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Manila Shopping

Where to Shop in Manila

Shopping is one of the prime activities in Manila. Manila's mall culture is probably the most telling sign of the Americanization the Philippines has gone through. Almost every city block or two of Metro Manila has a mall, mostly closing at 21:00. Boasting the third-biggest shopping complex in the world, credit culture is still in its infancy in Manila; consequently conspicuous consumers are rife!

The most upscale malls are in Greenbelt 4 and 5 at Ayala Centre and Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City, where there are famous brand shops like Mango, Armani and Bulgari. Visit the Divisoria Market where items are sold in bulk at jaw-dropping prices. You can find almost anything here, from cookware to lingerie to toys.

Tiendesitas, at the edge of Ortigas, highlights local handicrafts, souvenirs and furniture. To get a real feel for Manila go to a ‘tiangge’, a fresh market, where everything can be bargained for. Discover below where to shop in Manila...

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Shopping around Manila

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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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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Greenhills Shopping Center

Located in an affluent suburb, Greenhills is not just exclusive to Manila's upmarket crew. One of the city's original consumer palaces, it opened in the 1970’s and still pulls in a good crowd eager to explore its rich and varied contents. Thousands of shoppers pile in on weekends to delve into the tiangge, with stalls featuring everything from video games to clothes to furniture.

  • Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 10:00 - 20:00, Fri - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
  • Address: Ortigas Avenue, Manila
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Divisoria Market

Divisoria is big and chaotic, but it is unparalleled for goods and prices. The mother of all Manila’s markets, chances are you will find whatever you are looking for here. More than anything else, Divisoria is known for textiles. Prices are generally wholesale and you can haggle to the last peso. We recommend a local guide when venturing out to Divisoria, the chances of getting lost or ripped off are higher than normal here.

  • Opening Hours: 05:30 – 19:30
  • Location: M. de Santos Street in the centre of Manila Chinatown
  • MRT: Recto Station
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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 Read More...

  • 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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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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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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Shangri-La Plaza

An upscale shopping mall (the name says it all) that encompasses three shopping havens – Marks & Spencer, Ruston’s Tower and Crossings. Packed with world-class brands such as Armani and Cerruti, this is the place to head if you want to kit yourself out in the latest fashions. Featuring great eateries and entertainment options, the mall is easily accessed via MRT.

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

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  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Location: J.W. Diokhno Boulevard on Manila Bay front
  • Tel: +63 2 556 0680
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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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St Francis Square

Nestled between gleaming high-rises, St Francis Square in fact consists of two squares just a few metres apart that are laden with food, shopping and entertainment options. National holidays usually see staged outdoor events, which produce a great atmosphere, perfect for family outings – a pleasant alternative to air-conditioned shopping malls.

  • Address: Julia Vargas Avenue and Ortigas Center, Pasig City
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Tiendesitas

Located along the C5 road in Manila, Tiendesitas sits in a 30,000sqm area within Frontera Verde. Tiendesitas means a cluster of small shops and these closely resemble Bangkok's Chatachak Market. Tiendesitas sells native food, fashion wear and accessories, furniture, antiques, handicrafts, personal care and novelty items, pets, plants, and other Philippine–made products. A must-see when in Manila, if not to make purchases just to experience the sheer vibrancy of the place. A shuttle service leaves from Delicacies Village every hour between 15:00-19:00

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
  • Address: Ortigas Avenue cor. E. Rodriguez Ave. (C-5) Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Tel: +63 635 5680
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