Devalued currency, cheap living costs and relative
proximity to China make the Philippines a shopper's
paradise - and a danger to consumers! The capital Manila
has some of the largest shopping malls in the world,
with designer stores, electronics and various products
that vary according to quality and origin.
To get a
better sense of prices, it is interesting to check the
Lazada website, one of the largest
online shopping sites in the Philippines. If you have
time and availability, it is also worth buying over the
internet. Make sure your hotel can accept orders. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage sports clothing.
A 12% tax (VAT) falls on the prices of products in
stores. Please note that there is still no tax refund
system for foreign tourists.
Looking for a place to spend time in Manila,
immerse yourself in local culture or simply buy
souvenirs at the best prices? Whatever your goal,
Shopping Greenhills will suit!
Practically an air-conditioned flea market,
here you will find DVDs and branded clothing of dubious
origin. But a closer look will also reveal antiques,
crafts, jewelry, electronics, accessories and unique
products that you won't find anywhere else in Manila,
perhaps across the Philippines. Although always packed,
salespeople are not usually aggressive, making the
experience of getting lost in the stands less daunting.
Bargaining is an art, and it is always recommended to
ask for a discount before closing a deal.
Opened in the distant 70s, Greenhills was one of the
first malls in the Philippines. Therefore, the structure
is not the most modern or luxurious - for that, there is
the SM Mall of Asia, on the other side
of the city. But the variety of products and the very
low prices of its more than 2,000 stores make up for it.
How to get
Shopping Greenhills is located in the city of San
Juan, metropolitan Manila. The best way to get there is
by taxi. If you prefer to go by public transport, the
nearest metro station (MRT) is Santolan-annapolis, from
where you will need to travel by jeepney for a
few more minutes to the mall.
Bonifacio High Street
The center of Manila can be chaotic
and disorganized, but there are planned and modern
neighborhoods that are completely at odds with this
pattern. Located in the district of Bonifacio Global
City (BCG ), one of the main financial centers of
the capital, the sophisticated Bonifacio High
Street is a "concept street", with a kilometer
long full of brands, electronics stores, restaurants and
a pleasant central park. The environment also has
several interactive works of art and wide sidewalks,
excellent for an unpretentious walk.
But it is when the sun goes down that the area
becomes even more attractive, with bars and pubs
offering the best of Filipino nightlife.
If you want to experience an adventure with local
cocktails, visit the Rocket Room bar and try
the curious "Rocket Fuel", based on tequila, vodka and
jalapeño. Already Tomatito Manila is
recommended for those seeking the best of Spanish
cuisine: wine, tapas and paella.
Above all, Bonifacio High Street is a cosmopolitan
and eclectic environment, frequented by locals, tourists
and expats. The high-standard condominiums around it and
ostentatious policing make the region one of the safest,
cleanest and brightest in the capital. All this 10 km
from the city center.
As the bad languages say: "It doesn't even look
like Manila". Interpret however you want...
Shopping SM Mall of Asia
More than just a mall, SM Mall of Asia (MoA)
is a real tourist attraction in Manila. With an area of
more than 400,000m², this is one of the largest
shopping malls in the world! The complex attracts
thousands of visitors every day, attracted not only by
designer stores and shopping opportunities, but also by
the famous sunset over the bay, just across the street.
With a privileged location just minutes from the
airport, visiting the MoA is worthwhile even for those
passing through Manila and only have a few hours to
enjoy the city. In addition to luxurious IMAX
movie theaters, bowling alleys
and ice skating, the mall also has a
complete amusement park on its
premises. There is a ferris wheel, bumper cars and other
toys for all ages. All from 50 Philippine pesos - less
than $ 1!
MD Tip: Be sure to get a photo on
the huge decorative globe that sits right at the main
How to get
The best way is to take a taxi. The mall is in a very
central location, easy to reach. If you want to go by
public transport, the nearest metro station (LRT) is the
LRT-1 Edsa Station, from where you can
travel for a few more minutes by bus (Lawton-Sucat
route) or jeepneys (orange).