Shopping Manila - shoppers guide


Filipinos love to shop and Manila is home to some of the biggest and best shopping centres of anywhere in the world. Shopping in Manila is great fun for all the family as the city's many malls possess a wide range of entertainment facilities, restaurants and bars as well as hundreds of retail outlets.

But it's not all high-end international fashion labels, and those who are seeking out hand-crafted souvenirs or art will have a great time shopping in Manila. There are plenty of markets and curios shops that stock unique artefacts perfect for splendid gifts, plus one of the largest Chinatown neighbourhoods in the world awaits in Binondo with all manner of Oriental delights.

Markets

There are markets for every occasion in the city whether you are seeking freshly cut flowers, antiquities, fashion or perhaps some bargain souvenirs for loved ones waiting back home...more

Souvenirs

Practically everyone who arrives in Manila wants to take home a stunning memento of their stay, and we've got all the top tips you need on what to buy and where to start looking...more

Pearls & jewellery

The islands of the Philippines are fertile ground for pearl hunters and both the natural and cultured variety are available along with all manner of jewellery in contrasting styles...more

Malls

Manila shopping malls rival anywhere in the world with every highstreet name from the West represented alongside high quality local brands and the hottest fashion houses...more

Antiques

Manila is one of the oldest European strongholds in Asia and by virtue of that fact the city boasts dozens of collectables shops that stock books, charts, paintings and curios of yesteryear...more

A-Z of shopping

Whether you are searching for a new camera battery, the latest fashions or some imported delicacies for a home-cooked meal, we've got all the answers for you right here...more

Manila shopping guide – malls, markets and souvenirs

Shopping in Manila is a fun pastime which most of the city's residents seem to partake in regularly. Shopping is a great excuse to meet up with friends, grab a bite to eat and catch the latest movies.

The largest Manila shopping centre is the gargantuan SM Mall of Asia. Situated right on Manila Bay, it is a self-contained Mecca of consumerism with restaurants, cinemas, karaoke bars, games and much more. Those staying in the historic Ermita neighbourhood will find a huge range of retail outlets at Robinsons Place, while the museums of Intramuros are great for picking up souvenirs.

Pearls are superb value in Manila and cultured varieties can be found which are dyed different colours. Women will love searching the huge racks of clothes which litter Manila shopping centres for bargain garments and high quality reproductions. Or stroll around Binondo and huge Divisoria Market for a true taste of the Orient filled with eclectic gifts.

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