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Shopping Guide for Manila

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In the Philippines, we love to shop—and nowhere is this more evident than in Manila, where the sheer number of shopping opportunities are staggering! Diversity is also key, as the city has everything from farmers markets and street markets to the third largest mall in the world. Luxury designer goods, traditional crafts, electronics, art... Everything is here. So make like a Filipino and get shopping!

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveler

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

SM Mall of Asia

Gift & Specialty Shops

Greenbelt Mall

Shopping Malls

Glorietta

Shopping Malls

SM Megamall

Shopping Malls

Tiendesitas

Flea & Street Markets, Shopping Malls

Greenhills Shopping Center

Shopping Malls

SM AURA Premier

Gift & Specialty Shops

Bonifacio Global City

Points of Interest & Landmarks

168 Shopping Mall

Shopping Malls

Helen A's City Tips

  • Taxis are cheap and everywhere, but there is also the LRT, an elevated rail line which is fast and cheap. If your destination is on the line, use this.
  • For the very adventurous, try working out the Jeepney system! Look on the side of the Jeepney to see the route. If it's going where you want, just jump on and enjoy the ride.
  • Traffic is an everyday part of life in Manila, and short journeys of 6-10km can take an hour, so be prepared when planning your day that it might not quite go to plan!
  • The Philippines is a relatively conservative country when it comes to dressing. It's not considered offensive, but you will get stared at as a woman if you expose too much.
  • Prices in the Philippines are generally fixed, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Bargaining as found in most of Asia is not really common here unless you are in Greenhills!
  • When you ask service staff for something, don't be surprised if they say "For awhile Sir/Maam." (The phrase is comparable to "just a moment.")
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    SM Mall of Asia
    Gift & Specialty Shops
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    Helen A Says:

    SM Mall of Asia is the third biggest mall in the world and certainly a prime example of how the Philippines has embraced the mall lifestyle and made it singular to the culture. This Mall has everything you could imagine and is located right on Manila Bay. Spending a day here is easy—apart from shops and restaurants, of which there is a full range and a huge SM department store, there is a Science Discovery Center, Imax theater, Ice Rink, Bowling Alley, and Storyland. Add to this the SMX convention center, and there's bound to be something interesting happening when you visit.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • If you can go on a Friday or Saturday, check out the Pyromusical Firework show at 7pm. It's a nice break from shopping.
    • Located on Manila Bay, the mall features great restaurants on its waterfront section: Stay for the evening, watch sunset and ride the Ferris wheel.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 Shopping in Pasay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Too much to see in one day!! Biggest mall in Asia! 06/27/2017
    • SM - Shop local 06/26/2017
    • SM Mall of Asia
    Address:
    J.W. Diokno Boulevard, Mall of Asia Complex
    Pasay, Luzon 1300
    Philippines
    Phone:
    632 556 0680
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
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    Greenbelt Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Helen A Says:

    Makati is really the ultimate shopper's heaven, and at its heart are the 5 Greenbelt Malls, home to upscale luxury brands and high-street shops. Though sometimes confusing, the layout allows for a lovely park-like central area, with bistro seating outside the restaurants and lots of outdoor space—there is even a tent-like Chapel.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Greenbelt 4 houses the world's best brands, including the latest from the likes of Jimmy Choo, Prada, and Luis Vuitton.
    • Greenbelt 5 has a good range of Filipino designer shops alongside imported favorites. There is usually a free gallery show, art or history exhibit in the bridge section.
    • You can walk from Greenbelt 3 & 4 via a connecting bridge to Glorietta Mall and Landmark Mall—which you must do if you are serious about your Makati shopping day.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 68 things to do in Makati
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Best Night Spot in Manila 06/28/2017
    • It's a mall! 06/25/2017
    • Greenbelt Mall
    Address:
    Greenbelt Dr
    Makati, Luzon
    Philippines
    Phone:
    (632)757-4853
    Other:
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    Glorietta
    Shopping Malls
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    Helen A Says:

    Glorietta Mall sits at the center of the shopping city of Makati, and features a good selection of mid-range shops and lots of food. Check out the exhibition areas, as there is usually something interesting being showcased.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Use the walkway to go from here to Greenbelt or Landmark Malls.
    • Vanilla Muffin cafe offers an amazing range of muffins and "Alice in Wonderland" oversized chairs. It's all good, but the Banoffee Pie is my personal heaven!
    • Glorietta is opposite Shangri-La Makati Hotel, which serves a daily traditional afternoon tea, complete with an orchestra (3-5pm daily).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 68 things to do in Makati
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice mall with Helpful staff 06/23/2017
    • Shopping with my friends 06/01/2017
    • Glorietta
    Address:
    Ayala Ave
    Ayala Center, Ayala Avenue cor. Pasay Road, Makati Avenue and EDSA
    Makati, Luzon
    Philippines
    Phone:
    632-752-7272
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
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    SM Megamall
    Shopping Malls
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    Helen A Says:

    An enormous Mall that has served Manila residents for many years, SM Megamall recently opened a whole new wing, which showcases brands previously not in the Philippines, like H&M and Zara. With IMAX, bowling, ice skating, and a basement full of kids' entertainment, this is certainly one for the whole family.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Check out the top floor, as there are many art galleries and shops showcasing Filipino artists at surprisingly affordable prices.
    • Megamall proudly houses Tim Ho Wan, a Michelin Star Dim Sum restaurant from Hong Kong. There's always a long queue, but the food is served super fast.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Mandaluyong
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • awesome and huge mall 06/24/2017
    • Nice place to shop 06/22/2017
    • SM Megamall
    Address:
    EDSA
    Mandaluyong, Luzon 1860
    Philippines
    Phone:
    +63 2 633 1722
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
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    Tiendesitas
    Flea & Street Markets, Shopping Malls
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    Helen A Says:

    A different kind of experience from the usual mall, Tiendesitas is based on a market stall concept. Here, the stalls have been moved indoors to form a refurbished, air-conditioned version, but the concept still holds firm. Here you can find local arts and crafts works, wood carvings, furniture, antiques and new items. Tiendesitas is also known for its extensive garden and pet section, good food stalls and live events most weekends.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you want anything made of wood, like carvings from the Philippines, this is the place to go.
    • There is also a large children's section, which includes many fairground-style rides and a large kiddie gym and play area.
    • It's fairly close to Megamall so you could combine the two shopping places.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 73 things to do in Quezon City
    • Gabriele italian restaurant/tiendesitas 05/25/2017
    • Stroll and Shop 05/03/2017
    • Tiendesitas
    Address:
    Ortigas Avenue cor. E. Rodriguez Ave. (C-5)
    Quezon City, Luzon
    Philippines
    Phone:
    635-5680
    Other:
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    Greenhills Shopping Center
    Shopping Malls
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    Helen A Says:

    A sprawling area that holds several different malls, Greenhills is a bargain shopper's paradise. The main building, Shopsville, houses hundreds of small market stalls and is a great place to bargain for shoes and bags, gifts and souvenirs, clothes and pearls. Other small, more traditional malls surround Shopsville, including V-Mall, which has nice shops and a great computer section on the top floor, and the Promenade, which has some really good restaurants.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • The side streets also have many shopping treasures. On Connecticut, you can find Om, an Indian shop with an Indian food area at the back.
    • In Shopsville, bargain hard and don't buy the first thing you see; check other stalls for their prices so that you can really be sure you got a good deal.
    • If you want to know more about pearls, ask at one of the stalls—they are very happy to demonstrate and educate.
    • Greenhills is reasonably close to Megamall.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in San Juan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great deals! 06/27/2017
    • You know why you come here.... 06/20/2017
    • Greenhills Shopping Center
    Address:
    Ortigas Avenue
    San Juan, Luzon
    Philippines
    Phone:
    63-2-721-0572
    Other:
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    SM AURA Premier
    Gift & Specialty Shops
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    Helen A Says:

    Located in Bonifacio Global City, this mall epitomizes the stylish new city that has developed here. SM AURA Premier is an SM Mall but decidedly upmarket, with many speciality shops not found elsewhere. In addition to a unique mall experience, it has incredible architecture.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Make sure you go to the rooftop SkyGarden—it offers great views and also reveals the building's unique architecture.
    • There is a Magnum cafe on the roof, where you can make your own custom Magnum ice creams.
    • There are lots of good restaurants inside, but check out the food court too—it has unique offerings, like a great Brazilian meat concession and a Japanese grill.
    • Need a valuable handbag repaired? A speciality handbag repair shop can be found on the lower floor.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 9 Shopping in Taguig City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Favorite SM, just like The Podium but bigger & better 06/23/2017
    • Nice mall to visit 06/22/2017
    • SM AURA Premier
    Address:
    McKinley Parkway and C5 Road cor. 26th St., Bonifacio Global City,
    Taguig City, Luzon
    Philippines
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Other:
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    Bonifacio Global City
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Helen A Says:

    Bonifacio High Street provides yet another example of a different shopping experience in Manila. Here in this master-planned city, the High Street is like no other. Instead of cars going down its middle, there is only green grass, fountains, and art works. Shopping ranges from High Street to luxury brands.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • If you like burgers, then try the Brothers Burger on Bonifacio High Street. It's a firm favorite in Manila, with only a few branches.
    • Bonifacio High Street starts opposite the Market! Market! Mall, which is a regular mall with a market stall section for bargain hunters.
    • The Mind Museum is located just off Bonifacio High Street. This is a fantastic museum for kids, interactive and interesting.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 31 things to do in Taguig City
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Almost perfect master planed City 06/22/2017
    • Newer version of Makati 06/20/2017
    • Bonifacio Global City
    Other:
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    168 Shopping Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Helen A Says:

    To round off the selection and really experience local bargain-basement Philippine shopping, take a trip to Divasoria. The 168 Shopping Mall and surrounding streets are where most goods first arrive into the country—as other stalls in the city use this as their wholesale area, prices are often lower here.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The area is known for pickpockets, so if you do venture here dress down and be very careful of your belongings.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 138 things to do in Manila
    • If you're a traveler 05/19/2017
    • Stay away 05/05/2017
    • 168 Shopping Mall
    Address:
    Sta. Elena St.
    Binondo
    Manila, Luzon
    Philippines
    Phone:
    +63 2 247 7796
    Other:
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