Best Places to Shop in Manila

Manila is one of the greatest shopping hubs in South East Asia. From local markets to luxury boutiques and grand shopping malls, shopping fans will be delighted when exploring the city’s top retail hot spots. Even if you’re not a shopping fan you will still find great food and drinks plus things to see and do around the best shopping areas in the city. Here are some of the best choices.

Divisoria

This area of the city is famous for its shopping and this is one of the best places to come if you are looking for a bargain, with a huge number of small stalls selling all kinds of items. Haggling is common in the markets in this area. Some of the stalls are on the street while some are inside malls including the the Tutuban Center Mall and the Divisoria Mall, so you can shop with the comfort of air-conditioning too if you prefer.

SM Megamall

SM Mega Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in the world. The mall is located at the corner of Epifanio de Los Santos and Dona Julia Vargas Avenues in Mandaluyong District. The mall is made up of 2 buildings connected by a bridge and there are a wide range of shopping and dining choices here. Families with children will have a great time as there are lots of activities as well, including an ice skating rink and a laser tag centre.

Legazpi Sunday Market

If you’re visiting Manila on a Sunday, then you should definitely check out this market, where you can find interesting handicrafts, exotic fruit and vegetables and lots of healthy and organic food. There is also a fantastic range of good quality street food on offer, including both Filipino and international cuisines.

Silahis Center

The Silahis Center is a very interesting shop in a lovely old building within the old walled city of Intramuros. The shop sells antiques and interesting Philippine arts and handicrafts. One floor of the building is as an art gallery and a visit here feels like a mix between a shopping experience and a visit to a museum. The Silahis Center provides an interesting view into the lifestyle of the Filipino people, particularly during the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines.

Balikbayan Handicrafts Center

If you’re looking for traditional souvenirs or gifts, then this is a great place to visit. There are a few Balikbayan Handicraft Centres in Manila, including Pasay, Trinoma and Makati Avenue. You can see quality products including furniture and jewellery. Many items are made from natural local resources including wood, shell, bamboo, vines and clay.

Greenhills

Greenhills was one of the first major shopping malls to be established in the country. The complex boasts more than 2000 shops and stalls and originally opened during the 1970s. The mall has been refurbished over the years and includes multiple cinema screens and several food courts in addition to a vast range of shopping options.

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SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia is a huge shopping mall in Bay City, Pasay, Metro Manila. Having opened in 2006, the mall includes more than 700 shops and over 200 places to eat. The mall also has the first ever IMAX movie theatre built in the country and the first ever Olympic-sized ice rink. The connected Entertainment Mall is a two-story complex, mostly open-air and facing out over Manila Bay.

Market! Market!

Market! Market! in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig is an interesting shopping destination to explore. As well as a large range of shopping and eating options the mall is home to themed bazaars, a hawker’s market and is great for bargain hunters as there are a number of outlet and bargain stores. The mall has a lot of character and is a wonderful place to spend a few hours.

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