When it comes to shopping destinations, Metro Manila has some of the ultimate recreational, gastronomic, and retail centers in the world. Whether you’re looking for luxury or budget shopping, there are sure choices you can select from. For instance, the SM Mall of Asia is one you can rely on in terms of wide-ranging options at affordable prices. To make your Philippine shopping experience worthwhile, there are also a number of comfortable boutique hotels in Manila near these spots that will cater to your needs!
So to help you decide which one meets your budget and expectations, here is a list of the top 7 shopping destinations you can visit in the capital city of the Philippines, Manila:
1. Greenhills Shopping Center
Located in San Juan City, Greenhills Shopping Center is popular among budget-conscious shoppers but want to remain in style while shopping. The air-conditioned buildings as well as housing rows are clean and organized to easily help customers find what they exactly need. There are rows of shops, stores, and stalls that offer wide variety of products including gadgets, clothing lines, foods, and a lot more. Also, there are cinemas, restaurants, and a chapel available in the shopping center.
Manila’s Divisoria Market is quite admired by Filipino shoppers and even travel-shoppers. Popularly known as the Mother of All Shopping Places in the metro, Divisoria offers negotiable prices for all types of customers. There are street stalls, stores outside the buildings, and various products displayed on the streets to easily show buyers what they can get from this market. One of the famous malls here is the 168 Mall with highly affordable products to buy perfect for budget shoppers.
3. SM Mall of Asia
This is located in Central Business Park, Bay Boulevard, Bay City, Pasay where almost everything you need is available. This is managed by SM Prime Holdings which was established in 2006 with a total of 407,000 retail space. Ideal for luxury shoppers, high-end shops and boutiques are located inside the mall. Big brands and first-class restaurants are also common in MOA.
Another luxury shopping destination in Metro Manila is Greenbelt in Makati City. With open air and enclosed sections that feature classy restaurants and retail shops, you can buy your favorite brands of gadgets, garments, and some personal items at certain prices. This shopping district is filled with international brands including Louis Vitton, Gucci, and Kiehl’s among others.
5. Shangri-La Plaza
If you’re in Mandaluyong, you can drop by the most established, upscale lifestyle and shopping destination in the Philippines, the Shangri-La Plaza. This is another luxury shopping site for you with plenty of choices to select from. Mall-goers also enjoy special events such as the International Silent Film Festival and Cine Europa.
6. Lucky Chinatown Mall
In Binondo Manila, this mall invigorates the relaxation scene in the town. With popular Asian restaurants and huge variety of clothing brands, you can find your shopping paradise in Lucky Chinatown Mall. Choose this if you love to try some Asian cuisine and shopping items.
7. Quiapo Market
Let us not forget the Quiapo Market where you can also find Manila’s famous church, the Quiapo Church. For travelers, this is a common destination because of the cheap items sold by friendly stall owners. No matter what you need, from herbal concoctions to other modern products, this is the way to go.
British shopaholics do have a temporary haven in Manila! There are flights to Manila from London Heathrow and Birmingham International Airport. We will compile a number of Philippine Travel Blogs as reference soon!