The Biscocho Haus is an icon of the Iloilo Sweet and delicacy business, since 1976, it has been serving a large variety of regional Ilonggo Sweets, delicacies and more to both locals and tourist (both filipino and foreigner). They have several branches in and around Iloilo City and the nearby towns and all this branches are packed full of people buying their wide variety of sweets. Their specialty, of course, is biscocho, or toasted bread topped with milk and sugar and they have a number of flavors for this uniqely Ilonngo Treat. the store also sells a variety of Ilonggo delicacies like the butterscotch, piaya, barquillos, galletas, polvoron, otap, chocolate crinkles, calamares, puto manapla, macaroons and more. They also have different sizes of corrugated cartoon boxes where you can stuff your assorted goodies and which you can hand carry or check in at the plane. This is their main branch at the Jaro District.
Opens: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday
What to buy: biscochos at assorted flavors at 50 pesos per order, barquillos at 50 to 100 pesos per pack, butterscotch cookies at 120 to 200 pesos per pack and more.
What to pay: not a dent on your wallet
Iloilo International Airport Departure Area has quite a number of souvenir shops for some last minute shopping for assorted Iloilo Souvenirs like the barquillos, Guimaras Mangoes, Biscocho, Puto Manapla, Crispy Calamares, Butterscotch and more. Thy even have ready made corrugated carton boxes in small to big sizes of which you can stack on your last minute shopping for souvenirs and just hand carry them and store them at the overhead storage bins of the aircraft. But a caveat, buying the souvenirs here are more expensive than buying them at the Iloilo City Proper since they have expensive rentals here at the airports. Most of the souvenir shops are located before the baggage check area.
Opens 7:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday
What to buy: prices of the souvenirs here are 20 to 80% hugher than what they cost at Iloilo City Proper. An examplke will be the guimaras mangoes, which costs 90 pesos a kilo here while just 60 pesos a kilo at iloilo public market. Barquillos at 70 pesos while it is only 50 pesos at Iloilo City.
What to pay: 20 to 80% more for the same kind of souvenir item than in Iloilo City Proper
This will be my Plazuela De Iloilo Shopping tips since the area is also a nitespot and the park area of the Plazuela is famous for big parties and Gatherings too.
The Plazuela De Iloilo is a new (opened in late 2010) mixed used commercial cum residential complex that sits just beside the SM City Iloilo at the Benigno Aguiono Highway, in the Mandurriao District of Iloilo and is just a stone's throw away from the Smallville Complex. It houses assorted restaurants and bars, some retail shops and a gated subdivision and a park located in the middle of the complex where large groups and corporations can rent and do assorted activities there.
according to their website:
With a lot area of 12,533 sq mts. And a strategic location along the Benigno Aquino Ave. (adjacent to SM City Iloilo) the development’s architectural character is inspired from Spanish-Italian design. Long arcaded hallways adorn the facade which gives people the freedom to walk and promenade to their heart’s desire. Envisioned as “flood free”, the whole development is elevated 2.05 meters from the street level. Upon entering the rotunda, 36 leasable areas composed of retail stores, coffee shops and restaurants totalling to almost 8,700 sq mts. Of gross floor area greet the alfresco and shopping enthusiasts.
What to buy: Opens: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday (for shops) and 10:00 pm to 12:00 am for the bars and some restaurants.
depends on what you want. The tenants are mostly restaurants and bars and just a smattering of retail shops. Among the tenants are Starbucks, Padi's Point, ponsyon by Breakthrough, Hamada Japanese Restaurant, Al Dente, peepy Thai and more.
What to pay: not a dent on your wallet
This popular convenience store located in the heart of the Smallville Complex in Mandurriao District is only one of two convenience stores serving the area (the other branch of it is near the river boardwalk of the Smallville Complex). Thus local convenience store opens from 10:00 am up to 1:00 am the next day and I've also included this on the nite life tips since it doubles as a budget bar area (please see my nitelife tips) since there are several tables and chairs where you can get a seat and buy your bar chow and assorted local or international beers or liqours and spirits at the convenience store.
What to buy: your typical convenience items like tissues, deodorants, female hygiene, assorted snacks like potato chips, nachos and more. Assorted Soft Drinks, fruit juices, local and international beers and wines and whisky and tequila and other liqours and spirits plus soap bars and everything you see at a typical convenience store.
What to pay: 30 pesos for a bottle of San Miguel beer, 35 pesos for an aluminum bottle of San Miguel beer, Vodka Cruiser Bottles at 72 pesos, local emparador brandy at 80 pesos, heineken aluminum can beers at 90 pesos and more.
We "accidentally" found a branch of Deco's Pasalubong Shop while we were walking in the busy streets of Iloilo City after the Dinagyang Kasadyahan. It is a one-stop store for souvenirs.
What to buy: souvenir t-shirts, keychains & other souvenir items, dried seafood, popular Ilonggo delicacies like
butterscotch and yema from Biscocho haus, barquillos from Deocampo's, galletas and hojaldres from Panaderia de Molo, chewies and crunchies from Mama's Kitchen, products from Trappist Monastery, etc.
What to pay: Your P500-1,000 will go a long way already.
Fiesta Favorite Souvenir specializes in high quality souvenir t-shirts with limited signature designs. We bought all our souvenir t-shirts from their stall at Robinson's Place, but you'll also find them at other malls.
What to buy: Dinagyang souvenir t-shirts
What to pay: P200+ depending on size and design
Robinson’s Place Iloilo is owned and operated by the 2nd largest mall operator in the Philippines, Robinsons Malls. It is located right in the center of downtown Iloilo City, conveniently bordered on all sides by main roads, namely Ledesma, Mabini, De Leon and Quezon Streets.
There are more than 200 shops, dining outlets, entertainment facilities and service centers in the 3-level shopping mall.
We often went to Robinson’s Place for meals and shopping because it is walking distance to our hotel. Besides, when we “got lost”, we simply looked for Robinson’s Place, and upon seeing it, we always sighed with relief and easily found our way back to the hotel ;)
What to buy: Dinagyang souvenir t-shirts with good quality, mineral water, snacks and "pasalubongs"
What to pay: between P500 to P1,000 (depends on what you buy)
SM Delgado, originally known as SM Iloilo, is the first SM Department Store in Iloilo City. It is owned by SM Land Inc. and operated by Metro Manila Shopping Mecca Corporation of the SM Group that operates branches in other parts of the country.
SM Delgado first opened in May 1979 at Iloilo City's bustling commercial district along Delgado and Valeria Streets. It was demolished on February 2, 2004, then a new building was built on the same site, and was reopened to the public on December 8, 2004. An annex building was added In 2007 to complete the shopping center's expansion and redevelopment. Many people still shop at SM Delgado because of the convenient location.
What to buy: Hubby and I went shopping at SM Delgado for some smart casual clothes.
What to pay: less than P1,500 for smart casual clothes
Whenever we needed something, we went to SM City Iloilo in Mandurriao District. We feel comfortable in any SM mall wherever it is.
What to buy: Anything you might need can be found at SM City Iloilo. When hubby was frantic about getting an extra SD card, we found one at SM City!
What to pay: Goods are priced the same or almost the same as Metro Manila prices
handmade baskets and woven objects of all kinds are available at street stalls. Quality is very good, prices are very cheap.
What to buy: baskets and purses. cheap and fashiable and these go for much much mor ein the States
What to pay: cheap
Off to the side of the road lies numerous cages. Puppies, rabbits, even owls for sale. It's quite sad really, the heat here is brutal and all these animals lines up in cramped cages in the brutal sun.
What to buy: We got two white doves that we released after our wedding. I don't like doves :/
What to pay: cheap
What to buy: Calamansi looks like a lime but locals sometimes call it a filipino lemon. It is more lemony than limey, very sweet and good. It is usually squeezed over a main dish to ad a citrus flavor. Very tasty.
What to pay: cheap
various fruits and produce
What to buy: Filipino fruit may look odd, but take a bite. I LOVE the various fruits here, complex flaviors and textures. The Mango is the best in the world, pineaple is so sweet yet not acidic at all, and all the other strange fruits are so hard to desribe, but so delicious. Take a bite and enjoy.
What to pay: cheap
got a hankering for some poultry but can't decide between chicken head or chicken feet? Why not get them both?! Available freshly hacked in the Central Market
What to buy: chicken heads
What to pay: prices so low, you too will lose your head.
The whole market was a microcosm of Iloilo life.
The people seemed so friendly and unhurried.
There was a good selection of fresh seafood and fruits.
The dry good section was filled with native products and other local produce.
They were even selling veggies I never saw before.
We had fun buying kaimito (chrysophyllum cainito) and eating it standing around a trash can (clean, if there was ever one:) and mini fishes that were later cooked for dinner.
What to buy: fruits and fish
What to pay: not much as the prices are reasonable.
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