unlike the regular lower middle class to middle class offerings of typical SM Department Stores, which are the main flagship stores all over the country of various SM Malls, the flagship SM Depratment Store in SM Aura Premier is more upscale and caters more to the upper middle and affluent class and they have a more varied offerings than the regular SM Department Stores as they carry luxe brands which are not usually available at regular SM Department Stores as you can have calvin klein shirts, Gianni Versace Perfumes, Bally Shoes, Giorgio armani eyeglasses, Nine West Bags and a lot more.
Plus the design here is more streamlined and more chic, not the generic style of regular SM Department Stores.
opens: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday
located at the second level of SM Aura Premier Mall
What to buy: luxe items like Armani Perfumes, nine bags, kipling bags, rimowa luggages and more.
What to pay: depends on what you buy
this will be my shopping tips
The SM Aura Mall is the second luxe mall of the huge SM Conglomerate, which has shopping malls, department stores, condominiums and residential lots and banks among it's diversified business. This mall again is the second luxe mall after the Podium Mall in Mandaluying City and this mall is disguised as a Mixed Used Mall with a huge civic center atop ( i will have separate tips for it) and a convention center and buidlings housing offices and local government of Taguig offices too. This mall is quite controversial too!
the mall sits along the edge of Bonifacio Global City and it faces the Ayala Corpotation's flagship mall in Fort Bonifacio, Market Market. And among the tenants here include hip and modern international brands like Promod, Uniqlo, Nautica, Yves Rocher France, American Eagle Outfitters and more.
opens: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday
according to wikipedia:
The SM Aura Premier mall in Bonifacio Global City, Makati City.
The development includes the SkyPark, a multi-level green roof which apart from its environmental advantages, also provides a much needed green and communal space in Metro Manila’s dense cityscape. It will contain al fresco bars & restaurants, sculpture and botanical gardens, a 1,000-seat performance hall which will be called Samsung Hall and a 250-seat chapel named after Filipino saint San Pedro Calungsod.
Aside from shops and F&B outlets, the mall will also include as its anchor tenants The SM Store and SM Supermarket, SMX Convention Center, Food on Four, 2 regular Cinemas, 2 Director’s Club facilities and an IMAX Theater. Designed by Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica, the structure will be a basic “dumbbell” arrangement determined by the narrow site, with the main entry at the north corner, and the office tower located at the southern end. The main vehicular drop-off is provided on the western side, with taxi stations on the first basement, accessed from the lower, eastern road.
The mall had its inaugural blessing on May 16, 2013, a day before the grand opening. Numerous celebrities, government officials including Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, company officials, and VIP guests graced the blessing, including SM Prime's Henry Sy and Hans Sy. Hollywood celebrity Sarah Jessica Parker also graced the blessing. She also cut the ribbon for The SM Store, as well as being the newest endorser for their "Love to Shop" campaign.
SM Prime Holdings is at the forefront of sustainable design and energy efficiency; actively taking bold steps towards a cleaner and better environment for the future.
SM Prime’s latest shopping mall offering, SM Aura Premier, is designed to stand out from the neighboring buildings not only through visual aesthetics, but also with well-designed architectural and operational highlights for the enjoyment and convenience of customers, tenants, and employees alike.
What to buy: the shops here are a combination of mid scale and upper mid scale stores and restaurants, although Rustan's and Ayala Malls have more upscale brands. the brands here are mostly newly introduced international brands in the philippines.
The SM Store
Food on Four (SM Foodcourt)
SMX Convention Center Fort Bonifacio
Director's Club Cinema
SM Digital Cinemas
SM Appliance Center
What to pay: not really a dent on your wallet, unlike shopping in the more upscale bonifacio high street nearby
the Venetian Mall is the flagship mall of the Mc Kinley hill area of the huge fort bonifacio part of Taguig City and is a quiet rival to the more popular Market Market Mall and Serendra Malls and Bonifacio High Street nearby. The Venetian Mall has a large Replica of Venice's Famed St. Mark's Cathedral Tower and a small replica of the Grand Canal and inside are assorted shops, restaurants and bars plus a weekend flea market. It is bounded by C5 to the east, the American War Memorial to the north, Lawton Road to the west (which leads to the airport) and the Philippine Army Headquarters to the south. It is two minutes away from the prestigious Manila Golf & Country Club and Manila Polo Club.
What to buy: not much shopping stalls as compared to Piazza Serendra or Market Market but there are lots of small stores selling a lot of items at the weekend flea market located at the side entrance part of the mall.
What to pay: not much since the prices here are on the mid-end part unlike in the more luxe bonifacio high street
R.O.X. (Recreational Outdoor eXchange) is said to be "the biggest outdoor sports and recreation hub in Southeast Asia". It is a one-stop shop for all your outdoor clothes, gears and equipment for hiking, cycling, climbing, water sports, surfing, scuba diving, wellness exercises/activities and adventure travels.
The shop has three levels of everything you might need, so you can shop leisurely and take your time to check the wide range of merchandise before deciding which one to buy. While you shop, your companions may stay at the waiting/resting area at the ground floor.
R.O.X. staff are well versed with all the merchandise, and are all eager to help you with your needs. I used to be annoyed by sales staff (at the ground floor)who followed me wherever I went. In our latest shopping spree, I was pleasantly surprised that no one "tailed" and asked me if I like to buy the merchandise I was still checking. No one bombarded me with sales talk. This is an improvement! I appreciate their staff being helpful, but I'd really prefer that they just stay near enough as to heed my call for assistance ONLY WHEN I need them.
What to buy: apparel (dry-fit travel clothes), swimwear, accessories like hats, gears and equipment (tent and camping needs)
What to pay: We went to the recent sale of R.O.X. My hubby bought a safari hat, dry-fit travel pants and shirts and spent P5,000+.
A Comparison of Both. S & R is a philippine copy of Costco, a warehouse club in the US that is Bigger than Sam's Club. Both offer wholesale prices to their products and both have membership dues (750 pesos a year for S & R and $ 35 as year for costco). Costco has a built in advantage of having an in house brand named kirkland which offers assorted stuffs like meat, cosmetics, wine, vitamins and supplements and more of which S & R also carries this in house brands in it's stores. Both have mini snack counters which offers things like hamburgers, beef sausages, pizzas, sodas and more. Another advantage of Costco is that they have gasoline stations that sell slightly cheaper gasoline to members.
Bonifacio High Street, which is a mixed-use development with high-end retail shopping, residential and commercial office components, is part of the 36-hectare Bonifacio Global City center. Besides the commercial and residential buildings, it also has parks and restaurant rows that cater to the A and B market.
This is the perfect place to walk your dog, take the kids shopping, and even have coffee with the ladies, all at once. Resembling the Sta. Monica promenade outside Los Angeles, California, this is as innovative as Manila. Many of your favorite SSI shops are there and a couple of flagship stores make the place even more exciting and refreshing.
What to buy: Flip Flops at Havianas, Donuts at Krispy Kreme, Skid Free Slippers at Crocs, Cajun and Southern Cuisine at Claw Daddy and a lot lot more!
What to pay: A Lot scine this is as glamorous and kitschy as Greenbelt 4 & 5!
Enormous warehouse shopping marts located in Fort Bonifacio (32nd st. & 5th Ave.) & Ortigas, Roxas Blvd Paranaque City and Alabang, Muntinlupa City (modeled after membership warehouse shopping in the States like Costco, Price Club, Sam's etc). It is owned By Lucio Co of Pure Gold Supermarkets in the Philippines.
Imported (mainly american) and local goods are available including groceries (fresh and dried goods), housewares, electronics, office supplies, clothing, sporting goods, car tires and batteries etc. They have ready to eat hot dogs and pizza too! Two levels of annual membership are available - Business membership costs 1,500 Pesos (allows you to enter the store an hour earlier than the Diamond members.) Diamond (individuals) membership costs 700 Pesos for the first year. One extension card is available for 600 Pesos for first year. There is an ATM also in the store as well as a Pharmacy and Video Store.
What to buy: My favorite will be the Beef Franks by Hormel, The even have the White Castle Burger Microwavable Slyders at 900 pesos ($ 19.50) , USDA Choice Steaks like Prime Rib , Rib Eye, Porterhouse at 800 pesos ($ 17) for 12 ounces. Breakfast Sausages and Spicy Beef Links by Hebrew National for 299 Pesos ($ 6). Australian and New Zealand Beef. Tropicana Orange Juice. The Choices are ENDLESS! however they don't have my favorites like Alaskan King Crab Legs, Alaskan Sock Eye Salmon and Jumbo Roasted Chicken like the one in Costco and Albertsons in the States.
They even have offerings of Mexican Churros, Beef or Polish Sausages, Pizza's, Calzones and Bottomless sodas inside the store! and the BEST part is that they sell KIRKLAND products (off course licensed by costco!)
What to pay: About 5000 pesos or more ($ 124 plus)
Market! Market! is a market (how could you be so good at guessing) where you find all sorts of food - raw, cooked, vegetables, meat, fish, fruit. But it also has restaurants and a shopping center. Restaurants include korean, seafood house, filipino, japanese, continental, etc.
Best of all is that it is known to be a place where you find cheap clothes, shoes, bags, novelty items, and even electronic appliances. There are also stores to have your broken things repaired.