Metro Manila · Shopping Malls
For lack of public space, shopping malls are often the primary venue for social life in Philippine towns and cities, particularly in Metro Manila, where you find some of the world's largest malls. This section gives an overview of the Megacity's most important malls, their locations, special features and what you can find and do in each of them.
The Alabang Town Center is always good for some shopping in the Alabang Hotspot. And more than that, its cozy atmosphere and choice of restaurants invites for a luncheon with colleagues or dinner with friends and family. The mediterranean ambiance shields from the busy life in the Megacity.
The Cash & Carry Mall is a hidden pearl, especially for those living in the Makati Alternative and International Hotdot and in the Legazpi Hotspot. With a small movie theatre, a supermarket, usual lunch and dining options as well as a bazaar and clothing stores, Cash & Carry is a low price alternative to the Greenbelt and Glorietta malls.
Century City Mall, opened in February 2014, is a one-billion-peso development in Makati that hosts over 100 tenants on its 17,000 square meter premises.
The Divisoria Market and the 168 Shopping Mall are located in the center of Manila City’s Chinatown. Shopping here is hard work and means bargaining, bargaining, bargaining - definitely not the kind of shopping for the faint-hearted.
Eastwood Mall marks the very center of Eastwood City and is dubbed as the heart of this work-live-play enclave in southern Quezon City. With its four floors it has just the right size: big enough to fit in some restaurants, shops and boutiques, and small enough for you to pleasantly find your way around without getting lost.
Originally a park, Glorietta today forms the heart of Ayala Center, the giant shopping district of Makati City with its interconnected malls and department stores. Glorietta offer a wide variety of retail products, dining options and entertainment, making it a popular venue for family shopping sprees as well as night outs with friends.
Greenbelt is not only a conglomeration of five upscale malls with fashion boutiques and designer stores. The malls frame a lush green park with a chapel, koi pond, little pathways, and a high number of exquisite bars and restaurants. The garden setting makes Greenbelt the prime option for dining away from the traffic of Makati City.
The Greenhills Shopping Center is a shopping paradise. It is more crowded, smaller and busier than other malls, in some areas making you feel more like being in a bazaar. But if you love shopping – or you are looking to get your hands on some nice pearls – Greenhills is the place to go.
Lucky Chinatown Mall is not only a mall but also a regular venue for Chinese festivities, such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Chinese Movie Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day, and - most importantly - Chinese New Year. As the name indicates you find this upscale mall in the middle of Manila's Chinatown, Binondo.
Market! Market!’s name has exclamation points for a reason. Location and selection are the outdoor mall’s strengths making it a favorite shopping spot for those who like to shop in a clean and airy environment.
Resorts World Manila (RWM) is an integrated resort come tourist hub inspired by the success of Resorts World Genting in Malaysia. There is so much to do and only so little time. Resorts World is more of an entertainment temple than a conventional mall.
Robinsons Galleria is situated in a very busy district in Metro Manila but it is surprisingly cozy and quiet. For mall goers who would like a great shopping experience minus the hordes of people, this mall is a fine choice. Another good thing about Robinsons Galleria is that it has a number of mid-range boutiques and an assortment of restaurants.
The Rockwell Center is located at the outer rim of the Megacity's financial district featuring an upper class shopping experience away from the crowds. It offers a variety of local and international shopping places along with a number of restaurants.
Just called "Shang" by its patrons, the Shangri-La Plaza Mall features high-end boutiques and houses many of the metro’s best fine dining restaurants.
SM Aura Premier in Fort Bonifacio is the first SM Mall in Taguig City, the 13th in Metro Manila and the 47th in the Philippines. The architecture of this mall is a major highlight.
SM City North EDSA is the granddaddy of Philippine malls. Being the biggest mall in the country until recently, it provided generations of Filipino shoppers with a clear idea of what a mall should look and feel like.
As one of the largest malls in the world, SM Mall of Asia (MOA) justifies its name. The huge conglomeration of shopping and dining opportunities with its adjacent boulevard strip of bars in stone-throwing range of the Manila Bay is simply amazing.
With the newly constructed Fashion Hall, SM Megamall is now among the biggest malls in the country. Megamall is a welcome place for respite for many of Ortigas Center’s office workers. It offers a wealth of choices when it comes to hangout places and restaurants (including a very good foodcourt) as well as numerous stores that sell anything from groceries to books.
Strictly speaking, The Landmark it is not a mall but a large department store, selling you clothing, household goods and other every day items for a very reasonable price. Affordable products and the location in the very middle of Makati's shopping district make this department store the top choice for many of Manila's shoppers.
The Triangle North of Manila (Trinoma) is an Ayala development that provides commuters escape from the uber busy streets of North Avenue and EDSA. Its multi-layered terraces, reverse waterfall and open-air restaurants at the ground floor gives Trinoma patrons a different mall experience.