Opened in February 2017, City Mall is the first real commercial centre to open on Boracay Island. Located at the intersection of Boracay Main and Diniwid roads, right next to Fairways and Bluewater Golf Course in the north of the island, City Mall offers a modern air-conditioned space to comfortably shop. Featuring food stalls, fashion boutiques, a pharmacy, a small game centre for kids and a grocery store, it’s the closest thing to a US- or European-style mall you will find on Boracay.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: At the intersection of Boracay Main and Diniwid roads, right next to Fairways and Bluewater Golf Course
- Tel: +63 2 856 7111
D’Mall is the main shopping and dining centre in Boracay. It looks more like a permanent market than a modern shopping mall, as it is open air and feature a great number of stalls, kiosks and shops of various sizes and shapes. D’Mall is also a bit of a maze, with its small alleys. Shopping-wise, you’ll Read More...
- Opening Hours: Depends on shops and restaurants
- Location: Just north of Station 2 on White Beach
D’Talipapa is a seafood market at which you can purchase almost any type of fish, shellfish or crustacean before getting them cooked to your taste in nearby restaurants. The concept is interesting, but you have to haggle hard to get interesting prices. The best bargain move here is to start by cutting the given price by Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 21:00
- Location: in Stations 2, next to Henann Lagoon Resort off Boracay Tambisaan Jetty Port Road
E Mall is a cool place to find souvenirs, beachwear and clothes. Similar to D’Mall, although slightly cheaper, you also have to bargain here if you don’t want to get ripped off. The downside of E Mall is that practically every shops sell the same products, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for in Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 23:00
- Location: Just north of Ambulong Road, Station 3 toward the southern end of White Beach
Plazoleta is a large shop specialised in quality arts and crafts, including small items such as necklaces, sarongs and bracelets, but also larger products like furniture. Most of the items sold at Plazoleta are locally made, and you can even see some of the artists at work in the store. Musical instruments are among the most interesting items that can be brought back from a holiday in The Philippines, and you’ll find a large selection of guitars, drums, flutes and other instruments for sale here. The prices of the items available in Plazoleta are generally affordable.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
- Location: Station 2, next to Juice Bar
White Beach’s Hawkers
Whether you like them or not, hawkers are a part of most days on White Beach. The positive point with them is that they can get you almost anything you want while you are lazing on your sun-lounger: fresh drinks, fruits and snacks, hats, glasses, souvenirs, you name it. The downside is that there are many of them and your patience may wear thin after being harassed a dozen times for the same thing that you do not want to buy (or drink or eat). It’s almost impossible to get rid of them as they are officially recognised, and most of them belong to the Boracay Vendors and Peddlers Association. The best way to tell them you’re not interested is to just say “no, thanks” and act as if they’re not there. It’s not easy to be so rude as they usually are extremely polite and insistent, but it works.
What to Buy in Philippines
The Philippines is an excellent destination for anyone interested in picking up elaborate handicrafts, home-furnishings, jewelry, embroidery and baskets. In buying traditional crafts such as silks and carvings, tourists are invariably helping to support a still-growing and fragile economy. There is no doubt that Manila is the place to go for serious shopping. This is a Read More...