Shopping in Manila


Manila shopping comes in myriad options ranging from top of the line designer wear to traditional handicraft. You will  find no shortage of shopping outlets as numerous malls and other shopping options are spread throughout the city. 

Mega malls and small stalls 

Manila is also home to some of the largest shopping malls in the world including SM Mall Asia which is the third largest in the world and the second largest in Asia. These malls offer a unique shopping experience as they are not malls in the conventional sense, but more like cities in themselves. Visitors to the gargantuan malls can find everything from boutiques, supermarkets, cinemas, ice rinks, museums, convention centres, art galleries and even churches. These malls offer an extremely comprehensive collection of shops and other facilities. 

Examples of such malls include Ayala Center, Greenbelt and  Megamall to name a few. Out of the many malls, Shangri La offers a more upscale shopping experience and is not crowded. 

Other interesting shopping opportunities in Manila are complexes known as tiannge. These are small makeshift stalls clustered together and sell a variety of goods. Prices are low but unlike the mall shopping experience bargaining is a must. 

Niche stores and more 

Shopping for niche goods can be done through various bookstores, antique shops, speciality shops where goods are custom made to suit your specific needs, bazaars, at home boutiques, strip malls and factory stores that offer even more goods. 

Other markets offer a range of traditional goods that represent the cultures of the Philippines. These come traditional items such as wooden bowls, plates, souvenirs made from seashells, and butterfly knives. 

Staying at one of the hotels in Manila with close access to key shopping areas such as  The Heritage Hotel Manila provides youwith a convenient and hassle free shopping experience. The Heritage Hotel is only 1.25 miles (2km) from the SM Mall of Asia and 2.5 miles (4km) from the Ayala Center.