From big malls to cheap markets where huge bargaining often happens, the shopaholics can shop their heart out in the streets of Manila, Philippines. Apart from other exquisite tourism points, the diversity of products and the variations available in the shopping arcade of Manila is truly one of the best features of the Capital. Tourists and locals can easily find traditional crafts, luxury goods, designer garments and authentic Filipino souvenir in the streets of Manila. Board the LRT, the elevated rail line, or take a cab and explore these amazing shopping destinations, some of which are easy on the pocket too.
SM Mall of Asia
Located right on the Manila Bay, SM Mall of Asia is the third largest mall in the world. The mall is flooded with shops that are great for finding anything and everything that you might need. The mall also has an array of restaurants, which invite you to experience different cuisines while shopping for your favorite outfits. The lads, who do not like to shop, too have a lot to do in this mall as there is Science Discovery Center, Imax Theatre, Ice Rink, Bowling Alley and a Storyland as well. Visiting this place on a Friday or Saturday around 7pm can be useful as you can check out the Pyromusical Firework show.
Greenbelt Shopping Mall
Looking for some foreign and local brands to shop from? Stop by the Greenbelt Shopping Mall situated in Makati to find the best selling items that are latest and trendy along with the beautiful outdoor space with greenery all around. Apparel, electronics, designer home wares and what not, this mall is a single stop for all things you can wish for. The countless range of products makes it one of the best indoor malls of Manila and a heavenly place to visit for shopping freaks out there.
Shangri La Plaza
Another top notch mall in Manila is the Shangri La Plaza that has all the high end brand stores and a wide range of classy products. The mall has nearly three posh departmental stores – Rustan’s Tower, Crossings and Marks and Spencer where one can shop whole day. To take a break from shopping, the mall also has food court, cafes, restaurants and gaming parlor. Shangri La Plaza is a must visit for all those who like to pick high class and elegant products.
The center of the Makati is occupied by the Glorietta mall, which is the best destination for those looking for some interesting insights, as the mall never fails in amusing the art lovers with the various exhibitions being held here from time to time. The USP of the Glorietta mall is the Vanilla Muffin Café that offers the best muffins in town.
If you are looking for popular brands like H&M and Zara, SM Megamall is the right place to visit. A family can easily spend their day here shopping, playing games, watching movies and satisfying their tummies with a variety of food options available in this mall.
Cheap Market places in Manila
Manila is a place that not only embraces the mall culture but has a huge network of cheap flea markets too, where prices are relatively low and the quality is yet not compromised. So if you wish to spend less and buy more, do wander the market places in Manila mentioned below:
It is simply impossible to explore the whole Divisoria Market in a single day, that’s how huge it is. Known as the shopper’s paradise, it won’t be wrong in saying that one can come out with a number of bags in their hands from this market. And if you acquire the talent of bargaining, you can buy a pair of Havaian Slippers in just Php 70 or a chiffon dress for only Php 150. The market has all kinds of products at low prices.
Green Hills Shopping Centre
Green Hills Shopping Center is nicely structured market place encompassed with a row of neat stalls in a big air-conditioned building. The rates are slightly higher than the Divisoria Market but have an extensive range of items in all categories. Brands like Nike, Adidas, and many more are also available in this super cool shopping center. Girls can easily find purses, accessories to go with any dress they want in here, as the market has no dearth of such items. Bargain your way through the market and come out with a lot of products at fewer prices.
If you want to make your exercise sessions fun, this place can give you the best exercising gadgets, exercising attire, including basket balls shoes and a good pair of Nikes in about Php 800. Apart from this, the market is good to shop for pet lovers and bibliophiles too.
Baclaran is a street that is surrounded by big shopping malls yet it gains attraction due to its low price range and availability of all kinds of products like clothes, books, plants, pets, fashion accessories and much more. The place is overcrowded on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and weekends. Barclaran is known for the iconic church also.
To buy Old Filipino apothecary, Quiapo Market is where you must make a visit to. Products like herbal concoctions, oils infused with ginseng and alugbati leaves that cure body pain and illness are also available in this market. If you wish to buy copied products of Vans in Php 600, you can get all of this in this market.
The shopaholics will not be disappointed in Manila, Philippines as this is one of the greatest shopping places of the world. So, it is time that we all save some of our money to shop wholeheartedly and plan our visit to Manila.
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