Take Me Home: Finding Bargains in Manila
Manila might just be the shopping capital of Asia, with three of the world's ten largest malls within the city limits. In Makati, check out Greenbelt, full of luxurious stores, including the best local Filipino designers, plus other activities to round out a day's busy shopping. Make sure you end your day with an hour-long massage at Greenbelt's spa!
Divisoria is a market district in the heart of the city, known for its wide assortment of low-priced goods and bargain shopping. Everything under the sun can be found in Divisoria, making it the “the mother of all markets in Manila.”
Kultura is your first port of call for all things Filipino. It began as a small Filipino handicraft store during the late 1950's, and grew quickly due its reputation for creating quality products sold at reasonable prices. It’s now the largest Filipino lifestyle retail chain in the country – and it’s definitely worth a visit!
Sometimes bigger is better, especially when it comes to shopping! The SM Mall of Asia in Bay City, Pasay near the SM Central Business Park, is the 10th largest shopping mall in the world. It’s home to local and international brands from fashion to hardware, toys and more. If shopping works you up an appetite then you can choose from a wide range of restaurants and their vast food court. SM Mall of Asia is only 10 minutes from the hotel – so there are no excuses not to visit!
The opposite of the city's many shopping complexes is The Collective, an anti-mall packed with alternative stores and hip restaurants. You'll find art prints, quirky clothing, avant-garde objects and vintage bikes at its Malugay Street location.
Don't leave town without shopping for traditional Filipino products at one of the vast Balikbayan Handicrafts stores, with branches in Makati and Pasay City. Souvenirs big and small range from giant statues and dining tables made from a single slab of wood, to delicate seashell jewellery and brightly patterned handbags.
What are you shopping for? Tell my team and we'll point you in the right direction for the most unique souvenirs and best bargains!