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.
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 Unfortunately it looks as if it could use a face lift as it looks old and outdated.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.
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 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.
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 ...
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,
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 three different buildings and easy to get lost so if you are going with a friend have your cell fones handy or arrange a meeting point. Some stores are expensive but there are bargains to be had.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!!!!
Located alongside the Quiapo Church, Quiapo Market Manila is another good and cheap place to enjoy shopping in Manila. Quiapo, district of old Manila, is well known for its markets and stalls that are good place to pick up traditional Filipino handicrafts. Besides, this place also offers cheap prices on items including electronics to clothing. Quiapo Market Manila is the best place for shoppers seeking Philippine handicrafts, such as carvings, lamps made of shells, and canework. If you are looking for some locally made high quality home decors, this market has good bargains and displays. The area is filled with all sorts of crowd. Not only this one can also buy all kinds of pirated products here, as it is the largest area of selling pirated movies and software.
Manila Quiapo Market consists of two distinct markets; one is the famous outdoor market named Ilalim ng Tulay meaning " under the bridge" and other one is Quinta Market. In Ilalim ng Tulay market offers all kinds of shopping items while Quinta market offers garden-fresh fruits and newly picked vegetables. One can also shop for fine-looking secondhand clothes from chain of stalls that lined this market. For handicrafts and wooden furniture, there are nice items that can be easily spotted at Ilalim ng Tulay market.
Quiapo is also famous for the Black Nazarene. Thousands of people parade through the streets to touch the statue where it is supposed to produce miraculous effects. A number of faithful usually collapse in a faint during the ritual, and some have even died. The Feast Day of the Black Nazarene (also known as Quiapo Day) is celebrated every January 9th. Plaza Miranda is the heart of Quiapo District. It is a square or a public plaza in front of the St. John the Baptist Church or Quiapo Church as it is widely known. It is also a popular site of political rallies.
The Quiapo district is also home to a sizable Muslim population in Manila, and The Golden Mosque is located there.
What to buy: The largest area where you can buy pirated DVD movies, software and pornographic videos can be found in Quiapo where the stores sprawl over four public streets. immediately abutting the Quiapo church, there is the commerce for the devotees and the dabblers in the alternative. Rows of palm readers and fortune tellers. Flower vendors hawking stringed sampaguitas foraltar offerings. Make-do stalls with their dizzying array of wares for the faithful. Candles in a variety of colors for specific spells and counterspells. Incense, alum, lotion and snake oils. Colorful Icons of the Sto. Niño and the Virgin Mary in laminates, wood or plaster. Amulets, pendants and talismans. Rosaries in all sizes and prices. A profusion of leaves, twigs, sprigs, seeds and roots of herbal medicinal plants, fresh, dried, powdered, bottled or decocted. A veritable army of fortune tellers and stores offering herbal products surround the Quiapo church. The biggest problem underlying the district is piracy and bandits.
What to pay: Pirated DVD's cost 30 pesos (0.65US$) a piece, 3 for 100 pesos (2.20 US$). Fortune telling at 100 pesos. Philippine Handicrafts start at 100 pesos. Counterfeit Shirts start at 300 Pesos. Lots of Other Stuffs to Buy, You can even Buy a Counterfeit College Diploma of your Choice for 700 Pesos.
the Fiesta Mall in the Largest Duty Free Shopping Mall in the philippines and is owned by the government. It has a wide selection of foreign and local stuffs (unfortunately, it doesn't measure up to other duty free shops in the region). his is their showpiece mall in Paranaque City, just a stone's throw away from the NAIA Airport.
Caveat: You Have to Be A foreign tourist w/ passport, or local who returned abroad from a trip, and OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker), or a "Balikbayan" (filipino expatriate) to be able to shop here and for foreigners and balikbayans and OFW's, the limit is $ 2,000 and for locals, the limit is S 1,000.
You are given up to 2 days after arrival to shop here (a weird thought since in other countries, you can shop duty free anytime as long as you present your passports to the counters)
it has a modest food court for shoppers (but i suggest to go to La Copa Restaurant which is nearby for the food fix).
What to buy: for OFW's, Locals and Balikbayans, Pasalubong (gifts) for the whole village (pun intended), for foreigners, Liqours, Cigarettes, Perfumeries, and other stuff.
What to pay: you can maxx out your credit card