FRUIT STALLS: APPLES AND ORANGES
Not quite sure whether this belongs in a shopping tip or a restaurant tip but by most LRT and MRT stations you will find stalls that sell apples and oranges at very reasonable prices and are usually much fresher than the same fruit that you will find in the farther away provinces, which are transported in containers by sea or truck. When i visit Manila i usually eat several of each fruit everyday. You will also find fruit at all the markets throughout Manila.
Market Market: Market, and Mall
Market! Market! Is a quite new shopping area. It is titled Market! Market!, but should be called AnotherMall! AnotherMall!, because that is basically what it is, not so much a market, although there are outdoor shops and stalls as well.
It is really for people who love malls, and not for those who like to scavenge for cheap bargains, because it's not cheap, prices are a little higher than average shops.
For instance, Sue's feet were killing her in high heals, and desperately needed some flip flops. We searched high and low in Market! Market!, and even asked loads of shopkeepers, but nobody seemed to know were we could get flip flops, but then we spotted some.
They were basic, rubber with a little bit of heal, but even these normally cheap items were £25. But we had to have them.
It wasn't till later that day that we walked passed a shop elsewhere called All Flip Flops. Of course!
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MALL OF ASIA: PHILIPPINES BIGGEST MALL
If you want to go shopping visit Mall of Asia, which is supposed to be the 3rd biggest mall in the world after those at Shanghai and Beijing. There are over 1100 shops but dwarfs the mall in China that has 2,350 shops. There are three different buildings and easy to get lost so if you are going with a friend have your cell phones handy or arrange a meeting point. Some stores are expensive but there are bargains to be had.
ASSAD MINI MARKET: STOCK UP ON INDIAN SPICES
Near the Sikh Temple in UN Avenue, Paco there are three Indian grocery shops and a stall outside the temple where you an buy curry powder and many other spices and Indian food. It is around a 20 minute walk from UN Avenue LRT station. Jeepneys or buses do not travel up this road but you can get a taxi or tricycle. prices are very reasonable at the stores.
HARRISON PLAZA: FIRST SHOPPING MALL IN THE COUNTRY
You will find this shopping mall along Harrison Street in Malate, and it was actually the first shopping mall in the Philippines. Unfortunately it looks as if it could use a face lift as it looks old and outdated. Many of the shops here sell bargain clothes at very cheap prices as well as electronic goods. You will find the usual fast food chains in here also.
MANILA OCEAN PARK: SOUVENIR SHOPPING
In the ground floor of the mall at Manila Ocean Park you will find many shops selling souvenirs of the Philippines and the Ocean Park. The usual tourist junk is on sale, but we were also entertained at two different stalls which specialized on magic tricks. We ended up just buying two new key rings for 20 pesos and 10 pesos, but for that price one of the keyrings is already broken (next day)
ROBINSONS MALL: SHOP TIL YOU DROP
Robinsons Mall in Ermita is the place to head for if you are staying in the area. You will find all kinds of shops here, book shops, clothes stores, electronics etc. There are entrances in Adriatico, Pedro Gil, and Padre Faura. Opens 10 am.
Downstairs there is a huge section with perhaps 50 or more cellfone shops with CP for sale or repair.
Also outside Robinson's Supermarket there are many snack stalls selling hot dogs, cakes, drinks and other tasty treats at a reasonable price.
Mall of Asia, Manila, Philippines
SM Mall of Asia (MOA) is a shopping mall owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings, the largest mall developer and owner in the Philippines. SM Mall of Asia is the 2nd largest mall in the Philippines after SM City North EDSA, 3rd largest shopping mall in Asia ... As u land to Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport and in the cab to ur hotel, most probably u will ride besides this huge area for shopping and entertaining ... The mall is located at the southmost tip of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue. A roundabout was constructed in the front of the mall with a huge bronze globe similar to that of the Universal Studios Theme Parks and the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park in New York City.
After my several visits to MOA, its celar to me that this place is not just a shopping mall, but more an area to socialise, w its countless restaurants, cafes, IMAX movies, ice skating, bowling etc etc ...
What I suggest u is to go there in the afternoon, lets say about 16pm, do some shopping and hang around till sun starts to go down and then walk to the other end of the Mall, seaside, where many cafes and restaurants r located on the 2nd floor of the arcade facing the seaside, just grab a seat, take ur sip, listen to the live music performed and enjoy M A N I L A .... :)
What to buy: All kinds of brands, electronics, handcrafts etc ...
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Baclaran: Bargain/Shop till u Drop
Baclaran is place where you can exercise your bargain scale (if you already know how to) and to learn how to bargain(if you never try it). You can find in here everything you need,dress,shoes slippers,swimwears,kitchen tools,dvd's,sound boxes to pirated cd tapes,candles to saint images.NAME IT,YOU GET IT.!But if you haggled, make sure to take it after they accept your price,coz then,you might cause a trouble for yourself.Saying "NO THANK YOU' when turning down an offer is a good way of refusing. If you are thirsty and hungry after roaming around fastfoods are just around the corner.Actually this is located in the BACLARAN MRT STATION,so if you ever need a train ride to go to your next destination,its just a meter away.You can also depart form here if you want to take a shuttle to MALL OF ASIA,they are next to the BACLARAN OVERPASS.Their is also a church in here which is open anytime,if you like to pray.Because of the church,i dont advise anybody to visit baclaran on Sundays because much devotees came here to pray and attend the mass,makes it more crowded,unless you like crowded places.If you come here, DON'T WEAR ANY JEWELRY, NOR BRING ALL YOUR MONEY,BE CAREFUL FOR SNATCHERS & PICKPOCKETERS,as they are always in a crowded places & Baclaran is not an exemption.Happy Shopping!!
What to buy: Clothes,
What to pay: no limit,
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SILAHIS: EXPENSIVE GOOD QUALITY GIFTS
This wonderful shop is located in Intramuros and as the sign says there is a wonderful collection of quality items---all well made and worth buying. there are musical instruments, books, hand made local items, wood carvings. Spend half an hour here admiring the craftsmanship.
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If you are interested in history books, filipino authors or pictorial books of the Philippines visit SOLIDARAD BOOK SHOP located on Padre Faura, Ermita. The book shop is long established and if you cannot find your book here you won't be able to find it anywhere. You won't find many books of fiction here.
BACLARAN MARKET: BARGAINS GALORE
Just catch the MRT/LRT train and hop out at Baclaran and you will find the market operating below the station and stretching along the road. The market operates everyday but on Wednesdays it is particular;y big, spreading down to Roxas Boulevard. It is mainly a clothes market but many other items will be available such as kitchenware, tools, bags shoes, dvds.
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Robinson's Place, Manila: Absolutely huge.
I am entering somewhat unknown territory here, sp please bear with me. Readers of my other pages will know that whilst I absolutely adore markets, I abhor the concept of shopping and shopping centres (malls) in particular. However, I absolutely had to buy some things, including a new pair of reading glasses, and so was somewhat forced into going to Robinson's Place in Malate, Manila. I had previously been in Robinson's in Dumaguete City and thought that was big but it did not nearly prepare me for the sheer scale of this place. It is massive and I managed to get completely lost. Fortunately, there are literally hundreds of very helpful staff, all of who seem to speak good English so it is easy enough to find what you need.
There are literally hundreds of food outlets here ranging from fast food to what looked like pretty sophisticated restaurants, including some with al fresco dining and a great view over Manila. There is also a multiplex cinema on the top floor and probably a host of things that I didn't even discover. Apparently there are seven levels and it has a massive footprint so I am sure I missed a lot of it even though I spent a couple of hours there. Now it is never going to convert me to liking shopping but I reckon you can get just about anything you would ever want here and probably a load of things you don't even want. It is well worth a visit if you do not want to make the journey over to Makati to visit the huge shopping centres there.
What to buy: You can buy just about anything you want here.
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Shopping is one of the things tourists love about the Philippines. One of Asia’s cheapest and largest bargains are found in the Philippines. Bargains in the Philippines are cheaper compared to the bargains in Singapore and Hong Kong. Prices of the goods for Philippine bargains are comparable to the ones in Thailand and in China. Not only are the products available, they are also of good quality. Three of the biggest shopping malls in the world SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM North EDSA are all located in the Philippines. Other well-known shopping malls are Robinsons, Greenhills in San Juan, Greenbelt, Glorietta, PowerPlant Mall in the city of Makati, TriNoMa and Gateway Mall in Quezon City, and The Podium in the Ortigas Business District.
What to buy: various items
What to pay: phil. peso
Ayala Center Makati: Main Shopping Area of Makati City
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. They Comprise the modern and high end Ayala Center in the middle of the Makati Business District.
What to buy: it has everything you want, food courts, Shoe shops, furniture shops, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Cinemas, Department Stores and a lot More!
opens 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Sunday-Thursday
10: am to 9:00 pm Friday-Saturday
What to pay: Maxxed Out Your Credit Card!!!!!
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