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Shopping in Manila: Enjoy Asia’s Shopping Capital

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Shopping in Manila is one of the most enjoyable activity for foreign tourists visiting the Philippines. Haggle for the things you want in flea markets like Divisoria or enjoy shopping in the big malls – this is something that you should not miss while in the Philippines shopping hub. You get to enjoy the best of both worlds. Wherever you choose to go, you will definitely enjoy your shopping experience in Manila.

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SM Mall of Asia – Shopping in Manila

Shopping in Manila: Enjoy Asia’s Shopping Capital

Shopping in Manila gives great value for your money. This gives you an unfair advantage of having more things to buy whether your eying for local or international brands. In other words, things are cheaper here and you can find anything under the sun. Well, almost anything.


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To get the most out of shopping in Metro Manila, it is best to have a plan before going on a spending spree. You don’t want to go to places where it will take you some time to look for the things you want to buy. If you are looking for cheap bargains, the flea markets are the best places to go.

Most flea markets are in open spaces. But there are air-conditioned shopping centers that operate like flea markets where you can bargain for the price of items you are buying. Make sure to bring enough cash. You can’t use your credit cards in most flea markets or tiangge . For your convenience and safety, make sure to wear light clothes and leave your jewelries. Things for sale do not have price tags so you are expected to haggle. Ask several sellers for the price of the same thing you want. If you are a foreigner, expect the price to be higher. This will give you an idea about your starting price.

Shopping in Manila is not complete without going to the malls. The SM Malls are a success partly due to more affordable prices. In Metro Manila, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia and SM North Edsa is the three largest in the country. The foreign exchange section is great if you need to exchange your money to Philippine Peso.

Glorietta and Greenbelt in Ayala Center and Power Plant Mall in Rockwell Center are the most popular places to shop in Makati. The Podium, SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria and Edsa Shangri-la Plaza Mall are also popular in Ortigas and Pasig Area.

Malls in Manila are not for shopping alone. Going to the malls, you can do some shopping, dining, watching movies or mini-concerts, or simply do other fun things. Below are some must visit places for your shopping needs:

SM Megamall is really huge it can take you almost a day to explore it. Megamall is in Ortigas Center along the main highway in EDSA. If you are taking the MRT, get off at the Ortigas station from the north or the Shaw Boulevard station from the south or Makati area.

Divisoria is a popular place you want to push shopping in Manila into an adventure. People flock here because prices are very cheap but most of the items are made in China. But prepare to crowd in. You can reach Divisoria through LRT at the D. Jose station. From there take the popular Jeepney to Divisoria. Or simply take the jeepney if you are in the Ermita/Malate district.

Greenhills Shopping Center offers the best of both worlds. You can haggle for the prices with comfort since the area is air-conditioned, and less crowded compare to Divisoria. Prices are relatively cheap also. This shopping center is also popular shopping place if you are looking for replica designer bags, shoes and branded clothing. This shopping center houses the largest independent sellers of preowned and brand new mobile phones and other tech gadgets. If you are taking the MRT, get off at Santolan/Annapolis station then take a taxi from there.

If you are staying near Quezon City, SM North Edsa is a popular choice. This SM Mall is the biggest in the country when it comes to commercial area. Right across SM North Edsa, you will find one of the biggest Ayala Mall called Trinoma where you can find branded items, best restaurants and various services.

SM Mall of Asia has raised shopping in Manila to another level. And a mall here does not mean shopping only. This SM Mall is now the second largest in the country, the third in Asia and probably one of the biggest in the world when it comes to floor area.

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