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Shopping in Palawan, the Philippines

Palawan is a rough diamond, and everyone hopes it stays that way. It is raw in a sense that it does not give in to the lure of big shopping malls yet. It does not have the posh, the expensive, the coveted brands that you normally find in famous places. Palawan is not really the place designed for shopping; rather, it is a place which markets its very self, beautiful and innocent self. Who needs fancy stuff when you are already in a paradise?

What it has is the small independently owned boutiques. Some are awkwardly positioned between a vulcanizing shop and a hardware store. Some are the size of a pig pen. Palawan has markets where you can find affordable fresh seafood, small stores that sell pearl jewelry, snacks, and knickknacks.

But this kind of character is what draws travelers to this place. Palawan does not strive to be something else. It is unique, innocent, and perhaps naïve. It is a diamond contented in its roughness.

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Places to shop in Palawan, Philippines

  • Robinson’s Place is the first full-functioning shopping mall in Puerto Princesa.
  • Unitop located a Puerto Princesa is known for its knickknacks, cheap ready-to-wear, and anything crafty.
  • It closes as early as 7PM, NCCC Mall at Puerto Princesa is more of a supermarket than an actual shopping mall

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Unique shops in Palawan, Philippines

  • For extraordinary and personally handcrafted souvenir items, Iwahig Penal Colony Souvenir Store is a venue for prisoners to show their dexterity.
  • For a corner of independently owned souvenir stalls, Puerto Princesa’s Tiangge Tiangge literally translated to “market market” has all the necessary souvenirs for your friends and family
  • Puerto Princesa’s Baker’s Hill is a bakery and souvenir shop combined.
  • For trinkets, knickknacks, and anything artistic, head to El Nido Boutique & Artcafe.
  • For last-minute shopping, Puerto Princesa International Airport has some small shops that sell souvenir items and pearls.
  • The biggest souvenir and gift shop at Coron, mmm Coron Souvenir & Gift Shop has everything covered.
  • For cheap finds, there is always Coron Public Market to go to.