Center, our first stop is SM. There is a bridgeway connecting SM to the Carpark of Park Square 1, and there is another walkway connecting SM to Glorietta, which in turn is connected to The Landmark, Rustans and Greenbelt... so, SM is a logical starting point to shop, especially when you're looking/ canvassing for some items.
What to buy: Almost everything you need, SM has its own line of merchandise priced very reasonably, but there are also signature brands available. It has a supermarket, too.