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.
Power Plant Mall. Where Fashionable Manila shops.
Mon to Thurs 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
What to buy: Its four-level complex incorporates a mix of specialty brands, both international and local, a supermarket, lifestyle retailers, specialty boutiques, themed restaurants and state-of-the-art cinemas.
What to pay: Expect a bit expensive price to pay.
SM Mall of Asia - "No Other Mall Comes Close!"
SM Mall of Asia or 'MOA" as popularly called by the locals, is the biggest mall in the Philippines.
Regular Operating Hours are from 10am to 10pm
HOW TO GET TO MOA?
You can get to MOA via taxi, bus or jeepney. If you get confused or lost, mention the word 'MOA' or 'Mall Of Asia' and most drivers will understand where you want to go.
* From the Airport - We suggest a taxi. Estimated time of arrival is 15 to 30 minutes.
* Any Manila Hotel - Most Manila hotels have special shuttle services going to MOA.
* From Makati Central Business District -
By Taxi - ETA from Makati is 30 minutes to an hour.
By Bus - Hop on any bus heading South on Edsa displaying 'MOA' or 'Mall of Asia' and you will get there within an hour to an hour and a half.
The quickest way to get to MOA. Get on the MRT either via the Buendia or Ayala Station and get off at Taft Avenue Station, the last and Southernmost station. From there, you can take any jeepney or bus marked 'MOA' or 'Mall of Asia'. ETA is 20 to 30 minutes. %v*
What to buy: At SM Mall of Asia, sky is the limit! You can FIND and EXPERIENCE everything under one roof.
Tiendesitas is a one-stop shop that proudly and exclusively sells AUTHENTIC PHILIPPINE PRODUCTS.
If you want to shop for authentic Philippine products, then Tiendesitas is the place to go. It caters to foreign and domestic shoppers looking for the best Philippine products. Tiendesitas is situated within Frontera Verde, which houses Maranao architecture-inspired pavilions called "villages." Indigenous materials used in creative ways adorn these villages using cogon grass for roof, old kalesa wheels into chandelier frames to light the restrooms, and duyans (hammock) scattered around to allow shortbreaks amidst frenzied shopping activities. It's a unique way to experience Pinoy ambiance.
At night, shoppers can be treated to acoustic and live band performances. There is also an area dedicated to special shows, exhibits, and unique Filipino presentations. Kids and adults can also enjoy riding the kalesa, which goes around Tiendesitas. My husband & I had fun riding the Kalesa and eating locally made ice cream.
Shopping hours are from 12 noon to 12 midnight.
What to buy: It showcases the best that the Philippines can offer - native food, fashion wear and accessories, furniture, antiques, handicrafts, personal care and novelty items, pets, plants, and other locally made products.
What to pay: You can find items as cheap as Php 50.00, and items as expensive as Php 1,000.00 and up.
What to buy: I found most local made footwear largest size is about US size 11,i am a US size 13.So i had to find imported US brands for my size.These were still inexpensive, example "Merrel"and "Keen" brand shoes retail for approx:$230 au and $200 au.I paid 5200 peso's and 1900 peso's respectively.I found they had a very good selection of sports wear compared to other stores.
When looking for a dentist on my trip to Manila,i came across this newly opened dental practice.I found Dr Tin Garcia and Dr Roevane Gonzaga and their staff to be very professional,polite, attentive and caring.The equipment and rooms were modern and clean.I would honestly say that the service here was twice as good as what i have experienced in my own country.I would strongly recommend that if you are seeking dental work in Manila to contact this practice.
What to buy: The procedure i required was for my teeth to be cleaned and then light activated teeth whitening.
What to pay: The cost of dental work here in Manila is remarkably less expensive than in my own country.I had seen other dentists in Manila advertising around 25000-27000 peso's for this procedure.The price i paid was 15000 peso's. and i was extremely happy with the service and outcome.On my second visit here i paid 2000 peso's for my teeth to be cleaned.
The 3rd biggest mall in the world,manila bay views,ice skating rink,entertainment, shopping, etc etc....The currency exchanges are located at the SM department store business desk and also when you come in the main entrance behind the globe, go up the escalator, turn right and at the front of the philippine handcrafts store.No trip to manila can go with-out visiting the MOA.
What to buy: Airport Duty Free cigarettes are around $17 U.S per carton at Manila Airport at terminal 2.Beware that they ONLY accept $U.S at Manila Airport for cigarettes in the large duty free shop at terminal 1 but there are two smaller shops which take peso's and are cheaper but dont have as good of selection.
The SM Mall of Asia is the largest shopping mall in the Philippines and the 7th largest shopping mall in the world. It is owned and operated by SM Prime Holdings, under the management of Henry Sy, a Chinese-Filipino business tycoon. There are future expansion plans for a 16,000-capacity multi-purpose coliseum/arena for sporting events, concerts and entertainment shows as well as a deluxe hotel and a convention center that will be built within the Mall of Asia complex.
What to buy: You can buy almost anything in this huge shopping complex.
What to pay: Maybe thousands of pesos.
This wooden sandals is a good souvenir from the Philippines. Comes in various designs, including a heeled version (especially designed by Hindy Weber) and a soft sole version.
What to pay: Cheapest shoes (Regina model) is about P800. More expensive are those designer shoes and painted sandals
Located literally "under the bridge" in Quiapo, Manila - there are loads of craft stores here at rock bottom prices. One of the best shops is Jinky's. She sells native items from all over the country, a lot of abaca and shell stuffs.
What to buy: Local crafts include bayong (a type of native bags), shell curtains, capiz lanterns, etc.
What to pay: depends on the items. expect to pay as low as 5pesos for a small native coin purse
2 huge buildings of shops, cinemas, fastfood, fine dining, etc etc. i don't think a day is enough to really explore this place, epecially during the sale season (around the last weekend of april and the last weekend of october)
What to buy: anything and everything!
What to pay: from budget to blow your money away
The biggest mall in the Philippines, one of the top 5 biggest mall in the world! 4 buildings of mall space, al fresco dining, fine and casual restaurant, an IMAX cinema, olympic size ice skating rink.
What to buy: Everything and anything under the sun!
Like Hong Kong, the Philippines has a very healthy clothing manufacturing industry as well. Local brands dominated the market, such as BENCH, PENSHOPPE, HUMAN* just to name 3. While in the Philippines, why not try updating your wardrobe? There are always sales going on, you might just steal a bargain!
What to buy: These chains sell everything...and not just men's clothings. Tops, Bottoms, Belts, Socks, Underwear, Umbrellas, Cups etc etc
What to pay: Pretty reasonable and more, during a sale!
Gosh, the malls! Pilippinos devotion to shopping elevated it into an art. So many large malls to get around to. Staggering! This is just 2 of the malls at this spot and they could well occupy you for an entire day. Exhausting!
What to buy: Everything under the sun but I focused on clothes and apparel.
Located at the heart of Metro Manila's premier business district, Makati, is Ayala Center, a mecca of pure shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Ayala Center is a sprawling shopping area consisting of two major developments - Glorietta and Greenbelt. Glorietta itself has four wings - G1, G2, G3, and G4 (G is for Glorietta) and is appropriately shaped like an octopus (well, quadropus in this case). This is where the not-so-expensive shops are located.
On the other hand, Greenbelt is a more recent development (except for GB1), where the high-end stores (particulary in GB4) and the exciting restarants are.
My top 5 favorite stores in Ayala Center:
1) Hobbes in GB3 - for the youngsters and "young once," a treasure trove of toys and knick knacks.
2) Powerbooks in GB4 - simply love their selection
3) Tower Records in G3 - for music lovers
4) Mercury Drug in G3 - conveniently located for those last minute purchases of medicines, tolietries and even groceries
5) Rustans Dept Store - for "pricey" shopping experience
My top 5 favorite restaurants:
1) Max Brenner - move over, Bizu; the bald man's chocolate creations are exquisite and divine.
2) Sugi - for Japanese
3) Sentro - Filipino favorites with a twist
4) Good Earth - Chinese staples with a twist
5) Luk Yuen - affordable, quality Chinese food
What to buy: In this shoppers' mecca, almost anything and everything!
Top 5 things to do besides shopping and dining:
1) Catch the latest art flicks (vs commercial films) in Ayala Center's comfortably furnished cinemas.
2) Get a special spa treatment.
3) Learn more about Philippines history and culture in the adjacent Ayala Museum.
4) Get a strategic seat in the many cafés and people watch.
5) Recharge those batteries amidst Greenbelt's wonderful gardens - for free!
What to pay: From P1 to infinity! Cash or plastic, no problem!