Malls and shopping areas: Buying in Manila
The Metro Manila lives up to its reputation as a shopper’s paradise. Shopping malls here are cornucopia of valuable finds and good buys. Show windows are a-glitter with displays of all that is fashionable in clothes, shoes, bags, accessories and jewellery, cosmetic and personel care, books, gifts and many others . The following are some famous shopping areas :
Divisoria area, famous wholesales market and has everything from comestibles to wedding dresses. A recent addition to the area is the Tutuban Centre, a rather modern mall with many small stalls selling ready-to-wear clothing, jewellery and basic houseware commodities.
Ayala Center in Makati has every level of restaurant and shop ranging from high fashion boutiques to bargain jumbles in the Landmark department store.
Mandaluyong area in Manila is the latest proliferation of retail shops and restaurants. There are three shopping malls , where the concept in each malls is to offer airconditioned entertainment centre where families can spend leisure time together.
Shangri-La Plaza, is a shopping complex that accompanies the Edsa plaza Hotel. It has a fast food section called the "Gourmet Express". The main attraction here is an eight story atrium with live trees and a musical fountain.
Robinson’s Galleria is a more compact mall which links a hotel tower and a corporate office tower and offers a wide range of boutiques and specialty stores and restaurants.
Greenhills Virra Mall is an older shopping centre. It is surrounded by relatively easy accessible parking and has a number of restaurants.
Magallanes Centre is famous for bicycle or golf equipment.
San Andres Market is famous for fruits and Seaside Market is famous for seafood.
La Porcelana and V.M. Antiques in Ermita, Chang Rong Antique Gallery in Intramuros and Tawalisi in Makati are some places famous for antiques.
Fine handicrafts can be found in places such as Silahis, Balikbayan Handicrafts.
What to buy: everything
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Greenbelt/Glorietta: The Nicest Mall I've Ever Seen
Ok... so I've been to the two largest malls in the world, West Edmonton Mall and the Mall of America (in Edmonton and Minnesota respectively). While these malls were nice, there is no mall in the world that I've been to that could hold a candle to the Greenbelt/Glorietta complex. Half indoor, half outdoor this place was just amazing. I don't even really know how to describe it... Go to Makati, it's on Ayala. See for yourself and if it's not as nice as I said it was, you have my permission to send me a virus.
What to buy: Whatever you want... it's a mall.
What to pay: It's not cheap... well... compared to the other places in the Philippines it's not, but if you're foreign and you have a good exchange rate on your currency, you'll probably find something here at a cheaper price than you would find it at home.
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Greenhills, Tutuban, Divisoria and Baclaran: Looking For The Bootleg Purses?
everything you need in one huge indoor marketplace and the best thing about it all is that you can bargain.
What to buy: fake purses, fake shoes, fake perfume, fake designer clothes etc.
generally speaking, there are different classes of fakes... class A, class B and class C. they are easy to spot, but it's best to take someone with you that understands this concept so that you don't spend more than you need to be spending.
What to pay: for purses, expect to pay anywhere from 300 to 500 pesos per purse. when buying more than one person, bargaining for a better price per purse becomes easier. never settle on the first price they give you... try to haggle... then walk away if necessary. more often than not, the shopkeeper will back down and settle on your price.
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Rustan: Imported Clothes
although there are many, many more malls available to shop..
What to buy: Rustans is the most upscale with expensiveimported clothing, cosmetics and such. All three of these stores have grocery stores on their groud floor., departments stores are found within or adjacent to malls, and are not stand alone.. stores as they might be in New Yerk City or other lrge cities..
What to pay: just don't forget to bring your money.. hahahahaha
SM MEGA MALL: Buy All You Want
this is the biggest Mall here in Philippines so all things you wanted to buy here in this country you can go at this Mall, (from small thing to biggest think you'll found it here...)
What to buy: clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc.
What to pay: if you have 100$ its enough i think, you can buy branded/original shoes, or clothes..
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Silahis Arts & Artifacts: Handicrafts and Antiques
Silahis has the best quality items, both in terms of taste and workmanship. Also nice, the salespeople leave you alone until you need help. Then they are immediately there and very attentative. There are three floors of display, including a very comprehensive selection of books on the Philippines. The second floor features museum-quality antiques from many parts of the Philippines as well as trade goods from China, Cochin China, and Borneo. The prices are very reasonable and they are fixed (no bargaining necessary). Immediately at the rear of the shop is the Ilustrado Cafe, a very nice place for merienda while waiting for your purchases to be packed.
What to buy: Anything out of wood, such as small stools, bowls, plates, dining sets, and inlaid chests. One strategy is to buy a wooden chest about the same size as a footlocker, fill it with other handicrafts and hand-woven fabrics, and have Silahis pack it with cardboard and cordage. It can be checked in as luggage.
Silahis has many coffee table and picture books on Philippine culture which also make nice presents.
What to pay: The prices are inexpensive for the quality of the goods. Large handcarved bowls of native woods are c. US$40. Ming antique ware in good condition are US$50 - 350.
Green Hills: Underground shopping
Something between a mall, a covered market, and a souk!
You can find everything from electronics to clothes, through jewelery, CD, DVDs, local craft, ...
Not too sure how legal this place is. From outside it looks like a regular mall with parking, guards,... but our local driver mentionned that if everything here is so cheap, this is simply because there is no tax to pay...
What to buy: You can find all kind of DVDs, VCDs, CDs...
What to pay: Always negotiate!! One of these latest DVDs can be sold as low as 80 pesos (1€=60 pesos)...
The shopping paradise !!
If you like shopping Manilla will be a paradise for you. You can find huge malls all over the place...
A couple of example:
- Glorietta in Makati for luxurious brand shopping (Esprit, Boss,...)
- Landmark, also in Makati, a department store
- the Mega Mall, one of the biggest mall in Manila
What to buy: Clothes are way cheaper (about 5€ for a shirt) but if you go for international brands the difference is still there but not as interesting...
Electronics is not really interesting : slightly cheaper but I wouldn't take the risk of loosing the guarantee if something wrong happen later...
The Landmark: Let's shop!
you can buy anything there and the prices are very low. With 10 $ you can buy men/women clothes that are very good. Ofcourse you can buy expensive clothes too if you can afford it.. I couldn't. :)
What to buy: Anything you like.. you can find ANYTHING there.
What to pay: 10 $ for clothes.. and so on
the shops are under the " Quipo Bridge ": Philippines handycrafts in Quipo,Manila
The shops here are well known for cheaper price of local Philippine handycrafts compared to those shops located inside malls, tourist places and antique boutique. It is here interesting buying typical Filipino souvenirs and antiques. In this place the price is always negotiable to the real price that they offer, the quality and looks is just the same than in the malls and some boutiques.
What to buy: Wood craft made of Ebony wood, typical souvenirs from the northern part of philippines. JEEPNEY miniatures is also nice and unique to bring back home to your country as Philippines souvenir.
What to pay: Depend to the sizes of the product, usually how big it is, the higher price but not so costly!!!
The Cockhouse: Its all about cocks!
If your interested in cocks this is the place for you.There are books of cocks,videos of cocks,T-shirts with cocks on them,hats with cocks on them.So much about cocks,i could not believe it!
Rashidas: Currency Exchange Malate/Ermita
Had used this currency exchange a number of times as the rate was better than the hotel next door(which it is affiliated with) and Robinsons business center at the mall.No problems here.
Robinsons: Department stores
Manila is home to the largest mall in Asia, but my favourite was the Robinson mall, lots of department stores, variety of food and for a decent price.
168 Shopping Mall: 168 Shopping Mall
The cheapest cheapest items in town!
What to buy: Everything from school supplies, to clothes, to toys, to mobile phones!
What to pay: For a low as 10pesos for a dozen pencil, to as high as a new mobile phone
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Toy Kingdom: Toy Kingdom
Similar to the Toys R Us chain, Toy Kingdom is an affiliate of the SM Group
What to buy: Toys toys toys
What to pay: Toys can be as cheap as 50 pesos.
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