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10 Best Shopping Experiences in Manila

Where to Shop in Manilla

Our list of the best shopping experiences in Manila introduces the most exciting malls, markets, and stores available in the capital city of the Philippines. Regarding shopping options, as a gigantic metropolis Manila is on par with most of the Asian capital cities such as Bangkok or Singapore: ultra-modern shopping malls are the number one shopping destinations here, closely followed by markets, and night markets, more specifically.

Check out our selection of 10 great places to shop in Manila; even if you’re not too much into shopping, most of these places feature at least food, drinks, and things to see and do, plus a refreshing air-conditioned environment. Isn’t it appealing?

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SM Mall of Asia
SM Mall of Asia

Located in the popular area of Manila Bay Front, SM Mall of Asia is one of the largest shopping malls in the Philippines. It covers a floor area of over 40 hectares, and it features a stunning choice of fashion boutiques, restaurants, bars, a concert ground, an amusement park, a science centre, a convention centre, 3 movie theatres, and much more. You can spend the whole day at SM Mall of Asia without walking twice in front of the same store.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: J.W. Diokhno Boulevard on Manila Bay front
  • Tel: +63 2 556 0680
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Divisoria Market
Divisoria Market

Divisoria is a large flea market settled in the heart of Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown. From clothes to sport equipment to fashion accessories to you name it, you’ll find here everything you might need – and plenty of items you don't – all at bargain prices. Crowded and buzzing, “the mecca mother of all Manila markets” as it’s sometimes nicknamed, also features aplenty of food stalls at which you can restore and refresh yourself. You should beware of pickpockets, and common sense should be applied as for what you take with you, and how you carry it when roaming around Divisoria Market.

  • Opening Hours: 5:30 – 19:30
  • Location: M. de Santos Street in the centre of Manila Chinatown
  • MRT: Recto Station
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Silahis Arts & Artifacts
Silahis Arts & Artifacts

Established in 1966, and located in the heritage neighbourhood of Intramuros, Silahis Arts & Artifacts is just the right place to purchase quality crafted souvenirs. Offering both a museum visit and shopping experience in one shot, Silahis is settled in a large vintage building featuring four sections: cultural fine and folk crafts; ceramics and primitive arts; cultural publications; fine arts and sculpture. This informative store teaches you about the cultural heritage of the Philippines, and permits you to find splendid original pieces to bring back home.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
  • Address: 744 General Luna Street in Manila Intramuros
  • Tel: +63 2 527 2111,13,14
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Robinsons Place Mall
Robinsons Place Mall

Robinsons Place Mall is a popular place to shop due to its convenient location in the centre of Manila. The shopping mall may start to look a bit aged, but it delivers the goods whatever you’re looking for. Housing department stores, boutiques, chain and independent restaurants, a food court and plenty of attractions, including a movie theatre, it is enjoyed by all those who are looking to shop with a mid-range budget.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: At the corner of Adriatico and Pedro Gil Streets
  • Tel: +63 2 310 3333
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Legazpi Sunday Market
Legazpi Sunday Market

The biggest food market in Metro Manila, Legazpi Market is an extremely popular place to hang out on Sunday mornings. You’ll find a vast assortment of dishes, from provincial to Spanish to Oriental to American, and more. Around 70% of the stalls are dedicated to food and drink, while the remaining 30% offers you some cool shopping opportunities on clothes, handicrafts, fashion accessories, and more. Set up in a large parking lot, the market counts over 200 stands. Note that you should get there early if you want to avoid the heat.

  • Opening Hours: 07:30 – 14:00 on Sundays only
  • Location: On Legazpi Street, opposite Union Church of Manila in Makati District
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SM City Manila
SM City Manila

SM City Manila is one of the SM Group stores that can be found all around the Philippines (and even in China). It features all the SM chain-businesses such as SM Supermarket, SM Appliance Center, SM Cinemas and SM Food Court, as well as many other chain stores such as Watson’s, National Bookstore, plus many independent boutiques and restaurants. Its location a walking distance from Intramuros makes it a convenient shopping place if you stay in this beautiful area of Manila.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Between Manila City Hall and the Pasig River just east of Intramuros
  • Tel: +63 2 523 7044
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SM Mega Mall
SM Mega Mall

Mega Mall is another monumental shopping complex that belongs to SM Group. Located at the corner of Epifanio de los Santos and Dona Julia Vargas Avenues on the eastern side of Mandaluyong District, it features two huge buildings linked by a bridge, and occupies a floor area of 47 hectares, making it one of the largest shopping malls in the world. To make it short, you’ll find here almost everything whether you come for shopping, dining, or getting entertained.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: On the eastern side of Mandaluyong District
  • Tel: +63 2 633 1722
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Balikbayan Handicrafts Center
Balikbayan Handicrafts Center

The main branch of Balikbayan Handicrafts Center is located on Antonio Arnaiz Avenue, just across from Raffles Makati. This long-established store counts three other branches in Manila: in Pasay, Trinoma, and on Makati Avenue. You’ll find products made of wood, shell, bamboo, vines, resin, clay, and many other indigenous materials. If you’re looking for genuine quality Filipino handicraft souvenirs, you should come by Balikbayan.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00
  • Location: On Antonio Arnaiz Avenue, diagonally opposite the Raffles Makati
  • Tel: +63 2 893 0775
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168 Shopping Mall
168 Shopping Mall

Located walking distance from Divisoria Market in Binondo, 168 Shopping Mall is a popular shopping spot in Manila’s Chinatown. The five-storey complex is an excellent destination for those shopping for bargain goods and accessories, such as shoes, bags, toys, and much more. Food carts and restaurants can be found all around the complex, too.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: On Sta Elena Street in Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown
  • Tel: +63 2 247 7796
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Shangri-La Plaza
Shangri-La Plaza

Directly connected to Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, and under the same group’s management, Shangri-La Plaza is an upscale shopping mall housing over 300 fashion and homeware boutiques and restaurants. The luxurious vibe of Shangri-La Plaza makes it less busy than most of the other shopping malls in Manila, even though you can also find here products at affordable prices.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: At the corner EDSA and Shaw Boulevard
  • Tel: +63 2 370 2500
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