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Shopping in the Philippines

Filipinos have coined the word “malling,” born from their love of going to malls, not necessarily to go shopping but mainly to enjoy the displays and the cool temperature. There are many independent shops highlighting local products, handicrafts, or artworks found at big public markets anywhere the Philippines. But since the Filipinos love “malling,” there are so many malls to choose from especially in major cities like Manila, Cebu, and Davao.

Visiting the Philippines means going home with the unique culture that the nation is proud of: a miniature replica of the jeepney, dried sweet mangos, books, dried fish, strawberry jams, peanut brittle, ube jam, and some souvenir t-shirts to name some.

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Top 10 Shopping malls and Boutique shops in the Philippines

  • The elite district of Ayala Center, Greenbelt has a wide variety of expensive restaurants, boutiques, and cafes.
  • Glorietta Mall, another section of Ayala Center Complex, showcases more reasonably priced boutiques and shops.
  • Trinoma located at Quezon City has a good number of boutiques and stores that offers affordable prices.
  • The biggest mall in the Philippines, Mall of Asia is so huge that getting lost is already expected.
  • SM Malls, just like Ayala, are all over the major cities in the Philippines.
  • Not as sophisticated as the Ayala Malls, Robinson’s Malls still have a good selection of good-quality shops and restaurants.
  • Rustan’s is a sophisticated retailer and department store in the Philippines found in major cities such as Manila and Cebu.
  • Ayala Center Cebu combines the art of landscaping and neat interior design.
  • Gaisano Country Mall at Banilad, Cebu City has intrinsic prints that will surely appeal to the fashionable.A trip in Cebu is never complete without dining at Larsian—the barbecue landmark in the city.
  • SM City Cebu, SM’s 4th biggest mall, is a large shopping mall that rivals Ayala Center Cebu.

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Top 8 Local shops and Local products in the Philippines

  • For cheap deals on footwear and casual clothes, Baclaran Night Market is the answer
  • Island Souvenir sells a wide array of t-shirts that feature the beauty of famous tourist attractions.
  • Kultura Filipino is a uniquely Filipino boutique designed for foreign travelers.
  • Do not leave the country without stashing several packs of dried mangoes.
  • For a glimpse of the local literature, drop by at Solidaridad Bookshop owned by F Sionil Jose, one of the eminent writers in the Philippines.
  • For a supply of dried danggit, a famous dried fish delicacy in Cebu, go to Taboan dried fish market.
  • Check Ferangeli Guitar Handcrafter to witness the making of a simple guitar.
  • In Baguio City, strawberry jams, peanut brittle, and ube jam are some of its famous products.