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One Gigantic Suburb Sized Market !!

If you want really cheap stuff in Manila, you head to Divisoria. It's basically a whole suburb of... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2022
David E
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Melbourne, Australia
Another good market

And have a good market good value for money with most things be careful when buying electrical... read more

Reviewed March 14, 2020
tylersY4577AX
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 21, 2018

I read about this place before going to Manila, and knew that I wanted to visit. My hotel was right next to the new glitzy Mall of Asia, to which the Concierge recommended that I go. When I mentioned that I was interested in seeing Divisoria, the guy at the Concierge said I should avoid the place and that the Mall of Asia has much better merchandise. I told him that I was not interested in the merchandises, but rather to see a lively marketplace fotr the ordinary Phillipinians. Long story short, I went to the Divisoria Mall. It is a 4 story building chuck full of cheap merchandise, but the experience was well worth it. Oh, I would be remiss if I did not mention the backrub I got: for 100 pesos (2 USD) it was a 45 minutes back / shoulder / head / neck massage - the best 2 dollars I have ever spent!

Yes, it is in a bit rundown neighborhood, and you should be aware of your surroundings, but despite the crowds and despite sticking out like an obvious tourist, I did not feel unsafe. If you really want to see the real world market place and see a bit about the real culture, this is the place you should go. Just don't expect high quality merchandise, but hey you just might find a really good deal on a clothing.

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank DincerP
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Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

Variety and cheap products. You can bargain too. I enjoyed walking down to the very narrowed small shops full both sides of the way.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank sauda246
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Reviewed November 15, 2018

A huge shopping district that just keeps getting bigger. I enjoy the street shopping the most but there are indoor malls of shops - with aircon - so that is also a plus. They probably have whatever you are looking for, at great prices. Clothes, jewelry, hardware, toys, phone accessories, even a magic store. It is a turn around point for a number of jeepney routes so very easy to get to.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Tito_Tim_Travels
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

This is where the Filipino natives go to shop for everything...CHEAP! If you have never shopped in a super tight Filipino stalls area before, hold on! This is one adventure you might want or might not want to experience!

BOTTOM LINE: Is is worth visiting? Sure if you clearly understand that this is a super busy place and you must keep your valuables, wallet, purse, phones and camera's hidden away of they could easily walk away without you even knowing it. This is a cheap bargain hunters delight (think cheap stuff)...if you can handle the downsides.

If you are looking for fake Rolex watches and name brand sunglasses, you will find them (pretty junky though). The smells of the market of fresh eggs, fish, vegetables, etc. is not for the faint of heart. Just seeing all the action of locals buying stuff is worth the trip here felt. Try to go as a group for better security (DAY TIME ONLY).

WORD OF WARNING: You have seen warnings on other reviews, but I'll back them up. Keep anything you don't want to walk away, i.e. money of any kind, jewelry, good watches, good sunglasses, cameras, cellphones, etc. out of site! Keep your backpack in front of you and hands wrapped around it. I DID NOT see anyone get ripped off but I was warned by locals not to risk bringing anything your can't afford to loose. You can find some great deals BUT be sure to haggle and haggle for the best deal.

Because these guys know that you are a foreigner, they will typically start off several times higher than where they would start off with a local. Just decide in advance where you want by max for price to be then start off at 10-20% of what they tell you. Be prepared to "walk away" from the deal. You never know what they will take until you ask. Remember, don't fall in love over it unless you really, really want it. Look elsewhere. There are tons of shops here and you just might snag a bargain you can brag about back home!

P.S. Prying eyes are everywhere. Once you make a deal, count your money INSIDE you bag. You do not want anyone to see all those bills you are carrying inside your wallet. Only take out what is require. Be safe and have fun!

Date of experience: November 2018
11  Thank midwaytoheaven
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Reviewed November 10, 2018

You can find the cheapest cothing here. better visit in the morning if you want to buy inside the malls. But you can also join in the nigh market but limited option.

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank Chen s
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