Exploring the Top 5 Shopping Destinations in the Philippines’ Capital
Shopping malls are a way of life in South East Asia, and no more so than in the Philippines. Manila in particular embodies the shopping mall lifestyle better than any other city with outstanding facilities catering for self-confessed shopping addicts and first time buyers alike.
Browse our selection of the top 5 Manila malls to indulge in some serious retail therapy below:
1. SM Megamall
Located in the heart of the Ortigas business district, the country’s largest mall lives up to its moniker with approximately 474,000 square metres (that makes it the 4th largest shopping mall in the WORLD) of retail space.
Would-be winter Olympians can hone their skills at the mall’s ice rink (the first in the country) and the recent addition of the luxury Mega Fashion Hall makes the SM Megamall a must-visit for visitors of all tastes and budgets. Those less inclined to retail therapy can also find plenty of distraction in the form of a fully stocked food court and cinema.
2. Gateway Mall
Gateway Mall’s eye catching design and high-end resident brands/retailers make it a must-visit if you’re looking to blow the budget on some upscale holiday souvenirs.
Once you’re done with your retail therapy, pull up a Lazy Boy and relax at the Platinum Cinema for a seriously luxurious take on the movie experience.
The Triangle North (known to locals as Trinoma) opened in 2007 to much fanfare, and is the best place to purchase holiday supplies if you’re staying in the north of the city.
The Quezon City-located mall offers shoppers the opportunity to bypass the infamous Manila= traffic by way of its excellent public transport links, and is arguably the best all-rounder on this list. Boutiques rub shoulder to shoulder with well-known high-street brands, and there’s something on offer for almost everyone.
In the spirit of competitive shopping deals, Greenbelt offers FOUR malls for the price of one – each with different specialties and catering for different budgets. Head to Greenbelt 1 for a taste of the latest cinema releases and some live theatre (yes, you read correctly). Once you’re done, check out Greenbelt 2 for a spot of European/Asian lunch– before finishing with Greenbelt 3’s boutique shops and a tour of Greenbelt 4’s impressive financial centre.
5. SM Mall of Asia
Manila’s SM Mall of Asia is simply gargantuan – so big that it’s listed as the 7th largest mall in the world. Don’t let the size put you off exploring though, as it’s deceptively easy to navigate - with strategically placed food courts and cinemas offering much needed respite from the physical exertion. We recommend checking out the in-mall theatre and Olympic sized(!) ice skating rink even if you’re not in the mood to shop.