Very interesting name for a bookshop - one with a very nice ambience. A pleasure to browse and buy books at this place. I saw books that I did not see in the bookshops back home in my country.
This outlet I think by far is the biggest and most spacious of the three Fully Booked shops I have been to so far.
The other two Fully Booked outlets that I have been to are at SM Mall of Asia along Roxas Boulevard at Pasay City and SM City North EDSA at Quezon City.
The SM Mall of Asia outlet is located at the South Wing, Ground Level. (Tel: (632) 556 0264) while the SM City North EDSA outlet is at the 3rd Level of the Block section. (Tel (632) 442 0107).
What to buy: Other than produced or printed or edited in Philippines versions of international magazines titles such as Top Gear or FHM, you can expect to find Philippines-specific magazines of good editioral quality.
Louis Vuitton, the Most Copied Brand in the World was Founded by Malletier Louis Vuitton in 1854, never would he realize that it would become a status symbol and a most copied brand in the world! Louis Vuitton Store started its prescence in 1993, first at the exclusive Ayala-owned 6750 Ayala Avenue street-level development Makati City. Vuitton occupied one corner and Bulgari the other. In 2004, both brands moved to Greenbelt 4.
Shopping Hours: 10:00am - 20:00 pm daily
What to buy: Caveat! louis vuitton goods here in Makati is more expensive than other part of asia and even in the United States! on a vacation, I bought a Damier Reporter Melville Bag here for 57,000 Pesos ($ 1284) while on going back in Louis Vuitton in Union Square, Tommy, my friend (suki) there says the same Bag only Cost 1,090 dollars (8.25% CA sales tax included).
the cheapest type of monogram canvass Bag is the speedy, which is about $375-425, the Damier type of canvass bags start at $1100, the traveller bags start at $ 2,400 and wallets start at $ 350.
What to pay: MAXX out Your Credit Card!
A New Mega luxury shopping center in Makati! It is the final piece of the Puzzle in the Sprawling Greenbelt Complex area of Ayala Center here in the ritzy Makati Area. Greenbelt 5 boast of various high end local and foreign retailers and fashion houses and assortment of ecletic mid price and high end restaurants! and the newly redeloped, modern Ayala Museum.
the Area is Connected to other areas of Greenbelt like Greenbelt 4 and the Glorieatta Malls via the Elevated Walkway at Landmark Department Store. The Area has high end stores like Zara, Paul Smith, Bang and Olufsen, DKNY, Bally, Kenneth Cole, Escada, Laurel and others. Restaurants Include Myron's Place, Something's Fishy, Ayala Museum cafe, John and Yoko, Travel Cafe Philippines, Padre y Damaso and others.
What to buy: as you can see in the write up above, the stores here are high end so expect to spend much if you want to shop and splurge! how about some bally shoes or Zara Shirts or DKNY Belts or my favorite Louis Vuitton Iron Graphite Belt at nearby Greenbelt 4!
opens 10:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday.
What to pay: maxx out your credit card!
Air Conditioned Counterfeit Heaven! The Makati Cinema Square in my youth was a cool place to hang around due to the magazine stands, cool shops and modern cinemas here. Not anymore! altough the Makati Cinema Square still features a shopping mall, state-of-the-art cinemas and cozy restaurants, the lower levels have become a mecca, a mecca of counterfeit items. Name it, they have it like bootleg DVD's, VCD's, MP3's, MP3 Players, DVD Players, Computer Programs, Playstation Video Games, bags, clothes, etc. (hey I'm not complaining, I sometimes patronize these products too hehehe) It has become the place to be to buy these stuff in air conditioned glory (the main counterfeit area is in Quiapo District in Manila but the place is seedy and lots of petty criminals roaming around there) so for a few pesos more, you can buy what you want here.
Opens everday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
lower levels houses the counterfeit stuff, the upper levels houses the original stuff and the cinemas and restaurants.
What to buy: very dirt cheap prices! a copied from blu-ray DVD movie title for 55 pesos. A Regular DVD movie title for 45 pesos, tv series like CSI or House or Nip & Tuck or Lost at 55 pesos a DVD Disc. Bootleg CD's of any artist or Music at 30 pesos a disc. Computer Programs like Auto Cad, Microsoft Office, Photo Shop, etc at 60 pesos a disc. DVD players t 1,500 pesos. MP3 players at 500 pesos and a lot more!
What to pay: dirt cheap! at rock bottom prices especially if you know how to haggle!
Powerplant Mall is a former Coal Powered Powerplant in Makati CIty and was renovated to become a plush Complex within Makati City. Conveniently tucked away in the verdant "city within a city" that is the Rockwell Center, Power Plant Mall provides a unique and leisurely experience for the discerning shopper.Its four-level complex incorporates a mix of specialty brands, both international and local,The mall also offers a new concept store, Rustan's Fresh,which promises to reinvent supermarket shopping. Besides shopping, the mall, lifestyle retailers, signature mini-anchors, themed restaurants and state-of-the-art cinemas equipped with Dolby Digital Surround Sound and plush seating arranged stadium-style for optimum viewing. Some sections evenhave club seats that allow sofa seating for two and bowling alleys.
Lately, it has become a popular hang out place of the South Korean Community since there is a growing korean prescence in the philippines due to it's english language proficiency wherein koreans go and study english here and spend long vacations. A Korean Town is nearby this mall in Barangay Poblacion, Makati.
The Bars here are popular night spots!
examples are Cork, Dencio's, Mati, U-Bar, Via Mare Oyster Bar.
Not as congested as greenbelt, park square or Jupiter street bars.
What to buy: Luxury Brands like what you can find in other areas of Asia like in Shangai Tang, Ocean Center, Siam Paragon, Parkson, Takashimaya, etc.
examples are: Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Crabtree and Evelyn, Bass Shoes, DKNY, Mango, Chronos (where I bought my Rolex Submariner on a Vacation here in Manila) etc.
be ready to maxx out your credit card!
Powerplant mall is open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 9:00 Pm
Bars close at 12:00 am on weekdays and 2:00 am on weekends.
Rustan's Department Store has been a Landmark in the Makati Area since the 1970's and was started by a Filipino Taipan and Former Ambassador Bienvenido Tantoco. It is the Philippine version of Nordstrom wherein high luxury goods are being retailed here such as Burberry, Bally, Herminigeldo Zegna, Hugo Boss, Dunhill and a lot more! (but Louis Vuitton and Bulgari are located in Ritzy Greenbelt 4). It also offers an Impressive Filipiniana Section wherein you can buy quality philippine crafts and Handicrafts and clothes for souvenirs.
Rustan's has been surpassed in size and scale by newer shopping malls like Greenbelt, SM and Robinsons but it remains the preferred department store of Upper Crust (A and Upper B Group) and Manila's Who's who.
What to buy: Anything that you Desire (but will cost you an arm and a leg!) how about dunhill wallets at 12,000 pesos (cheaper still than Louis Vuitton since an LV Wallet costs 18,000 pesos). How About a Philippe Charriol Unisex Watch (minimum costs 75,000 pesos) or how about a Versace Cologne for 4,850 pesos or Bally Shoes that start at 10,000 pesos.
What to pay: maxx out your credit card!
SM Supermalls is the largest chain of shopping malls in the Philippines, and is the acknowledged trendsetter and innovator in the shopping center, leisure and entertainment scene in the country. Currently, SM Supermalls, has 29 malls located in strategic locations all over the country. This is the Philippine Version of Macy's and it caters to the middle (upper B, C, D Markets). The SM Shoemart Brand started by the Filipino Taipan Henry Sy in the 1960's in Escolta in Quiapo District in Manila (i've been to it's origina store there in my childhood since I was from nearby tondo area before we relocated to Paranaque).
It has Been Remodeled and is now Bigger than before and has a Prestige Lounge for Frequent Shoppers to relax and unwind.
What to buy: it has practically enerything you can think of like appliances, clothes, food court, shoes, furniture, electronics and a lot more!
What to pay: depends on what you want to buy and your budget
What to buy:
There are many brands of dried mangoes available in Philippines.. We bought a few brands to try and found the 7D brand the best, cos it's juicier and creamier than the rest which are usually too dry!
The 3 of us actually bought back 75 packets of 200g and 10 packets of 100g 7D dried mangoes as souvenirs and self-indulgence..
What to pay: PHP109.50 for 200g and PHP59.90 for 100g pack
I would have to say one of the perks of my job is working in the same building where this Nike discount store is located. You see I like everything Nike. And this store is the reason of my several afternoon's disappearances (don't tell my boss). ALL items inside - shoes, shirts, shorts, jackets, pants, sandals - are discounted from 30% to 50%!!! If that shock you, this discount is available all the time the store is open!!! If that still doesn't shock you...well...go watch the news about Philippine corruption.
Anyway, you don't have to wait for mall-wide sales, which happens just every other month. You also don't have to go to some far away province (Laguna) to reach an outlet store. This store is conveniently located right in the middle of Makati and is open Monday to Saturday. And the selection is quite ok. Though of course not as complete as those in normal retail stores, I'm sure you'll find a couple of items which will interest you.
Just contact me if you want me to accompany you but getting in the building and locating the store is not that difficult.
And no, I don't get any free stuff from this store. The bastards...
What to buy: Nike!
Sneakers, trainers, jerseys, sport apparels, bags...a lot
What to pay: Discounted (30-50%) items would be:
Shoes - around P3000
Sneakers - around P2000
shirts - around P500
Pants - around P800
jersey - around P1000
bag - around P1500
The whole department store has lots of items/products to choose from, but they have this section at the 3rd floor that caters to tourists and patriots =)
What to buy: Let the pictures do the talking...click the website link for other branches of Balikbayan Handicrafts and click this for Tesoro's
What to pay: it depends...you can pay in cash or in credit (all major cards accepted)
Co-Op is Japanese store that sells, as my tip title says, all items at 75 PHP each. Sometimes they even have goods on a buy one, take one sale.
If you love Japanese snacks, you have to visit this store. They have lots of them here - biscuits, chocolates and milk candies. You have to try their castella (or as the Japanese call it, kasutera), which is a sponge cake that actually originated from Spain but is now a specialty in Japan. You can also find here a variety of Japanese instant noodles and flavoring, housewares and trinkets.
What to buy: My favorites - Peko Pie (small flaky pastries with chocolate filling), 8.2 milk candy, rice crackers and castella.
Always watch out for the Midnight Madness sale events involving all the shops in Glorietta and Greenbelt malls of Ayala Center Makati. Usually happens at least about once every quarter of the year. The shops remain open until midnight so you have longer hours to indulge in shopping for clothes, shoes, housewares, food, etc. at slashed down prices.
In fact, as I write this, I just came from one and was able to buy a pair of shoes for only 399 PHP and a really nice swimsuit for 800 PHP from its original price of 2000 . My husband bought linen pants for just about 600 PHP.
The Ayala malls normally advertise these sale events ahead of time mainly through banners all over Ayala Center. You won't miss them.
What to buy: Almost anything and everything you want to buy :)
What to buy:
Beef Tapa. These are thin slices of air-dried beef. They claim that it was processed the old-fashioned way - no preservatives. And it does taste like so.
I love having this for breakfast together with garlic rice egg. Just fry the beef pieces in a little oil and they become crispy. They go great with spicy vinegar as dipping sauce.
It also comes in a red box. Sometimes I give them as gifts to friends on special occasions.
What to pay: 250 PHP per box (1/4 kg)
I have indicated Ayala Center here because it’s got too many choices, particularly Greenbelt, where boutiques, specialty shops, sporting house, music store, vanity hub and even digital shop can be found. Glorietta, which is also part of Ayala Center, is for the reasonable shopper. Still, this place has more choices than Greenbelt. Let’s not forget that Ayala Center also has a string of restaurants from Filipino cuisine, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American to Indian, Vietnamese and Thai.
You’ll never go wrong when you shop in Makati’s Ayala Center.
What to buy: CDs, DVDs – M1
Sporting goods – Nike, Adidas
Men’s / Women’s – Greenbelt, Glorietta
Beauty products, perfumes – First Aid
Books - Powerbooks
What to pay: USD100 for clothing, shoes including snacks and coffee with friends.
When visiting the flea markets, you will be suprise at how far your negotiations with the vendors can take you. You gain sometimes & sometimes you don't at all. But it's all for the fun of it. Almost everything you need are avaiable in these flea markets.