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)
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
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.
If you're tired of going to giant malls in the country wherein you feel trapped with a sea of people and gets confused with the numerous number of stores which basically offers the same thing... then, the Power Plant Mall is the mall for you.
Located in the heart of The Rockwell Center. The Power Plant Mall has an impressive line of foreign and local shops, restaurants and coffee shops.
The Power Plant has The Cinema which offers a loveseat (where 2 can share a single seat) and a row of bowling alleys.
What to buy: almost anything and everything you need is here
What to pay: cas & plastic will do
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.
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.
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
Within the compound of Fort Bonifacio, a fast emerging growth area, is Market Market. Fort Bonifacio will soon rival Makati because it will soon give rise to luxury condominiums, hip restaurants, and auto centers.
Market Market has a department store, different stalls (selling clothes and toys Greenhills style or night market style), an open area which looks like a farmer's market selling fresh flowers and fruits, open-air restaurants (Asian hawker style) and an outdoor play area (slides) for kids.
While in the area, you can drop by the American Cemetery.
What to buy: Clothes, toys, flowers
What to pay: cheaper than department store prices
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.
The Makati Cinema Square was once one of the more popular malls. Now most people go to the Glorietta and Greenbelt malls. However, the Makati Cinema Square was only three blocks from the Saint Illians Inn where I stayed.
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
This is another huge mall in Makati. Its across the street from Greenbelt. First time i came here i got lost. There are plenty of shops and restaurants here. I still dont think i've gone through all sections of this place. I believe there are 5 parts to this mall and like 3 stories. The main part is indoor, but there is also outdoor sections. This has a bridge connecting to Greenbelt, another big mall.
What to buy: There is a shoe store here, i forgot the name, but they sell some rare kicks. If you are a sneaker fiend then this is a good place to go to find some hard to get shoes.I bought some Nike Dunk Sb's here, that you cant get in the states. I believe its on the 2nd floor somewhere.
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 :)
while some people would rather not go shopping....they could go and visit the arcade! This is the TimeZone (game place from Aussie built here) at Glorieta IV
this is a cool for kids as well as for the kids at heart because of the wide variety of game machines you can play....and they continously updating!
What to pay: it depends on how many games you like...the least cost of game card is P50 for 3 to 5 games...depending on the kind of machine you'll play with
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