Heidiland: Boracay Deli - Wide Array of Cheese
Heidiland, the name is taken from a Swiss town near the Alps. Yes, the owner is Swiss, its very much like the famed Santi's here in Manila, selling wide array of cheese , cold cuts, Angus beef's, and other European brand of delis.
The staff are all very knowledgeable of the items that they are selling and all very helpful.
The shop is not for all, but it is really a favorite haunt of the foreigners living in Boracay that miss the salamis and cheeses widely available in Europe.
What to buy: There are a wide choice of imported European cheese, that you can buy with minimum of 100grams.
Fresh vegetables are also available, good for salads.
If you want to prepare your own sandwich, for island hopping trip, buy some cold cuts, cheese, and those baguette's 2 the store. Very near that place is Ralph's Spirits for some wine, as a perfect complement.
What to pay: Credit card and cash are accepted.
Talipapa Souvenir Center: Accessories, souvenirs and more
Talipapa, in local language, means small flea market. In this case, small shops adjacent to each other sell shirts, caps, refrigerator magnets, and other local crafts printed with "Boracay". Since they sell similar items, each one tries to undo the others in terms of sales by offering low price and discounts.
What to buy: My sisters and I are collectors of shot glass and we made it a "habit" to buy one from every place we have been to. This time, I bought one with "paraw" design.
What to pay: I had the shot glass at P50 or about P20 less than the original price.
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D' Talipapa: Souvenirs and etc....
Spend hours of looking around this island market, just a walkaway from the White Beach stretching to the main road. It has countless of stalls, mini marts, boutiques and shops of clothes and jewelries, handicrafts and souvenirs. Stalls of fruits and vegetables are not rare, barber and tattoo shops and many more. I love those salt water pearl i found here in talipapa. Purchase your souvenirs or little presents for your friends back home. Try to bargain if you will buy more than one unit.
The unque thing here is: you can buy and choose the ingredients of your fav food and let them cook(restaurant) the way you like it. Mine is just laswa(a sort of vege soup mostly with green ones ).
Cooking chages: 100 PHP
The Original Talipapa: Bargain Prices for Boracay Souvenirs
The original talipapa was burned down a year ago , much publicized due to questionable source of fire. The new talipapa is just before Boat Station 3, its a tiny alley leading to the area with more than 50 stalls, selling Boracay T-Shirts, Boracay famous lamps, souvenir items, sarong etc.
The price of souvenir items is much much lower than on the stores found along D'Mall and on busy White Beach, you can bargain esp if you are buying several items.
Better go there early in the morning, when all the store keeper are looking for their "buena mano customer", they will definitely give you a good price, as a sign of good luck for them.
What to buy:
Ref magnets that is shaped as fish, octupus,dolphins or starfish (labelled with Boracay), all carved from wood are fast selling at 6 pcs for 100 pesos.
The biggest size of Boracay lamps, made of printed cloth is selling at 200 pesos. We are able to bargain up to 170 pesos per piece, if buying a set (2 pieces).
For the smallest lamp, original price is 25 pesos each, but you can bargain up to 3 pieces for 50 pesos.
What to pay: No limits. Just bring plenty of cash
D'Mall: Shop till you drop!
A shopping area with a beach setting, sand and wind ambience. I never get out from this area without buying any thing! There are lot of stalls selling beach and souvenir items. There is also ATM here, various coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. You can enjoy shopping here with low prices and great beach atmosphere. There is also some delights for kids and sportys as well. Be sure not to buy too much to avoid baggage overweight......Caticlan flights are limited to 10 kilos only.
Talipapa - Stn 3: Johaima
Got super bargains from this lady - Johaima. She's selling various souveniers such as sarongs, tshirts, lamps, etc.
What to buy: sarong, lamps, pajamas, shirts (tacky souveniers hehehe)
What to pay: We got the small lamps at 20each, sarongs at around 120 (i think), pajamas at around 110, shirts at less than 100.
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Budget Mart: New modern grocery store
This Budget Mart located at the D'Mall facing the Main road, recently opened. You can find everything you might need in one place. Fresh foods, household items, drinks & snack, etc.
It is more than a 7-11, consider it a mini (American) Safeway Grocery Store.
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Funky Lighting: The Funkiest Lamps!
Funky Lighting sell a weird and wonderful variety of lamps in many different styles and colours, and they are all hand made on the island. You won't have seen anything quite like these before.
What to buy: There are many different styles, some made from handmade paper, others made from cocoa or mango leaves. Check out the cute 'gecko' lamp.
What to pay: Prices vary. They can also arrange for orders to be packed and shipped home for you.
Pearl Accessories & RTW Shop: Pearl & RTW's
This shop is located in D'Talipapa area, Stall#83. Here you can buy good quality of pearl accessories and other trendy jewelries. Also native things and souvenirs are available. Certainly, i recommend this shop because the propreitor is very friendly and willing to help you find your taste. Just look for Emmah.
Beach Vendors: Catch of the Day!
It doesn't come much fresher than this! Why buy your seafood from the market when you can buy it from a local fisherman on the beach? Watch out for guys passing by carrying boxes and baskets. There's even a guy who sells delicious hot roasted chicken. You'll recognise him by his loud shouts of "Lechon Manok!"
If your resort doesn't offer a cooking service, ask around - many places will be happy to BBQ your meal for you.
What to buy: Many things are available - fish, prawns, squid, oysters, lobster...
What to pay: Prices vary depending on what you buy and how much it weighs. It's usually cheaper to buy seafood from a beach vendor than from a shop.
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Kaycee Shoes: Hand Made Sandals
Searching for an unusual souvenir or personalised present? This shop can create a pair of sandals for you to almost any design, or you can choose from some of the weird and wonderful creations mounted on the wall. They'll also repair broken shoes/bags for you for P10.
What to pay: The price for a basic pair of sandals starts at around P150.
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Django Leathercrafts: Handmade Leather Bags
This is my favourite little shop in the Plazoleta; it is owned and run by a local musician and artist called Diango. You can see him at work creating beautiful handmade leather bags, some of them adorned with puka shells, beads, or bells made by the T'Boli tribe from Mindanao. No two bags are the same so they make lovely gifts (if you can bear to part with them)!
What to buy: Bags, lamps, sarongs, drums, clothing and other arts and crafts.
What to pay: Bags start at around P1200
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Footloose vendors: Side street shopping
Along the sand street of Boracay are ambulant vendors selling trinkets and fashion accessories. These are made from beads, stones, shells and other local materials. Most of these vendors have small tables where they display their wares from around 8am to 10pm.
What to buy: The selection of fashion accessories is wide and the designs can rival the more expensive ones sold in Manila department stores. I bought 3 pairs of dangling earrings as gifts for my sisters (and myself).
What to pay: Each pair costs P30 but I was able to haggle and got it at P25.
Stables: Local Art
It's just one of those little shack-like shops along the beach that you'd pass in between station 2 to station 1. They sell a little bit of the usual stuff...beads, sarongs, wood sculptures and some local art.
An added bonus is the little bar right next door run by an Italian-American lady from San Francisco...right now I can't remember her name. She bakes calamansi (local lemon) cakes and serves different kinds of tea and coffee.
What to buy: We discovered that Stables is like a little gallery for a few artist friends of the owner. Ended up buying a 30 x 48 inch (or something like that) painting for the bargain price of $60. It's hanging in the living room in Maine.
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D'MALL: ONE STOP SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
Starting at Budget Mart on the Main Road, in Station 2, all the way through to White Beach D'MALL is a one stop shopping experience. Here you will find designer clothes, souvenir shops, upscale and budget restaurants.
There is also a Market offering fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood.
I have posted pictures of "Sally's Seashells Station" one of the stalls there offering fresh seafood (Pics #1, 2, 3 & 4).
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