Shopping in Manila

Shopping Streets:

Manila hosts a number of lively shopping streets. In fact in almost every street, there are vendors selling just about anything. One good example is Quiapo road. It is considered as one popular shopping street within the city particularly around Quiapo Church. Vendors are scattered along the sidewalks making the street too crowded. They usually have stalls with certain kind of product. Some vendors sell herbal drugs and folk medicines, as well as medallions and amulets (believed to have powers).

Another popular shopping street in Manila is M. Recto Avenue. Shoppers on a budget will surely enjoy visiting this area as they can find hundreds of stalls selling cheap household items and ready-to-wear clothing for all ages and genders.

Shopping Malls:

When talking about shopping, there is nothing more comfortable than heading out to malls. Manila house a huge number of shopping centers including major shopping malls. Top shopping centers include Alabang Town Center, Festival Supermall, Gateway Mall, Glorietta, Greenbelt, Power Plant Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM malls and of course, SM Mall of Asia – which is regarded as the biggest mall in the country. In addition to these, there are likewise community malls, smaller shopping centers and open-air shopping plazas. Majority of these malls are open from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM everyday. To see a list of shopping centers in Mnila click here.


Divisoria is a famous street market in the heart of Manila. It also falls under the category of shopping street; but it is widely known as market. For all year round, Divisoria never runs out of people. Hundreds of shoppers visit the place because of its wide assortment of super affordable, as well as wholesale and bargain products. Clothes, decorations, home items, toys, electronics, dry goods, school and office supplies, textiles and accessories are only few of what can be found in this particular place in Manila.

Another popular market is Dangwa Flower Market. All your flower needs can be solved in this market. Flower vendors sell different varieties of flowers for all occasions. For fresh vegetables and fruits, Farmers Market is a good option.


When you visit Manila, there are plenty of souvenirs items you can find that will remind you of the place. Souvenirs such as native key-chains, hand bags, decorative items, miniaturized products, wooden items and shirts are available in various shops. Most of these stores can be found inside the shopping malls. Tesoro’s is a good choice if you want high-end native handicrafts. Meanwhile, Island souvenirs are perfect place to look for garments with Philippine prints.

Kultura shops inside SM malls are likewise ideal place to be. They sell wide variety of native products like dried mangoes, lambanog (coconut wine) and other goods that can be found only in the Philippines.

Try Tiendesitas in C5, Pasig. All kinds of products are available in this shop including food from all over the country, furniture, handicraft and other souvenir items made from bamboo and seashells. Prices are not that expensive thus making them good find. Check our list of souvenir shops.


Basically, a hypermarket is a superstore that combines both supermarket and department store. It usually contains a wide range of products, such as grocery items and general merchandise, in one roof. In Manila, there are few hypermarkets you can find. SM Hypermarkets have emerged in different locations in Manila and have become a one-stop shop to many consumers.

Another hypermarket that has made a name in Manila and in entire Luzon area is Puregold. Many consumers are enticed to visit these stores to avoid the huge crowd in malls.

Shops’s Opening Hours:

Most shops in Manila opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 10:00 PM everyday. Sometimes, the closing time goes beyond the regular time especially if the malls are on sale or during holiday season.

Some grocery shops are open at 9:00 AM to accommodate early shoppers. Meanwhile, there are convenient stores that do business 24 hours daily.

Ways of Payment:

For most stores and shops, payment is usually done in cold cash. It is the primary means of payment. However, larger shops like major shopping centers and restaurants accept payment through credit cards, either Visa or MasterCard. Additionally, debit cards are likewise being used these days as form of payment. Be sure to inquire first if they accept payment through cards when shopping in Manila.

Tax Information:

VAT in the Philippines is 12% of the total value of the goods. Unlike neighboring countries, Philippines has not tourist tax refund.