Shopping in the Philippines varies from region to region. Manila is the place to go for serious shopping, with many air-conditioned, brand-heavy, and ultra-modern malls. The capital is also home to flea and bazaar-style markets, where some real treasures and endless bargaining opportunities exist.
Tropical island destinations such as Boracay, Bohol and Palawan feature lively shopping scenes that host convenience stores, souvenir boutiques, and markets. If you’re looking to buy indigenous products and handicrafts, local markets on these islands are laden with handmade, high-quality goods. When it comes to what to buy in the Philippines, local jewellery, antiques and textiles are some of the most popular items to get for yourself and loved ones back home.